Jimmy Briggs Player Profile


  • Full Name: James Briggs
  • Born: April 8th, 1936 (Dundee)
  • Died: April 9th, 2011 (Dundee)
  • Height: 5' 10
  • Position: Full Back
  • Signed: June 27th, 1955
  • First Manager: Reggie Smith
  • Career Totals: 401 appearances, 33 goals
  • Also Played For: Montrose


Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1969-70 2 (1) 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 (1) 0
1968-69 3 (1) 4 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 2 0
1967-68 26 26 2 0 0 19 2 7 0
1966-67 41 41 2 0 0 28 1 13 1
1965-66 43 43 4 0 0 34 3 9 1
1964-65 55 55 5 0 0 34 3 21 2
1963-64 44 44 13 0 0 32 9 12 4
1962-63 37 37 0 0 0 28 0 9 0
1961-62 41 41 0 0 0 34 0 7 0
1960-61 41 41 6 0 0 34 6 7 0
1959-60 7 7 1 0 0 7 1 - -
1958-59 5 5 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
1957-58 29 29 0 0 0 22 0 7 0
1956-57 19 19 0 0 0 16 0 3 0
1955-56 6 6 0 0 0 6 0 - -
Totals: 399 (2) 33 298 (1) 25 101 (1) 8

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
Jan 17th, 1970 17/01/70 Division One vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 6
Aug 9th, 1969 09/08/69 Sectional Tie vs. Hearts (H) 2 - 3
Apr 12th, 1969 12/04/69 Division One vs. Partick Th (A) 0 - 0
Aug 14th, 1968 14/08/68 Sectional Tie vs. Clyde (H) 2 - 3
Aug 10th, 1968 10/08/68 Sectional Tie vs. Dunfermline (A) 2 - 3

 Recent First Team Goals
Jan 20th, 1968 20/01/68 Division One vs. Morton (A) 2 - 5
Sep 16th, 1967 16/09/67 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 2 - 2
Oct 8th, 1966 08/10/66 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (A) 4 - 1
Aug 31st, 1966 31/08/66 Sectional Tie vs. St Johnstone (H) 5 - 3
Apr 20th, 1966 20/04/66 Division One vs. Hibernian (A) 3 - 3

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Jan 20th, 1968 20/01/68 Division One vs. Morton (A) 2 - 5 (57')
Sep 16th, 1967 16/09/67 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 2 - 2 (39')
Oct 8th, 1966 08/10/66 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (A) 4 - 1 (44')
Aug 31st, 1966 31/08/66 Sectional Tie vs. St Johnstone (H) 5 - 3 (25')
Apr 20th, 1966 20/04/66 Division One vs. Hibernian (A) 3 - 3 (26')
Feb 16th, 1966 16/02/66 1st Round Replay vs. Falkirk (A) 2 - 1 (86')
Oct 9th, 1965 09/10/65 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A) 4 - 2 (38')
Oct 9th, 1965 09/10/65 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A) 4 - 2 (79')
Feb 27th, 1965 27/02/65 Division One vs. Airdrie (H) 3 - 2 (21') p
Feb 6th, 1965 06/02/65 1st Round vs. Forfar Athletic (A) 3 - 0 (6') p
Oct 24th, 1964 24/10/64 Division One vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 3 (30') p
Oct 10th, 1964 10/10/64 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H) 4 - 1 (27') p
Aug 12th, 1964 12/08/64 Sectional Tie vs. Falkirk (H) 3 - 0 (75')
May 13th, 1964 13/05/64 Sectional Tie vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 3 (-) p
May 9th, 1964 09/05/64 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (H) 4 - 1 (67')
Mar 21st, 1964 21/03/64 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A) 2 - 2 (27') p
Mar 14th, 1964 14/03/64 Division One vs. Hearts (A) 4 - 0 (87')
Mar 14th, 1964 14/03/64 Division One vs. Hearts (A) 4 - 0 (28')
Feb 22nd, 1964 22/02/64 Division One vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 1 (83')
Feb 22nd, 1964 22/02/64 Division One vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 1 (67') p
Dec 21st, 1963 21/12/63 Division One vs. Hibernian (A) 3 - 2 (6') p
Oct 5th, 1963 05/10/63 Division One vs. Airdrie (H) 9 - 1 (79')
Sep 21st, 1963 21/09/63 Division One vs. East Stirling (H) 2 - 0 (19') p
Sep 7th, 1963 07/09/63 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H) 3 - 1 (34') p
Aug 28th, 1963 28/08/63 Sectional Tie vs. Hibernian (H) 2 - 4 (-) p
Aug 17th, 1963 17/08/63 Sectional Tie vs. St Mirren (A) 3 - 2 (53')
Apr 1st, 1961 01/04/61 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H) 3 - 3 (12')
Mar 11th, 1961 11/03/61 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H) 1 - 2 (58') p
Mar 7th, 1961 07/03/61 Division One vs. Motherwell (A) 3 - 4 (5') p
Nov 26th, 1960 26/11/60 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A) 3 - 1 (22') p
Nov 5th, 1960 05/11/60 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A) 1 - 6 (26') p
Sep 17th, 1960 17/09/60 Division One vs. Dundee (H) 3 - 1 (25') p
Apr 23rd, 1960 23/04/60 Division Two vs. Falkirk (A) 2 - 1 (-) p

 List of Games Played
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Competition History


Comp
LGE 298 (1) 25 0 0
SC 22 2 0 0
LC 59 4 0 0
FAIRS 4 (1) 0 0 0
SUM 16 2 0 0
Totals: 399 (2) 33

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals


Biography


A native Dundonian, Jimmy was one of a group of teenagers signed from St Mary's Youth Club in the summer of 1955, along with Jimmy Coyle, Fred Grubb, Alex Will and Dave Sturrock as part of manager Reggie Smith's plans to recruit local young players. He made an early debut for the club, in the first league match of the season against Brechin City and quickly became a regular in the first team. His professional football career was interrupted when he was called up for national service in 1958, by which time he had already played under three different managers at Tannadice. He was allowed to travel home occasionally to play in matches, and returned just in time to make a vital contribution to Jerry Kerr's push for promotion during the 1959/60 season - scoring a crucial penalty-kick in a 2-1 win at Falkirk in the penultimate league match of the campaign, his first goal for United.

Promotion to the top flight brought full-time football to Tannadice for the first time, and Jimmy left his role in the RAF behind and for the next seven seasons, Briggs was rarely missing from Jerry Kerr's starting line-up, eventually became club captain. Jimmy was an influential part of the side that solidified United as a top fight side, reached the club's first Scottish Cup semi-final in 1963, their first League Cup semi-final in 1964, and the final of the Summer Cup in 1965, picking up a runner-up medal. The 1965-66 season saw Briggs and his team-mates take United to new heights, with their 5th place finish the club's highest ever league placing at the time, and it was enough to secure European qualification for the first ever time.

Perhaps his proudest moment as a Dundee United player came when he captained the club in its first ever European match, away to Barcelona in 1966, as United shocked Europe by winning both legs to knock the holders out. He also led the side against Italian giants Juventus in the next round. In the summer of 1967, Jimmy refused to resign prior to the club's trip to the USA to represent Dallas Tornado in the United Soccer Association. He was dropped from the squad and lost the captaincy, but fences were soon mended and he flew out to join his team-mates midway through the tour.

The beginning of the end of his Tannadice career came in January 1968 when he suffered a broken leg in a Scottish Cup win over St Mirren, only returning for a few Forfarshire Cup ties and a tour of Norway at the end of the season. In August he broke the same leg in a Forfarshire Cup semi-final against Arbroath and never fully recovered. Playing only sporadically over the next two seasons, he came off the bench for another appearance in Europe, this time facing Newcastle United, but was unable to claim back his first team berth and instead played more regularly in the reserves. In 1970 he left the club to join Montrose after rejecting the offer of a coaching role at United. After just a few months at Links Park, he finished his career with Highland League side Keith before retiring from the game and returning to Dundee and his trade as a toolmaker.

Jimmy passed away at Ninewells Hospital in April 2011, aged 74. He is still widely regarded as one of the finest and loyal players to have played for the club and this was reflected in 2008 when he became the first ever player to be inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame.

Last updated on Thursday, December 23rd, 2021 by N Harkiss.





Debut

August 24th, 1955
Brechin City 2 - 2 Dundee United

League (B Division)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    Jimmy was born on this date in Dundee.


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • First Team Debut

  • 50th Appearance

    Hibernian 2 - 0 Dundee United
    Scottish Cup (2nd Round Replay)


  • 50th League Appearance

    Alloa Athletic 3 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Division Two)


  • First Goal

    Falkirk 1 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Division Two)


  • 100th Appearance

    Dundee United 1 - 2 Third Lanark
    League (Division One)


  • 100th League Appearance

    Dundee United 2 - 3 Rangers
    League (Division One)


  • 200th Appearance

    Kilmarnock 2 - 0 Dundee United
    League (Division One)


  • 200th League Appearance

    Dundee United 3 - 1 Celtic
    League (Division One)


  • 300th Appearance

    Dundee United 2 - 2 Hearts
    League (Division One)


  • Last Goal

    Morton 5 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Division One)


  • 400th Appearance

    Dundee United 1 - 2 Newcastle Utd
    Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (1st Round 1st Leg)

    The 1st Leg was at Tannadice, where a crowd of 15,500 - boosted by around 5000 who had made the journey from Newcastle - witnessed a terrific match. United, now in the Club's new colour of Tangerine a


  • Last Appearance

    Airdrie 6 - 3 Dundee United
    League (Division One)

    It isn't often that someone hits a hat-trick, but finishes on the losing side, but that was the fate of United forward lan Mitchell at Broomfield. Airdrie went ahead thanks to a Drew Jarvie


  • Date of Death


    Jimmy died on this date in Dundee.