Jackie Sewell

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Jackie Sewell
Personal information
Date of birth (1927-01-24)24 January 1927
Place of birth Kells, Whitehaven, Cumberland, England
Date of death 26 September 2016(2016-09-26) (aged 89)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Whitehaven Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1951 Notts County 178 (97)
1951–1955 Sheffield Wednesday 164 (87)
1955–1959 Aston Villa 123 (36)
1959–1961 Hull City 44 (8)
1961–1965 City of Lusaka
Total 509 (228)
National team
1951–1954 England 6 (3)
1964–1965 Zambia 10 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John "Jackie" Sewell (24 January 1927 – 26 September 2016) was an England International football player. He played for several teams including Sheffield Wednesday, Notts County and Aston Villa. When he was transferred to Sheffield Wednesday from Notts County, for £34,500, he was the most expensive signing in English football. When Sewell captained the newly independent nation of Zambia in October 1964, he became one of the few footballers who have played for two different countries. He was the last living footballer who played in the Match of the Century on 25 November 1953.[1][2]


Notts County[edit]

Jackie Sewell and Tommy Lawton

Jackie Sewell was born in Kells, Whitehaven, Cumberland, and began his career at miners club Kells Centre. Sewell was spotted by Notts County in a Cumberland League match against Workington, leading to a trial.[3] Sewell then began his professional footballing career at Notts County, for whom he was a prolific goalscorer. He was an important member of the team which won the Football League Third Division South for the 1949–50 season. He scored 97 goals in 178 league appearances for the club.

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

He signed for Sheffield Wednesday in March 1951, playing 175 games and scoring 92 goals in his four years at Hillsborough. He joined Aston Villa in December 1955. During his time at Hillsborough he earned 6 England caps, scoring 3 goals.

Aston Villa[edit]

He joined Aston Villa in December 1955 for £20,000, and he played 145 matches for them until October 1959. He was then sold to Hull City.[4] He was part of the FA Cup winning team of 1957.

Hull City and coaching[edit]

He moved from Aston Villa to Hull City before retiring as a player in 1961. He then moved to Northern Rhodesia and became player-coach for City of Lusaka.[5] He later coached teams in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and the Belgian Congo (now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo).

International career[edit]

Jackie Sewell gained six caps for England, scoring three goals, one in England's historic defeat against Hungary in 1953. He also captained the Zambia national team when the country gained its independence from Britain in 1964.[6] He made 10 appearances for Zambia between 1964 and 1965, scoring seven goals.


  1. ^ Kendrick, Mat. "RIP Jackie Sewell: Remembering Aston Villa's 1957 FA Cup winning hero". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  2. ^ "Jackie Sewell: Former England and Notts County striker dies, aged 89". BBC Sport. 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  3. ^ Football Memorabilia [@MemorabiliaMal] (23 June 2018). "The Jackie Sewell pen pic from the back page #SWFC" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "Sewell, John (Jackie)". Aston Villa Player Database. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Notts County legend's African adventure". Nottingham Post. 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2016-09-26.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Notts County legend's African adventure". Thisisnottingham.co.uk. 2009-07-21. Archived from the original on 2013-05-05. Retrieved 2016-09-26.


  • Hayes, Dean. The Villa Park Encyclopedia: A-Z of Aston Villa. Mainstream Publishing (2 October 1997). p. 145. ISBN 978-1-85158-959-3.