Jack Parkinson (footballer, born 1869)

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Jack Parkinson
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Personal information
Full name John Parkinson
Date of birth 1869
Place of birth Blackpool, England
Date of death 20 December 1911 (aged 41–42)
Place of death Blackpool, England
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1896–1899 Blackpool 85 (32)
1899–1900 Liverpool 1 (0)
1900–1910 Blackpool 280 (23)
1910–19?? Barrow ? (?)
Total 366 (55)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Parkinson (1869 — 20 December 1911) was an English professional football player.[1] He played as a forward.


Born in Blackpool, Lancashire, Parkinson, with fifteen goals, he was top scorer for his hometown club in 1896-97, their first-ever season in the Football League; indeed, he played in the club's first Football League game, against Lincoln City on 5 September 1896. He went on to make 365 appearances for the club.[1]

He played at either centre-forward or inside-right. Later, he became provider for prolific scorers such as Jack Cox and Bob Birkett. He then switched to a midfield position, and finally centre-half, as the selection committee felt that the modern game was becoming too fast-paced for a veteran forward.

In 1899-1900, after Blackpool failed to gain re-election to the League, Parkinson played one game for Liverpool, in the Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield, but returned to Blackpool a year later when they were permitted back into the League.[1] From then, he was a virtual ever-present until he joined Barrow as manager in 1910. He was the first Blackpool player to score fifty League goals and make 400 appearances.[2]

In April 1905, Parkinson was awarded a benefit match against Liverpool.[3]

Blackpool F.C. Hall of Fame[edit]

Parkinson was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road, when it was officially opened by former Blackpool player Jimmy Armfield in April 2006.[1] Organised by the Blackpool Supporters Association, Blackpool fans around the world voted on their all-time heroes. Five players from each decade are inducted; Parkinson is in the pre-1950s.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Parkinson later became superintendent of Corporation baths in Blackpool's Cocker Street, and lost his life there in an accident on 20 December 1911.[1][2] He was attempting to rescue a colleague from a tank of boiling seawater when the plank on which he was standing snapped, sending Parkinson into the water as well.[3] He died shortly afterwards, aged 42.


  1. ^ a b c d e Singleton, Steve, ed. (2007). Legends: The great players of Blackpool FC (1 ed.). Blackpool: Blackpool Gazette. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-84547-182-8.
  2. ^ a b Gillatt, Peter (30 November 2009). Blackpool FC on This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-905411-50-2.
  3. ^ a b Calley, Roy (20 October 1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992. Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd. ISBN 1-873626-07-X.
  4. ^ "The Hall Of Fame - pre 1950's". Blackpool Supporters Association. Archived from the original on 12 June 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2009.

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