Jack Dorrington

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Jack Dorrington
Personal information
Full name John Dorrington
Date of birth May 1881
Place of birth Smethwick, England
Date of death 9 January 1944(1944-01-09) (aged 62)
Place of death Birmingham, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Langley St Michael's F.C.
West Smethwick
West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
1899–???? Bromsgrove Rovers
????–1901 Kidderminster Harriers
1901–1913 Small Heath 106 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Dorrington (May 1881 – 9 January 1944) was an English professional footballer who spent his entire professional career as a goalkeeper at Small Heath (renamed Birmingham in 1905), for which he made over 100 appearances in the Football League.

A native of Smethwick, which was then an urban district in Staffordshire, Dorrington took over in goal from Nat Robinson in 1907–08, but remained undisputed first choice for only a couple of seasons. Injury forced his retirement in or around 1913.

In 1924 Dorrington became Licensee of the Holte Hotel in Aston

Dorrington died in the Birmingham suburb of Handsworth at the age of 62.



Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-010-2.

  • The Villa News & Record, 15 January 1944