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Jackie Bestall

Grimsby Town FC

1 cap, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 2: A 1
100% successful

1935

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
90

Profile

Full name John Gilbert Bestall
Born 24 June 1900 in Beighton, near Sheffield, Yoorkshire [registered in Sheffield, September 1900].

Census Notes

According to the 1901 census, at nine months-old, John G. was the youngest of three children to John and Lucy Ellen, living at 44 Summer Street in Sheffield. His father was a warehouseman in a Furniture Warehouse.

According to the 1911 census, now with three younger siblings, still living at 44 Summer Street and his father still in the warehouse.

Married to Marthe T. Thompson [registered in Ecclesall Bierlow, September 1921].
Died 11 April 1985, aged 84 years 291 days [registered in Doncaster, April 1985]. He apparently died of natural causes.
Height/Weight 5' 3", 9st. 11lbs [1935].

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Started his career playing schoolboy football in Sheffield. Played with Beighton Miners' Welfare FC and then Rotherham County FC in 1924-25. After 61 league apperances and sixteen goals, joined Grimsby Town FC in November 1926 in £700. He remained with the club until his retirement in June 1938, making a record 427 league appearances (broken in 1968), scoring 76 goals.
Club honours Football League Division Two winners 1933-34;
Individual honours Football League (three appearances)
Distinctions One of only handful of players who have a street named after him.  Bestall Road is in Grimsby, DN32.

Source

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

Management Career

Club(s) After retiring from playing, Bestall joined Birmingham FC as coach and chief scout in June 1938. Joined Doncaster Rovers FC as manager from March 1946 until April 1949, when he took up a similar position at Blackburn Rovers FC, until April 1953. Spent the 1953-54 season in charge at Nelson FC. Returned to Doncaster Rovers FC in August 1958, initially as chief scout, stepping up to team manager from March 1959 until August 1960.

England Career

Player number 608th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right
Only match No. 196, 6 February 1935, England 2 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool, aged 34 years 227 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1934-35;
Team honours British Championships shared 1934-35;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

No additional information. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.32/33.

 

Jackie Bestall - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 90 0 0 min 0 None None
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Jackie Bestall - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - British Championship 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1

 

Jackie Bestall - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1934-35 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1

 

Jackie Bestall - Match History
 Club: Grimsby Town F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 34
1 196 6 February 1935 - England 2 Ireland 1, Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool BC HW Start ir

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