Beddington, Croydon, Surrey born left back Jack Harrow was a Chelsea stalwart defender who started his career with Mill Green Rovers in 1907 before joining Southern League Croydon Common in 1908, originally as a centre forward. He signed for Second Division club Chelsea for £50 in April 1911 after 4 goals in 35 appearances for The Commoners, making his Football League debut at Hull City the same December, featuring in a dozen further appearances as Chelsea won promotion to the top flight as Second Division runners up.
Over the next 15 war interrupted years Harrow played 333 matches for The Pensioners, scoring 5 times, 4 of which were from penalties, his only outfield goal being his first, the only goal in a 1-0 win over Oldham Athletic on Boxing Day 1919. He captained Chelsea for many years and was captain in their losing 1915 FA Cup Final line up. He was the first Chelsea player to play 300 matches for the club, a milestone he reached in November 1924.
He was also awarded 2 England caps, playing first in a 2-0 win over Ireland at The Hawthorns in November 1922 and again of England’s summer tour of Scandinavia when he played in a 4-2 win over Sweden in Stockholm in May 1923. He also played once for The Football League in a 2-1 win over The Southern League at Highbury in October 1914.
He lost the sight in one eye as a result of a playing accident in May 1926 after being hit by the lace of a football and was forced to retire, but remained at Chelsea until 1938 as a trainer. You can also see details of his career as well as certain other photographs perhaps not in the Vintage Footballers library on Alan Futter’s excellent Croydon Common FC website.
NB in this photograph taken in April 1923 he jumps with Bolton Wanderers’ JR “Jack” Smith.