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Jimmy Maxwell

Name: James Maxwell
Born: Belfast*
Died: 1 July 1916, KIA Somme (FRA)*

Position: Inside-Right

Representative Honours: Ireland: 7 Full Caps / 1 Goal (1902-1907); Irish League: 1 Cap (1903).
Club Honours: (with Linfield) Irish League Champion 1901/02, 1903/04; Irish Cup Winner 1901/02; City Cup Winner; (with Glentoran) Irish League Champion 1904/05; (with Belfast Celtic) Irish Cup Runner-Up 1905/06; City Cup Winner.

Club Career:
FA Cup
* 25/3
Belfast Celtic
* all games.

Capped while with each of Belfast's "big three" clubs, Jimmy Maxwell was a capable player right across the forward-line.

Maxwell first made an impact in Linfield's "treble" winning campaign of 1901/02, claiming Irish League, Irish Cup and City Cup winner's medals. He was rewarded with a first cap in February 1902, playing in his favoured inside-right role in a 3-0 win over Wales at Cardiff Arms Park. As well as the three International caps Maxwell won while a Linfield player, he also played for the Irish League in a rare win against their Scottish counterparts, 1-0 at Grosvenor Park in February 1903.

Transferred to Glentoran in 1904, he made an early return to Windsor Park, scoring in a 2-2 draw with his old club, as the Glens went on to claim the Irish League title. Maxwell returned to the Ireland team after a two-year absense winning caps against Scotland and Wales.

After a single season at the Oval, Maxwell moved on to join Belfast Celtic. Further major honours eluded him while at Paradise, though he did play in the 1906 Irish Cup Final defeat by Shelbourne at Dalymount Park. He scored his first international goal in April 1906, in a 4-4 draw with Wales (note that some sources credit him with two goals in this match), and made his final appearance in an Ireland shirt eleven months later, in a 3-0 defeat by Scotland.

In July 1916 Maxwell was "reported killed" while serving in the Great War*.


Ireland Cap Details:
22-02-1902 Wales... A W 3-0 BC
14-02-1903 England. A L 0-4 BC
28-03-1903 Wales... H W 2-0 BC
18-03-1905 Scotland A L 0-4 BC
08-04-1905 Wales... H D 2-2 BC
02-04-1906 Wales... A D 4-4 BC 1 Goal
16-03-1907 Scotland A L 0-3 BC

Summary: 7/1. Won 2, Drew 2, Lost 3.

* details as reported in CWGC to be confirmed as the same man. Courtesy of Stuart Fairway.

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