James Dunn (Scottish footballer)

James Dunn (Scottish footballer)

James "Jimmy" Dunn (25 November 1900 – 20 August 1963) was a Scottish professional international footballer, most famous for being part of the 1928 "Wembley Wizards" side.

Dunn, born in Glasgow and nicknamed "ginger" due to the colour of his hair,cite book | last = Lamming | first = Douglas | title = A Scottish Soccer Internationalists Who’s Who, 1872-1986 | format = Hardback | publisher = Hutton Press | year = 1987 | id = (ISBN 0-907033-47-4) ] started his senior career in 1920 when Hibernian signed him from his local junior side Govan St Anthony's. He stayed eight years with the Edinburgh club, helping them to consecutive Scottish Cup finals in 1923 and 1924, although he collected a runners-up medal on each occasion. In 1925 he earned his first selection for the Scottish national team, playing in a 3-1 defeat of Wales at Tynecastle. He gained a further 4 Scotland caps while with Hibs, the most memorable being the last, against England at Wembley in 1928.

Dunn was a late inclusion in the side for the British Home Championship match, having missed selection for the preceding international trial match between home-based and Anglo-Scots. The entire Scotland forward-line measured 5 foot 7 or less and it was widely expected that the bigger, stronger English side would overpower their Scottish opponents. Dunn and his colleagues thought otherwise and raced to a surprise 5-1 victory, a record Scottish win at Wembley. The victory was widely celebrated in Scotland and the team was later somewhat mythologised as the "Wembley Wizards".

Dunn joined Everton immediately after his Wembley escapades and played with the Merseyside club for the next 7 seasons. He won a Second Division championship and Football League championship with the "Toffees" in consecutive seasons (1931 and 1932) and was part of their FA Cup winning side of 1933. He left Goodison Park in 1935 for Exeter City, becoming the "Grecians" record signing in the process. He joined Runcorn the following year before retiring into a coaching role. His son, Jimmy Dunn (jnr), would later also find fame on the football field, participating in Wolverhampton Wanderers victorious 1949 FA Cup side.


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