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Jacky Pearson

Crewe Alexandra FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 2: A 0
100% successful


captain: none
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  John Hargreaves Pearson
Birth Saturday, 25 January 1868 in Monks Coppenhall, Crewe, Cheshire [registered in Crewe, March 1868].

According to the 1871 census, John Hargreaves is the sixth of seven children to George and Mary (née Warren), living in Nantwich Road in Crewe. His father is a railway engine driver.


According to the 1881 census, John is now a scholar, now with two more sisters, one adopted. Still with parents at 83 Nantwich Road. His father is still driving trains.
According to the UK Railway Employment Records, John Hargreaves was employed as a mechanical engineer for the London Midland Scottish Railway, from 6 March 1882 until his retirement on 12 December 1930, rising in the ranks who became the chief engineer.


According to the 1891 census, John H. is now a railway clerk, and one of only three of the children still at the same house with their parents.

Marriage to Ann Williams [registered in Nantwich, June 1895].

According to the 1901 census, now married to Ann, with a new daughter, Norah. With a single servant, they all live at 11 Ruskin Road in Crewe.


According to the 1911 census, still married and still with one daughter and one servant. Living at 262 Alexandra Recreation Ground, Nantwich Road in Crewe. He is a Railway Clerk.


Cannot be found on the 1921 census.

Death Monday, 22 June 1931 at 2 Suffolk Road South, Bournemouth, Hampshire, aged 63 years 148 days [registered in Bournemouth, June 1931].


The death has occurred at Bournemouth of Mr. J. H. Pearson, a well-known Crewe sportsman, who played for Crewe Alexandra forty years ago when he was capped. He later became referee in addition to international matches, had charge of the English Cup final one occasion. He was a founder of Crewe Golf Club, which in Saturday celebrated its twenty-first anniversary."
The Liverpool Echo, Wednesday, 24 June 1931.
"Cup Final Referee and Ex-International.
"Crewe sportsmen have heard with regret of the death of Mr. J. H. Pearson, a former stalwart of the Crewe Alexandra football team, an International footballer and an English Cup Final referee. Mr. Pearson recently retired from the L.M.S. General Offices at Crewe owing to ill-health, He went to live at Bournemouth, where his death took place. He had served in the General Offices for over 40 years and was for several years Secretary of the L.M.S. World Insurance Society."
The Staffordshire Sentinel, Thursday, 25 June 1931.
Probate "PEARSON John Hargreaves of 2 Suffolk-road South Bournemouth died 22 June 1931 Probate London 22 September to Ann Pearson widow.
Effects £648 14s. 2d." [2019 equivalent: £44,734]


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Played junior football in Crewe, before joining the Crewe Alexandra FC reserve team when he was only 13 years-old. After two season's he was promoted to the senior side. Remaining with the club until injury forced retirement in 1895.
League History
14 appearances, 3 goals
Crewe Alexandra FC 1892-95 fourteen appearances, three goals.
debut (second division): 3 September 1892 Burton Swifts FC 7 Crewe Alexandra FC 1.
last (second division): 12 April 1895 Manchester City FC 4 Crewe Alexandra FC 1.
Club honours Football League best:- Division Two tenth place 1892-93 (12 apps, two goals);
Individual honours Cheshire FA (1887-90);
The North
(two appearances against The South, January 1888, January 1892);
Distinctions "Mr. Pearson commenced refereeing local matches in 1893. Quite soon he was entrusted with English cup-ties in the qualifying stages, and for the past ten years he has controlled all kinds of exciting matches under the auspices of the English Association and The League. In addition to these he has been in charge of the final ties for the English Amateur Cup, the Birmingham Cup, the Gloucestershire Cup, semi-final ties of the Irish and Welsh Cups, the Consolation match at the Olympic Games (London), between Holland and Sweden, when the teams called for 'Three hochs for the referee', and lastly he officiated between Denmark and England at Copenhagen last May." - The Athletic News, Monday, 3 April 1911
Becoming chairman of the Crewe Society of Referees. Refereed the 1911 FA Cup Final between Newcastle United FC and Bradford City FC, and remained a top class referee in the Football League until 1914.
Height/Weight 5' 7½", 9st 2lb [1892]


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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 185th players (188) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right
Only match No. 44. 5 March 1892, Ireland 0 England 2, a British Championship match at Cliftonville Gardens, Cliftonville, Belfast, aged 24 years 40 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1891-92;
Team honours British Championship winners 1891-92;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Died fourteen days after John Dixon

Beyond England

From his early years, he was in the railway industry, an accountant, with the London & North Western Railway, which amalgamated in 1923 with LMS. He retired in December 1930. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.194.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
1 1 1 90 0 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.
1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away venue
British Championship
1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1

Competition Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1891-92 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1

Match History

 Club: Crewe Alexandra F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

F.A. International Selection Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 24
1 44 5 March 1892 - Ireland 0 England 2, Cliftonville Gardens, Belfast BC AW Start ir