It was a misunderstanding between the Exeter City chairman and his manager Arthur Chadwick, who was on a scouting mission in Manchester, which resulted in Jack Feebery being put on the free transfer list in August 1921. Albion manager Charlie Webb quickly stepped in, signing burly full-back before the mistake could be rectified, and promptly made the experienced defender his skipper. Exeter’s loss was Brighton’s gain, and the 33-year-old went on to play in every match during his first season at the Goldstone, an inspiration to his teammates.
Jack began his career as a young amateur on Aston Villa’s books in 1906, but was playing for Bulwell White Star in Nottinghamshire when he joined Bolton Wanderers during the close season of 1908. Initially an amateur at Burden Park, he signed as a professional in September 1909 and went on to play in 194 League and Cup matches for the ‘Trotters’, receiving a benefit in 1914, before moving to Exeter in August 1920. An ever-present in the “Grecians'” Third Division side during 1920-21, he made his unexpected entrance at the Goldstone the following season and spent three years in Hove.
Jack played 67 matches for the Seagulls between 1921 and 1924 scoring 3 goals.