|Full name||John Gilbert Bestall|
|Date of birth||24 June 1900|
|Place of birth||Beighton, Sheffield, England|
|Date of death||11 April 1985(aged 84)|
|Place of death||Doncaster, England|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Playing position||Inside Forward|
|Beighton Miners Welfare|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
John Gilbert "Jackie" Bestall, (b. Beighton, Sheffield, 24 June 1900, d. Doncaster, 11 April 1985) was an English international footballer, he also played top division football and captained Grimsby Town, and later managed Doncaster Rovers and Blackburn Rovers.
Rotherham County & Rotherham United
Bestall made his debut for Rotherham County towards the end of the 1924-25 season, playing the last two games. County finished bottom of Division Three (North) that season and merged with Rotherham Town to form the new club, Rotherham United, that took the place of County in Division Three (North) for 1925-26.
Jackie was an ever present in the 1925-26 season and in scoring 12 goals he was instrumental in producing much better fortunes. He playing in the first 17 games of the 1926-27 season before being sold shortly before an FA Cup tie at Lincoln City to Grimsby Town due to financial difficulties.
Bestall is regarded as "perhaps the greatest name on Town's roll-call - a diminutive craftsman full of guile and possessed of outstanding constructive qualities". He had a lounge at Blundell Park and the smallest road in Grimsby and Cleethorpes named after him.
Bestall captained Grimsby to the 1933-34 Second Division title and back in to the First Division after two seasons in the Second. This helped Bestall to earn his only England cap aged 34 years, 226 days against Northern Ireland on 6 February 1935. He is the sixth oldest player to make his England debut and was the first Grimsby player to be capped by England.
He played in Grimsby's first FA Cup semi final against Arsenal, but was injured early in the game, which Arsenal won 1-0. Grimsby Town fans believed that Bestall was targeted by the Arsenal defenders in the hope of deliberately injuring him.
In tribute to his career at Grimsby Town, the town named a street after him.
- Second Division Champions: 1934
|Rotherham County||Third Division (North)||1924-25||2||0||0||0||2||0|
|Grimsby Town||Second Division||1926-27||23||7||2||1||25||8|
- Lamming, Douglas (1985). A Who's Who of Grimsby Town AFC 1890-1985. Hutton Press. ISBN 0-907033-34-2.
- electronicfishcake.com - Player Profile
- englandstats.com - England Cap
- Football Poets - Another Reason for Hating Arsenal
- Jackie Bestall England profile at Englandstats
- Jackie Bestall management career stats at Soccerbase
- Feature on Blackburn Rovers website