James Edward ‘Bimmer’ Thompson.
Date of Birth: 19th February 1904.
Date of Death: December 1977.
Position: Centre Forward
1926 – 1929
|J.E. 'Bimmer' Thompson 1926|
James Edward Thompson was form in Small Street in Thornaby in 1904 and for the early years of his life James lived in Thornaby. He started like most kids kicking a ball around the streets and started his football career with Stockton. At the age of 22 he transferred to Northern League new team Whitby United.
Bimmer as he was known made his debut for his new club on September 1st 1926 at Loftus Albion on the opening day of the season in the Northern League cup. The end of match Whitby were out of the completion. Two days later Bimmer netted his first goal for the club in a 1-2 defeat to South Bank at Whitby, but this did not dampen Bimmers desire to perform.
By the end of his first season he had scored thirty-eight goals in just thirty-two appearances making him the top scorer. The 1927/1928 season appears to be less than good got him as he only featured in five games but still managed to score six goals. The 1928/1929 season Bimmer played in thirty-six games but scored a mammoth forty-nine goals again he was the top scorer. It was not until the 1975/1976 season that Malcolm Poskitt score more goals in a season with 50. Bimmer was prolific in scoring abilities and netted a total of eight hattricks. At the end of that season Whitby United bid farewell to their goal machine as he signed for Hartlepool United.
It was not until January 1st, 1930 that Bimmer make his debut for the ‘Pools in a home game against Rotherham United in the Division Three (North) and Bimmer even managed to score on his debut with a penalty in front of a crowd of 4756. By the end of his first season he had scored ten goals in just eighteen games. In the following campaign Bimmer scored on nine occasions in thirty-seven matches. In his final season at ‘Pool he played in just twelve games scoring on three occasions.
Bimmer moved North of the border in his football career to play for Scottish side Falkirk, but after just six appearances and two goals, his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.
During the Second World War, Bimmer was too old to enlist to he moved to Wales with other local Middlesbrough men to build the Mulbuerry Harbour that was used in the D-Day landings.
Bimmer later owned a betting shop on Hunson Street in Middlesbrough. He married Lillian Golightly and in 1949 had a son who they named after him, James Edward.
In later years Bimmer was a member of the local Samuelsons Club in Middlesbrough and could often be found playing snooker there. One December evening in 1977 Bimmer suffers a massive heart attack on his way home from the club.
Bimmer was a goal scoring legend at Whitby and the fact his record of forty-nine goals lasted for forty-seven years is a tribute to his tenacity and skill.