Jimmy Bissett

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Jimmy Bissett
Personal information
Full name James Thompson Bissett[1]
Date of birth (1898-06-19)19 June 1898[1]
Place of birth Lochee,[1] Dundee, Scotland
Playing position(s) Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1920–1922 Everton 0 (0)
Ebbw Vale
1922–1923 Southend United 33 (0)
1923–1924 Rochdale 42 (3)
1924–1926 Middlesbrough 33 (0)
1926–1927 Lincoln City 32 (6)
Raith Rovers
Teams managed
1928–1933 Dundee
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James Thompson Bissett (19 June 1898 – after 1932) was a Scottish footballer who made 140 appearances in the Football League playing for Southend United, Rochdale, Middlesbrough and Lincoln City. He played as a right back.[1][2] He was manager of Dundee from 1928 to 1933.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Bissett was born in Lochee, Dundee, and began his football career with his local professional club, Dundee F.C. He moved to England in early 1920 to sign for Football League First Division club Everton for a £250 fee,[4] At the end of the season he was transfer-listed at the same valuation,[5] but by October, when the player applied to have the fee reduced, the directors decided to invite offers.[6] Interest from Southern League club Ebbw Vale[7] did not result in a permanent move, and eventually, in the 1922 close season, Bissett was allowed to leave on a free transfer to Southend United of the Third Division South.[8]

He made his debut on the opening day of the 1922–23 Football League season in a 2–0 win away at Newport County: according to the Daily Express, "[his] work left nothing to be desired".[9] He played regularly for Southend,[10] and the following season was ever-present for Rochdale, and converted three penalties, as they finished second in the Third Division North, only one point behind champions Wolverhampton Wanderers.[11][12] He signed for Middlesbrough, newly relegated from the First Division, as soon as the season ended.[13]

Bissett went straight into Middlesbrough's starting eleven for the new campaign, and was a regular selection until the end of January 1925. He next appeared for the first team more than a year later, playing the last nine matches of the 1925–26 season.[14] He then returned to the Third Division, signing for Lincoln City for what the Express called "a substantial fee".[15] He played in 32 matches in his first season, and in the opening match of the next,[2] and then returned to his native Scotland where he was on the books of Dundee and Raith Rovers.[1]

From 1928 to 1933, Bissett was manager of Dundee.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6.
  2. ^ a b "James Bissett". The Lincoln City FC Archive. Lincoln City F.C. Retrieved 18 May 2013. Appearances per season are sourced via the Season Stats dropdown menu at the bottom right of this page. The site is partly subscription-based, but only free-access sections are used for reference. If pop-up login dialogue boxes appear, press the "Cancel" button to proceed.
  3. ^ a b "Managers" (Excel spreadsheet). scottishleague.net. David Ross. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Minutes of meeting held 24th February 1920". Minute Book No. 10. The Everton Football Club Co. Ltd. 1919–21. p. 155.
  5. ^ "Minutes of meeting held 27th April 1920". Minute Book No. 10. p. 192.
  6. ^ "Minutes of meeting held 25th October 1920". Minute Book No. 10. p. 251.
  7. ^ "Minutes of meeting held 30th November 1920". Minute Book No. 10. p. 270.
  8. ^ "Minutes of meeting held 9th May 1922". Minute Book No. 11. The Everton Football Club Co. Ltd. 1921–22. p. 246.
  9. ^ "Southend's sally". Daily Express. 28 August 1922. p. 8.
  10. ^ "Jimmy Bissett". Southend United database. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  11. ^ "Division 3(N) 1923–24". Up The Dale. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  12. ^ "Rochdale 1923–1924: English Division Three (North) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  13. ^ "Other sport in brief". Daily Mirror. 5 May 1924. p. 18. Middlesbrough have secured Bissett, the Rochdale right full back.
  14. ^ "James Bissett: Club matches". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  15. ^ "Brighter Lincoln". Daily Express. 20 August 1926. p. 13.