what a load of rubbish #6
WE'VE laid into Adam Boyd so many times that reader Peter Elkington has leapt to his defence... claiming he's not Town's worst-ever signing.
Instead Peter put forward the name of Jimmy Jinks, a centre-forward who, quite frankly, we thought he'd made up... after all, who'd want a player called Jinx in their line-up?
Signed from Fulham for a 'nominal' fee (code for a set of training bibs and a couple of balls), he made his debut at Kenilworth Road in a Second Division 2-1 win against Bury on March 4, 1950. He didn't score.
Jimmy played the next three games and proved a Jinx as the games at Tottenham and Blackburn and the home match with Cardiff all finished goalless. Jimmy did a disappearing act from the teamsheet for the rest of that season.
Records suggest this was initially due to illness and then down to the form of George Stobbart. He then didn't resurface until the sixth match of the 1950-51 campaign. Jinx then played five matches on the spin, but Town didn't win any of them - although he did score in the first two games of that sequence a 2-1 home defeat to Hull and a 6-1 reverse at Barnsley.
Jimmy played nine games and scored two goals before he was transferred to Aldershot in September 1951. He's described in the archives as "a clever ball player who can crack the ball hard with either foot"... perhaps he was related to Johnny Vilstrup!
He bagged a single goal in five starts for 'Shots before vanishing off the football radar.