James Cannon (born 2 October 1953)[1] is a Scottish retired footballer.[2]

Jim Cannon
Personal information
Full name James Cannon
Date of birth (1953-10-02) 2 October 1953 (age 68)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Position(s) Centre back
Youth career
1970–1973 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1988 Crystal Palace 571 (30)
1988 Croydon ? (?)
1988–1989 Dartford ? (?)
1988–1989 Bristol Rovers 1 (0)
1991–1994 Dulwich Hamlet ? (?)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Chipstead
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Along with several other promising young Scottish players he was signed as an apprentice for Crystal Palace in October 1970, by then manager Bert Head, having previously had a trial with Manchester City.[1] He made a goalscoring debut on 31 March 1973 against Chelsea and went on to make 660 appearances for the club,[3] beating Terry Long's record in the 1984–85 season.

A cultured centre half who could also play at left back or in midfield, he eventually left the club at the end of the 1987–88 season (15 seasons after his debut), having been captain for the previous ten seasons, and initially joined Croydon F.C.[4] and then in November 1988, Dartford.[1] He also had a short spell with Bristol Rovers[citation needed] before finishing his football career in 1994 after three seasons at Dulwich Hamlet.[citation needed] In retirement he owned a building company ICS Builders in the Croydon area,[5] and managed Chipstead during the 2003–04 season.[6]

At the start of 2005–06 season onwards, he made a return to Palace, in the hospitality department, hosting the executive boxes at Selhurst Park on matchdays. In 2005, Cannon was voted into Palace's Centenary XI, and was only just pipped to "The Player of The Century" award by Ian Wright. Wright would later claim that Cannon had bullied him and Kung fu kicked him in the back, Cannon disputed that account but admitted to giving Wright “a little slap”.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands (1990). Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 67. ISBN 0907969542.
  2. ^ "Jim Cannon". Holmesdale Online.
  3. ^ "Jim Cannon: Treated It As A Normal Game".
  4. ^ Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands (1990). Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 320. ISBN 0907969542.
  5. ^ "Football Aid".
  6. ^ Chipstead Non-League Club Directory
  7. ^ Muro, Giuseppe (17 November 2017). "Ian Wright exclusive: Bullying is not 'banter'". www.standard.co.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2021.

External linksEdit

  • Jim Cannon at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database