Wing half Jim Treanor joined the Tigers in September 1936, paying Accrington Stanley £500 for the young midfielder’s services. He made his debut the following day and scored his only City goal two weeks later in his third appearance, a 3-2 win over Gateshead. Treanor was signed during the final stages of David Menzies disastrous second spell as City manager, when Ernest Blackburn took over the reins in December 1936 Treanor was retained and he missed only two league games during the remainder of the season. Treanor started the first two matches of the 1937/38 season but an injury sustained against Barrow at the end of August saw him miss practically the whole season, replaced by new signing Jack Hardy. Treanor remained at City for a third season in 1938/39 but started only five games and was released in May 1939.
James Leslie Treanor was born in the evocatively named Heap Bridge, a woollen mill town to the ast of Bury on the River Roch. He began his footballing odyssey at Winsford United in 1931 and in 1933 he joined the Football League ranks at Bury. After two seasons and only 18 starts, Treanor moved on to Accrington Stanley in 1935 where he had a fine season of impressive first team action. This form led to Hull City paying £500 for his services in September 1936.
On leaving Hull in 1939 Treanor returned to the North West and lived in Whitefield, a suburban settlement south of Bury, and worked in the cotton industry. When World War Two began he became a sargeant in the newly formed Royal Armoured Corps, which provided tanks, reconnaisance vehicles and other vehicles to the war effort. Despite his Army duties he was able to play irregularly in wartime matches for Rochdale between 1941 and 1945. He played for the Army Northern Command against Combined Universities in March 1945 – squaddies versus students, what could go wrong? In 1946 he joined Lancashire Combination side Chorley, and remained at Victory Park until his retirement in 1952. Treanor later moved to Didsbury and worked for the Manchester Cotton Company before dying in May 1966.
Date/Place of Birth: 11 October 1913, Heap Bridge
Hull City First Game: 26 September 1936, New Brighton A (Division Three North), 22 years, 351 days old
Hull City Final Game: 29 April 1939, Oldham Athletic A (Division Three North), 25 years, 200 days old
Winsford United (1931-1933), Bury (1933-1935), Accrington Stanley (1935-1936), Hull City (1936-1939), Chorley (1946-1952)
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Career: 46 apps, 1 goalsJim Treanor