Jimmy Seddon

Jimmy Seddon

James (Jimmy) Seddon was born in Bolton in 1895. He played football for local amateur team Hamilton Central, before signing for Bolton Wanderers. Seddon made his debut against Middlesbrough in February 1914.

On the outbreak of the First World War he joined the British Army. While serving in France on the Western Front he contracted trench foot.

After the war, Charles Foweraker, the Bolton Wanderers manager, built a team that included Seddon, Joe Smith, Billy Jennings, Ted Vizard, John Reid Smith, David Jack, Billy Butler, Dick Pym, Alex Finney and Bob Haworth. The team beat West Ham United 2-0 to win the 1923 FA Cup Final.

Seddon won his first international cap for England against France on 10th May 1923. England won 4-1 and he retained his place for games against Sweden (4-2) and Belgium (2-2) that year.

Seddon was a member of the Bolton Wanderers team that beat Manchester City in the 1926 FA Cup Final. David Jack scored the only goal of the game in the 76th minute. Seddon regained his place in the England team against Wales on 12th September 1927.

In 1929, Seddon, who was now captain of the side, won his third cup-winners medal when Bolton beat Portsmouth 2-0. The goals were scored by Billy Butler and Harold Blackmore. Later that year Seddon won his last international cap for England against Scotland.

Seddon played his last game for Bolton against Middlesbrough in January 1932. He had made 375 appearances during his twelve seasons at the club.

Seddon coached at Dordrecht in Holland. In 1936 he was appointed trainer of Southport. Later he worked as the manager of the Scarisbrick Hotel.

Jimmy Seddon died in Southport in October 1971.