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Jimmy White (Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Gillingham, Cambridge U.)

 



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Jimmy White, who played as centre forward for Portsmouth between 1959 and 1963, as well as playing for Bournemouth (twice), Gillingham and finally Cambridge United, has died at the age of 75.

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/...asses-away-1-8075749


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Jimmy White died on Monday 24th July 2017, in a Cambridgeshire hospice, aged 75.

The centre forward made 31 appearances for Portsmouth and scored six times after Freddie Cox brought him to Fratton Park from Bournemouth.

While at the Cherries, White made his league debut in the last match of the 1957-58 season aged 15 years and 321 days and remains the youngest debutant in the club’s history.

He netted on his Pompey league bow in a 1-1 home draw with Birmingham in March 1959 during a Division One campaign which ended in relegation.

However, he departed in June 1963 when boss George Smith, who had replaced Cox, allowed him to move to Gillingham, where he was converted into a centre half.

White later returned to Bournemouth before ending his professional career at Cambridge United, settling in the area after his playing retirement.


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A tribute to Jim on the Cambridge United historical website:

http://www.100yearsofcoconuts.co.uk/blog/jim-white-1942-2017

Jim managed a number of clubs in the Cambridge area including Histon (77-78) and Cambridge City reserves (81-82).


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Jim White will be remembered as a powerful, cultured player and thorough professional
who graced Cambridge United’s first season in the Football League, 1970-71.

He later forged a strong reputation as a coach and manager in local football.

Born in Parkstone, Dorset on 13th June 1942, he started out at Bournemouth
and became the youngest player to represent the Cherries when he played for the first team
at the age of 15 years, 321 days on 30th April 1958.

He made just that one League appearance before joining Portsmouth in 1959.
He played 34 times in four seasons for Pompey and was capped for England Youth before moving on to Gillingham.
There he made 65 appearances before rejoining Bournemouth in 1966.

Jim played in 175 League games in his second spell at Dean Court before joining United on 9th December 1970 as player-coach,
also taking on responsibility for the youth team. ‘Before I was even considered for the post everybody I met in the game spoke highly of the club,
and when I came for the interview I couldn’t help finding that there was an attitude of tremendous pride among the people here,’
he told the Cambridge Evening News at the time.

U’s manager Bill Leivers immediately made Jim his team captain, and he made his debut on December 19th in a 2-0 home defeat by Northampton.
He became a regular in the team as either a centre back or sweeper, depending on the tactics Leivers employed.
After a defiant 1-0 win at Stockport on January 15th, Leivers said: ‘Jimmy White is about the best professional I have come across.
Obviously there are players around with more ability, but Jimmy is absolutely dedicated.’

Jim scored his first goal for United on January 30th, an unforgettable 25 yard free kick in a 3-3 home draw with Barrow.

He lost his first-team place to Alan Guild for the 1971-72 season but continued his coaching and made regular appearances for the reserves in the Midweek League.
In all, he made 54 full and two substitute appearances for United, scoring four goals.

He called time on his playing career at the end of that season but remained as coach until he left the Abbey Stadium at the beginning of 1973-74 to become first team coach at Reading.
He later returned to the Cambridge area and managed or coached at King’s Lynn, Histon, Cambridge City, Chatteris and Swavesey, as well as enjoying a spell in Finland with TT Seinajoki.
He combined his football activities with a job as rep for an upholstery business.

He died peacefully, after a long illness, on July 24th 2017.

He is survived by his wife Sue.


(This post was edited by John Treleven on Jul 28, 2017, 2:11 PM)

 
 


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