Blackpool born centre half John “Jack” Parkinson began his football career with South Shore in 1895 before joining Second Division Blackpool in 1896, initially as a centre forward. He made his Football League debut at Lincoln City in September 1896 in the club’s inaugural Football League fixture, scoring 14 goals in his maiden season and finishing as the club’s top scorer. In May 1899 he joined First Division Liverpool after 32 goals in 91 appearances, but he only played one game for Liverpool, in a Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield in September 1899. Parkinson was transferred back to Blackpool in May 1900, where he played for 9 more seasons, missing very few games in the Seasiders’ line up over his time at Bloomfield Road, scoring 25 goals in 303 appearances. In April 1905, Parkinson was awarded a benefit match against Liverpool, before later joining non league Barrow as manager in 1909 and Fleetwood in 1910.
Parkinson’s life had a tragic end in December 1911 when in his job as superintendent of Cocker Street Baths he was attempting to rescue a colleague from a tank of boiling sea-water, when a plank on which he was standing gave way and he also fell in, later succumbing to his injuries aged 42.
Parkinson was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road, when it was officially opened by former Blackpool player Jimmy Armfield in April 2006.