Monday, 26 March 2018

Extract From Paul Rance's England's 50 Greatest Footballers - No. 47, Pompey Legend Jimmy Dickinson

Portsmouth's most famous player, and his 764 League appearances for Pompey between 1946 and 1965 was a record for the most League appearances in England until passed by Southampton's Terry Paine in the 1970s. Dickinson would have made even more League appearances but for the War, as he appeared as an amateur for Portsmouth in 1943. After leaving the Navy, Dickinson turned pro with Portsmouth, and on his 40th birthday he made his final appearance for the club. Apart from his League appearances, Jimmy Dickinson also played in 50 cup ties for Pompey.

Dickinson was a fixture in the England team at left-half for years, and he would have won more than his 48 full caps had he not switched to centre-half at the request of his club. Dickinson was never booked in his career, and like Bobby Charlton is regarded as one of football's gentlemen. Not a flashy player, Jimmy Dickinson was renowned for his dependability, and he was the star of a Portsmouth side that won successive League titles in 1948-49 and 1949-50.

Jimmy Dickinson stayed with Pompey through thick and thin, and he was a member of the Portsmouth team that, after years of disappointment, won the Third Division title in 1961-62. Unsurprisingly, after he quit playing, Dickinson stayed with the club - as a PR officer.

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Extract From Paul Rance's England's 50 Greatest Footballers - No. 39, Arsenal's record-breaking winger Cliff Bastin

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