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Jock Rutherford

Newcastle United FC

11 appearances, 3 goals

P 11 W 8 D 3 L 0 F 43: A 7
86% successful

1904-08

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
990

Profile

Full name John Rutherford
Born 12 October 1884 in Percy Main, Tynemouth, Northumberland [registered in Tynemouth, December 1884].
Baptised 9 November 1884 in St. John's Church, Percy Main

Census Notes

According to the 1891 census, the oldest of four children to James Robert Weddle and Sarah Elizabeth (née Thompson). They live 47 Brunton Street in the Chirton area of Tynemouth. His father is a coal trimmer.

According to the 1901 census, John is an apprentice marine boilersmith, he has three more younger sisters, making him the oldest of seven living at home with their parents. They still live at 47 Brunton Street and his father is still a coal trimmer at the shipyard.

According to the 1911 census, John is a professional footballer married to Edith Olive and they have one son, John James. They live at 16 Warkworth Avenue in Whitley Bay.
In the meantime, John is now the oldest of twelve, as his parents have gone on to have another four children, the third youngest being Robert and the youngest being Septimus. They now live at 17 Brunton Street in Percy Main.
The 1932 British Phone Book confirms Jock had his off-licence at 193 Queens Road, telephone number CLIssold 4277. Did he and his son also trade as Jock Rutherford & Son at the Admiral Mann at 9 Hampshire Street, NW5 (GULliver 4739)? 
According to the London Electoral Records as well as the  BT Phone Books, John was residing at 10 Kingsbury Road in Willesden from at least 1942 where Jock Rutherford's Off-Licence traded, telephone number GLADstone 1822. Joined by Blodwen in 1945. They had moved around the corner to 391 Neasden Lane, from at least 1948, same telephone number. By 1959, the phone number had changed to DOLis HI 5722.

Married twice, firstly to Edith Olive McQueen, on 2 May 1906 at St. Augustine's, North Shields [registered in Tynemouth, June 1906]. Then to Blodwen Jones [registered in Edmonton, September 1944].
Died 21 April 1963 at Ford House Store, 391 Neasden Lane, Neasden, Middlesex, aged 78 years 191 days [registered in Willesden, Middlesex, June 1963]. Left £5161 18s. 4d. to his widow, Blodwen
Height/Weight 5' 9", 11st. 6lbs [1911].

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s): Played schoolboy football in Percy Main, scoring 88 in 1897-98 season, before joining Willington Athletic FC in 1900. Newcastle United FC signed him in January 1902 for a £75 transfer fee. After 290 league appearances and 78 goals, he transferred to Woolwich Arsenal FC in October 1913 for a £800 fee. Guested for Chelsea FC during the war. Remained with Arsenal until his suspension from the game, for alleged betting, in 1925, apart from six months as Stoke FC's player-manager in 1923, but he did not appear in any league matches. He was allowed to re-register with Arsenal FC on 11 January 1926, completing 222 league appearances, in which he scored 25 times, Rutherford courted a move to Bath City FC, but instead moved to Clapton Orient FC on 16 August of that year, making nine league appearances. He retired again in 1927 because of pneumonia. In September 1929, he played a solitary FA Cup match for Tunbridge Wells Rangers FC, as a centre-forward.
Club honours: Football League Champions 1904-05, 1906-07, 1908-09, runners-up 1925-26; FA Cup runners-up 1904-05, 1905-06, 1907-08, 1910-11, winners 1909-10; Sheriff of London Charity Shield winners 1907; FA Charity Shield winners 1909;
Individual honours: Football League (one appearance)
Distinctions: Arsenal's oldest League player at 41 years and 159 days, against Manchester City, 20 March 1926.
Two of John's younger brothers were also professional footballers Septimus (Portsmouth FC, born 1908) and George (b.Tynemouth 1893). Another brother, Robert (b.Tynemouth 1904), is also said to have played football. His son, John James, was playing with Woolwich Arsenal at the same time his father was. His grandson is Greg Rutherford, the Olympic Long Jumper.

Source

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

Management Career

Club(s) Briefly managed Stoke FC from March until his resignation on 30 August 1923. He resigned because he was not allowed free reign on team selection. He later coached Tufnell Park FC.

England Career

Player number One of four who became 298th players (300) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-right
First match No. 82, 9 April 1904, Scotland 0 England 1, a British Championship match at Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Glasgow, aged 19 years 179 days.
Last match No. 98, 13 June 1908, Bohemia 0 England 4, an end-of-season Continental tour match at Stadión Letná, Praha, aged 23 years 244 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1903-04, 1906-07, 1907-08;
Team honours British Championship winners 1903-04, shared 1907-08;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

England Tragedy

"JOCK RUTHERFORD'S LIBEL ACTION.
"In the King's Bench yesterday, settlement was announced of the libel case of Rutherford v. Turf Publishers Ltd., and another. The matter had relation to the use of "Jock" Rutherford's name on football coupons. Rutherford, who has played for Newcastle United and Arsenal, gave evidence.
"Justice Swift said he was satisfied the use of Rutherford's name was entirely unauthorised. Judgement was entered for plaintiff with costs and £50 damages."
- The Western Times, Friday, 30 October 1925.
"T
hat John Rutherford, the famous Arsenal forward, is again eligible for registration as a professional was the decision arrived at by the Football Association Council meeting yesterday. Rutherford has been out of the game for a season and a half on a technical question. He brought a successful action in court in connection with the unauthorised use of his name on a football circular.
"An amendment that Rutherford should be permanently suspended from football and football management was defeated, and the Council adopted the recommendation of the Emergency Committee that, in view of his long association with the game and the loss he had already sustained, he should be reinstated." - Dundee Courier, Tuesday, 12 January 1926.

Beyond England

During his time playing, apart from being suspension because the turf companies illegely used his name on their coupons, Rutherford also fronted a cigarette advertising campain for Waverley's in the mid-twenties. After retiring, he lived in Neasden, London, and became a licensee at Jock Rutherfords Off-Licence at 391 Neasden Lane. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.214/5.

 

Jock Rutherford - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
11 11 7 990 3 330 min 0 none 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.

 

Jock Rutherford - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 0 1 1.00 0.667 66.7 +1
Away 8 7 1 0 40 5 +35 0 3 5.00 0.625 93.8 +7
All 11 8 3 0 43 7 +36 0 4 3.909 0.636 86.4 +8

 

Jock Rutherford - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 7 4 3 0 15 5 +10 0 2 2.143 0.714 78.6 +4
Friendly 4 4 0 0 28 2 +26 0 2 7.00 0.50 100.0 +4
All 11 8 3 0 43 7 +36 0 4 3.909 0.636 86.4 +8

 

Jock Rutherford - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1903-04 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1906-07 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 0 1 1.00 0.667 66.7 +1
BC 1907-08 3 2 1 0 11 3 +8 0 0 2.667 1.00 83.3 +2
BC All 7 4 3 0 15 5 +10 0 2 2.143 0.714 78.6 +4
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 7 4 3 0 15 5 +10 0 2 2.143 0.714 78.6 +4
All 7 4 3 0 15 5 +10 0 2 2.143 0.714 78.6 +4

 

Jock Rutherford - Match History
 Club: Newcastle United F.C. - 11 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 11 full capsx

Age 19
1 82 9 April 1904 - Scotland 0 England 1, Celtic Park, Glasgow BC AW Start or
Age 22
2 89 16 February 1907 - England 1 Ireland 0, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC HW Start or
3 90 18 March 1907 - England 1 Wales 1, Craven Cottage, Fulham HD Start or
4 91 6 April 1907 - England 1 Scotland 1, St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne HD Start or
Age 23
5 92 15 February 1908 - Ireland 1 England 3, Solitude Ground, Belfast BC AW Start or
6 93 16 March 1908 - Wales 1 England 7, Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff AW Start or
7 94 4 April 1908 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow AD Start or
Age 24
8 95 6 June 1908 - Austria 1 England 6, Cricketer Platz, Wien tour AW Start or
9 96 8 June 1908 - Austria 1 England 11, Hohe Warte Stadion, Wien AW Start 15 or
10 97 10 June 1908 - Hungary 0 England 7, Millenáris Sportpálya, Buda-Pesth AW Start 38 or
11 98 13 June 1908 - Bohemia 0 England 4, Stadión Letná, Praha AW Start 83 or

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