James Cantrell (7 May 1882 – 31 July 1960) was an English professional footballer who played as a forward for Aston Villa, Notts County, Tottenham Hotspur and Sutton Town.[2]

Jimmy Cantrell
Personal information
Full name James Cantrell
Date of birth (1882-05-07)7 May 1882
Place of birth Sheepbridge, England
Date of death 31 July 1960(1960-07-31) (aged 78)
Place of death Basford, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Position(s) Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1904–1907 Aston Villa 48 (22)
1907–1912 Notts County 131 (64)
1912–1922 Tottenham Hotspur 160 (74)
1923–1925 Sutton Town
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Football career Edit

Cantrell began his professional career at Aston Villa. The inside forward played in 48 matches and found the net on 22 occasions for the club between 1904 and 1907. He moved to Notts County in 1907 where he was converted into the centre forward position. Top scorer in his three seasons at County he maintained a goal every other match ratio in 131 matches and scoring 64 goals in his time there. Tottenham Hotspur impressed by his goal scoring paid a substantial sum for his services in 1912. In a career interrupted by the First World War Cantrell lead the Spurs forward line that won the Football League Second Division in 1919-20 with a then record 70 points. He went on to collect a winner's medal in the 1921 FA Cup Final at the age of 38. He played his last match against Birmingham City just short of his 40th birthday making him the oldest Spurs player to feature in a League match. This record lasted until 6 May 2012 when Brad Friedel appeared for Tottenham Hotspur against Aston Villa in the Premier League. Cantrell remains the oldest outfield player to appear for Spurs. Cantrell played 176 times and scored on 84 occasions in all competitions between 1912 and 1922.[3] He joined Midland League club Sutton Town on 8 October 1923,[4] retiring in 1925.

Honours Edit

Tottenham Hotspur

After football Edit

Cantrell returned to Nottingham where he became a golf professional. He died in Basford in 1960.

References Edit

  1. ^ The Vagrant (21 August 1922). "Few big transfers in the First Division of the Football League. Tottenham Hotspur". Athletic News. Manchester. p. 5.
  2. ^ Joyce, Michael (2012) [2002]. Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 51. ISBN 978-1-905891-61-0.
  3. ^ Tottenham Hotspur F.C A-Z of players Retrieved 28 November 2012 Archived 15 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Football". The Derby Daily Telegraph. 9 October 1923. p. 3. Retrieved 14 March 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive. Cantrell, of Nottingham, the famous centre forward who played for Tottenham Hotspur for 11 years, on Monday night signed on for Sutton Town, the Midland League club.

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