Wattie Jackson

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Wattie Jackson
Personal information
Full nameWalter Jackson
Place of birth Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Playing position Center Forward
Youth career
Christian Brothers College
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1920–1923 Kilmarnock 74 (29)
1923–1924 Bethlehem Steel 23 (13)
1924–1926 Aberdeen 47 (18)
1925–1927 Preston North End
1927–1928 Bethlehem Steel 13 (6)
1928– Philadelphia Centennials ? (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Walter "Wattie" Jackson was a Scottish professional footballer, a center forward who spent five seasons in the Scottish Football League, at least one in the Football League and two in the American Soccer League.

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Born and raised in Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, Jackson, and his brother Alex, both played professionally. In 1920, Jackson began his career with Kilmarnock F.C. of the Scottish Football League. In 1923, while visiting relatives in Detroit, Michigan, he came to the attention Bethlehem Steel who had recently lost center forward Daniel McNiven to the New York Field Club. The team tracked down Jackson in Michigan and offered him $25.00 per week to play for Bethlehem. This was nearly triple his salary in Scotland and on 25 August 1923, signed with the Steelmen. [1] After one season in the United States, Jackson returned to Scotland where he played the next two seasons with Aberdeen F.C. In 1925, he joined Preston North End in the Football League. In 1927, he returned to the United States where he re-signed with Bethlehem Steel. [2] He played only thirteen games that season before moving to the Philadelphia Centennials of the Eastern Professional Soccer League. [3]

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References

  1. "Steel Gets Big Soccer Player". Bethlehem Globe . 13 August 1923. Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2016 via GeoCities.
  2. Jose, Colin (1998). American Soccer League, 1921–1931 (Hardback). The Scarecrow Press. ( ISBN   0-8108-3429-4).
  3. "Secure Local Players for Bethlehem Team". Bethlehem Globe-Times . 28 December 1928. Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2016 via GeoCities.
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