Jim Shoulder
Personal information
Full name James Shoulder[1]
Date of birth (1946-09-11) 11 September 1946 (age 75)
Place of birth Esh Winning, England
Position(s) Left-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1969 Sunderland 3 (0)
1967 Vancouver Royals 5 (1)
1969–1973 Scarborough 224 (15)
1973–1975 Hartlepool United 63 (3)
Total 295 (19)
Teams managed
1976–1978 Australia
1985 Australia national under-20 football team
1990–2001 Wales U21
2004 Singapore Armed Forces FC
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

James Shoulder (born 11 September 1946) is an English former football manager and player. Most notably, he was manager of the Australian national team from 1976 to 1978.

As a player, Shoulder spent time at Sunderland,[2] Scarborough[3] and Hartlepool United.[4] He combined his football career with higher education and graduated with a degree in Sociology from Durham University in 1973.[5]

He was manager of the Australian national team from 1976 to 1978, after succeeding Brian Green, who had been charged and convicted of stealing two LP records.[6] After failing to secure Australia's qualification to the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina, Shoulder was sacked,[7] and replaced by Rudi Gutendorf. Later, Shoulder would head the Australian Institute of Sport Football Program,[8] as well as coach the Australia national under-20 football team.[9] Shoulder would also coach throughout Asia, and spent ten years as manager of the Welsh under-21 team.[3] He was the director of football academy Shinzhon Town in China, coach of academy Sheffield Wednesday, the head coach Singapore Armed Forces FC (Singapore) and worked with the academy at FC Pakhtakor.


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  2. ^ "Sunderland AFC - Statistics, History and Records - from TheStatCat". thestatcat.co.uk. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Sunday Sun - North East news, sport and what's on". sundaysun.co.uk. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  4. ^ http://www.inthemadcrowd.co.uk/cgi-bin/itmc_view_person.asp?oid=709[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "St Cuthbert's Society : Famous Alumni". Durham University. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Australia's soccer coach put on bond". The Age. 12 February 1976. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Proclamations | Proclamations". proclamations.com.au. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). www.ozfootball.net. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "New Zealand - U-20 International Matches". rsssf.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016.