John Thomas ‘Jack’ Wilson
Born: 8th March 1897 in Leadgate, County Durham
Signed: September 1926
Debut: 4th September 1926
Career: Leadgate St Ives/Leadgate United/Newcastle United May 1919/Leadgate Park player-manager cs 1920/Durham City Feb 1922/Stockport County June 1922/Manchester United Sept 1926/Bristol City June 1932-May 1933.
Jack Wilson began his career as a centre-forward with Newcastle United but very unfortunately broke both his legs while on their books. At the age of 24 he became player-manager of Leadgate United, but Durham City brought him back into League football in February 1922. His stay at Durham was short but not without event, as Stockport signed him after he’d scored five goals in only eight matches for Durham. He stayed at Edgeley Park a little longer, totaling four seasons where he converted from an inside-forward to a half back in 1923-24.
Jack joined United in September 1926 after protracted negotiations which resulted in £500 being paid for him. He was a very strong player but sometimes this went to his head. He was sent off in a Reserve match which resulted in a two month suspension, very early in his United career. Putting that incident aside though, he proved to be a true stalwart at the back for United and had enthusiasm and an immense capacity for hard work on his side.
Jack’s career totaled 265 league appearances and almost half of these were with United. After a disappointing campaign in Division 2 in the 1931/32 season, Jack and eleven other players were released from contract at Old Trafford. He spent his final season of League football with Bristol City in 1932/33.
It sounds like that was the end of his footballing career for Jack. In January 1934 it’s thought that he was back in Leadgate, having been unable to find another team after leaving Bristol City. It’s known that in 1947 he was employed in the licensing trade in Tynemouth.
1966 was a great year for English football. Eric was born!