Fort, John

Birth Date

13th April 1888





Biographical Text

Little did Exeter City know when they signed Fort from Atherton in the summer of 1911, that they were to acquire a player who would go on and play a game for England.

A relative unknown when he linked up with the Grecians, he had started his career with Plank Lane in Leigh, before moving to Atherton in 1910, where he featured in 37 Lancashire Combination matches.

Described as a compactly built full-back, Fort made his Exeter debut in a 1-4 home defeat against Swindon Town in a Southern League fixture.

He soon became City’s first choice right-back, and was a model of consistency throughout the 1912-13 and 1913-14.

Moving on to Millwall, he played in 250 Football League games for them, eventually leaving in 1930, but not before he had won an England cap nine years earlier.

Fort continued to work for Millwall, notably helping out the groundsman and was working up until a few days before his death in November 1965.




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