James Davidson Gibson was born in Larkhall, Lanarkshire on the 12th June, 1901. Son of Neilly Gibson a Scotland International who played for Rangers and Partick Thistle. He was considered by many as the best Scottish player of his generation. Jimmy’s brothers Neil and Willie also played football. Below James dad Neil.
James started his football career playing for Glengowan School, Morning Star FC, Larkhall Thistle, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy and then Ashfield. It was while that Ashfield that he was spotted by Partick Thistle manager George Easton. He signed a professional contract on the 6th May 1921. Jimmy made a scoring debut in a benefit match, a 3-3 draw against Clydebank on the 23rd August 1921.
He played his final game for Thistle on the 23rd April 1927 after 6 years at Firhill, he transferred to Aston Villa on the 30th April 1927 for £7,500. James would make his debut in the last game of the season against Huddersfield Town.
Having spent 9 years at Villa making 227 appearances scoring 10 goals James retired from football at the end of the 1936 season.
Representing Scotland at International level James earned 8 caps, scoring once against Wales in a 4-2 win on the 26th October 1929. He was also part of the team that played in the 5-1 demolition of England at Wembley on the 31st March 1928, Nicknamed The Wembley Wizards. Pictured meeting the Duke of York George VI.
Jimmy died on January 1st 1978 in Erdington, Birmingham. He was cremated at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium.
James Davidson Gibson, Master Mason, Lodge Springburn No.1198