Jack Shaw (footballer)

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Jack Shaw
Personal information
Full name John Shaw
Date of birth (1916-10-02)2 October 1916
Place of birth Oldham, England
Date of death 22 October 1973(1973-10-22) (aged 57)
Place of death Shaw, England
Playing position Wing half / Centre half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
South Shore Wesleyans
1933–1934 Lytham
1934–1936 Oldham Athletic 2 (0)
1936–1937 Mossley
1937–1939 Grimsby Town 7 (0)
1939–1945 Birmingham 11 (0)
1945–1946 Watford 0 (0)
1946–1951 Mossley
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John "Jack" Shaw (2 October 1916 – 22 October 1973) was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League for Oldham Athletic, Grimsby Town and Birmingham.[1] He played as a wing half or centre half.

Shaw was born in Oldham, Lancashire. A nephew of George Tyson, who played Rugby league for Oldham and Great Britain, Shaw played local football for South Shore Wesleyans and for Lytham before joining Oldham Athletic in 1934.[2] He appeared only twice in the Football League in two seasons with Oldham,[1] and joined Mossley of the Cheshire County League, where he made 44 appearances in all competitions in the 1936–37 season.[3] Returning to the Football League with Grimsby Town, he played seven First Division games before moving on to fellow First Division club Birmingham.[1] He went straight into the starting eleven, and played 11 consecutive games, but the team failed to avoid relegation.[4] The outbreak of the Second World War meant Shaw was unable to establish himself with the club.[2]

He joined Watford in 1945, but returned to Mossley before the Football League resumed after the war. In his first season back he made 50 appearances, and "was to continue as the first name on the team sheet for the next five years" until he retired from the game at the end of the 1950–51 season after 238 games in all competitions.[3][5] Though with Birmingham he played as a "destructive" left half,[2] Mossley describe him as a "skilful and dominating centre half".[5] He was the star player in Mossley's 1949–50 FA Cup run which took them victorious through seven rounds of the competition, starting from the Extra Preliminary Round, to eventual defeat in the Second Round Proper after a replay.[3][6]

Shaw died in 1973 in Shaw, Lancashire, at the age of 57.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData (Tony Brown). p. 235. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 123. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Mossley AFC 'Hall of Fame': Jack Shaw". Mossley A.F.C. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  4. ^ Matthews, p. 181.
  5. ^ a b "Complete A–Z of Players 1919–2008 Salmon to Szabo". Mossley A.F.C. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Mossley". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "Players: S" (PDF). Watford Football Club archive 1881–2012. Trefor Jones. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2012.