Jimmy Galt

James Hill Galt (11 August 1885 – 17 November 1935) was a Scottish professional footballer, who played as a left half for Rangers and Everton.[3]

Jimmy Galt
Personal information
Full name James Hill Galt[1]
Date of birth 11 August 1885
Place of birth Saltcoats, Scotland
Date of death 17 November 1935(1935-11-17) (aged 50)[2]
Place of death Whitecraigs, Scotland
Position(s) Centre half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
0000–1906 Ardeer Thistle
1906–1914 Rangers 185 (5)
1914–1916 Everton 32 (2)
1916 Partick Thistle 3 (0)
1920 Third Lanark 0 (0)
Alloa Athletic
National team
1908 Scotland 2 (1)
1911–1912 Scottish League XI 2 (0)
1916 Scotland (wartime) 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Galt played with Rangers for eight years between 1906 and 1914.[4] He made 240 appearances and scored six goals for the club.[4] During his time at Ibrox he won three Scottish league championships, two Glasgow Cups and three Glasgow Merchants Charity Cups, as well as the Edinburgh Exhibition Cup in 1908.[5]

Galt swapped Glasgow for Merseyside in 1914 and joined Everton. He made 36 appearances for the Toffees and scored four goals.[6] Despite captaining them to the First Division title,[7] he left after only one season when World War I took hold and official football was suspended in England, returning to Scotland to play for Partick Thistle and Third Lanark. He guested for Fulham during the war.[8]

International career

Galt won his two Scotland caps in May 1908.[9] He scored on his second appearance, against Ireland on 14 May.[9] Galt also played and scored in one unofficial wartime international, against England on 13 May 1916.[10]

Military service

During the First World War he served with Army Service Corps and latterly the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders as a Second Lieutenant.[11] He was wounded in action, suffering severe shell-shock, which meant that he did not resume his football career to any great extent after the war ended.[3]

Personal life (military service)

Galt was also an accomplished golfer: he battled for the 'Scottish Professional Footballers Golf Championship' with Jimmy Lawson of Dundee who later switched sports to turn professional in the United States.[12]

After retiring from football, Galt ran a series of billiard halls with ex-Rangers teammate Jimmy Gordon.[13]


  1. Joyce, Michael (16 October 2012). Football League Players' Records 1888–1939 (3rd Revised ed.). Tony Brown. p. 106. ISBN 9781905891610.
  2. Litster, John. Record of Pre-War Scottish League Players. Norwich: PM Publications.
  3. (Smith 2013, p. 93)
  4. "Rangers Player James Galt Details". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  5. Football. | Rangers v. Dundee, The Glasgow Herald, 13 August 1908
  6. "Jimmy Galt | Everton Football Club". www.evertonfc.com. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  7. Eunson, John (18 April 2012). Sporting Scots: How Scotland Brought Sport to the World–and the World Wouldn't Let Us Win. Black & White Publishing. ISBN 9781845024253.
  8. "Fulham and The First World War – University of Wolverhampton". www.wlv.ac.uk. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  9. "Galt Jimmy Image 1 Rangers 1912". Vintage Footballers. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  10. "James H Galt". www.londonhearts.com. London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  11. "James Hill Galt | Service Record". Football and the First World War r. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  12. The Hawthorns Series (page 10), Robert Bradley and Douglas Gorman, Scottish Sport History, October 1914
  13. "Jimmy Gordon". Rangers Football Club, Official Website. Retrieved 5 December 2018.