James McIlvenny’s distinction

February 19, 1916
Bradford City’s extraordinary game with Hull City established several new record and was a personal triumph for James McIlvenny (Jimmy McIlvenny). By a peculiar coincidence it was the fifth anniversary of his debut with Bradford City, and he celebrated it by scoring five goals, one for each year of service.

Moreover he is the first Bradford City player to score five goals in a first team match. Oscar Fox on two occasions scored four goals against Bolton Wanderers and Wally Smith also appropriated a quartette against Chesterfield in the season when the Paraders won promotion. On that day the Valley Paraders scored eight.

McIlvenny made his first appearance at Woolwich in February five years ago and was then inside left. In the meantime he has played a good deal as inside right, but did not seem to rise above average ability as a forward.

He made his reputation as a first-class player as a left-half back, and it is only since he reverted to his original position that he has shown exceptional talent in attack.

What happened last Saturday will not doubt make the City directors hesitate before withdrawing him from the front line.
(Yorkshire Evening Post: February 19, 1916)

Jimmy McIlvenny, picture from this great website.
James McIlvenny

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