One of my early heroes
"Although there was talk of a coaching job at Villa nothing materialised and Jimmy left to join Walsall, where he played into his forties then coached and managed until 1973 when he went to work at Ansells Brewery.
"He continued to play for the Villa Old Stars well into his fifties and only really stopped playing after he had two knee replacements at the same time.
"He was known for being bow-legged. He wasn't born that way, it was because of a stance he copied from a player back in Scotland.
"In 1991 he had to have both legs broken to rectify it, and it made him about three inches taller!."
"Up until the last 18 months when he was diagnosed with early onset dementia and a heart problem he was as fit as a fiddle.
"He has been in residential care where he was safe, well looked after and seemed quite content.
"He enjoyed his visits from ex players, including Harry Burrows, plus a couple of Villa fanatics who spent hours reminiscing with him."