Jack Eyres

Jack Eyres

After developing his skills in the Cheshire League with Nantwich and Witton Albion, Jack Eyres joined Stoke in June 1922 at age of 23 and went on to play 66 League games in seven years at the Victoria Ground. In 1926-27 his twelve goals helped the ‘Potters’ win the Third Division (North) championship. Two years later, in May 1929, he moved on to Walsall where, in 1930-31, he finished top of the scoring charts with sixteen goals. Three of them came at Hove in a 3-3 draw, the final match at the Goldstone that season, and two weeks later Albion manager Charlie Webb secured the 32-year-old’s transfer.

Much was expected of the new signing who had 37 goals to his name in 89 games for Walsall, but the continual excellence of Potter Smith at inside-left kept him out of the side until late in the season when he scored three goals in eleven games for the club.

Jack left for Bristol Rovers in May 1932 and scored twelve goals in 64 Southern Section matches in two seasons before moving to York City in July 1934, his final Football League club. After thirteen goals from 37 League appearances, he moved into the Midland League as player-coach with Gainsborough Trinity. Jack was also a keen angler and a skilful bowls player.

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