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Jim Langley

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Position Left back
Born 07 Feb 1929, Kilburn (England)
Height 176 cm
Weight 72 kg
International Caps England: 3 full, ? B

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Leeds United 01 Jun 1952 01 Jul 1953 9 3  
Brighton and Hove Albion 01 Jul 1953 01 Feb 1957 166 14 £12000
Fulham 01 Feb 1957 01 Jul 1965 323 31 £5000
Queens Park Rangers 01 Jul 1965 01 Jun 1967 87 9  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1952 - 1953 9 3 0   0   0   0  
Total 9 3 0   0   0   0  

Jabba's Comments

In his one season at Elland Road, Jim Langley was used as a winger, but he made his name as a full-back - and with Jimmy Dunn and Grenville Hair in firm possession of the 2 and 3 shirts, nobody considered playing him there for Leeds on a regular basis and with the player not really settled in the north, he moved on to Third Division Brighton and started to make a name for himself. He moved on to Fulham and spent 8 productive years there, and won himself 3 England caps at left back and became only the second full-back to rack up 50 goals. He was released by Fulham in 1965 and dropped back down to Division 3 with QPR where he picked up a League Cup winners medal as Rangers beat West Brom. He enjoyed a brief spell in non-league management and spent some time with Crystal Palace as a coach.

Brian Butterly says: I worked with Jim Langley at Rank Xerox (Uxbridge) in the early 1970s - he was involved in arranging functions and conferences. A really nice person with a kind word for everyone.

Martin Kinasz says: I saw gentleman Jim Langley as player manager of non-league Hillingdon Borough from the late 1960's to mid 70's. He was a class act. Helped the Boro to Wembley in 1971 to the FA Challenge Trophy Final. Helped the Boro knock 3rd Division Luton out of the FA Cup in 1970. I love the man... Hopefully he's still with us. Anyone know of his whereabouts. I'd love to get in touch...

Owen Lonsdale says: For several years Jim lived at 163 West Drayton Road Hillingdon (I know as we lived at 136 and sometimes got his misdirected letters). I was a supporter of Hillingdon Borough during the seventies and would confirm that Jim Langley was a gentleman off and on the field. One occasion I remember was when Jimmy Greaves was playing for Barnet, then in the same league as Hillingdon (Southern) and Greavsie received a one match ban. This would have prevented him playing in the cup for Barnet against a league side so Jim Langley quickly re-arranged a league match to ensure that Greavsie could play. Yes he really was gentleman Jim. I moved away from the area and do not know his whereabouts.

Trevor Walhen says: I saw Langley play at Fulham for many years I have a photo of him signing autographs the day he got picked for his first international.

Cliff Moore says: I saw Jim play over many seasons at Fulham and he was one of the most accomplished full backs I have ever seen play. He would always give 100% and was also fantastic at bicycle kicks.

Alan Townsend says: i was pleased to find this site jim was my schoolboy hero i even change from being a right food to a left foot and played at no3 as well i remember jim al brighton and every week i asked for his autogragh he said how many times do tou what is i said last week i change three for a stanley mathews one

John Reynolds says: I remember Jim at Fulham and as well as his overhead kicks he had a terrific long throw and was great at slide tackles. I remember him going in goal on one occasion when Macedo was injured. He was a true gentleman and always signed an autograph. Before each home game he always kicked one of the goal posts at the Putney end. Fulham's loss was QPR's gain.

Martin Kinasz says: Regarding what John Reynolds said. He continued the tradition of kicking the goalpost at the beginning of Hillingdon's matches. His long throw was legendary. Think this is where the Chelsea footballer of the early 70's picked it up (Hutchinson ??)

Ian says: Yes I remember Jim Langley playing in goal for Fulham.I'm sure he did it more than once.I can remember the Fulham goal keeper Tony Macedo playing on the wing with his arm bound substitutes in the 60's.

Ian says: This information about Jim Langley has just appeared on the Fulham Fc(official) message board: Jimmy Langley (Retired after being a steward at Hillingdon Br legion) I hope that is of interest.

Ron Hetherington says: Yes a great player & gentleman saw him play for most of his fulham career,last ime I saw jim was at a testimonial dinner in the riverside suite at FFC it was for Tosh Chamberlain another Fulham legend.Many old favourites there,Johny Haynes Ted Drake,Tommy Trinder,Sir Bobby Robson,and many more.

relative says: jim langley had a stroke in the 90's but is still with us and still living in the hillingdon area

John Dowling says: I saw Jim play for Hillingdon more than once at my home town club, Guildford City FC (GCFC), in the 1970s. Yes he had a fantastic long throw. Alas GCFC is now defunct but the site of old ground has a street on it named Langley Close. I understand that Jim played for GCFC at some stage, but when, I don't know; certainly not between 1964 and 1975. He played against GCFC for an All Stars team in the late 1950s/early 60s according to the programme so there has to be a connection, I believe. I would love to hear more on the man. Is there a biography? If not, I'm sure we could all put one together... ......Forgot to mention that I believe that he played for LONDON in the Fairs Cup Final vs Barcelona in the 1950s.

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