James Logan Player Profile

Personal

Career



Dundee Career Summary


Competitive Friendlies Other (War)
1894-95 2-2- - -
TOTAL 2-2- - -

NOTES:
Other Cups may include: Anglo-Scottish Cup, Challenge Cup, Cup Winners' Cup, Drybrough Cup, International Soccer League, League Cup, Summer Cup, Texaco Cup.


Biography


James Logan was a Scotland international striker who played for Dundee in their second ever season but is more famous at Notts County after scoring a hat-trick in their 1894 FA Cup win. Tragically however Logan died of pneumonia just two years later when catching a chill after playing in the rain for Loughborough and was buried in a pauper’s grave.

Last year however fans of Notts County located his grave, started a campaign online and raised funds to give the Magpies legend a new headstone which was unveiled in a dedication ceremony.

Logan had started his career at the age of 20 just down the road from his native Troon at Ayr F.C in 1891, where he attracted the attention of the Scottish FA selectors and on his international debut, scored in a 4-3 win over Wales at The Racecourse in Wrexham.

Despite his promise, the young, slightly-built centre forward moved to Sunderland but only played two games for the reigning English League champions’ as he found it tough to break into the Roker Park side. Jimmy didn’t seem destined to be a professional player when he made his way back to Ayr to return to his amateur roots but Aston Villa came in and made him an offer to return to England.

With the Scottish game languishing in amateurism, Caledonia’s footballers were regularly drawn south and Villa paid £30 for Logan, a large sum for an unproven striker. In his first season he played ten times and scored in seven of these games, but again this wouldn’t last beyond another season.

It’s unclear why this prolific forward was moved on but in 1893 he signed for Second Division Notts County, a move that would mark his name in football’s history books.
County started the season with four consecutive wins and Logan scored in all of them. On his debut he scored twice in a 3-0 win over Grimsby and within weeks Jimmy added his first hat-trick in a 6-1 win over Burslem Port Vale.

The formation favoured in 1893/94 was 2-3-5. Notts County played this formation with England international Harry Daft playing on the left wing and went the whole season with only a handful of losses and Logan revelled in the supply he was receiving from his teammates.

It was the Magpies FA Cup run where Logan really stood out. He scored in every round except the semi-final. In the first round he netted the only goal against Burnley and in the second claimed the first in a 2-0 win over Burton Wanderers. In the Third Round, County met local rivals Nottingham Forest and after a 1-1 draw at Forest’s Town Ground, The Magpies demolished them at Meadow Lane in the replay with Logan providing another goal in the 4-1 win.

It was expected that Notts County would lose in the semi-final at Bramall Lane. They had drawn Blackburn Rovers who were battling for second place in the First Division and in a close match, Harry Daft scored the only goal of the game to put the Magpies into the FA Cup Final against Bolton Wanderers.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at the Fallowfield Ground in Manchester but there had been problems at the 1893 final, when 45,000 spectators turned up to a 15,000 capacity stadium. Most of the supporters at the game had attended but not seen a great deal of it. The ground was chosen again for the 1899 FA Cup Semi-Final but the Sheffield United v Liverpool game had to be abandoned due to a crush in the crowd and The FA decided that the 1894 final would be played at Goodison Park for safety reasons.

Bolton Wanderers hadn’t had a great season. They were near the foot of the First Division and one of their star players, England winger David Weir, had been left out of the squad due to disagreements with the club directors. Bolton did however have their captain, Di Jones, who was a confident Welsh international and a formidable full back and it is a sad coincidence that Jones would also lose his life as a consequence of playing football in 1902. He contracted tetanus after injuring himself on a piece of glass on a football pitch.

Notts County, unlike Bolton, were at full strength and fighting for a cause. The morning of the final the team were informed of the sudden death of Sandy Ferguson, a former teammate, who had played with them in the FA Cup Final only three years earlier.

According to Philip Gibbons book Association Football in Victorian England, the game was all Notts County with James Logan and Sam Donnelly putting constant pressure on the Bolton defence. Arthur Watson gave County the lead, assisted by a cross from Logan before the Nottingham team went into half time 2-0 up thanks to Jimmy Logan and some excellent wing play from Daft.

Logan came out in the second half as jubilant as the first and scored twice in a three minute period. This was only the second ever hat-trick in an FA Cup final, the first being William Townley in 1890 for Blackburn Rovers and since Logan there has only ever been one other, which was Stan Mortensen for Blackpool in 1953 which is the only Wembley hat-trick ever recorded.

Bolton scored a consolation goal to make the score 4-1 but the day belonged to Notts County and to their hat-trick hero James Logan who wrote himself into Magpies and English Football folklore.

However, it didn’t last at Notts County and Jimmy became unsettled in Nottingham and he moved to Dundee in March 1895, the week after Dundee lost their first ever Scottish Cup semi-final in a second replay against Renton at Celtic Park.

There was some silverware to be had for The Dee when Jimmy made his debut in a Forfarshire Cup Final with Lochee United at Gayfield. The Lochee United of Victorian Dundee were an amateur side (The Bluebells joined the Junior ranks in 1959) and in front of a healthy 8000 crowd, a Joe Fleming goal was enough for to take the cup back to Carolina Port as The Dee retained the trophy having won it in their inaugural year.

Logan played in two of the remaining four league games away at Hearts and Clyde and also in two prestigious home friendlies over Easter against former club Sunderland and against Blackburn but with The Dee finishing eighth in a ten team league, they had to apply for re-election.

Fortunately for Dundee they were re-elected alongside bottom club Dumbarton while second bottom Leith Athletic were replaced by neighbours Hibernian but Jimmy didn’t stick around for the Dark Blues’ third season when he was tempted back south to earn a wage with Newcastle United.

Black and white shirts clearly suited Jimmy as he rediscovered his scoring touch and after netting on his Newcastle debut got eight goals in his first nine games.

However in 1896, only five years after his footballing debut, Logan was moving to his seventh club, English League side Loughborough FC, where according to the local newspaper, a ‘large sum of money’ was paid for his transfer fee. In true Jimmy Logan fashion he scored on his debut and helped lift the Luffs off the bottom of the Second Division with a further four goals in ten games.

On April 3rd the Loughborough team travelled to Cheshire to play Crewe Alexandra after the game had been switched from Crewe’s home ground because of the ‘misconduct of the Crewe people’ – a Victorian taste of football hooliganism. As Loughborough were due to play Newton Heath (the previous name of Manchester United) the next day, the game was changed to Sandbach but unfortunately the Luffs left their kit in the Cheshire town.

The following day, in horrendous weather, the game against Newton Heath was delayed by 30 minutes as Loughborough looked to try and borrow some kit. Unable to delay the game any further and with a driving rain causing issues on the pitch, some of the Loughborough team turned out in ‘borrowed plumes’ but James Logan was one of the unfortunate players who hadn’t been able to borrow any kit and played in the clothes he had travelled in on the train.

The rain must have weighed down Logan’s suit and clung to him as he attempted to play and in front of a hardy crowd of 4000, the game ended in a 2-0 loss but for the Loughborough striker it would cost him more than a defeat.

The team, sodden and dispirited returned to the Midlands with Jimmy wearing the soaking clothes he had played in and caught a ‘chill’ and missed the next three games. Still unwell but able to play, Logan managed to turn out in the final match of the season against Crewe Alexandra and ever the goalscorer, he found his way onto the score sheet in a 4-1 victory.

In the close season Jimmy appeared to be making a good recovery but on May 23rd 1896 he took a turn for the worse. He was diagnosed with pneumonia, which had developed from his ‘chill’ and the fated forward never recovered. Two days later James Logan tragically died at the age of 25 and was buried four days later in plot 34 of compartment 114 at Loughborough Cemetery

Inexplicably the Scottish international forward had been buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave at the cemetery and it was there last August that a new headstone was laid and a dedication ceremony was held in his tribute.

Two Notts County fans, Andy Black and Jimmy Willan, launched a campaign to give Logan the recognition he deserves and it was Andy’s wife who managed to locate the original pauper’s grave. Until then, the only reminder of him has been a sign on a dirt road leading to the Longborough's Derby Road playing fields, bearing the name James Logan Way which thanks to the campaign has also been updated while the new headstone bear’s Logan’s name and achievements.

The ceremony was attended by local dignitaries, fans of Notts County and Longborough, The Magpies record scorer and club ambassador Less Bradd, as well as Richard McBrearty, curator of the Scottish Football Museum, representing the SFA for whom Jimmy had represented once.

It was a fitting tribute to a former Dee, long overdue and it is sad to think that James Logan may have survived if the Newton Heath game had been postponed or abandoned. He was a history-making footballer who died whilst playing in a suit and he will forever be remembered as that dashing young man in Notts County’s FA Cup winning team.

Debut

March 30th, 1895
Heart of Midlothian 4 - 0 Dundee

League (Division One)


Playing Statistics - First Team Competitive matches (All Seasons)



Competition NPS Win % Draw % Loss %
League 2-- --
Totals: 2-- --

 Recent Starting Appearances (First Team Competitive matches)
 18/05/95 Division One vs. Clyde (A) 0 - 2
 30/03/95 Division One vs. Hearts (A) 0 - 4

 Recent Goals Scored (First Team Competitive matches)
 None

 List of First Team Competitive matches played (click to expand)
 18/05/95 Division One vs. Clyde (A)  0 - 2
 30/03/95 Division One vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 4

 List of First Team Competitive goals scored
None

  = Starting Appearances (Sub Appearances) | = Goals | NPS = Squad Appearances (as Non-Playing Sub) | GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in


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International Career (Scotland)


Caps: 1

Goals: 1

International Debut: March 21st, 1891 v. Wales