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Real Name: James Gemmell
Normal Position: Defender
Height: 6' 1/2
Weight: 11st 3lbs
Born: 17/11/1911(Sunderland)
Died: 11/05/1992 (Great Barr, Birmingham)
Robust and dour, this long-kicking defender joined Southport as player- coach after Bury agreed to give him a free transfer. He gave the Shakers grand service after joining them as an i8-year-old. Between 1934 and 1937 he missed only 3 League games. Gemmell was signed by Southport on a 2 year coaching contract but, with so many part-timers and his frequent requirement in the first team, it was not possible for him to undertake much coaching. He gave up League Football at the end of 1946-47 as he would have required a cartilage operation and he obtained an engineering job in Bury. Later he had a spell on Lincoln City's training staff and for 3 years became Coventry City's assistant trainer. He came from a footballing family. His father was a Sunderland forward and his brother-in-law was Billy Simpson, the Aston Villa and Scottish International. During the war he worked on Wellington and Lancaster aero engines in Coventry; he lived in Birmingham from 195o until his death from a heart attack a few months after his 80th birthday.

Player Profile reproduced with Permission from:
The Sandgrounders: The Complete League History of Southport F. C., by Michael Braham and Geoff Wilde (Palatine Books, 1995). ISBN 978-1-874181-14-9


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