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Player Details : James "Jim" Iley
Demographic Information
Name James "Jim" Iley
Date of Birth15/12/1935
Place of BirthSouth Kirby, England
PositionWing Half
Newcastle Statistics
Years 1962 - 1969
Debut:08/09/1962 - Plymouth Argyle [H] --- (W 3-1)
Appearances:249   [Starts: 243,  Subs: 6]
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Jim was a tremendous all-round midfielder and being quite tall, and balding, he cut a unique figure on the pitch. He became club captain and was one of leading payers in the team that took Newcastle back in to the First Division in 1965.

He left Newcastle to become player-manager at Peterborough (01/01/1969 - 30/09/1972) then entered full-time management with Barnsley with whom he spent 5 seasons (01/04/1973 - 14/04/1978 ). There then followed a torrid time at Blackburn Rovers (see below), a good solid, if unspectacular four seasons at Bury (01/07/1980 - 16/02/1984) and he finished his managerial career with a single season, 1984-85, at Exeter City.

Jim had a very turbulent reign at Blackburn that lasted for only 172 days (14/04/1978 - 01/11/1978), but that was long enough to brew a lethal cocktail of poor results, unhappy players and disgruntled fans. Overall Jim was in charge for only 16 games, but with a record of only 2 wins, 8 lost and 6 drawn, this was seen as nowhere near good enough.


Notable Transfers
Date From To Fee
06/09/1962 Nottingham Forest Newcastle United £17,000
08/01/1969 Newcastle United Peterborough United Free Transfer

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