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Chelsea FC Profile: Jimmy Croal

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Full Name: James Anderson Croal

Born: Monday, 27th July 1885
Place of birth: Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Height: 5' 8 1/2"
Died: Saturday, 16th September 1939 (aged 54)

Involvement with Chelsea:

Men's 1st Team Player from 1914 to 1922

Playing Career:

Chelsea (Apr 1914 to Mar 1922) - cost: £2,000

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Competitive Debut: Saturday, 5th September 1914, Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1 Chelsea

Age on debut: 29 years 1 months 9 days

100th Appearance: Saturday, 26th March 1921, Bradford City 1 - 1 Chelsea

Last Competitive First-Team Appearance: Saturday, 14th January 1922, Arsenal 1 - 0 Chelsea


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1914 / 15 27700034
1919 / 20 32400036
1920 / 21 32600038
1921 / 22 21100022


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1914 / 15 610007
1919 / 20 610007
1920 / 21 720009
1921 / 22 300003

* oth = other competitive matches such as Full Members Cup, Charity/Community Shield, Fifa World Club Cup.
Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Jimmy Croal made 130 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League5th Sep 1914Tottenham Hotspur11Chelsea26,000 match drawn
League9th Sep 1914Bradford City22Chelsea14,000 match drawn scored 1 goal
League12th Sep 1914Chelsea03Newcastle United14,000 match lost
League10th Oct 1914Chelsea31Liverpool20,000 match won
League17th Oct 1914Bradford Park Avenue30Chelsea20,000 match lost
League24th Oct 1914Chelsea22Oldham Athletic20,000 match drawn
League31st Oct 1914Manchester United22Chelsea15,000 match drawn
League7th Nov 1914Chelsea21Bolton Wanderers24,000 match won scored 1 goal
League14th Nov 1914Blackburn Rovers32Chelsea21,000 match lost
League12th Dec 1914West Bromwich Albion20Chelsea6,421 match lost
League19th Dec 1914Chelsea20Everton18,000 match won
League25th Dec 1914Chelsea00Manchester City20,000 match drawn
League26th Dec 1914Manchester City21Chelsea26,000 match lost
League28th Dec 1914Chelsea14Burnley20,000 match lost
F.A. Cup16th Jan 1915Chelsea52Swindon Town18,610 match won
League23rd Jan 1915Chelsea22Middlesbrough7,500 match drawn scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup30th Jan 1915Chelsea10Arsenal40,372 match won
League6th Feb 1915Chelsea31Aston Villa15,000 match won scored 1 goal
League13th Feb 1915Liverpool33Chelsea14,000 match drawn scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup20th Feb 1915Manchester City01Chelsea39,000 match won
League27th Feb 1915Oldham Athletic00Chelsea6,000 match drawn
League1st Mar 1915Chelsea01Bradford Park Avenue19,000 match lost
F.A. Cup6th Mar 1915Chelsea11Newcastle United58,760 match drawn
F.A. Cup13th Mar 1915Newcastle United01Chelsea49,827 match won
League20th Mar 1915Chelsea13Blackburn Rovers22,000 match lost
F.A. Cup27th Mar 1915Everton02Chelsea22,000 match won scored 1 goal
League2nd Apr 1915Chelsea20Bradford City24,000 match won
League3rd Apr 1915Chelsea30Sunderland20,000 match won
League5th Apr 1915Burnley20Chelsea10,000 match lost
League10th Apr 1915The Wednesday32Chelsea18,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League17th Apr 1915Chelsea41West Bromwich Albion25,000 match won
League19th Apr 1915Chelsea13Manchester United30,000 match lost
F.A. Cup24th Apr 1915Sheffield United30Chelsea49,557 match lost
League26th Apr 1915Everton22Chelsea30,000 match drawn
League30th Aug 1919Everton23Chelsea35,000 match won
League1st Sep 1919Chelsea20Sunderland50,000 match won scored 1 goal
League6th Sep 1919Chelsea01Everton60,000 match lost
League10th Sep 1919Sunderland32Chelsea35,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League13th Sep 1919Chelsea00Newcastle United12,000 match drawn
League20th Sep 1919Newcastle United30Chelsea40,000 match lost
League27th Sep 1919Chelsea01Burnley38,000 match lost
League4th Oct 1919Burnley23Chelsea25,000 match won scored 1 goal
League11th Oct 1919Chelsea10Liverpool35,000 match won
League18th Oct 1919Liverpool01Chelsea25,000 match won
League25th Oct 1919Bradford Park Avenue10Chelsea18,000 match lost
League1st Nov 1919Chelsea40Bradford Park Avenue36,000 match won scored 1 goal
League8th Nov 1919Preston North End31Chelsea20,000 match lost
League15th Nov 1919Chelsea40Preston North End34,000 match won
League22nd Nov 1919Middlesbrough00Chelsea20,000 match drawn
League29th Nov 1919Chelsea31Middlesbrough50,000 match won scored 1 goal
League6th Dec 1919Arsenal11Chelsea50,000 match drawn
League13th Dec 1919Chelsea31Arsenal60,000 match won
League20th Dec 1919Sheffield United31Chelsea25,000 match lost
League25th Dec 1919Aston Villa52Chelsea30,000 match lost
League26th Dec 1919Chelsea10Oldham Athletic40,000 match won
League27th Dec 1919Chelsea10Sheffield United40,000 match won
League1st Jan 1920Oldham Athletic10Chelsea12,000 match lost
League3rd Jan 1920Manchester United02Chelsea25,000 match won
F.A. Cup10th Jan 1920Bolton Wanderers01Chelsea35,398 match won
League17th Jan 1920Chelsea10Manchester United40,000 match won
League24th Jan 1920Bradford City31Chelsea18,000 match lost
F.A. Cup31st Jan 1920Chelsea40Swindon Town67,054 match won
League4th Feb 1920Chelsea10Bradford City25,000 match won
League7th Feb 1920Bolton Wanderers12Chelsea20,000 match won scored 1 goal
League14th Feb 1920Chelsea23Bolton Wanderers45,000 match lost
F.A. Cup21st Feb 1920Chelsea30Leicester City40,000 match won
League20th Mar 1920Chelsea11The Wednesday47,000 match drawn
F.A. Cup27th Mar 1920Aston Villa31Chelsea37,771 match lost scored 1 goal
League17th Apr 1920Chelsea00Derby County40,000 match drawn
League24th Apr 1920Derby County50Chelsea20,000 match lost
League28th Aug 1920Derby County00Chelsea21,851 match drawn
League1st Sep 1920Chelsea10Bolton Wanderers35,000 match won
League11th Sep 1920Manchester United31Chelsea40,000 match lost
League18th Sep 1920Chelsea12Manchester United35,000 match lost
League2nd Oct 1920Chelsea11Burnley45,000 match drawn
League9th Oct 1920Tottenham Hotspur50Chelsea50,000 match lost
League23rd Oct 1920Chelsea11Oldham Athletic38,000 match drawn
League30th Oct 1920Oldham Athletic12Chelsea20,000 match won
League6th Nov 1920Chelsea11Preston North End35,000 match drawn scored 1 goal
League13th Nov 1920Preston North End01Chelsea20,000 match won
League20th Nov 1920Chelsea21Sheffield United25,000 match won
League27th Nov 1920Sheffield United01Chelsea15,000 match won
League4th Dec 1920Chelsea12Arsenal60,000 match lost
League11th Dec 1920Arsenal11Chelsea50,000 match drawn
League18th Dec 1920Chelsea41Bradford Park Avenue40,000 match won
League25th Dec 1920Chelsea11Liverpool50,000 match drawn
League27th Dec 1920Liverpool21Chelsea50,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League1st Jan 1921Bradford Park Avenue02Chelsea23,000 match won scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup8th Jan 1921Reading00Chelsea15,836 match drawn
F.A. Cup12th Jan 1921Chelsea22Reading34,582 match drawn scored 1 goal
League15th Jan 1921Chelsea21Manchester City36,000 match won
League5th Feb 1921Chelsea20Newcastle United56,000 match won
League12th Feb 1921Chelsea30West Bromwich Albion42,000 match won scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup19th Feb 1921Plymouth Argyle00Chelsea37,749 match drawn
F.A. Cup24th Feb 1921Chelsea00Plymouth Argyle59,871 match drawn
F.A. Cup28th Feb 1921Plymouth Argyle12Chelsea26,007 match won scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup5th Mar 1921Cardiff City10Chelsea45,000 match lost
League12th Mar 1921Chelsea31Sunderland35,000 match won scored 1 goal
League19th Mar 1921Sunderland10Chelsea20,000 match lost
League26th Mar 1921Bradford City11Chelsea28,000 match drawn
League28th Mar 1921Aston Villa30Chelsea30,000 match lost
League29th Mar 1921Chelsea51Aston Villa25,000 match won scored 1 goal
League2nd Apr 1921Chelsea31Bradford City38,500 match won
League9th Apr 1921Huddersfield Town20Chelsea14,200 match lost
League16th Apr 1921Chelsea11Huddersfield Town37,500 match drawn
League23rd Apr 1921Middlesbrough00Chelsea20,000 match drawn
League30th Apr 1921Chelsea11Middlesbrough30,000 match drawn
League7th May 1921Chelsea12Blackburn Rovers20,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League27th Aug 1921Blackburn Rovers11Chelsea30,000 match drawn
League29th Aug 1921Chelsea12Birmingham30,000 match lost
League3rd Sep 1921Chelsea10Blackburn Rovers48,000 match won
League5th Sep 1921Birmingham51Chelsea30,000 match lost
League1st Oct 1921Liverpool11Chelsea35,000 match drawn
League8th Oct 1921Chelsea11Newcastle United40,000 match drawn
League15th Oct 1921Newcastle United10Chelsea40,000 match lost
League22nd Oct 1921Burnley50Chelsea15,000 match lost
League29th Oct 1921Chelsea41Burnley35,000 match won scored 2 goals
League5th Nov 1921Chelsea02Sheffield United30,000 match lost
League12th Nov 1921Sheffield United12Chelsea20,000 match won scored 1 goal
League19th Nov 1921Chelsea10Bradford City35,000 match won
League26th Nov 1921Bradford City01Chelsea15,000 match won
League3rd Dec 1921Chelsea00Preston North End30,000 match drawn
League10th Dec 1921Preston North End20Chelsea25,000 match lost
League17th Dec 1921Tottenham Hotspur00Chelsea50,000 match drawn
League24th Dec 1921Chelsea12Tottenham Hotspur60,000 match lost
League26th Dec 1921Middlesbrough01Chelsea30,000 match won
League27th Dec 1921Chelsea11Middlesbrough67,000 match drawn
League31st Dec 1921Chelsea02Arsenal50,000 match lost
F.A. Cup7th Jan 1922Chelsea24West Bromwich Albion32,800 match lost
League14th Jan 1922Arsenal10Chelsea40,000 match lost

Non-Competitive First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1914 / 15 4
1919 / 20 3
1920 / 21 1

Non-Competitive First-Team Goals

1914 / 15 2
1919 / 20 1
1920 / 21 1

Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Jimmy Croal made 8 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-Competitive First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
Friendly15th Aug 1914Chelsea10Chelseaunknown match lost
Friendly17th Aug 1914Chelsea31Chelseaunknown match lost scored 1 goal
Friendly27th Aug 1914Chelsea22Fulham6,500 match drawn scored 1 goal
London Prof. Charity Fund14th Sep 1914Chelsea02Millwall Athletic3,000 match lost
Friendly19th Jul 1919Fulham35Chelsea5,000 match won scored 1 goal (1 Pen)
London Prof. Charity Fund27th Oct 1919Chelsea32Fulham6,000 match won
Friendly14th Apr 1920Chelsea11Brentford4,300 match drawn
London Prof. Charity Fund25th Oct 1920Fulham11Chelseaunknown match drawn scored 1 goal

Non-First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1914 / 15 1

Non-First-Team Goals

1914 / 15 2

Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Jimmy Croal made 1 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
Reserve League28th Nov 1914Chelsea20Fulhamunknown match won scored 2 goals

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Chelsea FC Player Jimmy Croal

Games Won: 50
Win Percentage: 38.46%
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 130 appearances, Jimmy Croal played alongside the following 47 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Lawrence Abram (38)
James Ashford (3)
Benjamin Baker (14)
Fred Barrett (20)
Thomas Baxter (1)
John Bell (14)
Wally Bettridge (86)
Billy Bridgeman (1)
Harold Brittan (14)
John Brown (1)
Johnny Browning (6)
David Cameron (21)
Jack Cock (64)
George Dale (37)
Bill Dickie (26)
Ted Ferguson (1)
Jim Ferris (30)
Harry Ford (97)
Charlie Freeman (12)
James Gallon (2)
Harold Halse (59)
Colin Hampton (21)
Jack Harrow (108)
Frank Hoddinott (20)
John Lee (2)
Fred Linfoot (10)
Tommy Logan (57)
Wilson Marsh (1)
Owen Marshall (11)
Ken McKenzie (17)
Bobby McNeil (113)
Tommy Meehan (34)
Nils Middelboe (30)
James Molyneux (94)
Buchanan Sharp (5)
Jimmy Sharp (14)
George Smith (16)
Stephen Smith (11)
Joseph Spottiswood (1)
Frederick Taylor (31)
Bob Thomson (38)
Edward Tye (1)
Andy Walker (15)
Joe Ward (15)
Bob Whittingham (6)
Harry Wilding (78)
Vivian Woodward (4)