Hamstead, Birmingham born inside right Jackie Martin played for Combined London Colleges in 1933 and Hednesford Town in 1934 before joining hometown First Division Aston Villa on amateur forms in October 1934, turning professional in January 1936, making his Football League debut in a Second Division match against Coventry City the same October, his only appearance in his debut season.
After a single further appearance in 1937-38, when Villa won promotion, he broke into the first team in August 1938, and scored 9 First Division goals in 22 appearances that season before the outbreak of the Second World War interrupted his football career, during which he served with the Army and guested for Birmingham City, Wrexham, Nottingham Forest, Portsmouth and Aldershot, as well as playing for Tottenham Hotspur between 1942 and 1945, for whom he scored 15 goals in 45 wartime appearances.
After the War he resumed with Aston Villa in 1946, playing in one of their FA Cup ties in the 1946 competition, and having two seasons as a first team regular once League football had re-started, making his last appearance in September 1948, until his retirement in 1949 by when he had scored 23 goals in 87 appearances for Aston Villa. He later managed Hednesford Town.
NB in the photograph he stands second in from the left with Aston Villa forwards (l-r) John Graham, George Edwards, Dickie Dorsett and Leslie Smith. This photograph was taken before a 2-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park on New Year’s Day 1947.