FA Cup hero Jimmy Logan remembered
In a poignant ceremony at Loughborough Cemetery, Notts County's FA Cup hat-trick hero Jimmy Logan was honoured yesterday thanks to the sterling efforts of two dedicated Magpies fans.
Scottish international Logan may not be within living memory of Notts supporters, but his place in the club's history is prominent.
Logan, just 23 at the time, scored a hat-trick in the 1894 FA Cup final at Goodison Park as Notts crushed Bolton Wanderers 4-1.
He was the second player to score three in an FA Cup final, a feat that has only been replicated twice since.
Logan then signed for Loughborough Town, a professional second division team at the time, but soon fell ill with pneumonia after a kit mishap. He'd been left with no choice but to play a match against Newton Heath in the soaking-wet suit he had traveled to the match in.
He missed three games with a chill and took a turn for the worse after making just one more appearance.
Logan died on 25 May 1896, aged just 25, and was buried four days later in plot 34 of compartment 114 at Loughborough Cemetery – a pauper's grave.
Until this week, the only reminder of him has been a sign on a dirt road leading to the town's Derby Road playing fields, bearing the name James Logan Way.
But that changed yesterday with the unveiling of the headstone.
Andy Black and Jimmy Willan, who were also part of the driving force behind the Jimmy and Jack Statue, turned their attentions to Logan's cause after realising that a Notts hero was lying unrecognised in an unmarked grave.
Black, 52, said: "It was something that had bugged me for years. It felt wrong for a man who achieved what he did internationally and at club level to be lying in a pauper's grave – what a sad state of affairs.
"Now there is a headstone in place so people can come down and pay their respects.
"A big thank you to everyone who made it a great attendance, with people from Loughborough FC and faces we recognise from down at Meadow Lane and Notts County."
Willian, who campaigned alongside Black, said: "Jimmy Logan scored a hat-trick in an FA Cup final and scored goals everywhere he went but has lain in an unmarked grave for 120 years.
"That's just wrong. And it's a wrong we have now put right."
The club was represented at the ceremony by all-time leading goalscorer and club ambassador, Les Bradd.
He said: "It is a great honour to represent Notts County Football Club here today, and right the injustices of the past.
"Logan is integral to the history of Notts County and to the professional game in general, achieving a feat in an FA Cup final that took 50 years to emulate. He did that for Notts, and we can finally honour his memory today thanks to the fantastic work of Andy Black and Jimmy Willan.
"It's a fitting tribute to Jimmy and it's long overdue."