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James Jackson

James Jackson

Birthdate: 4 December 1900
Birthplace: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England
Other clubs: Queen's Park (1917-19), Motherwell (1919-23), Aberdeen (1923-25)
Bought from: Aberdeen
Signed for LFC: £1,750, 21.05.1925
Liverpool debut: 14.11.1925
Last appearance: 18.04.1933
Debut goal: 17.12.1927
Last goal: 18.04.1933
Contract expiry: 1933
Win ratio: 37.95% W:85 D:54 L:85
LFC league games/goals: 212 / 2
Total LFC games/goals: 224 / 2

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Jackson, who was "all grit and determination," joined Aberdeen in June 1923 for a club record fee of £2,000 from Motherwell. After plying his trade in the homeland of his parents, the Newcastle-born right-back signed controversially for Liverpool in May 1925. Aberdeen's original asking price was £4,500 which Liverpool were not ready to pay. Jackson had been officially signed for Dons' next season, but requested to be sold to Liverpool, which Aberdeen finally agreed to for "only" £1,750. Jackson established himself at Liverpool towards the end of the decade and only missed four out of 126 first division games from August 1927 until May 1930 while captaining the side. He tore a knee ligament in the club's tour of Scotland at the end of 1929/30 and missed the last game of the season as well the first two months of the following campaign after ill-advisedly playing in the first game. His father, James, was Arsenal's captain in the club's first division inaugural season so James jr. was always popular among the Gunners' fans and said to have received "the biggest ovation any visiting player ever gained at Highbury." Appropriately Jackson wore the captain's armband for Liverpool for the first time on 27 October 1928 at Arsenal. James Jr. started his divinity studies at Aberdeen University and finished them at Cambridge while still an active player for Liverpool so he missed almost three months during the 1932/33 season, for instance. One dumbfounded football writer asked after a game: 'Is Jackson really going to be a minister? If so, if he prays as hard as he plays he ought to be Archbishop of Canterbury in record time!' When Jackson left the club he was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church and inducted into the charge of St. Andrew’s Church, Douglas, Isle of Man on 29 June 1933. In May 1946 he was appointed president of the Liverpool Free Church council.


Jackson's was not at all comfortable playing in front of Liverpool's Irish 'keeper, Elisha Scott, as Everton great, Dixie Dean, explained: "Elisha's language was unbelievable and the things he called me. Jimmy Jackson, who was called the Parson, was one of the Liverpool full-backs that day and he just couldn't stand Elisha's lingo and the words he came out with. Just after I had scored the third goal Jimmy turned to me and said, 'William, I shall never play in front of this man again.'" In November 1930 Jackson spoke in defence of football at the Great George’s Street Congregational Church, Liverpool. According to the scribe at the Nottingham Evening Post Jackson denied that swearing is ever learned at a football match, and declared that on an eight hours’ journey with the team he did not hear one offensive word (Elisha must then have been gagged and bound in the trunk!). Jackson also stated it was not football that caused men to gamble, but the fact that men and women to-day would gamble on anything. As for the charge of drinking laid against footballers the professional player realised he must keep fit, and must be a total abstainer. Jackson also defended his own status as football and preacher. “A man wrote to me to point out the unapostolic proceedings of being a professional footballer, and, at the same time, a professional preacher of the Gospel. There is still an idea abroad that sport, and football in particular, are wiles of the Devil, used to seduce young men from the straight and narrow path. I am convinced that my ability to play football is just as much a gift from God as any talent that man possesses.“

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 212 12 0 0 0 224
1925-1926 12 2 0 0 0 14
1926-1927 19 0 0 0 0 19
1927-1928 40 2 0 0 0 42
1928-1929 42 3 0 0 0 45
1929-1930 40 1 0 0 0 41
1930-1931 28 1 0 0 0 29
1931-1932 17 3 0 0 0 20
1932-1933 14 0 0 0 0 14

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
14 Birmingham City
12 Leicester City
12 Huddersfield Town
12 Newcastle United
11 Sheffield United
10 Derby
10 Sunderland
10 Everton
10 Sheffield Wednesday
9 Blackburn Rovers
9 West Ham United
9 Bolton Wanderers
9 Aston Villa
9 Portsmouth
9 Cardiff City
8 Manchester United
8 Arsenal
7 Bury
7 Middlesbrough
6 Burnley
6 Manchester City
5 Grimsby Town
5 Leeds United
4 Tottenham
3 WBA
2 Wolves
2 Southampton
2 Chelsea
1 Blackpool
1 Bristol City
1 Chesterfield
1 Darlington
Total Competition
212 League
12 FA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 2 0 0 0 0 2
1925-1926 0 0 0 0 0 0
1926-1927 0 0 0 0 0 0
1927-1928 1 0 0 0 0 1
1928-1929 0 0 0 0 0 0
1929-1930 0 0 0 0 0 0
1930-1931 0 0 0 0 0 0
1931-1932 0 0 0 0 0 0
1932-1933 1 0 0 0 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Opponent
1 Huddersfield Town
1 Tottenham
Total Competition
2 League
Total Goal minute period
1 31-45 minutes
1 46-60 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
2 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 14.11.1925 WBA Anfield League
50 03.12.1927 Newcastle United St James' Park League
100 12.01.1929 Bristol City Ashton Gate FA Cup
150 22.02.1930 Derby Anfield League
200 25.12.1931 Sheffield Wednesday Anfield League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 41 17.12.1927 Tottenham White Hart Lane League

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Queen's Park 1918-1919 Scotland Division 1 27 0 27 0
Motherwell 1919-1920 Scotland Division 1 36 1 36 1
Motherwell 1920-1921 Scotland Division 1 18 0 18 0
Motherwell 1921-1922 Scotland Division 1 22 0 22 0
Motherwell 1922-1923 Scotland Division 1 21 0 21 0
Aberdeen 1923-1924 Scotland Division 1 33 1 40 5
Aberdeen 1924-1925 Scotland Division 1 34 1 36 2
Total 191 3 200 8
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