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 World War I 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]


  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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