Jack English (footballer, born 1886)

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Jack English
Personal information
Full name John Cogal English[1]
Date of birth 13 December 1886
Place of birth Hebburn, England
Date of death 21 January 1953 (age 66)
Place of death Northampton, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Left Back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Hebburn Argyle
Wallsend Park Villa
1910–1912 Preston North End 6
1912–1913 Watford
1913–1919 Sheffield United 73 (0)
1919–1921 Darlington
Teams managed
1919–1928 Darlington
1928–1931 Nelson
1931–1935 Northampton Town
1935–1939 Exeter City
1945–1946 Darlington
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Cogal 'Jack' English (13 December 1886 – 21 January 1953)[1] was an English footballer and manager who played for Hebburn Argyle, Preston, Watford and Sheffield United. He played as a Left Back and was judged to be the finest in the League in 1915.[2]

Club career[edit]

Born in Hebburn, County Durham, English started playing with Hebburn Argyle. He then went on to play for Preston and Watford, before being sold to Sheffield United for a fee of £500 in April 1913.[1] He was a member of the Blades team who won the FA Cup final in 1915.[2]

He left the Blades after refusing to re-sign following WWI and joined Darlington in 1919 as player manager, retiring from playing in 1921 but remaining as manager for a further seven years. He later went on to manage Nelson, Northampton Town and Exeter City.[3]

International career[edit]

Jack English was selected to play for England against Wales in 1914 but his club would not release him.[2]


As a player[edit]

Sheffield United

As a player manager[edit]


As a manager[edit]


Exeter City

  • FA Devon St. Lukes Challenge Bowl (Incomplete) runner-up: 1936–37

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Darlington (player) England 1919 1921
Darlington England August 1921 May 1928
Nelson England 1928 1931 289 98 93 78 33.9
Northampton Town England February 1931 March 1935 187 73 72 42 39.0
Exeter City England October 1935 May 1939 168 48 72 48 28.6
Darlington England August 1945 May 1946 4 3 1 0 75.0


  1. ^ a b c Jones, Trefor (1996). The Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. p. 80. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1. 
  2. ^ a b c Unknown (1915). Cup Final Programme. 
  3. ^ The Official Encyclopedia of Sheffield United by Tony Matthews, Dennis Clareborough and Andrew Kirkham, ISBN 1-904103-19-7, Page 83

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