James Hunter Caldwell










Position : Goalkeeper
Date Of Birth : 09/01/1884 Carronshore, Scotland
Date Of Death: Not Known

Born in Scotland in 1884, to Hugh and Martha Caldwell in the small mining town of Carronshore, Stirlingshire in Scotland at No,5 Pit Row, When he was old enough James worked as a Iron Moulder with his family in the mines while he played football in his spare time. He Started his playing career at Carron Thistles FC that existed between 1890 and 92 and soon after joined Dunipace Juniors that where nicknamed “the Pace” he was part of the Team that won the Scottish Cup, Stirlingshire Cup, Stirlingshire District Cup and the Denny Shield, The clubs most successful season.

The Custodian signed for Tottenham in May 1908 from East Stirlingshire who had signed him in 1907.  In the Tottenham AGM, Mr T Deacock was quoted as saying “ As for Caldwell we have an unknown quantity, but he was coming with high credentials from a certain quarter, and had been assured that he would be a great surprise.” Unfortunately despite some note worthy reserve match displays, he could not force his was into the first team, even when Hewitson was given a vote of no confidence and dropped, he was seconded to Boreham. And due to the lack of first team football he left Tottenham in 1909 for Reading FC. Reading were playing in the Southern League second division.

Caldwell played in the record season for Reading conceded only eleven goals all season in div two, James moved into 160 Oxford road as a boarder and was still trading as a iron molder  he played over 101 matches for Reading, playing his part  in the Reading giant killing side against Aston Villa in the FA Cup before coming to the attention of Everton FC. Reading wanted £1000 for James but this evaluation was not meet and a compromise was made with Everton paying £500 to engaged the player. So on the 22nd April 1912 he was set to play his first match for Everton and he made a further thirty-one League appearances for them during the 1912-13 season. Spurs receive £50 from Everton for the purchase for James as part of their transfer.

He was then sold to Arsenal on the 17th June 1913 for £200 split over several payments but he only managed to play three first team matches of which were against Hull City, Barnsley, Bury and was on the losing side for all three games. he played two more  games which were in the London FA Cup. He also went on to play forty seven reserve and friendly matches in the one and only season, After the one season he left and returned to Reading FC.  Not to soon after he called time on his time at Reading career and he returned back to his home town after the war, joining Alloa Athletic and helped them to a number of cups and success in the 1920’s. In 1922 married Margaret Williamson also in Bothkennar. after his marriage he transferred once again to East Stirlingshire in 1922 and this was to be his last club before retiring from competitive football.

  • Carron Thistle : 1901/02
  • Gairdoch 1901/02
  • Dunipace Junior : 1902-1907
  • Falkirk FC 1906/07
  • East Stirlingshire : 1907-08
  • Tottenham Hotspur : 1908-1909
  • Reading : 1910/1912
  • Everton :1912-1913
  • Arsenal : 1913-14
  • Reading : 1914-WW1
  • Alloa Athletic 1921-22
  • East Stirlingshire : 1922/23
  • No First Team or Cup Appearances