Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Ross played for Edinburgh St Bernard and Preston, where he had a very successful time, before being signed by Liverpool manager John McKenna for the princely sum of £75 in 1894. He made his debut in a Football League Division One match on 13 September 1894 and went on to score 12 times in Liverpool's relegation season. A prolific goalscorer in his time at Liverpool, Jimmy found the Second Division defences more to his liking managing to hit the net 23 times in 25 outings, spearheading the Reds charge back to the top tier.
The following season didn't turn out quite how Ross would have wanted, although Liverpool managed to establish themselves in the First division, finishing 5th; he only scored twice in his 21 matches.
His older brother, Nick, was also a footballer.
As a player: