Foxes A to Z; Jimmy Goodfellow

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A nippy, neatly balanced ‘cruisweight’ striker picked up on a free transfer from Third Lanark when economy measure dictated that the ill fated Glasgow club divest itself of a superbly skilful forward-line.

Jimmy gave excellent inside forward support to City’s mid 60’s front line, and notched several useful goals – including one in the first leg of the 1965 League Cup Final, and an 18-yard header in one sweet home win over Forest.

He enters the record book indelibly, though, for his 35th league appearance for City – as the club’s first ever No. 12, replacing Graham Cross against Liverpool on the first day (21.8.1965) the rules allowed substitutes for injured players.

After his days at Leicester, Jimmy moved to Mansfield. He renewed an effective partnership with Nick Sharkey that had first been forged in City’s Football Combination side, playing 98 league games from 1967 to 1971, he scored 26 goals. One highlight while at Mansfield was the 1969 FA Cup run which ended with a defeat to Leicester in the 6th round.

His only senior representative honour was selection for the Scottish League against Scotland in February 1962, when Frank McLintock was amongst the opposition. Jimmy later worked as an electrician based in Leicestershire. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 72.


  • Full Name: James Boyd Goodfellow
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of Birth: 30.07.1938
  • Birthplace: Edinburgh
  • Nation: Scotland
  • Caps / Goals: –
  • Major League Career:
    • 1958-63, Third Lanark (117/30)
    • 1963-67, Leicester City (98/26)
    • 1967-71, Mansfield Town (99/14)
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