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Jack Yates

Burnley FC
1 appearance, 3 goals on his debut

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 6: A 1
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captain: none
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  John Yates
Birth Thursday, 3 January 1861 at 75 Birley Street, Brook House, Blackburn, Lancashire
  registered in Blackburn January-March 1861
Baptism Sunday, 3 February 1861 at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Blackburn.

According to the 1861 census, a three month-old John lived at 75 Birley Street, Blackburn with his parents, William and Alice (née Houlker). The youngest of six children.

According to the 1871 census, still living in Birley Street. One of four children still living with his parents, but worked in the cotton mill with his father.

According to the 1881 census, remained at Birley Street, still with his parents, now a cotton cloth bundler, and still the youngest of four children.

Marriage: to Ellen Thorpe, on 26 July 1883, at Christ Church, Burnley
registered in Blackburn July-September 1883
Children: Jack and Ellen Yates had nine children together. Alice, Robert, Ellen, Mary, William, Fred, Annie, John Goodwin and Albert.

According to the 1891 census, now a publican at the Brickmakers' Arms (left), on Yorkshire Street, Burnley, married to Ellen, with four children, Alice, Robert, Ellen and Mary.

According to the 1901 census, still a publican in the same public house, now with four more children, William, Fred, Annie and John Goodwin, totalling eight altogether.

According to the 1911 census, now just a barman, living at 31 Lyndhurst Road, Burnley, still with his wife, who has now bore him another son, Albert. Nine children in total, eight of which, live at this address (Robert is missing).

Death Friday morning, 1 June 1917, at 36 Mitella Street, Burnley, Lancashire, after suffering from cancer;
aged 56 years 149 days registered in Burnley April-June 1917


"Burnley sportsmen, especially those of a past generation, will regret to learn of the death, which took place yesterday morning, of Mr. John Yates, of 36, Mitella-street. The deceased, who was 56 years of age, had been ailing for about six months, and during the past three months has been an inmate of the Victoria Hospital, where he has undergone several operations for an internal complaint (cancer). He was removed home on Tuesday and died as stated. He leaves a widow and eight children, two of his sons having been in the Army. 'Jack' Yates, as he was better known, hailed from Blackburn, and it was whilst living there that he became a footballer of no mean repute. Fleet and with a wonderfully good conception of the game, he was in 1889 selected to play in the International match with England vs. Ireland. He was one of the big-scoring Burnley reserve, known as the Burnley Swifts, which did so brilliantly in the North-East Lancashire League in 1891-2. In his later years he was the landlord of the Brickmakers' Arms, Yorkshire-street, but he retired from the business some years ago"
- The Burnley News, Saturday, 2 June 1917.
Funeral Wednesday, 6 June 1917 at St. Catherine's Church, buried in Burnley Cemetery, officiated by The Rev. A.B. Edlestone.


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

Playing Career


Started his footballing career in his teens with Black Prince FC, a junior league team from Blackburn. Yates joined Blackburn Olympic FC in 1880, and onto joined Accrington FC on 17 February 1886, but only remained for three months, and he returned to the Olympic ranks until they stop paying the professional players. Yates rejoined Accrington FC in 1887, before joining Burnley FC and the Football League at the end of July 1888, where he played two seasons in the League, after which he was re-instated as an amateur and assisted the Union Stars FC and Burnley Swifts FC (the Burnley Reserve side), making a return to the first team in 1894. Afterwhich, he returned to Accrington FC, and still holding amateur status, assisted The Reds.

League History
29 appearances, 7 goals
Burnley FC 1888-94 29 appearances, seven goals.
debut: 22 September 1888 Preston North End FC 5 Burnley FC 2.
last: 23 March 1894 Burnley FC 0 The Wednesday FC 1.
Club honours FA Cup winner 1882-83;
Football League best:- Division One fifth place (1ᵃ)
Individual honours Lancashire FA (1888);
Height/Weight  10st 6lbs [1883]


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

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the 157th players (165) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-left
Only match No. 36, 2 March 1889, England 6 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Anfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool, aged 28 years 58 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1888-89;
Team honours None
Individual honours England's Top Goalscorer (three, 1889);
Distinctions The first Burnley FC player to represent England

Beyond England

A cotton weaver during his early playing days, but became a Publican while playing with Burnley FC. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.279/280./FindMyPast.co.uk

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes goals ave.min comp. goals captain
1 1 1 90 3 30 min 3 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6 1 100 +1
His only match was played in the British Championship competition and at a home venue

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1888-89 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 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 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6 1 100 +1

Match History