Jim Mason (footballer)

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Jim Mason
Personal information
Full name James Mason[1]
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1892–1898 Burslem Port Vale 44 (9)
Total 44 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

James "Jim" Mason was a 19th-century footballer and referee. He played for Burslem Port Vale and refereed the 1909 FA Cup Final.

Playing career[edit]

Mason joined Burslem Port Vale in November 1892.[1] He made his debut in a 5–2 home defeat to Newton Heath on 24 December 1894, becoming a regular from March 1895.[1] In 1896 he was reported to be performing 'his usual trick act of shooting at the winding gear of the adjacent colliery or at the clock in the Cobridge Church tower'.[1] He lost his first team place in December 1896, despite this ability.[1] He was suspended by the club in February 1897 for 'offensive conduct' and only made one further appearance, in October 1897.[1] Despite this he actually went on to become a referee after being released in 1898.[1]

He refereed the 1909 FA Cup Final, as well as four England games.[2]

Statistics[edit]

Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Burslem Port Vale 1892–93 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1893–94 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1894–95 10 2 0 0 1 0 11 2
1895–96 26 6 2 0 2 0 30 6
1896–97 Midland League 7 1 1 0 1 0 9 1
1897–98 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 44 9 3 0 4 0 51 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 185. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ Sherwin, Phil (2010). The Port Vale Miscellany. Brimscombe Port: The History Press. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-7524-5777-2.