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Jack Crayston

Arsenal FC

8 appearances, 1 goal

P 8 W 4 D 1 L 3 F 20: A 14
56% successful

1935-37

disciplined: none
Captain:
none
minutes played:
720

Profile

Full name William John Crayston
Born 9 October 1910 in Grange-over-Sands, Lancashire [registered in Ulverston, December 1910].

Census Notes

According to the 1911 census, five month old William John is the youngest of four children and the only son to John George and Elizabeth Ann.  They live at 2 Fernleigh Road in Grange-over-Sands. His father is a Grocers assistant.

According to the 1939 register, William J, a professional footballer, is single, and living at 1 Welbeck Road in South Harrow, the home of the Duckworths.
Died 26 December 1992, aged 82 years 78 days [registered as William Jack, in Walsall, Staffordshire, December 1992]. The probate reveals he was living at 55 Egerton Road in the Streetly area of Sutton Coldfield, at the time of his death, leaving an amount 'not exceeding 125,000' - as found by the excellent Bob Pickett
Height/Weight 6' 0½", 13st. 4lbs [1938].

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Began his football career playing schoolboy football in Barrow-in-Furness. He played junior football with Ulverston Town FC, before embarking on a league career with Barrow AFC from August 1928. After 77 league appearances and one goal, he was subsequently transferred to Bradford FC on 14 May 1930. After 97 league appearances and fifteen goals, he prolonged negotiations, Crayston arrived at Arsenal FC on 24 May 1934 for a 5250 transfer fee, a record for the Park Avenue club. An injury in September 1943 forced his change of RAF career, from Flying Officer, to Sports Instructor, the following March. He did make more wartime appearances for Arsenal before hanging up his boots for good in 1947, having appeared in 168 league appearances and scored sixteen goals.
Club honours Football League Champions 1934-35, 1937-38; FA Cup winners 1935-36; FA Charity Shield winners 1934, 1938, runners-up 1935, 1936;
Individual honours Football League (one appearance)
Distinctions None

Source

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

Management Career

Club(s) Became the assistant manager at Arsenal FC on 14 August 1947. In December 1951, Hull City AFC offered Crayston a lucrative contract for him who became the their manager. But on 18 December, this was turned down. His loyalty was rewarded when he was appointed the manager of the Arsenal FC, on 16 November 1956. Ron Greenwood was appointed as his assistant on 17 December 1957. Crayston resigned on 17 May 1958. Doncaster Rovers FC offered their managership to Crayston as their manager, he accepted on 16 June 1958 at 3000 per year, stepping up to the secretary-manager role on 6 March 1959, after Jackie Bestall's son, Derek, resigned. Jackie himself, becoming the team manager under Crayston. On 16 March 1961, Crayston announced his intention to leave the club when his contract expired, it did so, on 1 July.

England Career

Player number 618th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-half
First match No. 200, 4 December 1935, England 3 Germany 0 a friendly match at White Hart Lane, High Road, Tottenham, London, aged 25 years 56 days.
Last match No. 214, 1 December 1937, England 5 Czechoslovakia 4, a friendly match at White Hart Lane, High Road, Tottenham, London, aged 27 years 53 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1935-36. 1937-38;
Team honours British Championship winners 1937-38;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

After giving up the game at Doncaster Rovers FC, Crayston took over a newsagency in Streetly. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p78.

 

Jack Crayston - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
7 8 4 720 1 720 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.

 

Jack Crayston - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 5 3 1 1 12 8 +4 0 1 2.40 1.60 70.0 +2
Away 3 1 0 2 8 6 +2 0 0 2.667 2.00 33.3 -1
All 8 4 1 3 20 14 +6 0 1 2.50 1.75 56.3 +1

 

Jack Crayston - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 7 3 1 3 17 14 +3 0 0 2.429 2.00 50.0 =0
Blue 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 0 1 3.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 8 4 1 3 20 14 +6 0 1 2.50 1.75 56.3 +1

 

Jack Crayston - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 4 2 1 1 9 5 +4 0 0 2.25 1.25 62.5 +1
Friendly 4 2 0 2 11 9 +2 0 1 2.75 2.25 50.0 =0
All 8 4 1 3 20 14 +6 0 1 2.50 1.75 56.3 +1

 

Jack Crayston - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1935-36 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 0 0 1.00 1.50 25.0 -1
BC 1937-38 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 100.0 +2
BC All 4 2 1 1 9 5 +4 0 0 2.25 1.25 62.5 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 4 2 1 1 9 5 +4 0 0 2.25 1.25 62.5 +1
All 4 2 1 1 9 5 +4 0 0 2.25 1.25 62.5 +1

 

Jack Crayston - Match History

 Club: Arsenal F.C. - eight full appearances (720 min)

Coach: F.A. International Selection Committee - eight full appearances (720 min)x

Age 25
1 200 4 December 1935 - England 3 Germany 0, White Hart Lane, Tottenham Fr HW Start rh
2 201 5 February 1936 - England 1 Wales 2, Molineux, Wolverhampton BC HL Start rh
3 202 4 April 1936 - England 1 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HD Start rh
4 203 6 May 1936 - Austria 2 England 1, Praterstadion, Wien tour AL Start rh
5 204 9 May 1936 - Belgium 3 England 2, Stade du Centenaire, Bruxelles AL Start rh
  

Age 27
6 212 23 October 1937 - Ireland 1 England 5, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Start 4
7 213 17 November 1937 - England 2 Wales 1, Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough BC HW Start 4
8 214 1 December 1937 - England 5 Czechoslovakia 4, White Hart Lane, Tottenham Fr HW Start 11 4
  

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