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James Bumphrey
Born 4 May 1884[1]
Morpeth, Northumberland, England
Died 1946 (age 61)[2]
Northumberland, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[3]

James Bumphrey (4 May 1884 – 1946) was an English professional footballer who played 136 games and scored 7 goals in the Football League for Birmingham.[3][4]

Bumphrey was born in Morpeth, Northumberland, and played for Ashington Alliance before joining Birmingham in August 1908. A heavily built man, he was a strong tackler, though "a little wild", and headed the ball well despite being only 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) tall.[3] He made his debut in the Second Division on 31 December 1908, playing at inside left in a 1–1 draw away to Burnley.[5] For the next couple of seasons he played sporadically, always in the forward line, until becoming a regular in the side at wing half.[6] He made 143 appearances in all competitions for Birmingham in seven years, before moving back to his native north-east when the Football League suspended during the First World War.[3]

During the First World War, he served in the Royal Navy from 1917 to 1919, serving aboard HMS Princess Royal.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 James Bumphrey; Birth Date: 4 May 1884; Birth Place: Morpeth Northumberland; UK, Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939
  2. England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 76. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  4. Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData (Tony Brown). ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  5. Matthews, p. 155.
  6. Matthews, pp. 155–58.

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