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Obituary - Jimmy Andrews

We were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Jimmy Andrews, aged 85. He served on our coaching staff under Bill Nicholson during a lengthy career in the game.

It was during the 1972 pre-season training period that he helped us out whilst our Youth manager/coach Pat Welton was in hospital. Jimmy was appointed to the full time staff during September, 1972 and mainly worked with our Reserves and Apprentice Professionals. He left to join Cardiff City as first team coach during November, 1973.

Born at Invergordon on February 1, 1927, James Patrick Andrews joined Dundee from the Inverness-based Caledonian FC during June, 1945. A left winger, he made 53 senior appearances scoring five goals until joining West Ham United during November, 1951.

His five years at Upton Park yielded 22 goals in 120 senior appearances and spells followed with Orient (eight goals in 36 games) and Queens Park Rangers (17 goals in 87 games) until hanging up his boots in 1962.

Prior to his association with us Jimmy had held coaching posts with Queens Park Rangers, where he served briefly as team manager during 1965 under general manager Alec Stock, Chelsea and Coventry City and spent season 1971-72 as assistant manager of Luton Town.

Jimmy was appointed caretaker manager of Cardiff City in April, 1974 and took charge on a permanent basis the following month. He guided them to promotion from Division Three and won the Welsh Cup during season 1975-76. Sacked by Cardiff during November, 1978, he continued to live in the area and made frequent visits to Ninian Park as a scout for Southampton. He coached locally at Cowbridge and enjoyed a regular game of golf.

Jimmy Andrews passed away on September 12 following a long illness. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

Our picture shows Jimmy Andrews with other members of our coaching staff at Cheshunt during 1972-73, left to right - Johnny Wallis (Trainer), Pat Welton (Youth Team Manager/Coach), Eddie Baily (Assistant Manager), Bill Nicholson (Manager), Jimmy Andrews (Coach), Cecil Poynton (Physiotherapist).