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Jack Fort

Millwall Athletic FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 2: A 0
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captain: none
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  John Fort
Birth 15 April 1888 in Plank Lane, Abram, Lancashire [registered in Wigan, June 1888].
Baptism 6 May 1888 at St John the Evangelist Church, Abram.
Child of Abraham (occupation Collier) and Elizabeth, living at Plank Lane, Abram. Baptism by H. Linton (Vicar).

According to the 1891 census, John is the third of four children to Abraham and Elizabeth. Along with two lodgers, they live at 26 Talbot Road in Abram. His father is a coal miner.


According to the 1901 census, John has three more siblings, and six of the children still live with their parents at 26 Talbot Road. His father is still a miner.


According to the 1911 census, John is the eldest of the children still living with his parents. Another brother has since been born, and along with another two of his siblings, they all live at 128 Plank Lane in Abram. John is a trammer in the coal mine. The census reveals that John is in fact one of eleven, and five have his siblings had died up until this point.

Marriage to Jane Frances Rigby [registered in Greenwich, March 1915]. Three daughters, Alice (b.1916), Mary (b.9 November 1919) and Hilda (b.1920)
  According to the 1921 census, John, a professional footballer (for Millwall AFC), is now married to Jane Frances, with two daughters, Alice and Mary, and they live with his wife's parents, Thomas and Ann Rigby at 34 Westleigh Lane in Leigh.
  According to the 1939 register, John, a builders labourer, is married to Jane F., and they live at 178 Chudleigh Road in Lewisham, along with one of their daughters, Mary.
Death 23 November 1965, aged 77 years 222 days [registered in Lewisham, December 1965]


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Began his junior football career with Plank Lane Juiniors FC and St. Andrew's Mission FC of the Bolton and District League when he was fourteen years old. Turned professional with Atherton FC of the Lancashire Combination in 1907. Fort joined Exeter City FC in 1911. After the 1914 summer tour of South America, which took in a game against Brazil, Millwall Athletic signed Fort, along with Fred Whittaker, on 19 August 1914. After 250 league appearances, he retired in 1930.
Club honours Football League Division Three South winners 1927-28;
Individual honours Southern League (one appearance)
Distinctions John's younger brother, Paul, also played with Millwall FC.
Height/Weight 5' 8", 12st. 6lbs [1923].


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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 414th players (415) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-back
Only match No. 126, 21 May 1921, Belgium 0 England 2, an end-of-season tour match at Stade du Daring Club de Bruxelles, Sint-Jans Molenbeek, Bruxelles, aged 33 years 36 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Fort was the first third tier player to play for England

Beyond England

Worked as a miner before turning professional. After retiring from playing, he remained with Millwall FC, being employed within the backroom, coach, trainer, scout and groundsman. He was working as a groundsman to within a few days of his death. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.99.


Jack Fort - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
1 1 0 90 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Jack Fort - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Away - Friendly 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1


Jack Fort - Match History
 Club: Millwall Athletic F.C. - 1 full cap

F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 33
1 126 21 May 1921 - Belgium 0 England 2, Stade du Daring Club de Bruxelles, Bruxelles Fr AW Start rb