Jim Cannon

For the 1940s–1950s inside forward, see Jim Cannon (footballer, born 1927). For other people with similar names, see James Cannon (disambiguation).
Jim Cannon
Personal information
Full name James Cannon
Date of birth (1953-10-02) 2 October 1953
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1970-1973 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1988 Crystal Palace 571 (30)
1988 Croydon ? (?)
1988–1989 Dartford ? (?)
1988–1989 Bristol Rovers 1 (0)
1991–1994 Dulwich Hamlet ? (?)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Chipstead

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James "Jim" Cannon (born 2 October 1953)[1] is a Scottish retired footballer.[2]

Along with several other promising young Scottish players he was signed as an apprentice for Crystal Palace in October 1970, by then manager Bert Head, having previously had a trial with Manchester City.[1] He made a goalscoring debut on March 31, 1973 against Chelsea and went on to make 660 appearances for the club,[3] beating Terry Long's record in the 1984-85 season.

A cultured centre half who could also play at left back or in midfield, he eventually left the club at the end of the 1987-88 season (15 seasons after his debut), having been captain for the previous ten seasons, and initially joined Croydon F.C.[4] and then in November 1988, Dartford.[1] He also had a short spell with Bristol Rovers before finishing his football career in 1994 after three seasons at Dulwich Hamlet. In retirement he owned a building company ICS Builders in the Croydon area,[5] and managed Chipstead during the 2003–04 season.[6]

At the start of 2005–06 season onwards, he made a return to Palace, in the hospitality department, hosting the executive boxes at Selhurst Park on matchdays. In 2005, Cannon was voted into Palace's Centenary XI, and was only just pipped to "The Player of The Century" award by Ian Wright.


  1. 1 2 3 Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 67. ISBN 0907969542.
  2. "Jim Cannon". Holmesdale Online.
  3. "Jim Cannon: Treated It As A Normal Game".
  4. Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 320. ISBN 0907969542.
  5. "Football Aid".
  6. Chipstead Non-League Club Directory
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