Jim Towers - R.I.P.

We have today learned that ex-Aldershot FC inside forward Jim Towers has passed away aged 77.

Jim Towers - R.I.P.

Jim was born in Shepherds Bush on April 15th 1933 and began his football career as a junior at Brentford.

Having made his debut for the Bees in the 1954-55 season, he went on to make 262 Football League appearances for the Griffin Park outfit, during which time he scored an incredible (club record) 153 goals. In addition, he scored nine FA Cup goals plus another in the League Cup to also lay claim to being the club's overall top scorer.

One of his most notable performances for Brentford came in March 1959, when he scored four goals in the 6-0 demolition of Southampton.

In May 1961, Jim moved to Queen's Park Rangers, where he spent a season (recording 15 goals in 28 games) before moving on to Millwall in August 1962. He made 21 appearances and scored eight goals for the Lions, leaving in January 1963 to join Gillingham for £2,500.

However, his stay at the Priestfield Stadium yielded just eight appearances in six months, yet he still managed to score six times!

Jim's last move in league football saw him arrive at Aldershot in July 1963 and he continued his goalscoring by netting on his debut against Hartlepools United on the opening day of the 1963-64 season. He also opened the scoring in the Shots' famous win over Aston Villa in that season's FA Cup third round replay. Jim's sole campaign at the Recreation Ground finished with him having scored 15 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions.

He left the Shots in the summer of 1964 and joined Romford.

Jim passed away on September 16th 2010 after a short illness. All of us at Aldershot Town extend our heartfelt condolences to Jim's family and friends.

Further information on Jim's career can be found by pasting this link into your web browser http://www.griffinpark.org/forums/showthread.php?t=84013

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