It’s with great sadness to write about the passing of Jimmy Clark on the 25 January 2015. He just never recovered from a massive heart attack a few weeks earlier. In this time his very close and loving family would never have realised just how many friends from the football world were praying and willing him to make a full recovery. Perhaps he was needed to manage a team in a much much higher league.
The service was conducted by Deacon: Rev. Norman Barron and, as he knew Jimmy from his footballing days and was just recently chatting with him, the service seemed to have a lot more feeling than would normally be the case. Lovely messages from family members including ‘a Reflection of Jim’s Sporting Life’ by Norman Taylor (nephew and best friend), meant it was a lovely and very emotional service.
Football friends paying their respect included :-
From Ryhope CA (now Sunderland RCA):-
From Seaham Red Star:-
Charlie Grose (Ryhope CW) and Dennis White (Boldon CW).
Ernie Carlin, now requiring a ‘walker’, wasn’t well enough to attend but his thoughts were very much with Jimmy’s family.
With Jimmy being 8 years older than me our paths never crossed until he came, as
player/manager, to Ryhope Youth Club. I had left the ‘YC earlier and was playing
on a Saturday morning for Ryhope ‘Pops’ in the CIU league. He came to see me one
day and said he was having team problems and needed to bring in a player in order
to give him a few options on team selection. He asked me if I could help him out.
I wasn’t very keen at first and made excuses like ‘I didn’t fancy playing 2 games
in a day’, ‘I didn’t want to take some ones place’ etc. But he was very persuasive
and had such an appreciative manner that I agreed when he said it would be just for
The liking and respect I had for Jimmy saw that ‘2-
I would like to remind people of an incredible achievement that happened on Wednesday
2 March 1977 at the Green Drive football ground in Dawdon. It was a friendly between
Seaham Red Star and a full strength Carlisle Utd team, then in League Division 2
(Now the Championship). The ‘Star, MANAGED by Jimmy, were shock (but deserved) 3-
Jimmy, a great family man, gentleman and friend to many, will be sadly missed.
The tribute below is from the Football Echo on 2nd Nov. 1985.
Jimmy Clark 1937-
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