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Jimmy Hogan

Personal information
Full nameJames Hogan
Date of birth16 October 1882
Place of birthNelson, Lancashire|countryofbirth=England, England
Date of death30 January 1974(age 91)
Place of deathBurnley, Lancashire|countryofdeath=England, England
Playing positionInside forward

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James "Jimmy" Hogan (16 October 1882 in Nelson, Lancashire 30 January 1974 in Burnley, Lancashire) was an English football player and coach of Irish descent. He is counted amongst the great pioneers of the game on the European continent.

Hogan enjoyed some success as a footballer, reaching an FA Cup Semi-Final with Fulham in 1908, but it was as a coach that his abilities shone through.

Hogan was famously described as a "traitor" by FA Secretary Frederick Wall after Hogan spent the duration of World War I in Europe.

He moved to Liverpool to be with his family who he had not seen for four years due to the break out of World War I. Whilst there he worked at Walker's Tobacco in Everton.

Hogan is considered one of the great pioneers of the game on the continent, especially in Austria, Hungary, Switzerland and Germany. In Switzerland he coached ca. 1924 Young Boys Berne. In this period he was also besides his compatriot Teddy Duckworth, then coach of Servette FC, and the Hungarian Izidor "Dori" Kürschner, then coach of FC Nordstern Basel, responsible for one of three regional coaching groups preparing the Swiss national team for the Olympics 1924 in Paris. Duckworth should take the team there to the final, losing to the giants of that era, Uruguay, 0-3. This is up to now the greatest success in Swiss footballing history. In 1925 and from 1933 to 1934 Hogan coached Lausanne Sports.

Partly responsible for the development of football in mainland Europe, Hogan formed a great partnership with the legendary Hugo Meisl - coaching the Austrian national team to unprecedented success.

After a brief spell as Fulham boss, Hogan returned to Austria, where he coached them to the 1936 Olympic final.

Aston Villa appointed Hogan as their manager in November 1936. This was following the embarrassment of the club's first ever relegation the previous season. Within two seasons, Hogan had guided Villa back to the top flight.

Beyond the assignments mentioned he has also coached the teams of FC Dordrecht in the Netherlands, MTK Hungária and Dresdner SC. Hogan also had a short spell in the early 1950s as a coach at Celtic F.C.. His ideas, which emphasized greater ball control, were often dismissed within British football, although he did have a formative influence on the generation of managers who would emerge in the 1960s, from Hungary, Netherlands, Germany just to name a few.

He is sometimes credited with the revolution in European football that saw Hungary thrash England 6 3 at Wembley in 1953, ushering in a new football era. After the match, Sándor Barcs, then president of the Hungarian Football Federation, said to the press, "Jimmy Hogan taught us everything we know about football." Gusztáv Sebes, the Hungarian footballer and coach, said of Hogan, "We played football as Jimmy Hogan taught us. When our football history is told, his name should be written in gold letters".

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