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Alex James (footballer)

Alex James (footballer)
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Full nameAlexander Wilson James
Playing positionInside forward

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Alexander Wilson James (14 September 1901 - 1 June 1953) was a Scottish footballer, and is most noted for his success with Arsenal, where he is regarded as one of the club's greatest players of all time. James played as an inside forward, as a supporting player for the main strikers. He was famed for the excellent quality of his passing and supreme ball control, leading many modern-day comparisons with Arsenal forward Dennis Bergkamp. His rheumatism meant he wore "baggy" shorts to hide the long johns he wore to keep warm; the baggy appearance became his trademark.

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