Jimmy Dyer
Jimmy Dyer
A. Player

born in Scotland

James Bowie Dyer was born on Wednesday, 27th August, 1913, in Glasgow.

The defender signed for Donald Turner's Thistle on Tuesday, 20th August, 1940, having most recently been with Ayr United.

Aged 26, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 24th August, 1940, in a 1-0 win at home to Albion Rovers in the Southern League.

There were no goals for Jimmy during his spell with Thistle.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 9th November, 1940, in a 0-0 draw away to Third Lanark in the Southern League, having appeared as a Jag on 8 occasions.

Jimmy's club-list included Rutherglen Glencairn, Glasgow Perthshire, Ayr United, Partick Thistle, East Fife, Chelsea, Chester and Stranraer.

Jimmy died in 1993, in Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire, aged 80.

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Bio Extra

After coming through in the juniors, this right back wowed all at Somerset Park in his first senior season, being a near ever-present and having the captaincy bestowed upon him. Alas, his battling performances on a personal level were in vain as the honest men were relegated. They did, however, bounce back as champions in 1936-37! Jimmy was registered as an Ayr United player for 11 straight seasons, but played with others by consent. Almost one year into the war, he made his Thistle debut just days before his 27th birthday, the Jags defeating Albion Rovers by one goal to nil in the Southern League. Jimmy featured 8 times over the course of the next 10 weeks, a three nil home win over Motherwell being the highlight. Jimmy guested for East Fife as a 'Newman' in 1943. My unattributed notes have him guesting for Crewe Alexandra around this time, but I rather feel this is a mix-up with Plymouth's Alex Dyer who guested for Crewe in 1943. Army service did take take him southwards though, where he guested for at least two clubs, including Chelsea, in 1943-44. Peter and Nathan (Chelsea Graves Society) were able to confirm two first-team appearances for Jimmy at left-back, versus Luton (16-Oct-1943) and versus Arsenal (06-Nov-1943). He joined Chester in October 1944, and played regularly with them until rejoining his parent club, Ayr United, in August, 1945. Played for the Western Command team against Scottish Command at Ayr on New Years Day 1946, being on the winning side by 4 goals to 3. Jimmy was freed by Ayr in May 1946 and joined Stranraer in January, 1947, where he spent his final two-and-a-half seasons.

On account of his service during WWII, Jimmy is included in our feature piece, The Partick Thistle returned →.


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