Jerry Best

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Jerry Best
Personal information
Full name Jeremiah Best
Date of birth (1901-01-23)23 January 1901
Place of birth Mickley, England
Date of death 18 March 1975(1975-03-18) (aged 74)
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1919–1920 Newcastle United 2 (0)
1920–1921 Leeds United 11 (1)
1924–1925 Providence F.C. 29 (20)
1925–1929 New Bedford Whalers 162 (66)
1930 Fall River Marksmen 2 (1)
1930 Pawtucket Rangers 17 (15)
1930–1931 New Bedford Whalers 31 (35)
1931–1933 Clapton Orient 60 (?)
1933–1937 Darlington 109 (68)
1937 Hull City 31 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:34, 4 August 2008 (UTC).

Jeremiah 'Jerry' Best (23 January 1901 – 18 March 1975) was an English football player who began his career in England before moving to the American Soccer League. He led the league in scoring in 1930. In 1931, he returned to England where he finished his career. He was born in Mickley, England.

Best began his professional career in December 1919 with Newcastle United. He played only two games before being transferred to Leeds United in July 1920 for L100. While he began the season as the starting left inside forward, he lost his position to Basil Wood.[1] He left the team in 1921 and spent several years playing non-league football before moving to the United States in 1924 to sign with the Providence F.C. of the American Soccer League. In his first season in the league, he scored twenty-goals in twenty-nine games. In 1925, he moved to the New Bedford Whalers remaining there for the next four seasons. In 1929, Best played two games for the Fall River Marksmen. He then jumped to the Pawtucket Rangers for the remainder of the season. In the summer of 1930, Best rejoined the Whalers, leading the league in scoring with thirty-five goals in twenty-seven games in the fall 1930 season.[2] In 1931, Best moved back to England, signing with Clapton Orient for two seasons. In 1933, he transferred to Darlington where he became one of the club’s all-time leading scorere.[3] He finished his career with Hull City in the 1936–37 season.


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  2. ^ Jose, Colin (1998). American Soccer League, 1921-1931 (Hardback). The Scarecrow Press. (ISBN 0-8108-3429-4). 
  3. ^ Darlington F.C. team records