James Wootton

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James Wootton
Personal information
Full name James Wootton[1]
Date of birth 1895[1]
Place of birth Walsall, England[1]
Date of death 1960[1]
Place of death St Asaph, Wales[1]
Playing position Left winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Leek Alexandra
1919–1922 Port Vale 49 (3)
1922 Nelson 14 (1)
Nuneaton Town
Hereford United
Rugby Town
Oakengates Town
Walsall Early Closers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James Wootton (1895 – 1960) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Port Vale and Nelson shortly after the First World War.

Playing career[edit]

Wootton played as a guest for Walsall during the First World War, before joining Port Vale as a guest amateur in October 1916.[1] After four goals in seventeen games in the war league he was unavailable from March 1917.[1] He had a spell at Leek Alexandra, before re-joining Port Vale in August 1919.[1] The club was readmitted into the Football League for the 1919–20 season, replacing Leeds City.[1] Wootton made 19 Second Division appearances in the season, and was a member of the side that shared the North Staffordshire Infirmary Cup in 1920.[1] He played 25 league and cup games in the 1920–21 season, and scored goals against Hull City and Clapton Orient.[1] He lost his first team place at The Old Recreation Ground in March 1921, and was transferred to Nelson in January 1922.[1] He played 14 times in the Third Division North for the "Admirals" during the remainder of the 1921–22 season, before moving back into non-league with Nuneaton Town.[2] He went on to play for Hereford United, Rugby Town and Oakengates Town, before ending his career with Walsall Early Closers in August 1932.[2]


  • Sourced from James Wootton profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Port Vale 1919–20 Second Division 19 0 2 0 21 0
1920–21 Second Division 24 2 1 0 25 2
Total 43 2 3 0 46 2
Nelson 1921–22 Third Division North 14 1 0 0 14 1


with Port Vale
  • North Staffordshire Infirmary Cup winner: 1920 (shared)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 316. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b Dykes, Garth (2009). Nelson FC in the Football League. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 74. ISBN 978-1-905891-29-0.