3 June 1939 Jimmy James Tullis Logie was signed from Lochore Welfare.
And what a time to sign – within 3 months we were at war with Germany, and Jimmy’s playing career was put on hold. But despite that he played 296 league games, scoring 68 goals and 30 cup games with 8 goals.
Jimmy was born in November 1919 in Edinburgh and died on 30 April 1984.
Jimmy first played for Scottish junior side Lochore Welfare, who are still playing (home crowds are around 200 or so), having been formed in 1934, playing in Crosshill in Fife. The club came about as a merger between several other local clubs – as is common with mining villages that have seen a decline in their industry. In fact Jimmy was not their only famous son – Willie Johnston went on to Rangers and Scotland and Craig Levein of Hearts also played there.
Jimmy served in the Royal Navy throughout the war, and played occasional wartime matches for Southampton, Grimsby, Dunfermline and even one or two for Arsenal when on leave and at the end of the war.
After finishing at Arsenal he moved on to be player manager of Gravesend and Northfleet in 1955, until 1960. Gravesend and N is now called Ebbsfleet – it is the club that Roy Hodgson played for between 1969 and 1971.
Quite what happened in the move to Gravesend I am not sure, but I have seen reports that Jimmy actually took an amazing £1000 signing-on fee to join Gravesend as he was in dispute with Arsenal. I have no idea if that is true.
What is true is that in 1954-5 Gravesend were bottom of the Southern League – but fortunately there was no relegation. In 1955/6 they were midtable, in 1956/7 they were 6th and in 1957/8 they won the league. They came second the following season as the league was divided into two regional zones.
Now here’s another thing: some sources say that by the time of that championship win in the Southern League the manager was Lionel Smith who also played for us – 180 times and won a cup winners medal with us in 1950. And there’s even more Arsenal connections: also in that league winning team apparently at centre-forward was Cyril Grant who played Arsenal in 1946/47. He was then transferred to Fulham with Dave Nelson in exchange for Ronnie Rooke in December 1946.
So quite a gathering and I am suspicious about the Logie management bit, because normally after such success you would expect to see the man turn up at another club – but he did not. It is said that after he left Gravesend he had a difficult life, not helped by the fact that he was something of a gambler. Final reports of him have him working in a newsagents in Piccadilly. He died in 1984, aged 64.
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