English footballer and manager
James "Jimmy" Meadows (21 July 1931 – January 1994) was an England international who started his playing career in 1949 at Third-Division Southport, with whom, later in life, he had his most successful period in management. He took them to the 1972–73 Fourth Division championship with 62 points, a feat which Bill Shankly described at the time as tougher and more meritorious than his own championship with Liverpool that same year. Meadows was also caretaker manager of a number of other clubs, notably Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers and GIF Sundsvall (1976). His longest appointment was a two-and-a-half year spell at Stockport County in the late 1960s, and he returned there for a season in 1974. In between, he had a bizarre 81-day spell in charge of Bolton in 1971 as team manager to Nat Lofthouse's general managership. This spell saw the club virtually condemned to their first-ever period in the Third Division. Jimmy Meadows played for Manchester City in their 1955 FA Cup Final defeat to Newcastle. He was injured in the 17th minute in an attempted tackle down by his own corner flag. As substitutes weren't allowed in the English game until 1965–66, City had to play the rest of the game with ten players resulting in Newcastle winning 3–1. Meadows frequently went on tour with England during his international career. While in his first spell as Blackpool's caretaker manager, in 1970, Meadows appeared alongside Jimmy Armfield and Glyn James as the "Blackpool" team versus "Crystal Palace" in the popular television show Quiz Ball.
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