Angus, Jack

Birth Date

12th March 1909


Amble, Northumberland



Biographical Text

Making nearly 250 league appearances for the club Jack Angus was a mainstay for Exeter City throughout most of the 1930s.  He joined the club from Scunthorpe and, after having had his career interrupted by World War Two, returned to St James' Park afterwards to play a handful of games before becoming player-manager of Exmouth Town. He was a member of the Exeter City team that defeated Torquay United to win the Division Three (South) Cup in May 1934.

Son of a builders' labourer, and growing up in the Northumbrian coastal village of Amble, he played local football before being offered professional terms by Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1928. He spent one season with Wolves prior to moving to Wath Athletic in the Midland League in the summer of 1929. After a short unsuccessful spell with Scunthorpe and Lindsey, he moved to Exeter City in the summer of 1930 where he was to prove an astute signing featuring in over 250 league and cup matches for the Grecians before the outbreak of war in 1939.

Jack made his league debut in a 2-1 win at Norwich City on 27 December 1930 and, replacing the injured Les Dennington, played his part in the run to the quarter-final stages of the FA Cup that season. Playing just a few games when City were runners-up in the league in 1932/33, he really came into his own between 1934/35 and 1938/39 when he missed very few games. 

A first-team regular upon the outbreak of war in 1939 he appeared in at the start of the 1939/40 season that was soon declared 'null and void' and, recently stationed in Redcar and now aged thirty-six, was back at St James Park for the interim competitions played in 1945/46.

Playing just three Football League games after the war Jack left the club in 1949 to join Exmouth Town as player-manager after enjoying a joint benefit match with Richard ‘Digger’ Ebdon in March 1948 when Exeter City played Plymouth Argyle.

Later working for the railways, Jack Angus died at his Whipton home in August 1965.


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jamie howarth

Hi. I am the webmaster for You have a player featured (John Angus) that made some appearances for Bristol Rovers during the 2nd war. Would you mind if we added then to our history site. Giving you credit of course. As yet we don't have any images of him. Thanks Jamie Howarth.

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