Jimmy Hagan - Football Legend.
Here he is shaking hands with King George VI prior to the wartime international of 19/02/44 at Wembley against the Scots. The players in the shot from right to left are Leslie Smith (Brentford), Stanley Matthews (Stoke City), Jimmy Hagan (Sheffield Utd), Joe Mercer (Everton), Tommy Lawton (Everton), Cliff Britton (Everton).
The game ended 6-2 to England. Hagan contributed 2 goals and the other England goalscorers were Horatio Carter, Tommy Lawton, Joe Mercer and an own goal. Another Sheffield Utd player, Jock Dodds, bagged a brace for Scotland. Following this game Jimmy Hagan had made 13 wartime appearances for England scoring 12 goals. At the end of the war he’d managed a total of 13 goals from 16 games. Quite a record but in one of football’s post-war travesties he was to only win a solitary cap in official internationals. This coming in 1948 against Denmark in Copenhagen.
When he retired from playing football in the late fifties an all-star International XI turned out to honour his contribution to the game and play alongside him against a Sheffield XI made up of players from the local South Yorkshire sides. What a line-up eh ..
- Harry Gregg (Manchester Utd & Ireland)
- Jimmy Armfield (Blackpool & later England)
- Alf McMichael (Newcastle Utd & Ireland)
- Danny Blanchflower (Tottenham Hotspur & Ireland)
- Billy Wright (Wolves & England)
- Dave Bowen (Arsenal & Wales)
- Stanley Matthews (Blackpool & England)
- Brian Clough (Middlesbrough & later England)
- Jimmy McIlroy (Burnley & Ireland)
- Tom Finney (Preston NE & England)