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Jimmy Rimmer

Jimmy Rimmer

Clubs played for: Manchester United, Swansea City, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Swansea City, Luton Town (1967-1986).

Born: 1948

Birthplace: Southport, Lancashire

Position: Goalkeeper

Biography: Homegrown talent who developed through the junior ranks and was one of the youngsters who won the 1964 FA Youth cup. Although first team appearances were few and far between, as deputy to Alex Stepney, he always proved his worth when called upon. A member of the European Cup winning squad in 1968, he played both games in the semi-finals a year later. It wasn't until Wilf McGuinness was manager that he got a run in the first team, when Stepney was injured for four months. He left permanently in February 1974, after a loan spell at Swansea bought him to the attention of Arsenal. Coached at Swansea, where he had a brief spell as manager, spent several years in China working as a goalkeeping coach now lives and works in Canada.

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Rimmer, Jimmy I worked with Jimmy at Swansea City. Would be nice to be in touch with him again for old times sake.
23-08-21 Davs( Mike Davenport)

Rimmer, Jimmy An Arsenal man in difficult times. Before anybody dares to criticise Jimmy ask to see his medals.
07-11-19 Ken B

Rimmer, Jimmy I saw Jimmy in Kelowna Bc. My girl at the time was a Canadian Native and Guernsey french lady. We invited jimmy to our place which was a motel suite we lived at. Jimmy tols me of sone great stories sone of which i remeber . But them he proceeded to speak badly of my girls heritage and Canadian indigenous people. Of course i was in awe that he was drinking with me ( stars in my eyes) . Suddenly he said something that really made her mad
She kicked him out. My girl kicked Jimmy Rimmer out !!!!! I was like " OMGyou kicked JimmyRimmer out".

30-08-19 Andrew Phillips

RIMMER, Jimmy We were desperate for points and were playing WBA at Highbury. The ball got punted down to the right hand side at the North Bank end.Jimmy ran out of the area to hoof the ball up the line, but horribly hooked it back into the area to the feet of David Cross who side footed it into an empty net.Cross was so surprised he hardly celebrated.Jimmy was obviously very upset at his out of character mistake.Now most crowds would turn on a keeper after such a howler.Not the North Bank.We immediately started chanting "don't cry Jimmy don't cry Jimmy" and "Rimmer for England".Jimmy really did the business for us at a time of transition.He played a major part in Arsenal avoiding relegation .I was a young keeper and Pat Jennings was a legend and who wouldn't be delighted to have him in your team but I was gutted when Jimmy left.He was loved by the fans and I can still hear him shouting orders and encouragement to David O'Leary Pat Rice and Sammy Nelson .Brilliant memories.

Rimmer, Jimmy Playing for Arsenal away to QPR in 1976, after half time,with his boot studs, he marked a line from the goalposts to the 6yd line, obviously to help him leave shots that would go wide of the goal. The ref saw this and booked him before the kick off. He played a great match that day, but couldn't stop QPR winning 2-1.

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