Player #76

Appearances:

308

Starts:

308

Goals:

177

Seasons:

11

Jack Devey
Jack Devey

Source: Football card #27 Jack Devey issued by J & F Bell Ltd for Three Bells Cigarettes under the Footballers series.

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Jack Devey
Jack Devey

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Jack Devey

Position

Forward

From

1891-92

To

1901-02

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Jack Devey

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34

Division

FL
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1

Appearances

308
30
31
33
30
31
36
18
30
32
33
4

Starts

308
30
31
33
30
31
36
18
30
32
33
4

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

177
30
20
23
17
16
13
3
20
18
15
2

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

FULL SEASON BREAKDOWN

John Henry George Devey

Birth Date

Wednesday, 26 December 1866

Birth Place

Newtown, Birmingham

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Mitchell St. George's

From

For

Free

On

Unknown

Previous Clubs

Aston Brook School |
Montrose Youth Club |
Wellington Road FC |
Excelsior FC |
Aston Unity |
Aston Manor |
1889 West Bromwich Albion |
1889-1891 Mitchell St. George’s |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Retired

For

Released

On

1902

Subsequent Clubs

Retired |

Jack Devey
Jack Devey

Source: Football card #27 Jack Devey issued by J & F Bell Ltd for Three Bells Cigarettes under the Footballers series.

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Jack Devey
Jack Devey

Source: Football card #27 Jack Devey issued by J & F Bell Ltd for Three Bells Cigarettes under the Footballers series.

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

1891-02 Aston Villa, Free, 308 | 177 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

George Ramsay led Management Committee

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 5 September 1891

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 5 September 1891

Blackburn Rovers (h), Football League

DEBUT

First Goal

Saturday, 5 September 1891

Final Appearance

Wednesday, 29 January 1902

Stoke (a), FA Cup

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Wednesday, 29 January 1902

Honours

1893-94 League Champions |
1894-95 FA Cup Winners |
1895-96 League Champions |
1896-97 League Champions |
1896-97 FA Cup Winners |
1898-99 League Champions |
1899-00 League Champions |

Height

Foot

International Team

England

Died

11 October 1940, Aged 73

Jack Devey

Player #76 for Aston Villa, John Henry George Devey, known as Jack Devey played as a forward for the club. Jack represented Villa between 1891-92 and 1901-02.

Jack was born in Newtown, just 2 miles from the current Villa ground on 26th December 1866 and made his debut as an 24 year old on 5th September 1891.

Villa had signed Jack from Mitchell St. George’s and he went on to represent the club over eleven seasons scoring at a rate of more than a goal every other game.

In his time with the Villa Jack won 8 major trophies: 5 League Championships, 2 FA Cups and 1 Charity Shield.

Jack’s brother William and uncle Harry also played for Villa; Jack and Harry regularly appeared together in the 1891/92 season (13 times) and four times in 1892/93.

The Villa News and Record of 1st September 1906 paid tribute to Jack:

“For one so skilful, thorough, and effective, his merits when in his prime were inexplicable overlooked by the Selection Committee. Could play in most positions in the forward line, and was for many years one of the very best pivots in England. A close dribbler, with good pace, he was alive to every movement on the field, and possessing the rare gift of intelligent anticipation made a splendid leader. Knew the game really well, never lacked initiation, but a strong believer in combination. Exceptionally clever with head and feet in front of goal; a prolific scorer.”

Jack played in 29 of Villa’s 30 games in the 1893-94 Championship winning season.

He followed that as an ever present in the 1894-95 FA Cup Winning team including the final hosted at Crystal Palace, London where Villa once again beat West Bromwich Albion, this time 1-0.

The following season 1895-96 brought another League Championship for Villa with Jack appearing in every game which he followed up with another 29 appearances in the 1896-97 league championship winning season.

That season also saw Villa complete a historic League and FA Cup double with Jack playing every FA Cup game including the final at Crystal Palace, London where Villa vanquished Everton 3-2.

Jack then made 55 league appearances over the following two seasons - 1898-99 and 1899-00 as Villa once again ran out as League Champions.

Jack’s final game for Villa came on the 29th January 1902 after which he retired from football.

Jack had played his entire Villa career under the George Ramsay led Management Committee.

After retiring Jack’s connection to Villa never faltered and he went on to become a Director of Villa from April 1902 to September 1939.

Jack passed away in Moseley on 11th October 1940 aged 73.