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Jim Iley - 1935-2018

19 November 2018

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Sheffield United are saddened to hear of the passing of former player, Jim Iley.

Jim was working at Frickley Colliery when he joined the Blades following a trial and he played a couple of games, impressing enough to earn a chance to play football full-time.

He worked well under the guidance of United manager Joe Mercer and also represented the Football League against the Irish in 1956. Jim was a strong, mainly left footed player who could put a hard tackle in - he also had a formidable shot as well.

His Blades career, from 1953 until 1957, saw him make 112 appearances and score 13 goals.

He joined Spurs in 1957, moving on to Nottingham Forest, but he had some of his best years at Newcastle United, making just short of 250 senior appearances for the Magpies before going on to manage Peterborough United, Barnsley, Blackburn Rovers Bury and Exeter City - after retirement he settled in Bolton.

Sincere condolences from everyone at Bramall Lane are with the Iley family at this sad time.


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