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Jack Southworth

Blackburn Rovers FC, Everton FC

3 appearances, 3 goals (1 on debut)

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Full name John Southworth
Born 29 December 1866 at 39 Ainsworth Street, Blackburn, Lancashire [registered in Blackburn, March 1867].
Baptised 12 April 1868 in St. Mary the Virgin Church, Blackburn, by R. Mayall.

Census Notes

According to the 1871 census, John is the third of four children to Robert and Martha. His father is a joiner. They are lodging with the Austin family at 39 Ainsworth Street in Blackburn.

According to the 1881 census, John now has three more siblings, and all are now at 49 Inkerman Street, still in Blackburn. His father is a joiner and John is his apprentice. The eldest brother, William, is a musician.

According to the 1891 census, John is described as a musician, married to Jessie with one daughter, Fanny. They live at 16 Ribble Street in Blackburn.

According to the 1901 census, John is still a married musician with another child, Harry. They live at 14 Redgrave Street in the West Derby area of Liverpool.

According to the 1911 census, John is still a married musician with two children. They live at 8 Mallow Road, on the Molyneux Road in Liverpool.

According to the 1939 register, John and Jessie are still married and living at 3 Beech Tree Garden in the Wavertree area of Liverpool. He is a retired musician.
Married to Jessie Simpson [registered in Blackburn, September 1889].
Died 16 October 1956, aged 89 years 292 days [registered in Liverpool South, December 1956].
Height/Weight not known


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

Club Career

Club(s) Started his career as a teenager with Blackburn Olympic FC, and signed for Blackburn Rovers FC shortly after and played with them from their inaugural Football League season and would score 97 goals in 108 league matches. Negotiations between Southworth and Blackburn Rovers FC broke down on 3 September 1893 following his wage demands. He had wanted £3 a week in the winter, as well as in the summer, a £10 signing-on fee and to be allowed to leave at the end of the season. Although Rovers refused, Newton Heath FC, Everton FC, Preston North End FC, West Manchester FC and Burton Swifts FC were more than willing. It was Everton that won his signature shortly after for a £400 transfer fee, Southworth missed part of the 1894-95 season because of a knee injury, playing in a benefit match for James Trainer in November 1894, it would ultimately end his playing career. He scored 36 goals in 31 league matches.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1889-90, 1890-91;
Individual honours Football League (one appearance);
Top goalscorer Football League
(26, 1890-91), (27, 1893-94);
Distinctions Scored thirteen hat-tricks for Blackburn Rovers FC, five of which where in the 1890-91 season. Scored six for Everton FC against West Bromwich Albion FC, 30 December 1893.


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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 152nd player (155) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
First match No. 35, 23 February 1889, England 4 Wales 1, a British Championship match at Victoria Ground, Boothen, Stoke-upon-Trent, aged 22 years 56 days.
Last match No. 46, 2 April 1892, Scotland 1 England 4, a British Championship match at Ibrox Park, Copland Road, Glasgow, aged 25 years 95 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1888-89, 1890-91, 1891-92;
Team honours British Championships winners 1890-91, 1891-92;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

England Tragedy

ohn Southworth, the ex-Rover writes to us as follows:-"Sir,—Now that my connection with the Rovers' Football Club is at an end, and I am in a position of greater freedom and less responsibility, so far as the committee are concerned, I trust you will grant me space in your valuable paper for this communication. From week to week lately your columns have contained statements in reference to my conduct and attitude towards the committee, and imputing to me the most mercenary and unsportsmanlike conduct in my negotiations with the committee, and which are calculated very seriously to prejudice me in the eyes of the public if allowed to go unchallenged. First of all, I may state that in trying to sever my connection with the Rovers I have only had one object in view, to try and assure myself of a position after my football days are over, which a place like Liverpool affords for a musician, more so than Blackburn. From my first appearance in the Rovers to the end of last season I have played in the position of centre-forward. In 1887-8 I had £1 a week for the playing season, and the same in 1888-9, thus for two years I got about £70. These terms held good also for the season 1889-90, but a bonus of £20 was added, which makes about £55. The following season, 1890-1, I was paid £2 a week for the playing season and £10s. a week for close season, making a total for this season of £78 10s. In 1891-2 I signed for two years, which meant till the end of 1892-3, for £2 a week playing season, 10s. a week close season, and £100 bonus, but instead of receiving the £100 down I got it in instalments, the last of which I got after the finish of last season. I also had a benefit match which realised between £70 and £80, but this not being included in my wages I don't put it down on my wage list. Thus in six years, I have cost the Rovers in weekly wages and bonuses about £460 10s. Now for the other side of the question. With these facts before them the public will be able to judge as to the sneers which have been indulged in, in reference to a very costly player. If I had been the selfish, grasping, mercenary character I have been represented to be, utterly regardless of anybody or anything but my own pocket, I could, four years ago, have had £2 10s. a week all the year round from Everton, with a prospect of £3 a week or even more the following year, and since that offer I have refused one from Sheffield United two years ago (in fact only a few days before I signed for the Rovers for two seasons) of £4 a week all the year around, and a bonus of £50, and assuming I played another season with them at the above salary (£4 a week) without the bonus it would bring up my wage list to considerably over £700 for four years as against £460 in wages from the Rovers for six years. It would be interesting to know how many of those who are so bitter on the subject would have refused these tempting offers. In breaking off the agreement arrived at between the committee and myself I wish to state that it was not my fault. The sub-committee appointed to treat with me, and supposed to have full powers, agreed without any reservation whatever to terms, including my release, if desired, at the end of the season for not more than £20, but their full committee repudiated the agreement of their sub-committee, hence my transfer." - Blackburn Standard, 9 September 1893

Beyond England

A professional violinist, who from 1896 played in the famous Hallé Orchestra of Manchester. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.230.


Jack Southworth - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Capt. Disc.
7 3 3 270 3 90 min 3 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.


Jack Southworth - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 2 2 0 0 8 2 +6 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +2
Away 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All - British Championship 3 3 0 0 12 3 +9 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +3


Jack Southworth - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1888-89 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1890-91 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1891-92 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 3 3 0 0 12 3 +9 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +3
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 3 3 0 0 12 3 +9 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +3
All 3 3 0 0 12 3 +9 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +3


Jack Southworth - Match History
 Club: Blackburn Rovers F.C. - 3 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 3 full capsx

Age 22
1 35 23 February 1889 - England 4 Wales 1, Victoria Ground, Stoke-upon-Trent BC HW Start cf
- 36 2 March 1889 - England 6 Ireland 1, Anfield Road, Liverpool HW withdrawn
Age 23
- 40 5 April 1890 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD reserve
Age 24
2 42 7 March 1891 - England 4 Wales 1, Ashville Ground, Sunderland BC HW Start 30 cf
Age 25
3 46 2 April 1892 - Scotland 1 England 4, Ibrox Park, Glasgow BC AW Start 16 cf
Age 26
- 48 13 March 1893 - England 6 Wales 0, Victoria Ground, Stoke-on-Trent BC HW withdrawn
 Club: Everton F.C. - 0 full caps  
Age 27
- 52 7 April 1894 - Scotland 2 England 2, Celtic Park, Glasgow BC AD withdrawn