Jimmy Stephen

James Findlay Stephen (23 August 1922 – 5 November 2012)[2] was a Scottish footballer who played as a defender. At club level, he played in the Football League for Bradford (Park Avenue)[3] and Portsmouth.[4] He also played in two full international matches for Scotland.

Jimmy Stephen
Personal information
Full name James Findlay Stephen[1]
Date of birth (1922-08-23)23 August 1922
Place of birth Johnshaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Date of death 5 November 2012(2012-11-05) (aged 90)
Place of death Southsea, Hampshire, England
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
1938–1939 Bradford (Park Avenue)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1939–1949 Bradford (Park Avenue) 94 (0)
1949–1955 Portsmouth 100 (0)
Yeovil Town
National team
1944–1945[1] Scotland (wartime) 5 (0)
1946–1947 Scotland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Stephen signed for Bradford when he left school in 1938, and turned professional the following year. During the Second World War he made guest appearances for clubs including Halifax Town, Middlesbrough[2] and Huddersfield Town.[5] He left Bradford for Portsmouth in 1949,[2] although National Service in the RAF meant he was restricted to a solitary appearance in the Portsmouth team that won the 1949–50 League title.[6] He finished his career in non-league football with Yeovil Town.[2]

Having represented Scotland in five wartime internationals against England,[1] Stephen made his full international debut as captain in the first competitive match Scotland played after the war, a 3–1 defeat to Wales on 19 October 1946 in the British Home Championship. His second and last cap came a year later, also against Wales.[2][7]

See also


  1. (Scotland player, including unofficial matches) James Stephen, London Hearts Supporters Club
  2. "Jimmy Stephen - A Squad". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
  3. "Bradford Park Avenue : 1946/47–1969/70". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
  4. "Portsmouth : 1946/47–2008/09". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
  5. Rollin, Jack (2005). Soccer At War 1939-45. London: Headline. p. 345. ISBN 978-0-7553-1431-7.
  6. Ley, John (14 September 2009). "Portsmouth all at sea as Bolton Wanderers add to their woes". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 September 2013. At half-time, Jimmy Stephen, 87, a 1950 title-winner with Portsmouth, was introduced to the crowd. "Sign him up," sang the Fratton faithful.
  7. Brown, Alan (6 June 2008). "Scotland - International Matches 1946-1950". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 October 2009.