Jack Hallam (footballer)

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Jack Hallam
Personal information
Full name John Hallam
Date of birth 26 June 1869[1]
Place of birth Oswestry, Shropshire, England
Date of death 7 March 1949(1949-03-07) (aged 79)
Place of death Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Outside right
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1888–1890 Oswestry Town
1890–1896 Small Heath 133 (54)
1896–1897 Swindon Town 14 (4)
1897–1898 Trowbridge Town
1898–1899 Swindon Town 2 (0)
National team
1889 Wales 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John "Jack" Hallam (26 June 1869 – 7 March 1949) was an English professional footballer who played as an outside right. He was capped at full international level for Wales. He played 133 games for Small Heath in the Football Alliance and the Football League, and also represented Oswestry Town, Swindon Town and Trowbridge Town.[2]


Hallam was born in Oswestry, Shropshire, on the border with Wales, the eldest child of Lister Hallam of Hull, Yorkshire and Eliza Ann Bell of Leeds.[3] Hallam started his football career with clubs in his native town.[4]

While with Oswestry Town he won international honours for Wales, on 23 February 1889 in a 4–1 defeat to England.[5] A report of the match said that Hallam "showed great speed but was evidently nervous and hesitated too much".[6]

In 1890, he moved to Small Heath, then playing in the Football Alliance, and made more than 150 appearances for the club in all competitions.[4] The strength of Hallam's game lay in his speed, and he formed fine partnerships on the right side with both Charlie Short and Billy Walton.[7] In Small Heath's first Football League season, they won the inaugural Second Division championship; Hallam contributed 17 goals, and was only outscored by future England international Fred Wheldon.[8] He also helped them to runners-up spot and promotion to the First Division the following year and played a further 18 months in the top flight.[9]

He then moved to Swindon Town, where he played for one season in the Southern League, followed by a season with Trowbridge Town in the Western League, then returning to Swindon for a final season in their Western League team.[10] After football, he lived in Swindon, Wiltshire, where he worked as a fitter for the Great Western Railway.[1][11][12] He died in the town in 1949, aged 80.[4]


  1. ^ a b 1939 England and Wales Register
  2. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 111. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  3. ^ 1871 England Census
  4. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 93. ISBN 1-85983-010-2. 
  5. ^ "England 4–1 Wales". Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 5 November 2007. 
  6. ^ Davies, Gareth & Garland, Ian (1991). Who's Who of Welsh International Soccer Players. Bridge Books. p. 76. ISBN 1-872424-11-2. 
  7. ^ Matthews, Tony (October 2000). The Encyclopedia of Birmingham City Football Club 1875–2000. Cradley Heath: Britespot. p. 103. ISBN 0-9539288-0-2. 
  8. ^ Matthews, Complete Record, p. 141.
  9. ^ Matthews, Complete Record, pp. 142–43.
  10. ^ "Jack Hallam". Swindon-Town-FC.co.uk. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  11. ^ 1901 England Census
  12. ^ 1911 England Census