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Jimmy Seddon

Southport’s trainer during their great revival between 1936 and 1939, he had begun his professional career With Bolton Wanderers in 1912 and actually made his début for Bolton Reserves against Southport Central at Ash Lane. He had previously played for Hamilton Central in the West Lancashire League. With the Wanderers he won six England international caps and three EA. Cup-winners’ medals. He became known as one of the strongest tacklers and hardest workers in the game. After a spell as trainer with Dordrecht, whom he helped to win the Dutch Challenge Cup, he spent a season at Altrincham before coming to Southport. He was subsequently appointed ‘A’ team trainer at Liverpool for whom, later still, he scouted until 1954. His son Ken was a Football League referee. Jimmy, who settled in Southport, became a well-known crown green bowler, playing regularly up to his death at the age of 76 on October 21st, 1971.

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