Jack Sharp

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Jack Sharp
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Personal information
Date of birth (1878-02-15)15 February 1878
Place of birth Hereford, England
Date of death 28 January 1938(1938-01-28) (aged 59)
Place of death Liverpool, England
Playing position Outside-right
Youth career
Hereford Thistle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1897–1899 Aston Villa[1] 23[1] (15)
1899–1910 Everton 300 (68)
National team
1903–1905 England 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Jack Sharp
Cricket information
BowlingLeft-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut1 July 1909 v Australia
Last Test9 August 1909 v Australia
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 3 534
Runs scored 188 22,715
Batting average 47.00 31.11
100s/50s 1/1 38/117
Top score 105 211
Balls bowled 183 22,063
Wickets 3 441
Bowling average 37.00 27.41
5 wickets in innings 0 18
10 wickets in match 0 3
Best bowling 3/67 9/77
Catches/stumpings 1/– 236/–
Source: CricInfo, 30 March 2019

John Sharp (15 February 1878 – 28 January 1938) was an English sportsman who is most famous for his eleven-season playing career at Everton F.C. from 1899–1910. It saw him win two caps for his country, as well as being a cricketer for Lancashire County Cricket Club who played in three Test matches for the England cricket team in 1909.


From 1899 to 1914 Sharp played cricket regularly for Lancashire and played in every match of 1904 when the Championship was won without a defeat. After World War I he played as an amateur and captained the Lancashire side from 1923 to 1925.

His position on the football pitch was right winger. After being signed from Aston Villa Sharp went on to be a Championship runner-up on three occasions with Everton, scored a goal in the club's 2–1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the 1907 FA Cup Final and was an FA Cup winner one year previously against Newcastle United.[2] His portrait appeared on 14 editions of cigarette packets, the mark of a popular sportsman at the time.

When his playing career ended, Sharp became a director of Everton, a position he held for many years. He started a sports shop in Whitechapel Liverpool, which existed until the 1980s before being taken over by JJB Sports and later closed. There was also a shop in Chester, within the Grosvenor Precinct. His shop was the official supplier of playing strips to both Everton and Liverpool for many years.

His brother, Bertram, was also a footballer with Aston Villa, Everton and Southampton who later became a director of Everton as well as a cricketer with Herefordshire County Cricket Club.[3]


  1. ^ a b "ABOUT Jack Sharp". Lerwill-life.org.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Everton FC - Undergoing Maintenance". Evertonfc.com. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  3. ^ Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 300. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jack Taylor
Everton captain
Succeeded by
Harry Makepeace

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