Jack Gurry

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Jack Gurry
Personal information
Full name John William Gurry
Date of birth (1907-07-17)17 July 1907
Place of birth Barking, England
Date of death 1 October 1983(1983-10-01) (aged 76)
Place of death Leicester, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Half back / Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1929–1930 West Ham United 0 (0)
1930 Barking
1930–1935 Leicester City 23 (0)
1935–1936 Southampton 9 (0)
1936–1937 Chester 6 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John William "Jack" Gurry (17 July 1907 – 1 October 1983) was an English professional footballer who played as either a half back or inside forward for various clubs in the 1920s and 1930s.

Football career[edit]

Gurry was born in Barking, Essex[1] and started his football career when he joined West Ham United as an amateur in December 1929, as well as playing for Barking in the Athenian League.[2]

In 1930, his employment in the hosiery trade took him to Leicester where he was offered a professional contract by Leicester City of the First Division.[2] Gurry spent most of his career at Filbert Street in the reserves; a broken leg in a reserve match delayed his breakthrough into the first team,[3] which eventually came in a 1–1 draw at Leeds United on 12 November 1932.[4] He retained his place in the side until February and again at the start of the 1933–34 season, but was then in and out of the side, being used as cover. Although he failed to score for the first team, he was a regular scorer in the reserves, where he netted 15 times in one season.[3]

In July 1935, he moved to the south coast to join Second Division Southampton.[2] In his one season at The Dell, Gurry made 31 appearances for the reserves and nine for the first team, in four different positions, either as a half back or in the forward line.[5]

In the summer of 1936, he was placed on the transfer list for a fee of £250, but eventually joined Chester (of the Third Division North) on a free transfer.[2] He made six league appearances with his only league goals all coming in one match, when he scored a hat-trick in a 7–3 victory against Lincoln City on 14 November 1936.[2][6]

Later career[edit]

He retired from football in 1937 and returned to Leicester, where he once again found employment in the hosiery trade.[2]


  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 109. ISBN 1-899468-67-6.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 151. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3.
  3. ^ a b "Jack Gurry: Player profile". Foxestalk. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Leeds United 1 - 1 Leicester City". Foxestalk. 12 November 1932. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  5. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. p. 95. ISBN 0-907969-22-4.
  6. ^ "Chester's results from season 1936–37". lincolncity-mad. Retrieved 17 October 2012.

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