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Jack Needham was another football player with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC who also served during the First World War.

Jack was born in Nottinghamshire in 1887 and played for a number of local clubs before moving to Birmingham City F. C. in 1909. Towards the end of that season he moved to fellow Second Division club Wolverhampton Wanderers, and scored on his debut in the last game of the season. He was the club’s top goalscorer in the following season, with 13 goals, and his best season with the club was 1914-15, when he scored 15 goals in 32 games. He went on to score 61 goals in over 200 appearances for Wolves. He also played in the charity football match held at the Molineux on 27 December 1915.

During the war he guested with Port Vale, and was again among their more prolific goalscorers. He was called up to serve with the army in 1917. After the war, he rejoined Wolverhampton Wanderers before signing for Hull City in 1920. In the September quarter of 1920, he married John Shelton’s widow, Sarah, and the couple went on to have three children, Gerald, Dorothy and Patricia. Jack died in 1961 at the age of 73.

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