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2013
Captain Jack Sharp 1908 - 1910
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An' if, yer know yer 'istory..............

The next Captain of Everton Football Cub was the legend John 'Jack' Sharp. 

Jack Sharp replaced William Balmer as Captain.

Jack Sharp was born in Hereford on 15th February 1878 (the year we were founded - maybe that says it all).

Jack Sharp was a true Everton legend. Footballer, cricketer, businessman and club director. One of only ten men to represent England at both football and cricket.

Originally from Hereford, Jack came to Merseyside in 1895 as an apprentice groundsman at both Liverpool and Leyland Cricket Clubs. In 1897 he joined Aston Villa and moved to Everton in 1899.


During his time with Everton, Jack was a 'nearly man' as far as the Championship was concerned finishing runner-up three times and third place twice but never a league champion.

He was however, one of the most thrilling wingers of his time. Press man JT Howcroft wrote, 'Jack Sharp is the best outside right I have ever seen, better even than Billy Meredith or Stanley Matthews' - high praise indeed. Short and stocky he was described as a 'pocket Hercules' and possessed all the attributes of a top wide man, pace and acceleration, supreme accuracy with his crosses as well as the ability to cut inside his defender and let loose with a rocket of a shot.

Surprisingly, Jack Sharp earned just two England caps. Against Northern Ireland in 1903 and against Scotland two years later.

Jack's only major trophy came in the 1906 FA Cup Final when Everton beat Newcastle 1-0. It was in a typical moment of inspiration that Jack jinked past Newcastle full back McWilliam and crossed for Sandy Young to score the winning goal 15 minutes from time.

The following year, again in the Cup Final, Jack Sharp scored the equaliser for Everton as we pulled level with Sheffield Wednesday at Crystal Palace. Unfortunately The Owls went on to win 2-1.

Jack played for Lancashire CC at 21 years old going on to play 518 matches scoring over 22,000 runs. He played on three occasions for the England cricket team.

Jack Sharp played 342 games for Everton scoring 80 goals.

Many will remember 'Sharp's' sports shop in Whitechapel which he started and was run by the family for decades. He also served as an Everton Director.

The 'original' Sharpy was crowned an Everton Millennium Giant 1900-1910. Jack died in 1938 aged just 59 years old.

John 'Jack' Sharp 1878 -1938


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Comments about Captain Jack Sharp 1908 - 1910
 
3
I have a part set of golf clubs,on the heads it says,Jack Sharps of Liverpool.Never seen or heard of anyone else having a set,is there anybody out there ?
Frank, Liverpool, 7:26 PM 14/03/2015
 
2
I remember going to Jacks Sharps to get my first pair of boots. I'm old!
Mark, Bucks, 5:09 PM 25/01/2013
 
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Who remembers the box office upstairs at Jack Sharp's sports shop on Whitechapel? My dad used to buy our match tickets from there in the 60's.......great memories...
Steve Findlay, Liverpool, 11:54 AM 25/01/2013
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