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Jimmy Forrest

Blackburn Rovers FC

11 appearances, 0 goals

P 11 W 6 D 3 L 2 F 38: A 11
68
% successful

1884-91

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none

minutes played:
990

Profile

Full name James Henry Forrest
Born 24 June 1864 in Blackburn, Lancashire [registered in Blackburn, September 1864].
Baptised 17 July 1864 at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Blackburn, Lancashire.
Child of Samuel (occupation Weaver) and Ann Forrest, living at 24 Pemberton Street, Blackburn. Baptised by T. Buxton (Curate).

Census Notes

According to the 1871 census, James H. is the youngest of five children to Samuel and Ann. They live at 14 Dugdale Street in Blackburn. His father is a cotton weaver.

According to the 1881 census, James H. is a heald varnisher, and is living with his brother William and his wife, Margret, at their home at 108 Johnston Street in Blackburn, along with their widowed mother Ann and William's son, also called James.

According to the 1891 census, James H. is now married to Alice and is now an innkeeper with two daughters, Alice and Elizabeth, and one servant. His mother is also living with them, at 11 Darwen Street in Blackburn.

According to the 1901 census, still married, James H. and Alice have four more children, Florence, Annie, James and Marie. He is a licensed victualler living at 37 Higher Audley Street in Blackburn.

According to the 1911 census, James Henry, still married to Alice, and with five of his children, they live at 29 Copy Nook in Blackburn. James is a bookkeeper at the Mill. The census return also reveals that James and Alice had eight children, two had died.

Married to Alice Blackledge [registered in Blackburn, June 1886].
Died 30 December 1925, aged 61 years 188 days [registered in Blackburn, March 1926].
Height/Weight not known

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990],  FindMyPast.com & Ian-opc.co.uk

Club Career

Club(s) By the time he was twelve, he was captain of local side Imperial United FC. He was first spotted by Blackburn Rovers FC when playing for Witton FC in 1880. After moving on to play for King's Own Blackburn, he was eventually persuaded to join Rovers in January 1883.  After 148 league appearances, he joined Darwen FC in the close season of 1895, before retiring at the end of his solitary Darwen season.
Club honours FA Cup winner 1883-84, 1884-85, 1885-86, 1889-90, 1890-91.
Individual honours None
Distinctions Forrest was aged 19 years and 277 days when he scored his first FA Cup final goal, making him the youngest FA Cup Final scorer at the time, a record he retained for 75 years, until Dicky Dorsett scored for Wolverhampton Wanderers FC in the 1939 FA Cup Final.

Source

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

England Career

Player number 114th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Left/centre-half.
First match No. 22, 17 March 1884, Wales 0 England 4, a British Championship match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 19 years 267 days.
Last match No. 38, 15 March 1890, Ireland 1 England 9, a British Championship match at Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, aged 25 years 264 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1883-84, 1884-85, 1885-86, 1886-87, 1888-89, 1889-90.
Team honours British Championship shared 1885-86, 1889-90.
Individual honours None
Distinctions Part of a generation that became the first professionals to play for England, but probably not the first.

Beyond England

When he left school, he was working as a tape sizer in the cotton trade Forrest became licensee of the Audley Arms Hotel in Blackburn before becoming the landlord of the County Arms on Darwen Street, Blackburn for many years. He later joined a firm of shuttle peg makers, joiners and mill furnishers.  Became a director of Blackburn Rovers FC in 1906. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.99.

 

Jimmy Forrest - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
16 11 11 990 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.

 

Jimmy Forrest - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 7 3 2 2 21 8 +13 1 3 3.00 1.143 57.1 +1
Away 4 3 1 0 17 3 +14 0 1 4.25 0.75 87.5 +3
All - British Championship 11 6 3 2 38 11 +27 1 4 3.455 1.00 68.2 +4

 

Jimmy Forrest - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1883-84 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1884-85 3 1 2 0 6 2 +4 0 1 2.00 0.67 66.7 +1
BC 1885-86 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 0 0 2.00 1.00 75.0 +1
BC 1886-87 3 2 0 1 13 3 +10 1 2 4.333 1.00 66.7 +1
BC 1887-88 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
BC 1888-89 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0 0 2.00 3.00 0.00 -1
BC 1889-90 1 1 0 0 9 1 +8 0 0 9.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 11 6 3 2 38 11 +27 1 4 3.455 1.00 68.2 +4
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 11 6 3 2 38 11 +27 1 4 3.455 1.00 68.2 +4
All 11 6 3 2 38 11 +27 1 4 3.455 1.00 68.2 +4

 

Jimmy Forrest - Match History
 Club: Blackburn Rovers F.C. - 11 full caps

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 9 full capsx

Age 19
- 21 15 March 1884 - Scotland 1 England 0, Cathkin Park, Glasgow BC AL reserve
1 22 17 March 1884 - Wales 0 England 4, The Racecourse, Wrexham AW Start cb
Age 20
2 23 28 February 1885 - England 4 Ireland 0, Manchester Football Ground, Manchester BC HW Start hb
3 24 14 March 1885 - England 1 Wales 1, Leamington Street, Blackburn HD Start hb
4 25 21 March 1885 - England 1 Scotland 1, The Oval, Kennington HD Start cb
Age 21
5 27 27 March 1886 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD Start hb
6 28 29 March 1886 - Wales 1 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham AW Start hb
Age 22
7 29 5 February 1887 - England 7 Ireland 0, Bramall Lane, Sheffield BC HW Start lh
8 30 26 February 1887 - England 4 Wales 0, The Oval, Kennington HW Start lh
9 31 19 March 1887 - England 2 Scotland 3, Leamington Street, Blackburn HL Start lh
 

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 2 full capsx

Age 23
- 32 4 February 1888 - Wales 1 England 5, Recreation Ground, Crewe BC AW withdrawn
- 33 17 March 1888 - Scotland 0 England 5, Hampden Park, Glasgow AW withdrawn
Age 24
10 37 13 April 1889 - England 2 Scotland 3, The Oval, Kennington BC HL Start lh
Age 25
11 38 15 March 1890 - Ireland 1 England 9, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW Start lh
- 40 5 April 1890 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow AD reserve
Age 26
- 43 4 April 1891 - England 2 Scotland 1, Ewood Park, Blackburn BC HW reserve

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