Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday April 15 2008
Thanks to dannydeeavfc we have an interview with legendary former backroom staff member Jim Walker.
Jim Walker played as full-back for Northwich Victoria (until 1968), Derby County (1968-1974), Hartelpool (1970 on loan), Brighton & Hove Albion (1974-1975), Peterborough United (1975-1976) and Chester City (1976-1981).
He then took up a career as a physiotherapist and spent time in Kuwait, Blackburn Rovers and then at Aston Villa from 1986 until he was tempted to Walsall in 2004 to be Paul Merson's assistant manager. He also returned for a spell as physio for The Posh in 2006.
As dannydeeavfc said to me, 'Jim is a fountain of knowledge on most thing's football especially Villa!' Adding, 'He spent over 17 years in total working for the club and he still has a good relationship with all ex managers who he worked under, I often see Big Ron in his company.'
Jim has certainly seen some characters during his years as player and physio as he played under Cloughie at Derby and Peter Taylor at Brighton.
Danny also pointed out that it was Jim who played a crucial role in keeping our Lord, Paul McGrath going: 'I'm sure you know all the Mcgrath stories from the book but for those who don't know it is worth mentioning how he was one of the main factors in Mcgrath's knees lasting so long after all the injury problems he had at United and was the man responsible for finding the great man when he would go missing.'
As if that wasn't enough, Jim is also Mark Delaney's father-in-law (and so fingers crossed we can persuade Mark to also do an interview) and now assists the Aston Villa Former Players Association (AVFPA)in helping ex Villa players with whatever problems may arise.
Got a question for this great Villa man?
Leave them in the article comments and we'll compile them and put them to Jim to answer at his leisure.
And the prize for the best question? The usual sod all + as a bonus, the knowledge of a job well done! :o)
Date:Tuesday April 15 2008
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