When Newcastle United resumed football after the war, they believed the best days of 30-year-old Jimmy Gordon were behind him. 

One director dismissed him as "a 20-minute footballer", but the Scottish midfielder proved them wrong, and when he made the move from Tyne to Tees, it was the start of another nine years of top-flight football. 

His Boro debut came with an FA Cup tie in January 1946 and he soon established himself as a regular alongside Mannion and Hardwick, noted as a firm but fair tackler and a man who could win the ball. He was appointed club captain for the 1951/52 season and was still playing well past his 38th birthday before retiring in February 1954.

In the late 1960s, he joined partnership of Clough and Taylor at Derby County, where he was trainer when the Rams won the league title in 1972, and later followed the duo when they went to Nottingham Forest.