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Jimmy Delaney Squad Index
Information:
1951-52 Squad Number:
7
Position:
Outside Right
Date of Birth:
03rd September 1914
Birthplace:
Cleland, North Lanark
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
5' 8 1/2
Weight:
11st 9lbs
Signed:
15/11/1950
Career History:
NOTE: Player Career history has been temporarily removed for data cleanse.
 
Profile:
You will have read in the press of the latest arrival at Merkland Road. We are all delighted to welcome Jimmy Delaney to Aberdeen, and trust that he will enjoy many happy years at Pittodrie. Jimmy, like many another Scot, decided that "East, west - hame's best," and it is rather nice to reflect that when Manchester United decided they could at length part with this grand servant, Manager Busby should at once think of his friends in Aberdeen. Jimmy Delaney has always had a soft side for Pittodrie, and we feel sure the Dons supporters will soon make him feel very much at home.

Source: Match Programme, 18th November 1950

Jimmy retired in 1957 after more than a quarter of a century in professional football, his travels taking him on a tour of the British Isles from Celtic to Elgin City. He had a remarkable career in Scotland, England and Ireland and had the distinction of winning medals in the Scottish, F.A. and Irish Cups.

In 1937 Jimmy helped Celtic to beat Aberdeen in the final of the Scottish Cup; in 1946 he gained an English medal when Manchester United beat Blackpool, and he completed a unique hat-trick with Derry City who won the Irish Cup in 1954.

In 1950, the late Mr. David Halliday pulled off a surprise deal for Aberdeen F.C. when he paid Manchester United 4,000 for Delaney's services, but Jimmy spent little more than a year at Pittodrie. He was transferred to Falkirk in December, 1951.

During his spell as a Dons player, Delaney made 39 first-team appearances, 34 at outside right and five at centre forward. In that period he scored only 11 goals, but Pittodrie supporters still got glimpses of his speed and class Jimmy helped Falkirk to gain promotion before moving to Ireland to play first with Derry City and then Cork Athletic. He returned to Scotland to sign for Elgin City and finally retired from the game in April, 1957. He did make one last appearance in Aberdeen after his departure from Pittodrie, turning out for Elgin at King's College where the Highland League team were beaten 4-1 by Aberdeen University in a North Supplementary Cup-tie.

Jimmy, who became a labourer in Lanarkshire, severed his connection with the game he served so well and for so long. In fact, he did not even go along to watch any matches. Jimmy died at the age of 75 in Cleland, Lanarkshire on the 26th September 1989.


Appearances: show debut only
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
18/11/1950
Aberdeen 5-1 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 36 Start
25/11/1950
Raith Rovers 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 36 Start
02/12/1950
Aberdeen 2-0 Heart of Midlothian
Div 1 (Old) 22,000 36 Start
09/12/1950
Aberdeen 4-2 Motherwell
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 36 Start
16/12/1950
Morton 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 36 Start
23/12/1950
Aberdeen 1-1 Airdrie
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 36 Start
30/12/1950
East Fife 0-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 36 Start
01/01/1951
Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 30,000 36 Start
02/01/1951
Hibernian 6-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 35,000 36 Start
06/01/1951
Aberdeen 1-1 St. Mirren
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 36 Start
13/01/1951
Celtic 3-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 45,000 36 Start
20/01/1951
Clyde 0-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 36 Start
27/01/1951
Aberdeen 6-1 Inverness Caledonian
Scottish Cup R1 22,000 36 Start
03/02/1951
Aberdeen 2-4 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 42,000 36 Start
10/02/1951
Aberdeen 4-0 Third Lanark
Scottish Cup R2 28,000 36 Start
17/02/1951
Aberdeen 4-1 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 16,000 36 Start
24/02/1951
Falkirk 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,500 36 Start
03/03/1951
Aberdeen 1-2 Raith Rovers
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 36 Start
10/03/1951
Celtic 3-0 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 75,000 36 Start
17/03/1951
Motherwell 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 36 Start
24/03/1951
Aberdeen 3-0 Morton
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 36 Start
07/04/1951
Aberdeen 1-2 East Fife
Div 1 (Old) 7,500 36 Start
16/04/1951
Aberdeen 2-1 Sunderland
Friendly 17,000 36 Start
18/04/1951
Heart of Midlothian 4-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 36 Start
21/04/1951
Falkirk 3-3 Aberdeen
Dewar Shield SF 2L 36 Start
28/04/1951
Third Lanark 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 13,500 36 Start
02/05/1951
Manchester United 3-1 Aberdeen
Friendly 36 Start
15/05/1951
Aberdeen 5-1 Deveronvale
Dewar Shield PR1 1L 36 Start
23/05/1951
Norwegian Select 0-4 Aberdeen
Scandinavian Tour 36 Start
29/05/1951
Combined Bergen XI 1-7 Aberdeen
Scandinavian Tour 36 Start
01/06/1951
Norwegian County XI 2-7 Aberdeen
Scandinavian Tour 36 Start
14/07/1951
Aberdeen 2-1 Rangers
St Mungo Cup R1 35,000 36 Start
25/07/1951
Hibernian 1-1 Aberdeen
St Mungo Cup SF 27,000 36 Start
11/08/1951
Aberdeen 5-4 Queen of the South
League Cup GD 17,000 36 Start
15/08/1951
Rangers 2-1 Aberdeen
League Cup GD 60,000 36 Start
18/08/1951
East Fife 3-0 Aberdeen
League Cup GD 10,000 36 Start
29/08/1951
Aberdeen 2-1 Rangers
League Cup GD 42,000 36 Start
01/09/1951
Aberdeen 2-3 East Fife
League Cup GD 18,000 36 Start
08/09/1951
Aberdeen 3-0 St. Mirren
Div 1 (Old) 18,000 37 Start
15/09/1951
Hibernian 4-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 30,000 37 Start
22/09/1951
Aberdeen 3-1 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 25,000 37 Start
06/10/1951
Aberdeen 1-4 Airdrie
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 37 Start
13/10/1951
Queen of the South 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 37 Start
20/10/1951
Third Lanark 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 37 Start
10/11/1951
Aberdeen 4-2 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 37 Start
17/11/1951
Stirling Albion 0-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 37 Start
24/11/1951
Aberdeen 2-2 Raith Rovers
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 37 Start
01/12/1951
Heart of Midlothian 2-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 37 Start

Appearances
Season League League Cup Scottish Cup Europe Total Other
  App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals
1951-52
10
0
4
5
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
6
2
0
0
1950-51
21
0
4
0
0
0
3
0
1
0
0
0
24
0
5
7
0
1
Totals:
31
0
8
5
0
2
3
0
1
0
0
0
39
0
11
9
0
1
Total Appearances/Goals: 39 11