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Jimmy Delaney Squad Index
Information:
1950-51 Squad Number:
7
Position:
Outside Right
Date of Birth:
03rd September 1914
Birthplace:
Cleland, North Lanark
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
5' 8 1/2
Weight:
11st 9lbs
Signed:
15/11/1950
Career History:
Cleland St Mary's 1933
Wishaw Juniors (trial) 1933
Stoneyburn JuniorsManchester United 12th February 1946 4,000
Aberdeen 15th November 1950 3,000
Falkirk 4th December 1951
Derry City 12th January 1954 1500 (a then Irish League record)
Cork Athletic 21st December 1955 player-manager
Elgin City 28th September 1956 1,000-retired April 1957
 
Profile:
You will have read in the press of the latest arrival at Merkland Road. We are all delighted to welcome Jimmy Delaney to Aberdeen, and trust that he will enjoy many happy years at Pittodrie. Jimmy, like many another Scot, decided that "East, west - hame's best," and it is rather nice to reflect that when Manchester United decided they could at length part with this grand servant, Manager Busby should at once think of his friends in Aberdeen. Jimmy Delaney has always had a soft side for Pittodrie, and we feel sure the Dons supporters will soon make him feel very much at home.

Source: Match Programme, 18th November 1950

Jimmy retired in 1957 after more than a quarter of a century in professional football, his travels taking him on a tour of the British Isles from Celtic to Elgin City. He had a remarkable career in Scotland, England and Ireland and had the distinction of winning medals in the Scottish, F.A. and Irish Cups.

In 1937 Jimmy helped Celtic to beat Aberdeen in the final of the Scottish Cup; in 1946 he gained an English medal when Manchester United beat Blackpool, and he completed a unique hat-trick with Derry City who won the Irish Cup in 1954.

In 1950, the late Mr. David Halliday pulled off a surprise deal for Aberdeen F.C. when he paid Manchester United 4,000 for Delaney's services, but Jimmy spent little more than a year at Pittodrie. He was transferred to Falkirk in December, 1951.

During his spell as a Dons player, Delaney made 39 first-team appearances, 34 at outside right and five at centre forward. In that period he scored only 11 goals, but Pittodrie supporters still got glimpses of his speed and class Jimmy helped Falkirk to gain promotion before moving to Ireland to play first with Derry City and then Cork Athletic. He returned to Scotland to sign for Elgin City and finally retired from the game in April, 1957. He did make one last appearance in Aberdeen after his departure from Pittodrie, turning out for Elgin at King's College where the Highland League team were beaten 4-1 by Aberdeen University in a North Supplementary Cup-tie.

Jimmy, who became a labourer in Lanarkshire, severed his connection with the game he served so well and for so long. In fact, he did not even go along to watch any matches. Jimmy died at the age of 75 in Cleland, Lanarkshire on the 26th September 1989.

Jimmy Delaney

Senior Aberdeen Debut: show all appearances
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
18/11/1950
Aberdeen 5-1 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 20,000 36 Start

Appearances
Season League League Cup Scottish Cup Europe Total Other
  App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals
1951-52
10
0
4
5
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
6
2
0
0
1950-51
21
0
4
0
0
0
3
0
1
0
0
0
24
0
5
7
0
1
Totals:
31
0
8
5
0
2
3
0
1
0
0
0
39
0
11
9
0
1
Total Appearances/Goals: 39 11