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Jack Southworth

Blackburn Rovers FC, Everton FC

3 appearances, 3 goals
1 goal on debut

P 3 W 3 D 0 L 0 F 12: A 3
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  John Southworth
Birth Saturday, 29 December 1866 at 39 Ainsworth Street, Blackburn, Lancashire
  registered in Blackburn January-March 1867
Baptism Sunday, 12 April 1868 in St. Mary the Virgin Church, Blackburn, by R. Mayall.

According to the 1871 census, John is the third of four children to Robert and Martha (née Austin). His father is a joiner. They are lodging with his mothers 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.

Marriage to Jessie Simpson, in the 1889 summer in Blackburn.
  registered in Blackburn July-September 1889
Children Jack and Jessie Southworth had two children together. Fanny (b.9 March 1890) and Harry (b.26 April 1896)

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.

"SHOCKING OCCURRENCE TO A CHILD.—On Monday the four-year-old daughter of Jack Southworth, the renowned football centre, was left with her grandmother, living in Park-terrace, Blackburn, whilst her father went to Liverpool on some business, The child was playing with and patting a large retriever dog belonging to a neighbour, Mr. Hacking, when the animal suddenly turned, knocked the child down, and fastened its teeth in the child's cheek before anyone had time to interfere. The child's grandmother sprang to the rescue, but she sprained her ankle in so doing. When the animal was driven off it was seen that the little girl had sustained very serious injuries. Her face was shockingly mutilated, there being three wounds on her cheek, under the eye and on the temple, which were bleeding profusely. Medical aid was summoned and the child's injuries attended to, and fortunately the child seems to be none the worse for the occurrence except for the shock and the disfiguring marks on the face." - Preston Herald, Saturday, 11 November 1893

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 1921 census, John is still a married, and still a musician (for the Llandudno Pier company). With his son, Harry, and two boarders, both musicians, they now live at Sunnymount, on Old Road in Llandudno.
(His father died in 1924 and his mother in 1929)

  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 and they live with their daughter, Fanny (Hodgkinson).
Death Tuesday, 16 October 1956 at 3 Beech Tree Road in Wavertree, Liverpool, Lancashire
aged 89 years 292 days registered in Liverpool South October-December 1956


"Former Rovers player dies
"A FAMOUS old Cup fighter, Mr. John ('Skimmy') Southworth, formerly of Blackburn Rovers, died yesterday at Wavertree, Liverpool, aged 89. One of the finest and probably fastest (hence his nickname) centre forwards Blackburn have had, he was the last surviving member of the Rovers' Cup winning team of 1890 and 1891. In the 1890 Final he scored the fourth of the Rovers' six goals against Sheffield Wednesday, and the following year he scored against Notts County. His brother James, who died in Australia, in 1940, was Blackburn's right back in the first of these Finals. John Southworth played for England against Wales in 1889 and 1891 and Scotland in 1892. He was transferred to Everton in 1893 for a then record fee of between £200 and £300. A knee injury in his second season with Everton ended his football career. He turned to music and often broadcast as a member of the B.B.C. Northern Orchestra. He was also with the Hallé Orchestra and the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, playing the bass fiddle, trombone, euphonium and tuba. Mr. Southworth began playing football with Blackburn Olympic in 1884 and scored six goals for them in one match against Leigh.
"He was with the Rovers from 1887 to 1893, during which time they moved from the Leamington ground to Ewood Park. Competent judges of his day considered him the best of all English centre forwards. A match he attended at Ewood in 1950 was the first game he had seen for many years. He expressed the view that modern football was far better than he had been led to believe."
- Lancashire Evening Post, Wednesday, 17 October 1956.
Funeral Thursday, 18 October 1956, cremated at Anfield Crematorium, Liverpool
Probate "SOUTHWORTH John of 3 Beechtree-road Liverpool died 16 October 1956 Administration Liverpool 2 November to Fanny Hodgkinson married woman.
Effects £167 16s. 5d."
[2019 Equivalent: £4200]
  Jessie Southworth died on 28 March 1960.


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

Playing Career

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, becoming the club captain. Southworth turned down offers to join Everton FC and Sheffield United FC in 1891. On 23 August 1893, Everton FC approached Rovers to request their permission to speak to Southworth, it was rejected. Then, on 3 September 1893, negotiations between Southworth and Blackburn Rovers FC broke down 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, Preston North End FC, West Manchester FC and Burton Swifts FC were more than willing. It was Everton FC that won his signature shortly after for a £400 transfer fee. Southworth then missed much of the 1894-95 season because of a knee injury, playing in a benefit match against Preston North End FC for James Trainer on 19 November 1894, it would ultimately end his playing career. It was reported 'with a great authority' that Southworth officially left Everton FC on 22 June 1895.
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 installments, 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

League History
139 appearances, 132 goals
Blackburn Rovers FC 1888-92 108 appearances, 96 goals.
debut: 15 September 1888 Blackburn Rovers FC 5 Accrington FC 5.
Everton FC, 1893-94 31 appearances, 36 goals
debut: 9 September 1893 Derby County FC 7 Everton FC 3.
last: 27 October 1894 Everton FC 1 Sunderland AFC 1.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1889-90 (5ᵃ 5ᵍ 1890-91 (6ᵃ 6ᵍ);
Football League third place 1889-90 (22ᵃ 22ᵍ); Division One runners-up 1894-95 (9ᵃ 9ᵍ);
Individual honours Football League (one appearance);
Goalscoring honours Football League top goalscorer 1889-90 (26), 1893-94 (27);

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.
A benefit match was played for Southworth on the evening of 31 October 1892 between Blackburn Rovers FC and Darwen FC, before several thousand spectators. The match, which was floodlit, resulted in a 2-1 victory for Rovers.
John's younger brother, James, also played for Blackburn Rovers FC.
Height/Weight 5' 9", 11st. 0lbs [1891]


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 Championship 1888-89, 1890-91, 1891-92;
Team honours British Championship winners 1890-91, 1891-92;
Individual honours The North (one appearance, January 1890);
The Whites (one appearance 2ᵍ, March 1894, withdrew in March 1891)
Distinctions The third England player to score a goal in each of his first three appearances.

Beyond England

A professional violinist, who from 1896 played in the famous Hallé Orchestra of Manchester. In his latter years, he was winning competitions at Bowling. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.230.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes goals ave.min comp. goals captain
7 3 3 270 3 90 min 3 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
3 3 0 0 12 3 +9 0 0 4 1 100 +3
All of his matches were played in the British Championship competition

Venue Record

Venue 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

Tournament Record

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 1889-90 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 00.0 =0
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 1892-93 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 00.0 =0
BC 1893-94 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 00.0 =0
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
3 3 0 0 12 3 +9 0 0 4 1 100 +3

Match History

 Club: Blackborn Rovers F.C. - three full appearance (270 min) 3ᵍ F.A. International Select Committee - three full appearance (270 min) 3ᵍx

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 22
1 35 23 February 1889 - England 4 Wales 1
Victoria Ground, Stoke-upon-Trent
2nd half (4th)

one of five who became the 152nd player (155) to appear for England
one of two who became the ninth player from Blackburn Rovers FC to represent England
the 22nd player to score on his England debut - the sixth competitive

36 2 March 1889 - England 6 Ireland 1, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HW withdrawn

Age 23 trial  
one appearance - The South vs. The North, 13 January 1890;

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
Newcastle Road Football Ground, Sunderland

the eighth player to score a goal in each of his first two appearances for England

withdrew - The Whites vs. The Stripes, 24 March 1891;

Age 25
3 46 2 April 1892 - Scotland 1 England 4
Ibrox Park, Glasgow
BC AW 16 sent thro' cf

Southworth scored England's 100th Home Championship goal
the third player to score a goal in each of his first three appearances for England

Age 26
48 13 March 1893 - England 6 Wales 0, Victoria Ground, Stoke-upon-Trent BC HW withdrawn

 Club: Everton F.C. - no full appearances  

Age 27 trial  
one appearance - The Whites vs. The Stripes, 15 March 1894;

52 7 April 1894 - Scotland 2 England 2, Celtic Park, Glasgow BC AD withdrawn