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Jimmy Croal
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Full name James Anderson Croal
Date of birth 27 July 1885(1885-07-27)
Place of birth    Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death    16 September 1939 (aged 54)
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Inside Left
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*


03 (0)
113 (22)   
National team
1913-1914 Scotland 003 00(0)

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

James "Jimmy" Anderson Croal (27 July 1885 - 16 September 1939) was a Scottish footballer and Schoolmaster who played both North and South of the border. In Scotland for Falkirk and Rangers and in England for Chelsea. He was judged to be a clever inside left who when paired with Bob McNeil was very effective.[1].


Croal was a lively inside left, who joined Rangers in 1904 from junior football. However, he failed to make the breakthrough to the first team and went out on loan to Ayr Parkhouse, Alloa Athletic and Dunfermline Athletic before finally leaving Ibrox to sign for Falkirk in November 1910. The transfer fee was £10. At Brockville, his career blossomed, and he won the Scottish Cup in 1913, as well as three international caps and five appearances for the Scottish League. Croal transferred to Chelsea from Falkirk sometime in 1914. [2]. Chelsea paid £2,000 for him and he remained at Stamford Bridge until 1922. He was a member of the Chelsea side that reached the FA Cup in 1915. He made a total of 130 appearances for Chelsea, scoring a total of 26 goals.[3] Croal then spent a season with Fulham before retiring. He was a schoolmaster by profession.[4]





  1. ^ Unknown (1915). Cup Final Programme. 
  2. ^ Unknown (1915). Cup Final Programme. 
  3. ^ Glanvill, Rick (2006). Chelsea FC: The Official Biography - The Definitive Story of the First 100 Years. Headline Book Publishing Ltd. pp. p. 401. ISBN 0-7553-1466-2. 
  4. ^ "Jimmy Croral". Rangers FC Retrieved 11 March 2010. 


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