Alex James

Alex James

Birth
Mossend, North Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death 1 Jun 1953 (aged 51)
Holloway, London Borough of Islington, Greater London, England
Burial Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England
Plot Scattered on Crocus Lawn.
Memorial ID 15118972 · View Source
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British football (soccer) legend. He was born Alexander Wilson James in Caledonian Buildings, Mossend, Lanarkshire, Scotland. James signed with Arsenal's legendary manager Herbert Chapman from Preston for a fee of £9000 in 1929, and went on to become one of the great players of the twentieth centery. Famed for his baggy shorts and long, raking passes, he helped secure four (three of which were consecutive)league titles and two Football Association cups for the famed Arsenal side of the 1930's. Following his retirement in 1937, he went to Poland to coach the Polish national side — a position he enjoyed but which came to an abrupt end when Germany invaded Poland in September 1939. Following the war he rejoined Arsenal as a reserve team coach in 1947. He later contracted cancer and, after a short illness, died on 1 June 1953 in the Royal Northern Hospital, Holloway, London. Following his cremation at Golders Green his ashes were scattered on the Crocus Lawns.

Bio by: Kieran Smith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Kieran Smith
  • Added: 2 Aug 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15118972
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alex James (14 Sep 1901–1 Jun 1953), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15118972, citing Golders Green Crematorium, Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .