|Date Of Death:||Jan 1947|
|Debut:||20-Aug-27, League, (A) v. Athlone Town|
Jimmy Withers made a big impression on Dundalk fans—in 1956 he was the Supporters’ choice at outside right on the Best XI to represent the club in its first 30 seasons. At this stage it was 27 years since he had played his last club game.
From Irish League football, he had seen service with Glenavon, Portadown (1925-26) and Newry Town (1926-27). While with Glenavon in 1924 he had played with the Irish League team against the English Football League.
“Fast, elusive, a great crosser, rarely wastes a ball and snatches the occasional goal” was the Democrat’s verdict after his first season, when he had supplied an endless stream of pin-point crosses for Eddie Carroll, on his way to a record 38-goal season.
What They Said About Him
On the announcement of his death in January 1947, an old supporter wrote to the Dundalk Democrat with the following comment ”Few Dundalk supporters will forget the triangular play between Billy Emerson, Jimmy Withers and Andy Kane. What a headache they used to give to opposing defenders when they were in the mood. But then they were footballers, not like the ‘air-ball’ players of today when the ball is oftener in the air than on the ground.”