Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Played his first home game for Stoke 50 years ago this weekend (16 Aug 1969) in 2-1 win over WHU.
I remember he was so good we couldn't believe that Birmingham sold him to us. He was everywhere and my mate jokingly shouted "bloody hell Jimmy, give somebody else a kick." Get well soon Jimmy, I don't think we ever replaced you.
My business partner lives opposite him in Alsage. His wife had a chat with Jimmy's wife. She said they think it was some sort of allergic reaction, but he seems to be doing fine. She was just going to the hospital to visit, and said he should be out of hospital today. Good news!
I'll never forget when I heard the news the club had sold him; I was totally gutted.
According to the book A Working Man’s Ballet, Jimmy was as gutted as the fans and didn’t want to leave Stoke. He was sold to raise funds to replace Butler Street Stand roof. Speedy recovery King Jimmy.
Hope he is soon on the mend. Was speaking to him last Sunday at Freeport. I told him that '' when he was forced to leave for that club up the road, that myself and a mate went house to house on a Stoke-on-Trent estate to collect signatures to take to the board, we collected 600 in no time''.
The things you do with youthful innocence. I also reminded Jimmy that we in the Boothen sang his name for the two seasons after his departure, his reply was ''yes, I know, bless them''. A true Stoke City legend and a lovely man, get well soon, Jimmy.