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Former footballer Jimmy Andrews passes away

Former footballer Jimmy Andrews passes away

TRIBUTES have been paid to former footballer Jimmy Andrews who played for West Ham in the 1950s. He was 85.

Mr. Andrews had joined the club from Dundee in 1951 at a time when the London side was laying the foundations for one of the most successful periods in its history.

Under manager Ted Fenton, West Ham began to develop what was dubbed the side’s Academy of Football — one of the first such initiatives by any club to develop young talent. Eventually the Academy was to produce such talents as Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst.

The team that Mr. Andrews was a member of included Malcolm Allison and Noel Cantwell.

He went on to make 120 appearances for the side, scoring 22 goals. After leaving the club in 1956, Mr. Andrews joined Leyton Orient where he made 32 appearances. 

But it was at another London side where Mr. Andrews was to finish his playing career. He played a total of 82 games for Queen’s Park Rangers before retiring as a player and entering management.

After a spell under Tommy Docherty at Chelsea he moved on to become youth coach at Tottenham Hotspur.

In 1974, Mr. Andrews was appointed as manager of the then second division side Cardiff. He was to remain at the club until a parting of the ways in 1978.

Mr. Andrews then worked as a scout for Southampton and in later years coached a number of teams in the Cowbridge area near Cardiff where he had settled.


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