16 October 2008

Jimmy "Paddy" Sheridan

Name: James Sheridan
Born: 15 May 1882, Downpatrick (some sources list birth date as April 1884)
Died: before 1960 (possibly in Glasgow)
Height: 5.07½ ft / 1.71 m
Weight: 11.0 st / 70 kg
Position: Inside-Forward

Representative Honours: Ireland: 6 Full Caps / 2 Goals (1903-1905).

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Cambuslang Hibernian
-
Aug-01
-
(Scotland)
Everton
02/03-03/04
May-02
-
20/4
-
-
Stoke
04/05
Sep-04
£300
12/1
-
-
New Brompton
05/06
Jun-05
-
(Southern League)
Colne
05/06
Feb-06
-
(Lancashire Combination)
Accrington Stanley
-
May-06
-
(Lancashire Combination)
Bo'ness
07/08
Aug-07
-
-
-
-
Shelbourne
08/09
Aug-08
-
-
-
-
Broxburn Athletic
09/10
Jun-09
-
-
-
-
Clyde
09/10
Oct-09
-
2/4
-
-
Alloa Athletic
-
Jan-10
-
-
-
-
Hamilton Academical
10/11
Jan-11
Trial
5/0
-
-
Port Glasgow Athletic
11/12
Aug-11
-
-
-
-
Newcastle City
11/12
Dec-11
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(North Eastern League)
Ashington
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May-12
-
(Northern Alliance)
TOTALS
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£-
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-
-

Biography:
A skilful inside-forward, "Paddy" Sheridan played Junior football in Scotland before signing for Everton in 1902. He made his Football League debut against Wolves in the opening weeks of the 1902/03 season and played 17 times that season, scoring twice, but thereafter fell from the firstteam reckoning.

Ireland got off to a poor start in the 1903 International Championship campaign, losing 4-0 to England on Sheridan's international debut. On the occasion of his second appearance a "superior" Irish side defeated Scotland for the first time, running out 2-0 winners at Parkhead thanks largely to "the effectiveness of the Irish forwards". Ireland secured a share of the title as Sheridan's late goal wrapped up a 2-0 win over Wales.

Capped five times while with the Toffees, Sheridan made his Stoke debut in a 2-1 home win over Sheffield United, though he struggled to settle and left for New Brompton at the end of the season. He won his sixth and final cap while with Stoke, but his poor form left the Athletic News to question his selection: "Why... Sheridan, of Stoke, should have been capped is beyond comprehension."

In the summer of 1906 it was reported that Sheridan had retired through injury, though he quickly returned to the field for a number of teams across the British Isles.

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Ireland Cap Details:
14-02-1903 England. A L 0-4 BC
21-03-1903 Scotland A W 2-0 BC
28-03-1903 Wales... H W 2-0 BC 1 Goal
12-03-1904 England. H L 1-3 BC
26-03-1904 Scotland H D 1-1 BC 1 Goal
25-02-1905 England. A D 1-1 BC

Summary: 6/2. Won 2, Drew 2, Lost 2.


With thanks to Martin O'Connor for details of Sheridan's later career. Further details to be confirmed.

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