Jimmy Mann

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15 December 1952

Signed from: Leeds united, 1974
Position: Midfield
Seasons played:1974-82
Appearances: 283
Goals: 45

Regarded as a striker when joining City from Leeds united on a free transfer, along with goalkeeper John Shaw, in May 1974, Jimmy was soon persuaded to switch to the role of attacking midfielder by manager Alan Dicks and quickly established himself as a favourite with Ashton Gate fans.

The Yorkshireman not only possessed a rocket shot, which proved an asset when taking free kicks, but also proved a deceptive runner with the ball, adept at taking on opponents and leaving them in his wake. He made 30 appearances in the Second Division promotion campaign of 1975-76, scoring twice in an early 3-0 defeat of prospective champions Sunderland at Ashton Gate.

Jimmy’s most famous City goal came in a First Division home game against reigning European Champions Nottingham Forest in September 1979 when he beat England goalkeeper Peter Shilton with a thunderbolt from around 40-yards, which ripped into the top corner of the net in front of the old East End.

In the second half of the same game, which ended 1-1, he hit the woodwork with what he deemed an equally well- struck shot from 25-yards. Had that effort found the net, it would have been difficult to imagine two better goals from a City player in the same match.

Robins supporters became used to spectacular strikes from Jimmy over his eight seasons as a City player. He was enjoying one of his most prolific campaigns in front of goal when his time at Ashton Gate ended so abruptly as one of the Ashton Gate Eight.

After leaving, Jimmy had spells with Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers, managed respectively by Leeds legends Norman Hunter and Billy Bremner, as well as a period with Scunthorpe united. But recurring injury problems led to him retiring from professional football while still in his early thirties.