Jack Tresadern

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Jack Tresadern
Personal information
Full name John Tresadern
Date of birth 26 September 1890
Place of birth Leytonstone, England
Date of death 26 September 1959(1959-09-26) (aged 69)
Place of death Tonbridge, England
Playing position(s) Left-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Southend United
0000–1913 Barking Town
1913–1924 West Ham United 150 (5)
1924–1925 Burnley 22 (0)
1925–1926 Northampton Town 34 (1)
National team
1923 England 2 (0)
Teams managed
1926–1930 Northampton Town
1930–1935 Crystal Palace
1935–1938 Tottenham Hotspur
1938–1947 Plymouth Argyle
1949–1950 Chelmsford City
1951–? Hastings United
1958–1959 Tonbridge
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John "Jack" Tresadern (26 September 1890 in Leytonstone – 26 December 1959 in Tonbridge) was an English professional footballer and football manager. He played twice for the England national side.

Playing career[edit]

Tresadern, a left-half, began his career with non-league Wanstead, moving on to Southend United and then Barking Town before joining West Ham United in July 1913.[1] He was part of the West Ham side elected to the Football League in 1919 and became a regular in their league side. Tresadern made his England debut in April 1923, in the 2–2 Home International draw with Scotland, although he was not pleased with his performance. "I was the best player Scotland had on the field", he said.[citation needed] He was part of the West Ham side that lost to Bolton Wanderers in the first ever FA Cup final to be held at Wembley. After just two minutes Tresadern became entangled in the crowd after taking a throw-in and was unable to return to the pitch immediately. This gave Bolton's David Jack the opportunity to shoot for goal, this shot beat West Ham goalkeeper Ted Hufton to give Bolton the lead, and hit a spectator who was standing pressed against the goal net, knocking him unconscious.[citation needed]

In October 1924, after 279 league games for the Hammers, Tresadern moved to Burnley. He played 22 league games for Burnley before joining Northampton Town as player-manager in May 1925.

Coaching and managerial career[edit]

Tresadern retired from playing in December 1926 after breaking his leg. He continued as manager of Northampton until October 1930 when he became manager of Crystal Palace. In June 1935 he left Palace to manage Tottenham Hotspur, but had little success at White Hart Lane, resigning to take over at Plymouth Argyle in April 1938 rather than wait to be sacked.[2] The war interrupted his time at Plymouth, but he remained at Home Park until November 1947.

The following year he became a scout for Aston Villa before becoming manager of Chelmsford City in June 1949. He left Chelmsford in November 1950 and in December 1951 became manager of Hastings United.

He became manager of Tonbridge in April 1958 and remained in post until his death in December 1959 at the age of 69.


  1. ^ "Jack Tresadern". England Football Online. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Jack Tresadern". Argyle Managers. Greens on Screen. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  • Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. pp. 202–203. ISBN 1-903135-50-8.