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Jimmy Melia

Jimmy Melia

Clubs played for: Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Southampton, Aldershot, Crewe Alexandra (1952-1972)

Born: 1937

Birthplace: Liverpool

Position: Midfielder

Biography: A midfielder with great vision, played over 300 games for hometown club Liverpool, joined Saints from Wolves in 1964, and stayed for four years before joining Aldershot as player manager, He is probably better known as the manager who took Brighton to the FA Cup final in 1983. he has coached professionally in 5 Countries, England, Kuwait, Portugal, United Arab Emirates and USA. He now coaches youth teams for Liverpool FC America in The Colony, Texas where he is now Technical Director




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Melia, Jimmy I can remember when I lived in Rowledge nor Farnham and with Jimmy as Manager he got Aldershot promoted so we all clambered down to his bungalow in Rowledge shouting and cheering. Sadly I can’t remember the year.
09-10-21 Jennifer

Melia, Jimmy I am 77 but remembered the great Shankly era, It was then that Jimmy created the midfield magic that was a combination of the " square pass" the through ball" "the dummy" in a memorable Easter game against Spurs we won 5-2 and Jimmy scored 2 . He invented the theory of passes that split. defences which I copied during my minor footy career in the Sunday School league, Zingari, Craven league, I recently met a relation of Jimmy and he promised next time he was back in the UK I might get the opportunity to meet him.
02-05-21 Ken Birch

Melia, Jimmy Good old friend who always said it as it was. Had many lunch chats with Jimmy that I thoroughly enjoyed. Great knowledge of the game. Keep dancing Jim.
02-03-21 Dave Briody

Melia, Jimmy I met Jimmy in kuwait and we had so much fun at The SAS hotel. 5 a side football etc and socially at Muckys bar !! What a laugh we had - very happy memories.
04-02-21 Dave Greedy

Melia, Jimmy Jimmy’s wife and my brother’s wife were sisters and I met Jimmy once when my brother Alban introduced me in Liverpool where we lived. Jimmy was a great footballer and a good bloke.
19-07-20 Eddie McGuinness

Melia, Jimmy All Jimmy wanted from us players was 1-2 1-2 he wouldn't stop until we could all give and go. Keep the ball :-) And if you lost it ...so would he.


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