Jack Wilson (footballer)

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Jack Wilson
Personal information
Full name John Thomas Wilson
Date of birth (1897-03-08)8 March 1897
Place of birth Leadgate, County Durham, England
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1919–1920 Newcastle United 17 (2)
1920–1922 Leadgate Park
1922 Durham City 8 (5)
1922–1926 Stockport County
1926–1932 Manchester United 140 (3)
1932–1933 Bristol City
Teams managed
1920–1922 Leadgate Park (player-manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Thomas "Jack" Wilson (born 8 March 1897) was an English footballer who played as a wing half. He was born in Leadgate, County Durham.

Club career[edit]

As a youth, he played for Leadgate St Ives and Leadgate United. His first professional club was Newcastle United, with whom he had a brief spell with due to breaking both his legs while at St. James' Park. He became player-manager of Leadgate Park at the age of 24, in 1920.

In 1922, he moved to Durham City, scoring five goals in eight matches, attracting the attention of Stockport County. He stayed with County for four seasons, eventually changing positions from an inside forward to a half back.

In September 1926, he was sold to Manchester United. Early in his career at Old Trafford, he was sent off in a reserve match, which resulted in a two-month suspension. However, he proved to be a trusty stalwart in the defence, and was noted for his enthusiasm and an immense capacity for hard work. He was captain of the side during the 1928-1929 season. He was at Old Trafford for six seasons, having made he made 140 appearances and scoring 3 goals, when he was sold to Bristol City in 1932.

He lasted a season with the Robins, before returning to his hometown of Leadgate, unable to find another club. In 1947, he was employed in the licensing trade in Tynemouth.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Frank Barson
Manchester United captain
Succeeded by
Charlie Spencer