Jimmy Speirs was born on March 22nd 1886 in Govan, Glasgow. The 5th of 6 children of James Hamilton Speirs and Janet Shields Speirs. He Married Elizabeth Lennox Maben on 24th October 1906. On December 11th 1907 James Hamilton Speirs was born with Elizabeth Maben Speirs following on August 6th 1912.
He worked as a clerk while playing inside forward for Annandale F.C. He won the Glasgow Junior Cup in 1904-05. He then moved to Lochburn Park Maryhill Juniors before moving onto Glasgow Rangers in 1905.
Jimmy made his debut on the 25th September 1905, Speirs had to wait until 2 weeks after to score his 1st goal against Port Glasgow again winning the Glasgow Merchants cup scoring in the semi-final and final of the competition. Speirs had 53 appearances, scoring 24 goals in 3 years at Ibrox. In his final year he also won his only cap for Scotland in a 2-1 victory over Wales on the 7th March 1908
In the summer of 1908 he joined Clyde spending one year at Shawfield Stadium. Speirs only played 14 games but helped them to their highest league position of third, 3 points behind winners Celtic.
After a year at Clyde in the summer of 1909 Jimmy moved south and joined Bradford City spending 2 years at Valley Parade making 86 appearances, scoring 29 times. It was here that Jimmy wrote his name in the History books as Bradford winning Captain in the FA Cup in 1910-11 season against Newcastle United after a replay. Scoring the only goal of the game.
In December 1912 he signed for Leeds United for a fee of £1200 appearing 73 times scoring 32 times. Due to the outbreak of the 1st World War Jimmy returned to Glasgow at the end of the 1914-15 season and enlisted in the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders on 17th May 1915.
Conscription (the draft) was a year away which Speirs would have been exempt due to him being married with 2 young children. Private S/18170 was posted to the Regiments headquarters in Inverness. He was appointed Lance Corporal while on training, He was posted overseas on 29th May 1916. Later that same year he wounded his elbow.
In April 1917 Speirs took part in the second battle of Arras, for which he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in May 1917. Having returned home on leave for a short time he returned to France where he was killed during the Battle of Passchendaele around 20th August 1917 aged 31. He is buried at Dochy Farm New British Cemetary near Ypres in Belgium.
Jimmy Speirs was initiated into Lodge Saint Vincent Sandyford No.553 on the 11th March 1908, Football took him away but he returned and became a Master Mason, then Life Member on 12th February 1913