Beddington (Croydon) born Jack Harrow was a Chelsea stalwart defender and England international left back who started his career with Mill Green Rovers in 1907 before joining Southern League Croydon Common in 1908. He signed for Second Division Chelsea for £50 in April 1911, making his Football League debut at Hull City the same December and over the next 15 war interrupted years played 333 games for The Pensioners, scoring 5 times, 4 of which were from penalties. 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 games.
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 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.