John Somerville (Scottish footballer)

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John Somerville
Personal information
Full name John Somerville
Playing position Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1890–1901 Bolton Wanderers 265 (2)
Teams managed
1898–1910 Bolton Wanderers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Somerville was a Scottish footballer and manager, serving in both capacities, as well as that of secretary, for Bolton Wanderers.[1]

Joining the club in 1890, he went on to make 293 appearances for the club, playing in the 1894 FA Cup Final. When Frank Brettell left the club, Somerville was made secretary-player, on retirement becoming secretary-manager and eventually becoming the club's first full-time manager in 1908. Under Somerville, the club were promoted to the First Division on three separate occasions and relegated four times. During the season that Bolton were relegated the fourth time, Somerville stepped down, being replaced by Will Settle. He remained as secretary for the rest of the season before leaving the club. He later became a Football League linesman.


  1. ^ "John Somerville, Spartacus". Retrieved 20 January 2015.