Jack Forrest (footballer)

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Jack Forrest
Personal information
Full name John Forrest[1]
Date of birth 1878[1]
Place of birth Lanarkshire, Scotland[1]
Date of death Unknown
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1902–1903 Stoke 6 (3)
1903–1905 Bradford City 53 (18)
Hamilton Academical
Total 59 (21)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John "Jack" Forrest (1878 – unknown) was a Scottish footballer who played in the Football League for Bradford City and Stoke.[1]


Forrest was born in Lanarkshire and played for Motherwell before being signed by Stoke in 1902 after being highly recommended by the club's Scotland based scouts.[1] He began his Stoke career brilliantly scoring twice on his debut in a 3–0 win over Staffordshire rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers and scored this third against Liverpool two matches later.[1] But after the first month at the club he began to feel homesick and was allowed to return to Scotland.[1] He played once in November and then in April before the board had enough of Forrest and told him to leave.[1]

In May 1903 he joined the newly formed league club Bradford City taking his place in the club's first line-up against Grimsby Town on 1 September 1903. He spent a little over two seasons at Bradford scoring 18 goals in 53 league games and being the club's top goal-scorer in 1904–05. He also scored six goals from just five FA Cup games including four in a 9–0 win over Sunderland W.E. on 10 December 1905. In January 1906, he left to join Hamilton Academical.

Career statistics[edit]


Club Season League FA Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke 1902–03 First Division 6 3 0 0 6 3
Bradford City 1903–04 Second Division 27 5 3 2 30 7
1904–05 Second Division 23 13 2 4 25 17
1905–06 Second Division 3 0 0 0 3 0
Total 53 18 5 6 58 24
Career Total 59 21 5 6 64 27


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ Jack Forrest profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)