John Elsworthy

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John Elsworthy
Personal information
Full name John Elsworthy
Date of birth (1931-07-26)26 July 1931
Place of birth Nant-y-derry, Wales
Date of death 3 May 2009(2009-05-03) (aged 77)
Place of death Ipswich, England
Playing position Left-half
Youth career
0000–1949 Newport County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949–1965 Ipswich Town 396 (44)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Elsworthy (26 July 1931 – 3 May 2009) was a Welsh football player. A midfielder, he was signed by Ipswich Town manager Scott Duncan in May 1949, after playing as an amateur for Newport County.[1] He played all his professional club football for Ipswich Town. He won four championship medals during Ipswich's rise up the divisions in the 1950s. As a member of Ipswich, he won Division Three (South) in 1953–54 and 1956–57, Division Two in 1960–61, and the Division One league championship in 1961–62. He was selected to play for the Third division South representative team in 1956–57.

Elsworthy was part of the Wales squad for the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden, but didn't travel to Sweden as the Welsh FA were too short of money to send a full squad. Although a member of the World Cup squad, Elsworthy was in fact never capped by his country. In all competitions, he played 435 games and scored 53 goals for Ipswich Town between 1949 and 1965. He was an inductee of the Ipswich Hall of Fame.[2]

After retiring from football he ran a post office branch in Ipswich.[3] In his later years, he suffered from Alzheimer's disease. He died in May 2009, aged 77.


  1. ^ Town mourn death of 'Big John'
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 June 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)