Feebery, John (Jack) Henry

Birth Date

10th May 1888





Biographical Text

The Feebery family, from Hucknall in Nottinghamshire, was one of the largest families in English football history, producing from one generation of brothers, four first team professional footballers for Football League clubs, plus another two brothers who only made it through to the reserves.

Albert played for Coventry City and Crystal Palace; Alf played for Notts County and Bristol Rovers; Horace played for Bolton Wanderrers and Mansfield Town; John, known as Jack, played for Bolton Wanderers , Exeter City and Brighton.

Jack began his career with local side Hucknall, and then Bulwell White Star, before signing for Bolton Wanderers in 1909.

He stayed at Burnden Park for ten years, with the First World War putting his playing career on hold, however, he still made 180 league appearances, scoring 16 goals.

Feebury moved to Exeter City in the summer of 1920 with a reputation of having a ferocious shot, the tale being that a Preston goalkeeper once sustained a broken finger in trying to parry one of his efforts on goal.

When signed by Arthur Chadwick, from Bolton Wanderers a mild sensation was created in Exeter, for everybody had heard of the Bolton “penalty king”. A six footer, Feebery weighed almost 13 stone and was the biggest man on Exeter’s books.

He went straight into the Grecians side, making his debut in Exeter City’s first ever game in the Football League, and scored from the penalty spot in a 3-0 home win over Brentford.

His wife was dragged from the Exeter Canal by City player Walter Wright after her boat overturned following an evening out at the Double Locks public house in September 1920.

An ever present with City, Feebury surprisingly moved on after just one season, and joined Brighton and Hove Albion.

His stay on the south coast with Brighton lasted until 1924, making 52 league appearances and scoring three goals. He then moved to play for Mid-Rhondda.

John Feebery died in Nottingham in early 1960 at the age of 71.






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Rebecca Feebery:

My dad's family history makes me proud to be a Feebery. My Granddad's brother's were all great footballers.

Cherry Chance:

My husband's grandfather was Horace Feebery.

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