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Jimmy Dickinson MBE - Portsmouth Football Club Hall of Fame

Seasons 1946 - 1965

James William 'Jimmy' Dickinson (25 April 1925 – 8 November 1982) was an English football player.

Dickinson holds the record for number of league appearances for Portsmouth (764). Only Swindon Town's John Trollope (770) has made more appearances for a single club.

He signed for Portsmouth as a trainee and made his debut in 1946 against Blackburn Rovers Settling into the side quickly at either wing-half or left-half, he was part of the team that won successive league championships in 1948–49 and 1949–50. His performances earned him a call-up to the England national football team. He went on to win 48 caps for England, making him Portsmouth's most capped English player of all time. During his record 845 club appearances for Pompey and his 48 England caps he was never once booked or sent off, earning him the nickname Gentleman Jim.

Awarded the MBE in 1964, he played his last match for Pompey a year later, helping Pompey to a 1–1 end-of-season draw at Northampton Town that secured safety from relegation. And when he retired from playing, his association with the club continued. He served Pompey as public relations officer and then secretary before accepting the position of manager in May 1977. Relegation from the Third Division was avoided, but the next year Pompey dropped down a league.

Sadly, after three heart attacks, Dickinson died aged 57 in 1982. The famous 'Pompey Chimes' rang hauntingly around St Mary's Church in Fratton at a packed memorial service for the much-loved legend.

In 1998 he was included on the list of 100 Legends produced to celebrate the centenary of the Football League.

Dickinson's image can be seen in the seating in the Fratton End stand in Fratton Park.

In his home town of Alton there is a pub named The Gentleman Jim and Dickinson Road in Portsmouth was named in his honour.

Portsmouth Football Club Hall of Fame - Jimmy Dickinson M.B.E.

{PHOTO: Jimmy Dickinson, who holds the all-time appearance record for Portsmouth FC, with 764 games played (1946-65), as well as 48 caps for England.}. 

 

Jimmy Dickinson MBE
Date of birth: 25/04/1925
Place of birth: Alton
Position: Left Half
Pompey career: 1943 - 1965
Honours:
48 England caps
1st Division Championship medal 1948/49, 1949/50.
3rd Division Championship medal 1961/62
Appearances: 828
Goals: 10
Inducted into Hall of Fame: 2009

Pompey will never see the like of such as Dickinson
again. A unique, intensely loyal, one-club man, Dickinson was universally known as 'Gentleman Jim' and was never once cautioned by a referee.

Unobtrusiveness, soundness and consistency were his hallmarks and his record of service to the club was to extend, in various capacities, right up to his untimely death in 1982.

 

  

Jimmy Dickinson
Personal information
Full nameJames William Dickinson
Date of birth25 April 1925
Place of birthAlton, Hampshire, England
Date of death8 November 1982 (aged 57)
Place of deathAlton, Hampshire, England
Playing positionLeft half
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1946–1965Portsmouth764(9)
National team
1949–1956England48(0)
Teams managed
1977–1979Portsmouth
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).


Career statistics

Club performanceLeagueFA CupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeagueAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals





1946-47PortsmouthFirst Division40020-420
1947-4842020-440
1948-4941050-460
1949-5040050-450
1950-5141210-422
1951-5240040-440
1952-5340120-421
1953-5440170-471
1954-5525000-250
1955-5639121-412
1956-5742020-440
1957-5842220-442
1958-5939240-432
1959-60Second Division42010-430
1960-614001040450
1961-62Third Division4601040510
1962-63Second Division4205030500
1963-644202010450
1964-654102020450


        
Career total764950114082810

External links

England Squad - 1950 FIFA World Cup

England Squad - 1954 FIFA World Cup

Seasons 1948-1949 and 1949-1950

Portsmouth FC - Football League Champions 1948-1949 and 1949-1950

Pompey celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1948. Field Marshal Montgomery who was president of the club greeted the players before the match against Arsenal at Fratton Park, which they won 4-1. Jimmy Dickinson  can be seen 6th player from the front leaning forward.


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England 1950 World Cup Squad

Head coach: Walter Winterbottom

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
- DF John Aston 2 September 1921 (aged 28) 14 England Manchester United
- MF Eddie Baily 6 August 1925 (aged 24) 0 England Tottenham Hotspur
- FW Roy Bentley 17 May 1924 (aged 26) 4 England Chelsea
- MF Henry Cockburn 14 September 1921 (aged 28) 10 England Manchester United
- MF Jimmy Dickinson 24 April 1925 (aged 25) 7 England Portsmouth
- GK Ted Ditchburn 24 October 1921 (aged 28) 2 England Tottenham Hotspur
- DF Bill Eckersley 16 July 1925 (aged 24) 0 England Blackburn Rovers
- FW Tom Finney 5 April 1922 (aged 28) 25 England Preston North End
- MF Laurie Hughes 2 March 1924 (aged 26) 0 England Liverpool
- FW Wilf Mannion 16 May 1918 (aged 32) 19 England Middlesbrough
- FW Stanley Matthews 1 February 1915 (aged 35) 30 England Blackpool
- FW Jackie Milburn 11 May 1924 (aged 26) 7 England Newcastle United
- FW Stan Mortensen 26 May 1921 (aged 29) 18 England Blackpool
- FW Jimmy Mullen 6 January 1923 (aged 27) 4 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
- MF Bill Nicholson 26 January 1919 (aged 31) 0 England Tottenham Hotspur
- DF Alf Ramsey 22 January 1920 (aged 30) 5 England Tottenham Hotspur
- DF Laurie Scott 23 April 1917 (aged 33) 17 England Arsenal
- DF Jim Taylor 5 November 1917 (aged 32) 0 England Fulham
- MF Willie Watson 7 March 1920 (aged 30) 2 England Sunderland
- GK Bert Williams 31 January 1920 (aged 30) 7 England Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.
- DF Billy Wright 6 February 1924 (aged 26) 29 England Wolverhampton Wanderers

England 1954 World Cup Squad

Head coach: Walter Winterbottom

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 GK Gil Merrick 26 January 1922 (aged 32) 20 England Birmingham City
2 DF Ron Staniforth 13 April 1924 (aged 30) 3 England Huddersfield Town
3 DF Roger Byrne 8 February 1929 (aged 25) 3 England Manchester United
4 DF Billy Wright 6 February 1924 (aged 30) 58 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
5 MF Syd Owen 28 February 1922 (aged 32) 2 England Luton Town
6 MF Jimmy Dickinson 24 April 1925 (aged 29) 35 England Portsmouth
7 FW Stanley Matthews 1 February 1915 (aged 39) 36 England Blackpool
8 FW Ivor Broadis 18 December 1922 (aged 31) 11 England Newcastle United
9 FW Nat Lofthouse 27 August 1925 (aged 28) 19 England Bolton Wanderers
10 FW Tommy Taylor 29 January 1932 (aged 22) 3 England Manchester United
11 FW Tom Finney 5 April 1922 (aged 32) 51 England Preston North End
12 GK Ted Burgin 29 April 1927 (aged 27) 0 England Sheffield United
13 DF Ken Green 27 April 1924 (aged 30) 0 England Birmingham City
14 MF Bill McGarry 10 June 1927 (aged 27) 0 England Huddersfield Town
15 FW Dennis Wilshaw 11 March 1926 (aged 28) 1 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
16 MF Albert Quixall 9 August 1933 (aged 20) 3 England Sheffield Wednesday
17 FW Jimmy Mullen 6 January 1923 (aged 31) 11 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
18 DF Allenby Chilton* 16 September 1918 (aged 35) 2 England Manchester United
19 MF Ken Armstrong* 3 June 1924 (aged 30) 0 England Chelsea
20 MF Bedford Jezzard* 19 October 1927 (aged 26) 1 England Fulham
21 MF Johnny Haynes* 17 October 1934 (aged 19) 0 England Fulham
22 FW Harry Hooper* 14 June 1933 (aged 21) 0 England West Ham United
  • Only 17 of the 22 official squad members actually travelled to Switzerland for the 1954 tournament. Five players—Ken Armstrong, Allenby Chilton, Johnny Haynes, Harry Hooper and Bedford Jezzard—were put on reserve status and remained at home awaiting a call if the need arose. It did not

Plans to build a statue in memory of Gentleman Jimmy Dickinson

Published on Saturday 12 January 2013 12:00

PHOTO: STATUE Sculptor and artist Roger Holman, left, with lifelong Pompey fan Graham Farmer.

HE was loved by fans as the ‘gentleman’ of Portsmouth Football Club.

And now supporters are pushing for a 9ft statue to pay tribute to Pompey legend Jimmy Dickinson.

Dickinson, who played left-half, made 828 appearances for the club and scored 10 goals.

He was nicknamed ‘Gentleman Jim’ as he was never booked by a referee during his 20-year career.

The proposed statue would go on the corner of Milton Road and Alverstoke Road, in Milton.

PICTURE- maquette - a miniature model of the statue

Graham Farmer, 49, of Milton, is a fan who is spearheading the project.

He said: ‘Jimmy is synonymous with everything good about the club and football in general. So it’s time, I feel, he was recognised with a statue.’

Artist Roger Holman has been picked to design and build the statue.

Mr Holman, 50, has recently made a bust of Charles Dickens, which is in Portsmouth’s Central Library.

He has made a maquette – a mini model pictured above – to show what the statue will look like.

Mr Holman said: ‘The family came to see the maquette, approved it and gave consent for the statue. It’s an honour to make the statue. We want to try and give something accurate. It was great meeting Jimmy’s family and looking through the family albums, as this really helped me with the maquette.

‘It’s been 30 years since he died, so it’s a fitting time to have this tribute.

‘He was a great man, he never got a yellow card, red card or was even spoken to by a linesman. He’s a tremendous part of Pompey’s story.’

Fans say they have planning permission from Portsmouth City Council and have three years to build the statue.

Now £75,000 needs to be raised in order to pay for the plinth, statue and landscaping.

Work is under way to come up with fundraising ideas, including a website that people can donate money to.

Graham said he recognises that it is a difficult time to ask for money when fans are being asked to contribute to the takeover of the club, but said he hoped supporters would back him.

He said: ‘I think it was a missed opportunity before, but the fans I’ve spoken to support it and think it’s about time and it’s 30 years too late. I’m confident fans will get behind this.’

Neil Weld, a spokesman for PFC, said: ‘Jimmy is arguably the greatest player ever to pull on the famous blue shirt – that’s why his face adorns the Fratton End. We can think of no more deserving a recipient of this honour than Jimmy.’

Teenage star who became a Fratton Park favourite

JIMMY Dickinson made his debut for Pompey on May 1, 1943, at the age of 18.

He took a three-year break from football to join the Royal Navy, before returning to the club in 1946.

Three years later on May 18, Dickinson won his first cap for England, as the side won 4-1 against Norway.

It would be the first of 48 international appearances.

In September 1976, Dickinson took over as manager.

He died in November 1982, aged 57, after suffering from three heart attacks.

 

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