Jack Griffiths

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Jack Griffiths
Personal information
Full name John Griffiths[1]
Date of birth (1909-09-15)15 September 1909[1]
Place of birth Fenton, Staffordshire, England[1]
Date of death 1975 (aged 65–66)[1]
Playing position Left-back
Youth career
Shirebrook
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1929–1932 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 (0)
1932–1934 Bolton Wanderers 24 (0)
1934–1939 Manchester United 165 (1)
Total 194 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Griffiths (15 September 1909 – 1975) was an English footballer who played at left-back for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bolton Wanderers, and Manchester United in the 1930s. He won promotion out of the Second Division three times, once with Wolves and twice with Manchester United.

Biography[edit]

Griffiths joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Shirebrook in May 1929, making his debut on 26 April 1930 in a 4–4 draw with Bradford Park Avenue. This turned out to be one of just six appearances for the club though. Wolves finished ninth in the Second Division in 1929–30, before finishing fourth in 1930–31 and winning the division in 1931–32.

He left Molineux, and moved to Bolton Wanderers in 1932, but did not make much of an impact as he had several injuries. The "Trotters" suffered relegation out of the First Division in 1932–33, and narrowly missed out on promotion back to the top-flight in 1933–34.

Griffiths left Burnden Park for Manchester United in March 1934, becoming a replacement for Jack Silcock who left the club in August 1934. The "Red Devils" finished fifth in the Second Division in 1934–35, before going up as champions in 1935–36. He scored his only senior goal on 1 April 1936, in a 2–2 draw with Fulham at Craven Cottage. United were relegated straight out of the First Division in 1936–37, before winning promotion once again in 1937–38 with a second-place finish. United finished 14th in the top-flight in 1938–39. His professional footballing career was ended due to the Second World War, but he still played 58 games for the club during the war. He also guested for Notts County, Stoke City (16 appearances), Port Vale, West Bromwich Albion, Derby County.[1] After the war he became the player-coach of Cheshire County League side Hyde United.[1] He later worked as a physiotherapist in Gee Cross, which was then in Cheshire.

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Jack Griffiths profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1929–30 Second Division 1 0 0 0 1 0
1930–31 Second Division 4 0 1 0 5 0
Total 5 0 1 0 6 0
Bolton Wanderers 1932–33 First Division 21 0 1 0 22 0
1933–34 Second Division 3 0 0 0 3 0
Total 24 0 1 0 25 0
Manchester United 1933–34 Second Division 10 0 0 0 10 0
1934–35 Second Division 40 0 3 0 43 0
1935–36 Second Division 41 1 3 0 44 3
1936–37 First Division 21 0 0 0 21 0
1937–38 Second Division 18 0 0 0 18 0
1938–39 First Division 35 0 2 0 37 0
Total 165 1 8 0 173 1
Career Total 194 1 10 0 204 1

Honours[edit]

with Wolverhampton Wanderers
with Manchester United

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 119. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  • Matthews, Tony (2008). Wolverhampton Wanderers: The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-632-3.