Jimmy Crabtree (footballer, born 1895)

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Jimmy Crabtree
Personal information
Full name James Joseph Crabtree[1]
Date of birth December 1895
Place of birth Clitheroe, England
Date of death 1965 (aged 69–70)[2]
Place of death Huddersfield, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Stonyhurst College
Clitheroe Amateurs
1913–1919 Blackburn Rovers 12 (0)
Preston North End (guest)
1921–1922 Rochdale 58 (2)
1923–1924 Accrington Stanley 7 (0)
Colne Town
National team
1914 England Amateurs 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James Joseph Crabtree MC (December 1895 – 1965) was an English professional football goalkeeper who played in the Football League for Rochdale, Blackburn Rovers and Accrington Stanley.[1][3] He later served as a linesman in the Football League and as a referee in the Lancashire Combination.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Crabtree attended Stonyhurst College.[2] On 5 September 1914, a matter of days after the outbreak of the First World War, Crabtree enlisted as a private in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.[2] Just over a year later, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant.[2] Crabtree was wounded near Morval during the Battle of the Somme in September 1916 and saw further action at Arras and Passchendaele after his recovery.[2] He won a Military Cross for "conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty" on 26 September 1917.[2] A month later, he was wounded for a second time and wouldn't serve on the Western Front for the remainder of the war.[2] After being promoted to captain, Crabtree was posted briefly to Central Asia before leaving the army.[2]


  1. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 309. ISBN 190589161X.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "James Crabtree – Footballer and the First World War". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  3. ^ "England Matches – The Amateurs 1906–1939". www.englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 22 September 2016.