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Jimmy McGuire
Personal information
Full name James P. McGuire
Date of birth 1911
Place of birth    Edinburgh, Scotland
Date of death    November 26, 1974 (aged 63)
Place of death    New Hyde Park, New York, United States
Playing position Wing Half / Full Back
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Brooklyn Wanderers
Northampton Town
Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic
82 (1)
00 (0)
70 (?)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

James "Jimmy" McGuire (1911 in Edinburgh, Scotland – November 26, 1974 in Hyde Park, New York) was a two time president of the United States Soccer Football Association. He played professionally in the American Soccer League and the English Football League. He alo earned two schoolboy caps with Scotland and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1951.



McGuire was born and raised in Scotland where he played twice for the national team as a schoolboy. At some point, he moved to the United States. In 1929, he signed with the Brooklyn Wanderers of the American Soccer League. In 1931, Celtic F.C. toured North America, playing the Wanderers on June 7, 1931. McGuire impressed them enough for them to sign him before returning to Scotland. McGuire never appeared for their first team and in 1932, he moved to Northampton Town of the English Football League.[1] McGuire played with Northampton Town until 1936. According to the National Soccer Hall of Fame, McGuire would return to play in the U.S. during the English off-season. When he left Northampton in 1936, McGuire returned to the U.S. for good, signing with Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic of the second American Soccer League. In 1938, Brooklyn went to the final of the National Challenge Cup, but lost to Chicago Sparta. The next year, they defeated Chicago Manhattan Beer to win the Challenge Cup title.[2] McGuire retired from playing professionally that summer.


Following his retirement from playing, McGuire became an administrator. In 1947, he became the president of the American Soccer League.[3] He also served as president of the United States Soccer Football Association (1952-1954 and 1971-1974). In 1974, he was part of the Organizing Committee for the 1974 FIFA World Cup. He died that year, while still president of the USSF.[4]

McGuire was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1951. In 1975, the national U-19 cup was named the McGuire Cup in his honor.[5]

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