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Jack Alderson

Crystal Palace FC

1 appearance, 1 goal against
0 clean sheets

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 4: A 1
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:

  John Thomas Alderson
Birth 24 November 1890 in Grahamsley, Crook, county Durham [registered in Auckland, March 1891].
A newspaper report confirms Alderson celebrated his birthday on 24 November
Birth notes Most history books state 28 November 1891, but the only John Thomas registered was the one mentioned above. In fact, the only Crook-born Alderson is the one mentioned below.

According to the 1891 census, John Thos is a three month-old only son to Jane, who already has a nine year-old daughter. Jane is a widow, and the three of them live at 16 Temperance Terrace in Crook, county Durham.

  According to the 1901 census, John T., now a ten year-old living with his mother, Jane, is now remarried, to James Richardson. They live in 20 Green Lane Crescent, Harton, South Shields. James, a coal miner, and Jane have their own son, John's half-brother, Robert W.

According to the 1911 census, John is now a twenty year-old Coal Miner Putter still living with his mother and step-father at The Holmes, back in Crook.

Marriage to Catherine Casey [registered in Auckland, June 1916].
  According to the 1921 census, John is now a professional footballer (for Crystal Palace FC) is now married to Kate, and the two of them are visitors at the home of Joseph and Annie Lumsdon at 1 Arthur Terrace in Crook.
  According to the 1939 register, John is married to Catherine, and although his birthdate
(23 November 1889) is a year too early - the belief is this is the correct Alderson, living at 66 Chidswell Lane in Dewsbury.
Death 2 July 1959, aged 68 years 220 days [registered in Dewsbury, September 1959]. The only death of a John Thomas Alderson that fell in the correct age bracket.
Possibly another JT Alderson died June 1959 in Darlington, but this John T. Alderson was born in 1892.
Death notes This death date was confirmed by the Wills & Administration Probate, and if this is the correct Jack Alderson, he was living at 123 Overthorpe Avenue in Dewsbury, and died on his way to Dewsbury General Hospital. He left £1125.
It was NOT 17 February 1972,
registered in Sunderland, March 1972. That register states that this John Thomas Alderson was born in July 1893.


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Starting with Crook Juniors before joining Crook Town FC. He moved to Shildon Athletic FC of the North-Eastern League before joining Newcastle United FC, on 23 January 1913, for £30. He was on Middlesbrough FC's league list and the Teesside club granted him a free transfer. He made one league appearance, against Woolwich Arsenal FC in January 1913. After guesting for Crystal Palace FC in war-time games, he joined them permanently at the end of the war for a £50 fee. 192 league appearances later, Alderson joined Pontypridd FC in 1924 and Sheffield United FC a year later on 9 May 1925. After another 122 league appearances, he left to join Exeter City FC on 27 May 1929 and made 36 league appearances. Joined Torquay United in 1930 and without any league appearances, he went on to keep goal for Worcester City, before returning home to Crook Town FC.
Club honours Football League Division Three winners 1920-21.
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 6" 0', 13st. 0lb [1922] 6" 1', 13st. 6lb [1925]


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 445th players (445) to appear for England. 47th goalkeeper to appear.
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Only match No. 134, 10 May 1923, France 1 England 4, an end-of-season tour match at Stade Pershing, Bois de Vincennes, Paris, aged 32 years 167 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Became a farmer after leaving the game. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.9.


Jack Alderson - Career Statistics

Squads Apps Comp
Mins. GA GA Av.
Comp GA Clean
Sht Av
Capt. Disc.
3 1 0 90 1 90 min 0 0 0% none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Jack Alderson - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - Friendly 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1


Jack Alderson - Match History
 Club: Crystal Palace F.C. - 1 full cap

F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 32
1 134 10 May 1923 - France 1 England 4, Stade Pershing, Paris tour AW Start gk