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Jimmy Hagan

Sheffield United FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 1 L 0 F 0: A 0
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captain: none
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  James Hagan
Birth 21 January 1918 in Washington, County Durham [registered in Chester-le-Street, March 1918]. To Alfred and Catherine Hagan (née Dougherty)
Attended Usworth Colliery Intermediate School, Washington
  According to Passenger Lists, James Hagan was one of numerous professional footballers (The FA Tourists of Canada) returning to the Port of Liverpool on 30 June 1950 from Montréal, Québec. He is aboard the Empress of Canada. His address is stated as 71 Holleythorpe Road in Sheffield.
Death 26 February 1998 in Sheffield, aged 80 years 36 days [registered in Sheffield, February 1998].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &
Biographies The Jimmy Hagan Story - Roger Barnard [The History Press Limited, 2007]

Jimmy Hagan is Sheffield United's best ever player, an inside forward who starred for the club - and for England - in the 1940s and 1950s before going on to success as a manager in both England and Portugal. Hagan was one of the stars of his day and appeared in star-studded England line-ups alongside the likes of Stanley Matthews and Tom Finney. Fans who remember watching Hagan may now be relatively few but he remains a legend at Bramall Lane, to the point that he actually has a statue there, unveiled by Portuguese legend Eusebio (who Hagan coached at Benfica) in 2001. - Synopsis.

Playing Career

Club(s) Hagan gave up the chance to attend his local grammar school because football was not played there, and despite living between the soccer strongholds of Newcastle and Sunderland he signed amateur forms with Liverpool FC, then Derby County FC, with whom he turned professional in 1935. However, he could not agree with the manager George Jobey and on 3 November 1938 he was sold to Sheffield United for £2,500. After the conflict, when he rose to the rank of major in the Army's Physical Training Corps. Hagan finished playing in 1958.
Club honours x
Individual honours x
Distinctions Hagan's father Alf having played for Newcastle United FC, Cardiff City FC and Tranmere Rovers FC after the First World War.
Height/Weight 5' 8", 10st. 10lbs [1949].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Management Career

Club(s) "Became the manager at Peterborough United FC in 1958. The Posh, a dominant power in the Midland League, had long deserved elevation to Football League ranks, and they made it under Hagan in 1960. He led them to the Fourth Division title at their first attempt, notching a League record of 134 goals that still stands today. Creditable consolidation in the Third followed, but Hagan was sacked in October 1962 after a bitter dispute with players. In April 1963 he took over at First Division West Bromwich Albion, and assembled an enterprising side which in 1965-66 finished sixth in the First Division and won the League Cup in a two-legged final against West Ham United FC. However, after Albion lost the 1966-67 final to Third Division Queen's Park Rangers, he was dismissed. There followed spells of working in a driving school and scouting for Manchester City before Hagan embarked on his greatest challenge. Benfica, one of the world's leading clubs, had hit a slump and wanted a tough English taskmaster and organiser. After being turned down by Sir Alf Ramsey, in March 1970 they astonished many observers by turning to Hagan.  Typically, he left after a dispute in 1973, going on to coach in Kuwait for two years before completing his career in Portugal."

England Career

Player number One of three who became 672nd players (673) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right
Only match No. 241, 26 September 1948, Denmark 0 England 0, a friendly match at Idrætsparken, København, aged 30 years 249 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours England B (one appearance, 1947)
Distinctions Died seven days after George Male

Beyond England

x.  - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.x.

The Numbers
parties Appearances unused/
minutes captain
4 1 four 90 0 none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
His only match was played at an away venue, it was a friendly match and played in a white shirt

Match History

 Club: Sheffield United F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) manager: Walter Winterbottom - one full appearance (90 min)  

apps match pic match details comp res. rundown shirt

Age 28
229 13 November 1946 - England 3 Wales 0, Maine Road, Manchester BC HW reserve
230 27 November 1946 - England 8 Netherlands 2, Leeds Road, Huddersfield Fr HW unused sub

Age 29
233 18 May 1947 - Switzerland 1 England 0, Hardturm Stadion, Zürich tour AL unused sub
one appearance - Switzerland 21 May 1947
234 25 May 1947 - Portugal 0 England 10, Estádio Nacional, Lisboa   AW unused sub

Age 30
1 241 26 September 1948 - Denmark 0 England 0
Idrætsparken, København
Fr AD   8

one of three who became the 672nd player (673) to appear for England.
the 28th Sheffield United player to represent England