Jimmy MacEwan

Scotsman Jimmy MacEwan, a craggy-and-hungry-looking outside-right, gave Aston Villa splendid service for seven seasons.
 
A player who hugged the touchline, cutting in when the ball was being moved along the opposite flank, he had a wonderful career before moving to the Midlands.
 
Born at Dundee, on 22 March 1929, MacEwan joined Arbroath (1946) and he had a good four-year spell at Gayfield Park before moving to Raith Rovers in 1951. With Raith he blossomed into a goalscoring right-winger-cum-centre-forward and indeed, he was leading marksman at Stark's Park for three successive seasons, 1956-59, gaining a place in the Scottish League side in 1958-9 in a match when the League won 6-5 against a Scottish International X1. He was also once a reserve for the full international team.
 
Aston Villa bought him and he took over from Les Smith, who was forced into retirement through injury. Teaming up well with Bobby Thomson and Vic Crowe, MacEwan helped Villa win the Second Division championship in his first season. The following season he was instrumental in guiding Villa to the League Cup Final. Two years later he missed the Final against Blues, having lost his place to Alan Baker. MacEwan, fast and tricky, left Villa for Walsall, later becoming trainer at Fellows Park (1968).
 
He was later offered a coaching position in South Africa but turned it down. He worked at the Social Security Offices, Handsworth. During his playing career (1946-67) he appeared in well over 450 competitive matches, scoring 104 goals.

Season

League

FA Cup

FL Cup

Europe

 

Games

Goals

Games

Goals

Games

Goals

Games

Goals

1959-60

28

5

5

0

 

 

 

 

1960-61

37

8

5

0

11

2

 

 

1961-62

24

5

3

0

2

1

 

 

1962-63

19

6

3

0

2

1

 

 

1963-64

27

2

2

0

1

0

 

 

1964-65

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1965-66

4

1

0

0

0

0