Griffiths Jack Image 3 Manchester United 1939

Griffiths Jack Image 3 Manchester United 1939


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Fenton, Staffordshire born right back Jack Griffiths joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Shirebrook (whom he’d joined in 1928) in May 1929, making his Football League debut on 26th April 1930 at Molineux in a 4-4 draw with Bradford Park Avenue. This turned out to be one of just six appearances for the club over three seasons, and in 1932 he left Molineux and moved to Bolton Wanderers, but did not make much of an impact as he had several injuries. The Trotters suffered relegation from the First Division in 1932-33, and narrowly missed out on promotion back to the top-flight in 1933-34, finishing 3rd.

Griffiths left Burnden Park for Manchester United in March 1934 after 25 first team appearances, becoming a replacement for Jack Silcock who left the club in August 1934. The Red Devils finished fifth in the Second Division in 1934-35, before going up as Second Division Champions in 1935-36 with Griffiths playing over 40 League games a season. He scored his only senior goal on 1st April 1936, in a 2-2 draw with Fulham at Craven Cottage. United were relegated straight out of the First Division in 1936-37, before winning promotion once again in 1937-38 with as Second Division runners up.

He played 35 times as United finished 14th in the top-flight in 1938-39 but his professional footballing career was ended due to the Second World War, he still played 58 games for the club during the War on top of his 176 senior appearances in peacetime. He also guested for Notts County, Stoke City (16 appearances), Port Vale, West Bromwich Albion, and Derby County. After the War he became the player-coach of Cheshire County League side Hyde United in 1946.

NB in the photograph, Griffiths tussles with Arsenal outside left Alf Kirchen in their match at Highbury on 15th April 1939, as Arsenal won the match 2-1.

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