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Jackie Bestall

Grimsby Town FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 2: A 1
100% successful

1935

disciplined: none
Captain:
none
minutes played:
90

Profile

Full name John Gilbert Bestall
Born 24 June 1900 in Beighton, near Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Sheffield, September 1900]. Attended Crookesmoor Council School.

Census Notes

According to the 1901 census, at nine months-old, John G. was the youngest of three children to John and Lucy Ellen, living at 44 Summer Street in Sheffield. His father was a warehouseman in a Furniture Warehouse.

According to the 1911 census, now with three younger siblings, still living at 44 Summer Street and his father still in the warehouse.

According to the 1939 register, John is a machine file forger, married to Martha, and lives at 169 Norton Lane in the Norton area of Sheffield.
Married to Martha T. Thompson (b.4 March 1901) [registered in Ecclesall Bierlow, September 1921]. One son, Derek G. (b.17 September 1927)
Died 11 April 1985, aged 84 years 291 days [registered in Doncaster, April 1985]. He apparently died of natural causes.
Height/Weight 5' 4", 9st. 0lbs [1927]. 9st. 10lbs [1929]. 5' 3", 9st. 11lbs [1935].

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Started his career playing schoolboy football in Sheffield. Played with Beighton Miners' Welfare FC and then Rotherham United FC in 1924-25. After 61 league appearances and sixteen goals, joined Grimsby Town FC on 25 November 1926 for £700. He remained with the club, becoming club captain, until he was allowed to leave on a 'free transfer' in April 1938. He left the club shortly afterwards, making a record 427 league appearances (broken in 1968), scoring 76 goals.
Club honours Football League Division Two winners 1933-34;
Individual honours Football League (three appearances)
Distinctions One of only handful of players who have a street named after him.  Bestall Road is in Grimsby, DN32.

Source

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

Management Career

Club(s) After leaving on a 'free transfer', Bestall joined Birmingham FC and appointed as their first official coach on 8 June 1938. He became the club's assistant manager during the war years, until 14 July 1944, when he became an assistant trainer-coach at Doncaster Rovers FC. Bestall was then appointed their manager on 12 March 1946 until 14 April 1949, when he took up a similar position at Blackburn Rovers FC on 23 June 1949, succeeding Jack Bruton. He resigned on 5 May 1953. He was then appointed manager at Nelson FC on 3 January 1954, until his resignation again, this time on 25 November 1954. He applied, unssuccessfully, for the vacant managerial role at Grimsby Town FC in March 1955. Returned to Doncaster Rovers FC, where his son Derek is the club secretary, on 1 August 1958, initially as chief scout, stepping up to team manager from 6 March 1959, when Jack Crayston moved upstairs to become the secretary-manager, until August 1960.

England Career

Player number 608th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right
Only match No. 196, 6 February 1935, England 2 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool, aged 34 years 227 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1934-35;
Team honours British Championships shared 1934-35;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

No additional information. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.32/33.

 

Jackie Bestall - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 90 0 0 min 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Jackie Bestall - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - British Championship 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1

 

Jackie Bestall - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1934-35 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1


Jackie Bestall
- Match History

 Club: Grimsby Town F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

F.A. International Selection Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 34
1 196 6 February 1935 - England 2 Ireland 1, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC HW Start ir
  

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