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Jeff Hall

Birmingham City FC

17 caps, 0 goals

P 17 W 12 D 4 L 1 F x: A x
82% successful

1955-57

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
1530

Profile

Full name Jeffrey James Hall
Born 7 September 1929 in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire [registered in Glanford Brigg, December 1929].
Married to Dawn ? or Doreen N. Stanton [registered in Worth Valley, September 1957]
Died 4 April 1959 in hospital, Birmingham, aged 29 years x days [registered in Birmingham, June 1959] of Poliomyelitis. Funeral held at Wilsden Congregational Chapel.
Height/Weight 5' 7½", 11st. 4lbs [1957].

Source

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

Biographies x
 

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s)

Hall played for his village team, Wilsden FC, before signing amateur forms with Bradford Park Avenue.  Jeff was spotted by Birmingham City FC while playing for The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers during his National Service and signed as a professional in May 1950.

Club honours x
Individual honours x
Distinctions x

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of three to become the 748th players (749) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-back
First match No. x, aged 26 years 25 days.
Last match No. x, aged 27 years 254 days.
Major tournaments x
Team honours x
Individual honours England B (one appearance)
Distinctions x

Beyond England

Jeff had played for Birmingham City in a 1-1 draw with Portsmouth in late March 1959. He was back at his home with wife Dawn when he complained of feeling unwell and was taken to hospital � where doctors diagnosed polio.  Despite being super-fit, Jeff was unable to fight off the virus and he died on April 4.
His death sparked an extraordinary response from the public. They were shocked that a young, healthy professional footballer could fall victim to polio and began clamouring for a vaccine. The rush for immunisation was given a further boost when Dawn went on TV to talk about her sad loss. She also made a record that was translated into several different languages and sent all over the world. The response was amazing.
Schoolchildren were marched class-by-class to their local clinics to take Jonas Salk�s vaccine, an impregnated sugar lump to swallow rather than a jab in the arm which had been the other less popular option. Emergency clinics were set up across Britain as polio dominated the headlines and newsreels. Soon, with demand exploding, extra vaccine supplies had to be flown in from the US. The result was a generation vaccinated against a killer disease, saving potentially many thousands of lives.
- The Sunday Mercury

 

Name - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
- - - - - - - - - min - - 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.

 

Name - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Away - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Neutral - - - - - - - - - - - - -
All - - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

Name - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Blue - - - - - - - - - - - - -
All - - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

Name - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
WCF 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
World Cup - - - - - - - - - - - - -

ECP

0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
ECF 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
European Championship - - - - - - - - - - - - -
British Championship - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Friendly - - - - - - - - - - - - -
All - - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

Name - Match Record - Tournament Matches
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
x - - - - - - - - - - - - -
All - - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

Name - Match History
 Club:   F.C. - x full caps

Coach: x - x full capsx

Age x
1 b 23 March 1955 - England B 1 West Germany B 1, Hillsborough, Sheffield Fr HD Start 2
1 - x - x, x x x x x

Notes

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