Jimmy Crabtree (footballer, born 1895)
|Full name||James Joseph Crabtree|
|Date of birth||December 1895|
|Place of birth||Clitheroe, England|
|Date of death||1965 (aged 69–70)|
|Place of death||Huddersfield, England|
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|* 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. He later served as a linesman in the Football League and as a referee in the Lancashire Combination.
Crabtree attended Stonyhurst College. 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. Just over a year later, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. 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. He won a Military Cross for "conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty" on 26 September 1917. A month later, he was wounded for a second time and wouldn't serve on the Western Front for the remainder of the war. After being promoted to captain, Crabtree was posted briefly to Central Asia before leaving the army.
- Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 309. ISBN 190589161X.
- "James Crabtree – Footballer and the First World War". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- "England Matches – The Amateurs 1906–1939". www.englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
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