Jack Atkinson

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Jack Atkinson
Personal information
Full name John Atkinson
Date of birth (1913-12-20)20 December 1913
Place of birth Washington, England
Date of death 1977 (aged 63–64)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1931–1948 Bolton Wanderers 240 (4)
1948–1950 New Brighton 52 (0)
Teams managed
1948–1950 New Brighton (player-manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John "Jack" Atkinson (20 December 1913 – 1977) was an English professional footballer who played as a central defender. He began his career in amateur football with Washington Colliery before signing for Football League side Bolton Wanderers in 1931. Atkinson spent 17 years with the Bolton club, making 240 league appearances and scoring 4 goals. In 1948, he was appointed player-manager of Third Division North outfit New Brighton, where he stayed for two seasons, playing a further 52 league games before leaving the club in the summer of 1950.

During the Second World War, Atkinson served with the 53rd (Bolton) Field Regiment. He took part in the invasion of Italy on 24 September 1943 as a truck driver, transporting ammunition and equipment.