John Hargreaves (1860-1903), Tyler
John Hargreaves was born in Blackburn on 13th December, 1860.
On 5th November 1875, two friends, John Lewis and Arthur Constantine, organized a meeting at the St Leger Hotel in Blackburn to discuss the possibility of establishing a football club in the town. Seventeen men attended the meeting and it was decided to establish the Blackburn Rovers Football Club.
Jack, as John liked to be called, and his elder brother, Fred both worked in the legal profession and became important figures at the Club. They had both played football at Malvern College (though only Fred is listed on the Old Malvernians Wikipedia page) and advocated that Blackburn Rovers adopted the quartered design of their school shirts. However, they suggested that the traditional green should be changed to the light blue worn by the Cambridge University football team.
Other players in the team included, Doctor (Doc) Greenwood and Jimmy Brown. In 1880 the club signed Hugh McIntyre, Fergie Suter and Jimmy Douglas from Scotland. This made them one of the best teams in England. This era has been dramatised by Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellows for Netflix and called The English Game.
Jack, who played at wing-half, inside-forward or outside right for his club, won his first international cap for England against Wales on 26th February, 1881. Also in the team was his brother, Fred Hargreaves. England lost the game 1-0. He won his second and last cap against Scotland on 12th March 1881 which England embarrassingly lost the game 6-1.