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Jack Hunter

Heeley FC, Providence FC, Wednesday Club, Sheffield Albion FC

7 appearances, 0 goals

P 7 W 1 D 0 L 6 F 14: A 31
13% successful


Captain: one
minutes played:

Jack Hunter


  John Hunter
  According to the 1851 census, Philip and Sarah (née Stocks) are at home with two daughters, Sarah Ann and Fanny, in Crookes, Sheffield. Philip is a table knife cutler journeyman.
Birth summer 1852 in Crookes, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Sheffield, September 1852]

According to the 1861 census, John is the third of six children (although Sarah Ann is not on this census return). His father is still a table knife cutter and they live at 46 Pearl Street in Highfield area of Sheffield.


According to the 1871 census, another sibling and John is the eldest of the five children still at home with their parents at 55 Well Road in Heeley. Both John and his father are table knife cutlers. 

Marriage to Mary Jane Tyas [registered in Sheffield, September 1872]

According to the 1881 census, John is now married to Mary J., with four children, James W., John T., Charles P. and Polly J. They live at the back of Well Road in Heeley. John remains a table knife cutler.


According to the 1891 census John is still married, with four children, and is now a licensed victualler, at The Masons Arms, 90 Town Hall Street in Blackburn.


According to the 1901 census, John is now a professional football trainer, still married and has one daughter living with him at 12 Lower Hollin Bank Street in Blackburn.  He also has two Blackburn footballers boarding with then, James Moir and Willie Bryant.

  "There are hosts of football players and followers of the game throughout the country who will hear with regret that Jack Hunter, the groundsman of the Blackburn Rovers." - Monday, 26 January 1903, Nottingham Evening Post/Athletic News
Death Thursday night, 9 April 1903, in Blackburn, aged 51 years n/k days [registered in Blackburn, June 1903], of tuberculosis (consumption).


"DEATH OF JACK HUNTER.―A Famous Sheffield International.
"News came through last evening from our Blackburn correspondent, stating that 'Jack' Hunter had passed away in his fifty-second year. He has been ill for some months from consumption, and as recently been stated in our columns, there has been little prospect of his recovery for some time past. Very much sympathy will be aroused by the news now published, and much will be tendered to his mother who is still resident in Sheffield living in Well Road, Heeley."
Saturday, 11 April 1903, The Sheffield Daily/Evening Telegraph
"Among the sporting section of the public deep regret will be felt at the news that there passed away on Thursday night, 'Jack' Hunter, a celebrated Rover. He joined the Olympic during 1882, from Sheffield, another player from that town―George Wilson―coming at the same time. Previously Hunter had had trouble with the Sheffield Association in connection with some matches played by an organisation known as the Sheffield Zulus, through which it was said he transferred hi services to Blackburn. He was a grand half-back, and was vice-captain of the Olympic team which first brought the English Cup to the provinces, in 1882-83, when they defeated the Etonians 2―1, after an extra half hour. He assisted his country in nearly half a score Internationals. His football career began in Sheffield, and he was for two seasons captain of the Association team, in connecetion with which he played over 40 matches. He was a good shot at goal, had few equals in kicking from the corner flag, and fed his forwards remarkably well. The Rovers' players at Bury yesterday afternoon all wore stripes of crape out of respect for their old comrade."
 - Saturday, 11 April 1903, Lancashie Evening Post.
Funeral Wednesday, 15 April 1903, in Blackburn

"The ex-Blackburn Rovers' groundsman, Jack Hunter has been laid to his last resting-place at the Blackburn Cemetery. The bearers were four players of world-wide fame, men who have appearaed in Internationals and English Cup finals. They were Billy Mosforth, of Sheffield; Fergie Suter, of pre-League Rover days, and who is now at Darwen; Jack Barton, whose careeer was cut short when he was in brilliant form; and Geordie Anderson, who is still playing at Blackpool. From Mosforth to Anderson you have almost the connecting links of Association football as it is now known, for Mosforth first played for England in 1877, and was in three teams against Scotland along with Hunter." - Monday, 20 April 1903, The Athletic News


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

Playing Career

Club(s) With Heeley FC from 1870, assisting other Sheffield teams from time to time including Providence FC, and Sheffield Albion FC, playing with the Clegg brothers. After which he joined the Wednesday club/ He was also involved in a charity team called The Zulus, who were a group of Sheffield footballers who raised monies for the victims of the Zulu wars. It was disbanded in 1882. Before 1880, Hunter had spent a few months playing with Glasgow side, Third Lanark Volunteers. He represented and captained the Sheffield FA. He turned down Blackburn Rovers FC to join rivals Blackburn Olympic FC in 1882 as a player-coach and then he did finally join Blackburn Rovers FC in 1887 for a short spell, remaining as assistant trainer and groundsman. Was found to be helping New Brighton Tower FC in September 1897.
Club honours FA Cup winner 1882-83 as player-coach and captain;
Individual honours None
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 fiftieth players (51) to appear for England.
Position(s) Half-back
First match No. 7, 2 March 1878, Scotland 7 England 2, a friendly match at Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Glasgow, aged 25 years n/k days.
Last match No. 16, 13 March 1882, Wales 5 England 3, a friendly match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 29 years n/k day.
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Hunter was a licensee in Blackburn.  Although in Sheffield, he was first employed as a butcher and later as a silver cutler. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.142.

The Numbers
Parties Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Av.min Captain
6 6 630 0 none one
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
7 1 0 6 14 31 -17 1 0 2.00 4.429 14.3 -5

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home Friendly matches 2 0 0 2 1 7 -6 1 0 0.50 3.50 0.00 -2
Away 5 1 0 4 13 24 -11 0 0 2.60 4.80 20.0 -3

Match History
 Club: Heeley F.C., Providence F.C., Wednesday F.C. & Sheffield Albion F.C. - seven full appearances (630 min)  

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - seven full appearances (630 min)x

Age 25
1 7 2 March 1878 - Scotland 7 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Start hb

Age 27
2 10 13 March 1880 - Scotland 5 England 4, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Start hb
3 11 15 March 1880 - Wales 2 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham Fr AW Start hb

Age 28
4 12 26 February 1881 - England 0 Wales 1, East Lancashire Cricket Club, Blackburn Fr HL Captain hb
5 13 12 March 1881 - England 1 Scotland 6, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HL Start hb

Age 29
6 15 11 March 1882 - Scotland 5 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Start hb
7 16 13 March 1882 - Wales 5 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham AL Start hb