Jack Pryce

Jack Pryce

Jack Pryce was born in Renton, Dumbartonshire, in 1874. He joined his local Scottish League club, Renton, in 1893. He helped them reach the 1895 Scottish Cup Final, taking two replays to beat Dundee in the semi-finals, but the then Second Division club lost 2–1 to St Bernard’s.

In May 1896, Jack moved on to Hibernian, He was ever-present as Hibs finished runners-up in his first season, and his 11 goals from 20 matches in league and cup made him the club’s top scorer. He was selected at centre forward for Scotland’s team to play Wales in the Home Championship in March 1927, but had to withdraw because of injury. In his second season with Hibs, he scored 3 goals from 16 matches as his team finished a distant third.

In the 1898 close season, Jack became one of numerous Scottish professionals enticed over the border by Samuel Hill-Wood by then the wealthy and ambitious owner of Glossop North End, newly elected to the English Second Division, who would later become chairman of Arsenal. Jack contributed 6 goals from 20 league matches as the team finished as runners-up and were promoted to the First Division, by which time he had moved on to Sheffield Wednesday, already a top-tier club.

Jack’s arrival failed to lift his new club off the foot of the table, but he was involved in a strange ending to a match. In November 1898, After Wednesday’s match at home to Aston Villa in November 1898 was abandoned after 79 minutes because of bad light, the FA ordered it to be completed at a later date. On 13 March 1899, the remaining 11 minutes were duly played, but with several changes in personnel, one of which was the inclusion of Jack, who had not even been at the club at the time of the original fixture. He played in 31 of the 34 Second Division matches as Wednesday won the 1899-1900 title and returned to the top flight, and played in about half of the First Division fixtures in 1900–01.

Jack then spent two seasons with Queens Park Rangers, he played in half of a possible 30 Southern League 30 matches in his first season but appeared in only 5 in 1902–03.

He then joined Brighton & Hove Albion, in October 1903, made his debut in December, and was ever-present until the end of the season, but played only twice in 1904–05. Jack then left the Goldstone and returned to Scotland.

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