Peter Jackson (footballer, born 1905)

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Peter Jackson
Personal information
Full nameWilbert Jackson [1]
Date of birth 4 August 1905 [1]
Place of birth Luddendenfoot, Halifax, England [1]
Date of death 9 May 1986(1986-05-09) (aged 80) [1]
Position(s) Half back
Youth career
Hebden Bridge
Senior career*
1924–1934 Stoke City 72 (1)
1934–1935 Southend United 3 (0)
Teams managed
1950–1954 Wrexham
1955–1961 Bradford City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Wilbert "Peter" Jackson (4 August 1905 – 9 May 1986) was an English football player and manager. He played for Southend United and Stoke City and managed Bradford City and Wrexham. [1] His twin sons Peter and David were also professional footballers. Both played under their father at Wrexham and Bradford City.


Playing career

Born in Luddendenfoot, Halifax, Jackson started his career in local football his hometown club and then Hebden Bridge before joining Football League side Stoke City in 1924. [1] He became a very useful back-up player in Tom Mather's but could only manage a few matches consecutively as he suffered with leg spasms. As a result, he averaged around ten games per season but he did play in 22 matches in 1930–31. [1] In total Jackson spent ten seasons at the Victoria Ground making 74 appearances scoring once which came in a 3–1 win over Southampton on 25 March 1933. In 1934, he moved to Southend United but after just three games he returned to the Stoke City in the role as assistant manager. [1]

Managerial career

Jackson's return to the Victoria Ground was as assistant manager to the club's new manager Bob McGrory in 1935 as position he held until 1939. In November 1950, he took his first full managerial role at Wrexham. He made history by giving debuts to his twin sons Peter and David. [2]

Jackson Senior moved to Bradford City in February 1955 after Ivor Powell was sacked. Both his sons followed him from Wales to West Yorkshire. City were forced to apply for re-election in Jackson's first season following a poor run of form under Powell. Jackson's first full season saw the team come 8th in Third Division (North) followed by a 9th-place finish in 1956–57. In 1957–58 the club recorded its best post-war position by coming third. He was asked to manage the Third Division North representative team in October 1957.

The leagues were re-organised the following season and City's positions dropped to 11th and 19th in Division Three before the club were relegated in 1960–61. Jackson left the club in March 1961. His two sons left with him. Peter Junior had played 199 league games, and David 250 scoring 61 goals. The pair moved to Tranmere Rovers.

Jackson Senior returned to Stoke City as a scout. In March 1969 he moved back to Bradford again as a scout.

Career statistics


Source: [3]

ClubSeasonLeagueFA CupTotal
Stoke City 1924–25 Second Division 10000100
1925–26 Second Division10000100
1926–27 Third Division North 101020
1927–28 Second Division400040
1928–29 Second Division10000100
1929–30 Second Division600060
1930–31 Second Division21010220
1931–32 Second Division100010
1932–33 Second Division310031
1933–34 First Division 600060
Southend United 1934–35 Third Division South 300030
Career Total75120771


Wrexham November 1950February 195411668346458.62
Bradford City February 1955March 19613051188010738.69
Total [4] 42118611417144.18


Stoke City

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  2. Frost, Terry (1988). Bradford City A Complete Record 1903–1988. Breedon Books Sport. pp. 73–74. ISBN   0-907969-38-0.
  3. Peter Jackson at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  4. "Peter Jackson (old)". Soccerbase. Retrieved 27 June 2016.