Commanding centre-half Tony Craig was awarded his own testimonial match two years ago, and speaks of Jimmy as ‘the perfect Millwall player’, also reminiscing on his former teammate’s humble and genuine personality.
“I know exactly just what an emotional and memorable day Jimmy and his family are in for. He deserves it and I couldn’t be happier for him.
“His impact was with what he did with his feet and his heart every time he took to the pitch. He was your textbook never-say-die player, he could man-mark a quality player out of a game, he could run box-to-box, press opposition, and generally be a nuisance to play against.”
Craig praised the impact of Jimmy in huge games for the club, highlighted by his succession of appearances on the hallowed Wembley turf in front of the Millwall fans.
“He was a key part of several successful sides, from the one which won promotion to The Championship in 2010 and, more recently, the one who achieved the same in 2017.
“To have reached Wembley five times across an entire career is an unbelievable achievement, let alone with the same club, and Jimmy’s name will rightly be written into Millwall’s history books.”
The defender also fondly remembers Jimmy as an individual off the pitch.
“Jimmy is the type of person you could ask to look after £100 for you – and when you got it back you would have £101.”
Tony Craig's full tribute to Jimmy will be available in Saturday's matchday programme.