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Jim Cannon

Personal information
Full nameJames Cannon
Date of birth2 October 1953(age 63)
Place of birthGlasgow, Scotland
Playing positionCentre back

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James "Jim" Cannon (born 2 October 1953) is a retired Scottish footballer.

He was, along with several other promising young Scottish players, signed as a junior for Crystal Palace F.C. by then manager Bert Head. He made a goalscoring debut on March 31, 1973 against Chelsea and went on to make 660 appearances for the club, beating Terry Long's record in the 1984-85 season.

A cultured centre half who could also play at left back or in midfield, he eventually left the club at the end of the 1987-88 season (15 seasons after his debut), having been captain for the previous ten seasons, and, following a short spell with Bristol Rovers he retired from the professional game to set up the successful company ICS Builders in the Croydon area.

From the 2005-06 season onwards, he made a return to Palace, in the hospitality department, hosting the executive boxes at Selhurst Park on matchdays.

In 2005, Jim was voted into Palace's Centenary XI, and was only just pipped to "The Player of The Century" award by Ian Wright.

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