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Jack Hargreaves

Blackburn Rovers FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 0 D 0 L 2 F 1: A 7
0% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  John Hargreaves
Birth Thursday, 13 December 1860 in Blackburn, Lancashire
registered in Blackburn January-March 1861
Baptism 11 April 1861 at St. Paul's Church in Blackburn

Cannot be found on the 1861 census, but we know his father is a leading Blackburn coroner, Henry Unsworth Hargreaves, married to Alice (née Fair) (m.7 March 1858 in St. Mary's, Manchester).

  According to the 1871 census, Frederick W. and John, along with their two sisters, are living at Unsworth Lodge in Wellington Street in Blackburn, with a housekeeper and two servants. No mention of parents.

(His father died on 28 December 1879)
According to the 1881 census, Fredk W. is a law student and head over the household, including John, an articled solicitor's clerk, and their younger sister, a housekeeper and servant. They live at 44 Wellington Street in Bankhouse, Blackburn.

  "Jack Hargreaves, the well-known Blackburn Rover, now on the retired list, has been lying ill from inflammation of the lungs at the Boscombe Chine Hotel, Bournemouth. He is, I am glad to say, on a fair way to recovery. He has been visited by his brother, Fred Hargreaves, and a correspondent says that the two 'old stayers' are still 'full' of football. and are always ready to relate many an anecdote about the Rovers in the palmiest of their palmy days." - Tuesday, 15 November 1887, The Athletic News
  According to the 1891 census, Frederick W. remains head over the household and living on his own means, over his brother John, a solicitor, and his younger sister. With four servants, they now live at Thorncliffe, Stiff Street, Wilpshire.
  (His brother Fred Hargreaves died on 5 April 1897)
According to the 1901 census, solicitor John is now head of the house at Thorncliffe. Although their are only two servants.
Death Tuesday, 13 January 1903 in Thorncliffe, Wilpshire, Blackburn, Lancashire.
aged 42 years 31 days registered in Blackburn January-March 1903


"The death is announced of the famous amateur footballer, Mr. John Hargreaves, which occurred at Wilpshire, Blackburn, yesterday. Mr. 'Jack' Hargreaves played as left wing forward for the Blackburn Rovers in that club's famous amateur days. The deceased, who was forty-two years of age, was the son of the late Coroner for Blackburn. He played in the Cup Finals of 1881 and 1883, and was celebrated for the frequency with which he performed the apparently impossible feat of shooting goals from the corner flag. He represented England on three occasions, playing against Scotland and Wales in 1881, and Ireland in 1882."
Wednesday, 14 January 1903, Bournemouth Daily Echo

"One of the old school of Association footballers in Mr. 'Jack' Hargreaves, solicitor, of Blackburn, has just passed away at the age of 43. In the eighties he was well known as a member of Blackburn Rovers, before that combination embraced professionalism, and played for England against Scotland and Wales in 1881, and against Ireland in 1882. Mr. Hargreaves prided himself on the fact that only a serious injury kept him away from the field when chosen on the team, and at times he has been known to play when bruised from head to foot. Once in a match against Hibernians of Edinburgh, one of his colleagues noticed that Hargreaves shirt was stained with blood, and an examination revealed that the shoulder bone was broken and was  protruding through the skin. Still Hargreaves played on to the end, but, of course, could not attempt a charge. He last played for Blackburn Rovers in the English Cup match of 1884, when that team won the trophy for the first time."
- Friday, 16 January 1903, Irish Independent
Probate "HARGREAVES John of "Thorncliffe" Wilshire near Blackburn solicitor died 13 January 1903 Probate Lancaster 4 March to Thomas Dean coal and slate-merchant and Alexander Spencer Porter cotton-manufacturer.
Effects £9851 15s. 7d." [2019 equivalent: £1,206,800].


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Attended Malvern College, playing football 1878-79.  Also started playing for Blackburn Rovers FC in 1878 up until 1884;
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1881-82, winner 1883-84;
Individual honours Lancashire FA
Distinctions None
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 81st players (87) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside right/left
First match No. 12, 26 February 1881, England 0 Wales 1, a friendly match at The East Lancashire Cricket Ground, Alexandra Meadows, Blackburn, aged 20 years 75 days.
Last match No. 13, 12 March 1881, England 1 Scotland 6, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 20 years 89 days.
Individual honours England trial (one appearance, 2ᵍ, March 1881).
The North (one appearance, January 1883).
Distinctions Younger brother of Fred Hargreaves.
Jack Hargreaves died exactly ten years after Hawley Edwards (1874), who also died aged just 42 years, both on 13 January.

Beyond England

A solicitor by profession, admitted in 1884 and practised in Blackburn. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.120.

The Numbers
parties Appearances withdrew minutes captain
3 2 one 180 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
2 0 0 2 1 7 -6 1 0 0.5 3.5 0 -2
Both of his matches were friendly matches and played at a home venue

Match History

 Club: Blackburn Rovers F.C. - two full appearances (180 min) F.A. Committee - two full appearances (180 min)x

apps match match details comp res rundown pos

Age 20
1 12 26 February 1881 - England 0 Wales 1
East Lancashire Cricket Ground, Blackburn (home gound)
Fr HL   or

one of seven who became the 81st (87) players to appear for England
one of two who became the second player from Blackburn Rovers FC to represent England
followed his brother Fred in playing for England - the seventh set of brothers to do so -
the third set to play in the same match

one appearance - Birmingham & District vs. England, 5 March 1881

2 13 12 March 1881 - England 1 Scotland 6
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HL hit the post at 0-2 ol

Age 22 trial  
one appearance - The North vs. The South, January 1883.

18 24 February 1883 - England 7 Ireland 0, Liverpool Cricket Ground, Aigburth Fr HW withdrew injured