John Byrom (footballer)

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John Byrom
Personal information
Full name John Byrom
Date of birth (1944-04-24) 24 April 1944 (age 73)
Place of birth Blackburn, England
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1966 Blackburn Rovers 108 (45)
1966–1976 Bolton Wanderers 304 (113)
1976–1977 Blackburn Rovers 16 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Byrom (born 28 July 1944 in Blackburn, Lancashire) is an English former footballer.

Signed by his home town club, Blackburn Rovers where he had won England international youth honours, he played over 100 games for them before being signed in the summer of 1966 by near neighbours Bolton Wanderers for £25,000. Originally signed to partner Francis Lee and Wyn Davies, when both players quickly left, Byrom became the senior striker. As Bolton moved between the second and third divisions of English football, he scored 130 goals in his ten years at Burnden Park, including twenty when Bolton won the Third Division title in 1973, before moving back to Blackburn for a final season, retiring in 1977 with a knee injury.

The Bolton fans' song for him was "Someone scored a goal, John Byrom" to the tune of cumbaya.

On retiring, he took many jobs including driving, sweeping and selling cars before finally setting up his own gas cylinder business, from which he retired in the mid-1990s. He now lives in the Ribble Valley.[1]


  1. ^ "Where Are They Now: John Byrom". Bolton Evening News. Retrieved 9 July 2009.