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Jimmy Crabtree

Jimmy Crabtree
Personal information
Full nameJames William Crabtree
Date of birth23 December 1871
Place of birthEngland Burnley, England
Date of death31 March 1908(age 36) 
Place of deathEngland Birmingham, England
Playing positionDefender

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James William "Jimmy" Crabtree (1871 1908) was a gifted English footballer of the end of the 19th century.

He began his career at Burnley, but left in 1890 and played in non-league football for two years before returning to Burnley for the 1892 93 season. His performances attracted the attention of FA Cup holders, Aston Villa, in 1895. He played alongside Howard Spencer at left-half, and went on to share the captaincy of the club with him.

He won League Championship medals with Villa in 1897, 1899 and 1900, he also lifted the FA Cup in as a part of the Aston Villa team that completed the Double in 1897.

One of England's greatest players. Shone in any position. Great as a half-back, but greater, possibly, as a back, kicking cleanly and with rare precision. A keen, skilful tackler, clever at close quarters and equally reliable in the open; cool, resourceful, and brainy. Excelled in the finer points of the game, and one of the most versatile players England has boasted. For many seasons unrivalled in his position.

He was capped 11 times by England whilst at Villa. He died suddenly at the age of 36.

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