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Jack Hudson

Heeley FC & Sheffield FC & Wednesday Club

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 7: A 0
100% successful


captain: one
minutes played:


  John Hudson
Birth Thursday, 11 October 1860 in Brightside, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire
  registered in Sheffield October-December 1860

According to the 1861 census, six month old John is the youngest of two children to William and Mary (née Taylor). His father is a forgeman in the steelworks. They live at 6 Jessop Square in Attercliffe cum Darnell with John's grandmother and two steelwork apprentices.


According to the 1871 census, John and his older sister remain with their parents and grandmother at Matlock Lane in Ecclesfield. His father is still a forgeman.


According to the 1881 census, 20 year-old John is an engraver, he and his widowed mother now live with widower Alfred Snape and his two sons. Alfred was the husband of John's elder sister Mary, who, along with her father, had both died in the previous ten years. They live in the Hillsborough area of Sheffield.

Marriage to Annie Mellor, on 19 September 1888, in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire
  registered in Sheffield July-September 1888

According to the 1891 census, John is a silver engraver and is married to Annie. They live at 10 Taplin Road in Ecclesfield, along with his mother.


According to the 1901 census, John remains a silver engraver, remains married and has an eight year-old daughter Winifred. They live at 20 Wynyard Road in Ecclesfield.


According to the 1911 census, John is now a beer house keeper, with his wife and daughter assisting. They have two servants and they live at 111 Dykes Hall Road in Hillsborough. The census reveals that John and Annie had lost another child in death.


According to the 1921 census, John is now a widow, but still a publican at 111 Dykes Hall Road in Hillsborough. With them is his daughter, Winifred and her new husband, professional footballer James Spoor (Barnsley FC), and their two children. Also one servant.

  According to the 1939 register, John is a widowed and retired licensed victualler living at The Gateford Hotel in Worksop. He lives with his daughter and her family, Winifred and James.
Death Friday, 21 November 1941 at the Gateford Hotel, Gateford Road, Worksop, Nottinghamshire.
aged 81 years 41 days registered in Worksop October-December 1941
Probate "HUDSON John of The Gateford Hotel Worksop Nottinghamshire died 21 November 1941 Administration (with Will) Wakefield 27 February to The Yorkshire Penny Bank Limited.
Effects £1711 7s. 11d." [2019 equivalent: £81,223].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], the excellent Alan Alcott &

Playing Career

Club(s) Began with Heeley FC, playing for them between 1878 and 1884, during which time he also played with the Providence FC team between 1879 and 1880. Played for three more teams during 1880, Owlerton FC, Sheffield FC and Wednesday FC. Before the next year, he no longer played for the Providence and Owlerton teams, but in 1882, was in the Walkley FC team. Played his last match for Sheffield in 1883, his last match for Heeley a year later, and in 1885, played his final match in Wednesday colours. In 1886, joined Blackburn Olympic FC, but returned to his hometown when he was playing for the newly formed Sheffield United FC between 1889 and 1891.
Club honours None
Distinctions Father-in-law of Jimmy Spoor (The Wednesday, 1908-20, Barnsley FC 1920-22)
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 103rd players (104) to appear for England.
Position(s) Half-back
Only match No. 18, 24 February 1883, England 7 Ireland 0, a friendly match at Liverpool Cricket Ground, Aigburth Road, Aigburth, Liverpool, aged 22 years 136 days.c
Individual honours The North (two appearances, 1883-84)
Distinctions Missed out on being the youngest captain by two days. Cuthbert Ottaway was 22 years and 134 days.
The first debuting player to captain England since Charlie Alcock did so in 1875.
Died twelve days after Norman Winckworth

Beyond England

An engraver by trade. Committee member of Wednesday FC 1887. After retiring from football, became trainer/coach of Wednesday FC. As many of his generation, became a licensed victuallar at The Gateford Arms in Worksop. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.138/9.

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes captain
1 1 90 0 one
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 7 0 +7 0 1 7 0 100 +1
His only match was a friendly match played at a home venue

Captain Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home 1 1 0 0 7 0 +7 0 1 7.00 0.00 100.0 +1
1 1 0 0 7 0 +7 0 1 7 0 100 +1

Match History

 Clubs: Heeley F.C. Sheffield F.C. & Wednesday F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) 1ᶜ F.A. Committee - one full appearance (90 min) 1ᶜx

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

apps match match details comp res rundown pos

1 18 24 February 1883 - England 7 Ireland 0
Liverpool Cricket Ground, Aigburth
Fr HW   hb

one of six who became the 103rd (104) players to appear for England
the second and final player from Heeley FC to represent England
the third and final player from Sheffield FC to represent England
the fourth player from Wednesday CFC to represent England
the thirteenth player to captain England ~ second youngest

Age 23 trial  
one appearance - The South vs. The North, 26 January 1884;

in 2002, Hudson became the fifth youngest player ever to captain England