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Jack Barton

Blackburn Rovers FC

1 appearance, 0 or 1 debut goal

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 9: A 1
100% successful


captain: none
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  John Barton
Birth Friday, 5 October 1866 at 10 Adelaide Street, Blackburn, Lancashire
  registered in Blackburn October-December 1866
Baptism Wednesday, 24 October 1866 at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Blackburn, address stated as Adelaide Street, Blackburn. Occupation stated as Tailor. Baptism by Jas. Taylor.

According to the 1871 census, living at 10 Adelaide Street in Blackburn, John is the youngest of nine children to John and Ellen (née Cocking). His father is a tailor.
(His father had died in 1875).


According to the 1881 census, John is now the youngest of seven living with his widowed mother at 6 Adelaide Street.  His mother is an housekeeper. John himself, a cotton weaver.

Marriage to Jane Ellen Holden, Thursday, 3 January 1889 at St. Paul's Church, Blackburn. First child, John, born 22 June 1889, Baptism at the same church, on 7 July 1889. They were living at 13 Mary Ann Street in Blackburn.
  registered in Blackburn January-March 1889
Children Jack and Jane Barton had four children together. John (b.22 June 1889), William (b.18 April 1891), James Carus Holding (b.26 September 1892) and Elizabeth Ellen (b.11 February 1906).

Baptism records state that in 1889, the Barton's were living at 13 Mary Ann Street in Blackburn.
According to the 1891 census, now married to Jane, with one son, John. Still a cotton weaver, living at 2 Princes Street in Blackburn.


According to the 1901 census and now a licensed victualler, John and his wife had two more sons, William  and James, and one servant. They lived in The Park Inn, 85 Montague Street, Blackburn.
(His mother died at the end of 1902)

Death Friday afternoon, 22 April 1910 at the Cambridge Hotel, 83 Lower Audley Street, in Blackburn, Lancashire
aged 43 years 199 days registered in Blackburn April-June 1910


"The death occurred this afternoon of Jack Barton, a famous old Blackburn Rover, who was associated with the team in the palmy days when they carried off the national trophy. He was a celebrated half-back, with a style very much like that of Jimmy Forrest. When he retired from active participation in the game, owing to an injury to his knee, he remained in Blackburn, and of late years kept the Cambridge Hotel, in Audley-lane. He was a member of the Rovers team which defeated Sheffield Wednesday in the cup final in the season 1889-90, and also assisted the Rovers the following year, when they again carried off the chief honour of the Association world by vanquishing Notts Forest by 3―1. At that time Barton was 24 years of age, and was at his best. He was also an old international."
- The Lancashire Daily Post, Friday, 22 April 1910.
Probate "BARTON John of the Cambridge Hotel 83 Lower Audley-street Blackburn died 22 April 1910 Probate Lancaster 14 May to Jane Barton widow and William Holden twister.
Effects £499 3s. 9d."

According to the 1911 census, widower Jane still lives at The Cambridge Hotel, 83 Lower Audley Street in Blackburn as a licensed victualler. She has her three sons with her, and new daughter, Elizabeth, and two other family members, her nephew and brother.
(Jane would remarry in 1920, to Thomas Murray and died in 1944).


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Lan-opc &

Playing Career

Club(s) Played with local sides Witton FC and Blackburn West End FC before joining Blackburn Rovers FC in 1887. Retired through injury in late 1891.
League History
forty appearances, two goals
Blackburn Rovers FC 1888-91 forty appearances, two goals.
debut: 29 September 1888 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2 Blackburn Rovers FC 2.
last: 9 November 1891 Stoke FC 0 Blackburn Rovers FC 1.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1889-90 (3ᵃ 1ᵍ), 1890-91 (6ᵃ);
Football League third place 1889-90 (15ᵃ 1ᵍ);
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 7", 9st. 12lbs [1891].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & ENFA.

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 167th players (167) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-half
Only match No. 38, 15 March 1890, Ireland 1 England 9, a British Championship match at Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, aged 23 years 161 days. Some reports credit Barton with a goal, some do not, two minutes from time
Major tournaments British Championship 1889-90;
Team honours British Championship shared 1889-90;
Individual honours The North (one appearance, January 1891)
The Whites (withdrew in March 1891)
Distinctions None

Beyond England

After retiring through injury, Barton had a spell as Preston North End FC's trainer. After leaving the playing arena was a licensee at The Cambridge Hotel in his native Blackburn. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.27.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes goals ave.min comp. goals captain
2 1 1 90 0 or 1 0 min or 90 min 0 or 1 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 9 1 +8 0 0 9 1 100 +1
His only match was played in the British Championship competition and at an away venue

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1889-90 1 1 0 0 9 1 +8 0 0 9.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1890-91 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 00.0 =0
BC All 1 1 0 0 9 1 +8 0 0 9.00 1.00 100.0 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 9 1 +8 0 0 9.00 1.00 100.0 +1
1 1 0 0 9 1 +8 0 0 9 1 100 +1

Match History

 Club: Blackburn Rovers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) 0 or 1ᵍ F.A. International Select Committee - one full appearance (90 min) 0 or 1ᵍx

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 23
1 38 15 March 1890 - Ireland 1 England 9
Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast
BC AW 88? rh
Some reports credit Barton with a goal, some do not, two minutes from time. The Irish claim the ninth goal had gone over the bar anyway!

one of four who became the 167th player (167) to appear for England
one of two who became the eleventh player from Blackburn Rovers FC to represent England

one appearance - The North vs. The South, 12 January 1891;

Age 24
42 7 March 1891 - England 4 Wales 1, Newcastle Road Football Ground, Sunderland BC HW withdrew

withdrew - The Whites vs. The Stripes, 24 March 1891;