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Jimmy Adamson
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Full name James Adamson
Date of birth 4 April 1929 (1929-04-04) (age 80)
Place of birth    Ashington, England
Height 6 ft ½ in
Playing position Right-Half
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1947–1964 Burnley 426 (17)   
Teams managed
Sparta Rotterdam
Leeds United

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

James "Jimmy" Adamson (born 4 April 1929) is an English former professional footballer and football manager. He was born in Ashington.





Adamson, a right-half, joined Burnley in January 1947 after playing non-league football in his native Ashington and working as a miner. His early career was interrupted by National Service, which he completed with the Royal Air Force, meaning his debut had to wait until February 1951, when Burnley played away to Bolton Wanderers. He played once for the England B team, but never made the full England side.

He was an ever-present as Burnley won the 1959-60 Football League Championship and captained the side to the 1962 FA Cup final which they lost against Tottenham Hotspur. He was also named Footballer of the Year in 1962.

Adamson formed a midfield partnership with inside-forward Jimmy McIlroy, around which much of Burnley's creative play was centred.

Coaching and managerial

He retired in 1964, having played 426 league games, and joined the Burnley coaching staff. He had previously coached the England team in the 1962 World Cup in Chile and was the Football Association's preferred choice of manager ahead of Alf Ramsey but declined the offer.

In February 1970, when Burnley manager Harry Potts was made general manager, Adamson stepped up to become team manager. Burnley were relegated at the end his first full season in charge, but returned to the top-flight in 1973, winning the Second Division title.

Burnley were relegated again in 1976, although Adamson had already left that January. In May 1976 he was appointed as manager of Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam, but left the following month. In November 1976 he was made manager of Sunderland, but was unable to prevent them from relegation from the First Division.

He left Sunderland in November 1978, taking over from Jock Stein as manager of Leeds United. He left Leeds in October 1980.



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