Born in Norton, Yorkshire on March 5th 1876, James Iremonger moved to Wilford in early childhood. He won the prize bat for the highest score by a Colt in the Colts match of April 1897 with a score of 25 and then played v Yorkshire Colts in May of the same year.
The following month came his debut for Nottinghamshire v Staffordshire at Stoke in June, but he failed to score and was not given a bowl, he did, however receive a further trial v Northamptonshire in July but again with little success.
During 1898 he made a second appearance v Staffordshire and also played v Durham at Darlington and Worcestershire at Worcester. In the two latter matches his bowling was a distinct asset, as he returned 1st innings figures of 11-4-23-5 and 25-8-59-9 respectively.
His first class debut was made for Nottinghamshire v Lancashire on May 8th 1899, but after a few games he lost his first team place. Much improved form in some preliminary matches in 1900 enabled him to re-establish his claim and he continued to represent Nottinghamshire until war interrupted play in 1914.
Iremonger’s cricket career divides into two phases. Until 1907 he was employed as a batsman pure and simple and for most of that time opened the Nottinghamshire innings with A.O.Jones. Starting in 1908, his talents as a bowler became of paramount importance to the County side and he gradually opened the batting less and less often.
In the four consecutive seasons 1903, 1904, 1905 and 1906 Iremonger came out on top of the Nottinghamshire first-class averages.
In all first-class matches in 1904 he scored 1,983 runs and stood fifth in the season’s averages – being incidentally, below A.O.Jones.
It was not until Iremonger had been in first-class cricket for ten seasons that he captured 50 wickets in a summer or took five wickets in an innings. A very occasional bowler, he was suddenly called upon to fill the gap left by Hallam’s starling eclipse and John Gunn’s injury, Iremonger’s medium-fast bowling relied mainly on a nagging length and swerve in the air.
It is curious to note that in 1903 Iremonger was Nottinghamshire’s leading bat and John Gunn, Nottinghamshire’s leading bowler, whereas in 1912 the reverse was the case.
Iremonger’s last match in first-class cricket was for Nottinghamshire v Leicestershire at Leicester on August 29th, 31st and September 1st 1914 when he captained the County side.
James Iremonger was equally at home on the soccer field and played for Nottingham Forest from 1895-96 to 1909-10, appearing in 301 league and cup matches for that team, mainly as left full back.
He obtained three England soccer caps v Scotland and v Germany in 1901 and v Ireland in 1902. After leaving Forest he joined Notts County as player-coach.
In 1921 Iremonger was developing the talents of Harold Larwood and Bill voce.
James Iremonger died 25th March 1956. His brother Albert Iremonger was also a noted cricketer and footballer.