Jack Parkinson (footballer, born 1883)

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Jack Parkinson
Jack Parkinson-2.jpg
Liverpool teamphoto in 1903
Personal information
Full name John Parkinson
Date of birth September 1883
Place of birth Bootle, England
Date of death 13 September 1942
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1903–1914 Liverpool 220 (128)
1914–1915 Bury 4 (3)
National team
1910 England 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John "Jack" Parkinson (September 1883 – 13 September 1942) was an England international footballer who played for Liverpool as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Born in Bootle, Merseyside, England, Parkinson began his career at Anfield rising through the youth ranks and breaking into the first team in 1903. He made his debut on 3 October in a 2-1 victory against Small Heath at Muntz Street, scoring after sixteen minutes. That season Parkinson scored six goals in seventeen games, and in the 1904-05 season he scored 21 times in 23 appearances.

Injury hampered Parkinson's career to some extent, including a broken wrist sustained in a match against Woolwich Arsenal in Liverpool's championship-winning season of 1905-06. He played nine times in the campaign, scoring seven goals, though this was not enough appearances to qualify for a medal. Parkinson's most prolific season for the Reds was the 1910-11 campaign, which saw him top the league's goalscoring list with thirty goals in 31 games. Over the following three seasons, Parkinson scored a further 43 times.

The 1913-14 season proved to be Parkinson's final for Liverpool, making only six appearances, his last being a 2-1 defeat at Burden Park against Bolton on 14 February 1914. He moved to Bury in 1914 and retired from the game during World War I to become a newsagent.

Jack was the great grandfather of the current Liverpool FC's Operations Director, Andrew Parkinson.

International career[edit]

Parkinson won two England caps, the first of which came on 14 March 1910 at Cardiff Arms Park in a 1-0 win against Wales.

Career honours[edit]

Football League Second Division