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Jackson & Earl of Lynn Town

Postby KTL16825 » 14 Jul 2022, 11:14

For more biographical information on the Rev. William Dodds Jackson and Herbert "Mary" Earl, please refer to the "Old Book" thread under LYNN AREA HiISTORY. The present topic is designed to chronicle some of their footballing exploits at Lynn Town FC after WW1.
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Re: Jackson & Earl of Lynn Town

Postby KTL16825 » 14 Jul 2022, 11:47

The following information has been gleaned from reports in the Lynn Advertiser and relates to the 1921-22 football season, during which the Rev. Jackson and Herbert Earl were regular members of a successful Lynn Town XI. In most matches, Jackson played at inside left, with Earl on the left wing, although they occasionally swapped positions. Lynn competed in the Norfolk & Suffolk League, as well as several cup competitions; references below are to league matches, unless otherwise stated.

On Sat. 8th Oct. 1921 Lynn lost 1-2 at Thetford. Earl had sustained an injury a month earlier and was unfit to play, so Jackson moved to left wing and scored Lynn's goal. This was Lynn's first league defeat of the season and would prove to be their last. A week later Lynn beat Gorleston 3-0 at the Walks, a crucial victory, as Gorleston would contest the title with Lynn until the end of the season. A fortnight after this, Lynn beat Carrow 3-1, with Earl scoring in the second half after he and Jackson had changed places. In the return fixture on 3rd Dec. Earl opened the scoring in a 2-0 win for Lynn.

Lynn faced a busy programme over the Christmas holidays, playing on three successive days. On Boxing Day (Monday) they were held to a 1-1 draw by Norwich CEYMS, with Jackson scoring for Lynn. He netted twice more the next day in a 5-0 win over Thetford, but was absent for Wednesday's match against Cromer, won 2-0 by Lynn with one goal from Earl. When the sides met again on 13th Jan. 1922, Cromer were beaten 6-0 with two goals apiece for Earl & Jackson.
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Re: Jackson & Earl of Lynn Town

Postby KTL16825 » 14 Jul 2022, 12:24

Lynn suffered a setback on 25 Feb. 1922 when they were held to a goalless draw at Sheringham. The Lynn Advertiser of 3rd March was pessimistic in tone:
"The victories of Gorleston of late have made it perfectly clear that only a very serious slip can prevent their winning the championship of the Norfolk and Suffolk League." Gorleston had played 5 more matches than Lynn, but were 10 points ahead with a much better goal difference. Lynn had actually dropped to third place behind Yarmouth.

The article continued: " This is a serious matter, for it obviously means that Lynn cannot afford to lose a single match in the next five ..... Of course, Lynn still have a chance of taking the championship, but they have some very stiff hurdles to take. Gorleston have obtained such a long lead as the result of consistently good play that it will be very difficult to overhaul them now."
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Re: Jackson & Earl of Lynn Town

Postby KTL16825 » 14 Jul 2022, 15:20

On 11 Mar. 1922 Lynn resumed their rivalry with Gorleston, beating them 2-0 in a semi-final of the Norfolk Charity Cup. Jackson scored one of Lynn's goals, and he was on the mark again in a 3-0 victory over Yarmouth on 25th Mar. The following Saturday took Lynn to Gorleston for a clash between the top two teams in the league. From Earl's cross, Portfleet scored in the first minute, and this proved the only goal. Lynn's 1-0 win inflicted Gorleston's first home defeat of the season, leaving the top of the table as follows: Gorleston P 23 Pts. 35, Lynn P 20 Pts. 30, Norwich CEYMS P 19 Pts. 28.

On 27th April, Gorleston fell to a surprise 2-0 defeat at Yarmouth, while Lynn registered a 5-0 win at N. Walsham. Jackson was unavailable through injury, but Earl was among the scorers. Two days later Lynn defeated Norwich CEYMS 2-1 in the Norfolk Charity Cup final, with Jackson scoring the winning goal. (They would win another trophy on 11th May, beating Morton's Athletic 3-0 in the replayed final of the Victory Cup.)

Lynn completed their league fixtures at home to Beccles on 3rd May, winning 2-0 with Jackson scoring the 2nd goal. This meant that Lynn had won the title by two points despite having trailed Gorleston for most of the season. The team's league record was: P 26, W 14, D 9, L 1 F 72 A 18 Pts 41. Across the season in all fixtures Jackson scored 17 goals and Earl 12.

The Lynn XI for most of the season was : A. Wick; J.H. Terry, D. Jarvis; M. Chase, H. Dawson, M. Massingham; A.H. Portfleet, C. Love, J.H. Easter, Rev. W.D. Jackson, H. Earl.
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Re: Jackson & Earl of Lynn Town

Postby Tresagreen » 28 Jul 2022, 08:17

This photo was originally posted in 2007 ( by oldgit ) and is actually 1922. Ken is sure that it shows the two chaps mentioned above, ie Rev Jackson and Herbert 'Mary' Earl.

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This is 1921 and shows the same two men.

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Re: Jackson & Earl of Lynn Town

Postby KTL16825 » 29 Jul 2022, 15:53

In the 1922 photo I think both men are in the front row: William far left and Herbert 2nd from right. In the previous year I would place William in the back row on the right between the goalkeeper and the trainer, with Herbert far left in the middle row.
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