The youngest of the three Milburn brothers who played for Leeds,
Jim started his career with Ashington, and didn't get a match for
three years after he signed for Leeds. When he did, it was the last
game before war broke out and although he made a large number of
wartime appearances for the club when he was home from active service,
it wasn't until the resumption of normal football - nearly 10 years
after he signed for Leeds - that Jim found himself in the side
regularly. He took on the mantle of penalty taker from brother Jack
and was even used as a centre-forward towards the end of his time at
Leeds (this was before they had realised that John Charles might be
quite useful in that position). He went on to enjoy three good
seasons with Bradford Park Avenue before retiring from the
professional game in 1955. He died in 1985.
Peter Moore says: I well remember Jimmy Milburn playing for Leeds
United, during and after the 2nd World War. One game in particular
stands out against Middlesboro at home. Leeds were three nil down in
the second half, and they moved Jimmy to centre forward and in no time
the score was 3-3 thanks to his hat trick the game ended in a
draw. His older brothers Jack and George played in the same as my late
father (Stan Moore) in the 1930's, and are all of course related to
Jack and Bobby Charlton.
Tom Charlton says: Jimmy Milburn was my uncle and like me was the
youngest brother of famous brothers. I remember him best from when he
brought his family to Ashington to stay with us during the close
season.He was arweally nice man and was always smiling. the thing I
recall was that he was literally covered in hair!!! except for his
head of course,a very common trait in the families.He had hair all the
way down to the ends of his fingers and I always thought he resembled
a gorilla,that is to my childish eyes as I was only 5 or 6 years old.
I also remember his broken nose, a standard accoutrement of a defender
in those days. I liked my uncle Jimmy.