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Jack Haines

West Bromwich Albion FC

1 appearance, 2 debut goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 6: A 0
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


Full name: John Thomas William Haines
Born: 24 April 1920 in Wickhamford, near Evesham, Worcestershire [registered in Evesham, June 1920].
Attended Badsey Council School, Evesham
Married: to Ethel Anne Nicholls [registered in Wellington, Shropshire, June 1943].
Died: 19 March 1987 in Worcester, aged 66 years 329 days [registered in Worcester, March 1987].
Buried in Wickhamford Cemetery.
Height/Weight: 5' 9", 10st. 11lbs [1949].

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

Club Career

Began his schoolboy career was enhanced by being coached by Jesse Pennington, and saw him playing for Wickhamford FC of the North Cotswold and Vale of Evesham League and then Badsey Rangers FC, of the Vale of Evesham League, his senior career started when he was playing for Charlton Kings FC of the Cheltenham League and onto Evesham Town FC before being trialed and signed by Liverpool FC in November 1937. He never made the first team but broke into the reserves, his contract was £5 per week, with an extra £1 for getting in the reserves and a further £1 if you made the first team. Signed for Cheltenham Town AFC on 19 May 1939. After the war curtailed his career, during which he represented the RAF and guested for Merythr Tydfil FC and  Lincoln City FC, he returned as a Swansea Town FC player, his form saw him quickly bought by Leicester City FC in June 1947, playing alongside Don Revie and a year later, in March 1948, he moved to West Bromwich Albion FC in a player exchange, (Peter McKennan). After falling out over his wages with The Hawthorn's club, on 19 December 1949, for nearly £10,000, he went to play at Bradford FC, who could not breach the maximum wage, but paid him handsomely outside of the game. He then signed for Harry Catterick at Rochdale AFC on 29 September 1953 for £8000, and then a very short spell with Chester FC from July 1955, there were a few games for Wellington Town FC in 1957 and he retired.
Club honours Lancashire League winners 1936-37;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Rochdale FC's website describes his 40 yard scissors-kick pass. He even took a penalty with a scissor kick against West Ham United FC at Upton Park on his WBA debut!


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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 676th players (679) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-left
Only match No. 244, 2 December 1948, England 6 Switzerland 0, a friendly match at Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London, aged 28 years 222 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours The only post-war England player to play once and score twice.
Distinctions By marriage, a cousin of Johnny Hancocks

England Tragedy

Four Evesham Town players were injured, two seriously, when the motor-coach in which they were returning from their game with Hinckley on Tuesday [30 March 1937] was involved in a collision with a private car near Stratford-on-Avon.
Jack Haines, the 17-year-old inside-right, is suffering from an injured foot, and is unlikely that he will play for the rest of the season. Harry Attwood, is also doubtful, as he sustained a broken nose in the smash. George Knight and Jack Hope, the other two players, received less serious injuries and will be fit for duty when the Town visit Walsall on Saturday. The other players and a few spectators who were also in the coach escaped injury. The injuries to the players, except Haines, was caused by flying glass as a result of the impact. Haines' right foot was injured when he was flung from his seat.
The driver of the other car and his lady passenger were also hurt, and had to receive treatment at the Straford-on-Avon hospital. - Gloucestershire Echo, 1 April 1937

Beyond England

He coached at Bishops Cleeve Secondary school in the 1960's and also managed lots of local sides in the Cheltenham and Evesham area. - John Haines, his son.
At the time of his only England appearance, he was employed by G.C. Lees-Milne, at Wickhamford Manor. - Gloucestershire Echo, 20 November 1948


Jack Haines - Career Statistics
Parties Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
1 1 0 90 2 45 min 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 Haines - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - Friendly 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 0 1 6.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 0 1 6.00 0.00 100.0 +1


Jack Haines - Match History
 Club: West Bromwich Albion F.C. - 1 full caps

manager: Walter Winterbottom - 1 full capx

Age 28
1 244 2 December 1948 - England 6 Switzerland 0, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start 5,36 10