Jack Martin

Jack Martin

A big bustling, centre-forward, Jack Martin found the net consistently for each of his four senior clubs, scored a total of 97 goals in 229 Football League and Southern League outings.

After starting out with Tyne Dock and Kingston Villa, the strapping six-footer signed for Lincoln City in May 1904 where his scoring exploits 30 goals from 65 Second Division games – were soon noted by Blackburn Rovers who took him into the First Division in May 1906. In two seasons at Ewood Park, Jack scored 27 goals in 62 League and Cup matches, but, amazingly, he was accused of playing too deep and was released to join the Albion in May 1908.

He missed just three Southern League games during the 1908-09 season and hit 25 goals in all competitions, including a burst of ten goals in six games in March and April, but he was released again the following month for reasons unknown and moved on to Millwall where, in two seasons, he was once more the leading scorer until he dropped out of the first-class game in May 1911.

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