Jack Picken

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Jack Picken
Personal information
Full name John Barclay Picken
Date of birth 1880
Place of birth Hurlford, Scotland
Date of death 31 July 1952 (aged 71 or 72)
Place of death Plymouth, England
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1899–1903 Bolton Wanderers 101 (22)
1903–1905 Plymouth Argyle 83 (44)
1905–1911 Manchester United 113 (39)
1911–1913 Burnley 18 (10)
1913–1915 Bristol City 51 (13)
Total 366 (128)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Barclay "Jack" Picken (1880 – 31 July 1952) was a Scottish footballer who played as an inside forward for several Football League clubs, including Bolton Wanderers, Manchester United, Burnley and Bristol City, as well as Plymouth Argyle in the Southern Football League. He scored a total of 128 league goals in more than 350 career appearances.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Hurlford, Picken started his career with Bolton Wanderers before moving to Plymouth Argyle in 1903.[1] He spent a hugely successful two years with the club, scoring 46 goals in all competitions from just 90 appearances, including two hat-tricks in three games in October 1904 against New Brompton and Tottenham Hotspur.[2] His form in front of goal didn't go unnoticed, and he joined Manchester United prior to the 1905–06 season. He led United to two league titles and an FA Cup victory during his time with the club, scoring 46 goals in all competitions. He saw out his career with two year spells with Burnley and Bristol City.

Later life[edit]

Picken returned to Plymouth after retiring from football. He died on 31 July 1952.


Plymouth Argyle
Manchester United


  • Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888-1939. 
  1. ^ Jack Picken Greens on Screen. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  2. ^ Plymouth Argyle: 1904–05 Argyle Review. Retrieved 10 February 2010.