Ackroyd, John

Birthplace

Rotherham, England

Occupation

Defender

Biographical Text

Born in 1885, Ackroyd’s footballing career was put on hold during the First World War, and as a result he was aged 24 before he got a Football League opportunity with his local side in the 1918-19 season, Rotherham County, who were then in the Second Division.

He only made one appearance for County though before moving to non-leaguers Scunthorpe and Lindsey United. It was from there that he joined Exeter City in June 1922.

His Grecians’ debut came in a 3-1 defeat at Aberdare Athletic, 26th August 1922, and he went on to feature in 30 Third Division South matches for the City.

Released after just one season at St James’ Park, Ackroyd returned to Lincolnshire to link up with Grimsby Town where he played a further 6 league matches.

Appearances

30

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