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Jimmy MUNRO

Widely regarded at the first professional player to play for the club, Dundee-born Munro signed for Swindon after three seasons at Bolton and two at Burton Swifts. A versatile player - he appeared as an inside forward, half back, centre half, full back and even in goal during his time with the club - he became the club's captain, and also won Southern League representative honours.

A player who the Evening Advertiser described as "lion-hearted", Munro tragically died on 4th January 1899, at the age of just twenty eight. After the Town beat Tottenham 4-3 in a Southern League match on New Year's Eve, Munro appeared to have caught a cold. Days later he was dead, leaving a wife and five-month old daughter - the cause of death being spinal meningitis.

An "In Memoriam" card from the time gave the following words:

A star from out our ranks has gone,
A light which shone the best,
No more he'll play the manly game,
For Jimmy has gone to rest.

Gone from us, but not forgotten,
Never shall thy memory fade,
Sweetest thoughts shall ever linger,
Round the spot where thou art laid.

PLAYING RECORD:

Season LEAGUE FA CUP LEAGUE CUP OTHER TOTAL
Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls
'98/'99 9 3 1 - - - 4 - 14 3
'97/'98 21 2 3 - - - 11 2 35 4
'96/'97 20 5 3 1 - - - - 23 6
'95/'96 18 5 3 - - - - - 21 5
TOTAL 68 15 10 1 - - 15 2 93 18


TRANSFER INFORMATION:

DATE IN/OUT TRANSFER DETAIL
MAY 1895 IN Burton Swifts
4 JAN 1899 OUT (deceased)


full name

James Munro


 SCOTLAND

date of birth
23 January 1870


             
             
         
             
         
             

usual positions
centre half

other positions
left back
right back
right half back

senior career
Dundee Strathmore 
Bolton Wanderers
Burton Swifts
SWINDON TOWN