Who was Jimmy Gabriel?
James Gabriel born on 10 October 1940 was a Scottish former football midfielder and defender who earned two caps with the Scotland national football team. Chiefly associated with English clubs Everton and Southampton, Gabriel played extensively in Scotland and England before ending his career with the Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League. He then became a coach in both England and the United States.
Former Everton footballer Jimmy Gabriel has sadly passed away at the age of 80.
The right-winger made more than 300 appearances for the Toffees during a seven-year stay at Goodison Park, scoring 37 times in the process.
Gabriel was part of the 1963 Division One-winning side, led by Harry Caterick, as well as the team that lifted the FA Cup three years later.
A post on Everton’s Twitter account paid tribute, reading: “Everyone at Everton Football Club is deeply saddened to hear the news that our former player and coach, Jimmy Gabriel, has passed away.
“Jimmy played 303 games for the Blues, scoring 37 goals, winning the League title in 1963 and the FA Cup in 1966. RIP Jimmy.”
Jimmy Gabriel Biography, Wiki
Born in Scotland, Gabriel started his career at hometown club Dundee, before moving to Everton in 1960 for an at the time record fee for a Scotsman of £27,000.
His career later took in spells at Southampton, Bournemouth and Brentford, as well as a loan stint at Swindon Town.
Gabriel was twice selected to represent the Scotland national team and finished his playing career in the United States with Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes
His claim to fame across the pound was scoring the first goal in the Sounders’ new Kingdome stadium against New York Cosmos – who had Brazilian striker Pele in their ranks.
Having initially joined the Sounders as a player/coach, Gabriel soon stepped into management full-time, taking the team to the championship game with the likes of Bobby Moore and Sir Geoff Hurst in his side, only to lose to the Cosmos.
Among his players in his next job at San Jose Earthquakes was ex-Man Utd legend George Best, but he went back to England as a coach at Bournemouth, then Everton.
He even took charge of several games for Everton as caretaker boss including in the Premier League.
The lure of heading back to the States proved too attractive for Gabriel though, as he returned in 1997 as assistant manager before holding other coaching roles in the country.
Gabriel was awarded the “Golden Scarf” by Seattle Sounders in 2009 for his services to soccer.
|Full name||James Gabriel|
|Date of birth||10 October 1940|
|Place of birth||Dundee, Scotland|
|Date of death||10 July 2021 (aged 80)|
|1980–1982||San Jose Earthquakes|
|1997–2005||Seattle Sounders (assistant)|
James Gabriel Honours
- Football League champions: 1962–63
- FA Charity Shield: 1963
- FA Cup winners: 1966
- NASL Championship: Runners-up 1977
- NASL Pacific Conference Championship: 1977
- NASL PC Western Division: 1977