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James Bain was born on the 6th February 1899 in Rutherglen (outside Glasgow). Bain was a Centre half who began his career with hometown junior club Rutherglen Glencairn. He then moved on to Strathclyde Football Club and after many impressive performances he earned a transfer to a wee English second division team called Manchester United in May 1922.

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Bain failed to make an appearance in the 1922/23 and 1923/24 seasons. He finally made his debut in a 4-2 win over Leyton Orient on February 7th 1925. This was his only appearance of the season, he didn’t qualify for the 2nd division championship medal. Bain managed only two appearances during the 1925/26 season. He didn’t play the following season 1926/27 and made only his fourth and final appearance against Blackburn Rovers in a 3-0 defeat. He left Old Trafford in July 1928.

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Bain joined the newly formed Manchester Central in 1928 and after a six month spell he returned to the Football League with Third division south club Brentford signing for £250 in late 1928. After an impressive start he was immediately offered the captaincy and helped the club win the 1932/33 third division title. He retired from playing in 1934, after making 201 appearances and scoring 3 goals.

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Harry Curtis 

Bain became assistant manager to Harry Curtis at Brentford in 1934. (If you have read the article on Frank Marshall you will see that Harry Curtis signed him for Brentford also). Curtis and Bain overseen the most successful period in the clubs history. This saw Brentford crowned second division champions and London Challenge cup champions in the 1934/35 season.

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After Curtis left in 1949 Bain remained assistant manager to Jackie Gibbons, and then named as his successor in August 1952. He lasted until January 1953 before going back to assisting player manager Tommy Lawton and Bill Dodgin sr. Bain Retired from football at the end of the 1955/56 season.

He received a Football league long service medal for his contribution at Brentford. He was also awarded a Testimonial against an All Star XI which Brentford drew 1-1.

Brentford All Stars

In 2013 Bain placed fifth in a football leagoe poll of Brentfords best ever captains and was inducted into Brentfords Hall of fame in May 2015

He passed away in Polegate England, 22nd September 1969 aged 70 years old.

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James Bain Lodge Shettleston Saint John No.128  Initiated July 2nd 1924, Passed Aug 6th 1924, Raised Oct 15th 1924 & Mark May 16th 1925