SHIEL, JOHN (JACK)
 
DOB: MAY 13th.1917, SEAHOUSES, NORTHUMBERLAND. 
DIED:  NOVEMBER 30th.2013, ASHINGTON, NORTHUMBERLAND.
Ht: 5ft. 11ins. (1938). WEIGHT: 11st 8 lbs (1938)
POSITION: FORWARD: CENTRE FORWARD & Occasionally INSIDE RIGHT OR LEFT.
 
CLUBS: NORTH SUNDERLAND FC (SEAHOUSES) (1935 To 1936),
NUFC (TRIAL AUG.1935, Then AMATEUR NOV.1936, Then PRO- TRANSFER FEE- £10- DEC.1936 To MAY 1938).
NORTH SHIELDS (FREE TRANSFER- MAY 1938 To OCT.18th.1938).
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN (OCT.18th.1938 To JUL.1939- Released Due To WWII).
BLYTH SPARTANS (WWII GUEST- 1939-40 SEASON). NORTH SUNDERLAND FC (1940 To 1949). RETIRED
 
PLAYER PROFILE
 
John ‘Jack’ Shiel was born in Seahouses during World War I, & began his football career his local Northumberland coastal village side North Sunderland FC. They played in the North Northumberland League. Unfortunately no match details from this early part of his playing career have come to light, when they were playing in the North Northumberland league. His family have for many generations fished locally & today they run a Farne Islands tourist cruise business. He was spotted as a potential talent by Newcastle & made his move to the club for modest £10 fee in December 1936. This was after been given a trial a year previously, in August 1935. He very quickly found himself involved in the forward line for the Reserve team & he made his Central League debut in the side on December 19th. 1936. He got his career off to a flying start with a hat trick in a 3:0 win over Huddersfield Town. Although not all reserve line ups are known from that season; it is known he featured in at least 5 matches, scoring 6 goals. The last of the goals came on January 30th in a 2:1 win over Bury, with his last known appearance for the reserves that season in the Central League being on February 6th; featuring as a centre forward in a 1:1 draw with Liverpool. The side completed their fixtures in a strong 5th. position. Although officially his transfer is recorded as December, prior to this on November 7th.1936 he was first seen wearing the black & white colours. This was in featuring for the ‘A’s (possibly on trial) on November 7th in a 10:1 thrashing of Crawcrook Albion in the 1st Round of the Tyneside League Charity Shield, with Jack Shiel scoring 2 of the goals. A further ‘A’s appearance was also found in a Tyneside League 7:0 victory over Percy Main Amateurs on November 21st., with Jack hitting 4 goals. Later in the season on February 27th when they drew the semi final tie of the competition 2:2 with Pelaw; in a match that abandoned after 70 minutes. The ‘A’s lost the rearranged tie but Shiel did not feature. Unfortunately few details from ‘A’s matches are known, however Jack Shiel was seen in one further ‘A’s league match on April 17th when they hammered Jarrow reserves 8:0 & he claimed another goal.  The sides position at the end of 1936-37 season was 3rd. Shiel is known to have featured in at least 3 of the matches, hitting 6 goals, with the other 2 ‘A’s cup matches in addition to that.     
 
Season 1937-38 saw ‘Jack’ Shiel get his debut in the first team, but sadly this would be his only chance to feature at senior level, with competition from William Cairns & Jack Smith. His big day for the club was very early in the season on September 6th. 1937 when he played as a centre forward in a Division II match against Barnsley. They lost 3:0 in what would turn out to be a poor season for the club as they struggled at the wrong end of the table. For the reserves Jack continued to prove his worth & he first featured that season on September 4th. in a 2:0 defeat to Stoke City.  His first known goal of that season was scored in a 4:2 defeat to Preston North End on September 18th. These would be the first at least 14 appearances in the sides Central League campaign; hitting 5 more goals. On a couple of occasions Shiel played at right back to help out the side but he was mostly used in his proper role as a centre forward. His last known goal for the reserves came on April 18th. when they hammered West Brom. 6:1. Jack’s final reserve game at Newcastle came soon after on April 30th. playing in a 2:0 win over Derby County, with the side ending the season in 12th. place. Earlier in the season Jack had also featured in a reserve friendly benefit match for an amateur league official J.W. Johnstone. This was on September 22nd & they lost a very high scoring games 9:4 to a Northern Amateur League XI. Jack explained in those days many of the players had to reside in digs & had strict rules to abide to about socialising. His friendship with Jimmy Denmark & one of two others enable them to escape up to Seahouses with him to have a bit of time in a more relaxed, which they really appreciated. In May 1938 the club felt that Jack should be allowed to leave & he was snapped up by North Shields on a free transfer. After appearing in a couple of pre season practice matches on August 13th. & 20th. Jack made his competitive debut for North Shields on August 27th; scoring in a 1:1 draw with Horden CW. He also hit 2 goals in a 5:2 North Eastern League victory over Ashington September 21st. In total before being snapped up by Huddersfield, he hit 6 league goals in 7 matches; the last of which was scored on October 8th. when they lost 4:2 to Sunderland Reserves. In the FA. Cup, Shiel was also on the mark at centre forward beginning with a goal in the sides 9:0 hammering of Whitley Bay & Monkseaton on September 17th. Following this preliminary Round tie, they defeated Crookhall CW 5:1 on October 1st. in the 1st. Qualifying Round & Jack scored twice in the game. They then faced Consett in the 2nd Qualifying Round on October 15th. The game ended in a 0:0 draw with this being Jack Shiel’s last appearance for North Shields during his brief spell with them.      
 
Jack explained that he was soon contacted by Huddersfield Town, managed by North East born ex England star Clem Stephenson & at first he said he was not wanting to leave. However, Clem actually came up in a car to Seahouses to convince him on October 18th. & completed the full signing of him up back at Huddersfield the following day.  Huddersfield were a top flight English Division I team at that time, but that season they were struggling. Jack began almost immediately playing for the reserves & made his reserve debut in a Central League 2:1 defeat to Sheffield United on October 22nd. It was not until February 25th. that he scored his first known goal in the side. His goal came on the half hour in a 4:0 victory over Sheffield United. His only other known goal for the reserves that season came in April. On the  15th he netted in his sides goal in a 1:1 draw with Aston Villa. The reserves ended the season in 13th. place in the Central League, on equal points with Newcastle who ended 12th due to a better goal average. Jack played in at least 18 of the matches & he also known to have featured in at least of the Huddersfield Town’s other non first teams, the ‘A’s on one occasion. This was on October 29th when they lost a league fixture 3:2 to Hunslet. Prior to this Jack got his one chance at senior level with Huddersfield. This debut & sole appearance was on March 18th. 1939, featuring at inside left, in a 1:0 defeat to Middlesbrough. Huddersfield Tow hung onto the Division One status ending the season in 19th. place. In July 1939, with World War II approaching, Jack was released by the club & he joined the services. Their could be only one service for Jack, being born & bred a seaman & he joined the Royal Navy. During that first season of war time football it is known that Jack was a war time guest with Blyth Spartans. Jack’s modesty could be seen when with the Royal Navy during the war, he kept quiet about his football background. Clem Stephenson the then manager of Huddersfield Town got wind of this & posted a pair of boots to his ship. He was then likely to have been involved at some point, in Royal Navy soccer during the war. Jack was very honest in saying his ‘heart has always lay with the boats’ & after the war he returned to fish from his local village, Seahouses. He did, however, go back to playing for his local club North Sunderland & finally hung up his boots in 1949. Again sadly no matches from this later part of his career have come to light. He also assisted with the Farne Island cruises well into his 80’s & he says the best moment of his life was in 1977 when he got to escort Queen Elizabeth II to visit the Farne Islands on her Silver Jubilee as she toured round the country. Jack was a sprightly over 90’s character who continued to reside in  Seahouses, keeping a keen interest in ‘the goings on’ in the family cruise boat & fishing business that continues to thrive today in the village. In his later years he told me he was amused to find himself the oldest living ex Newcastle player. Sadly Jack took ill  passed away on November 30th. 2013 in Ashington Hospital aged 96. He had been Newcastle’s oldest surviving player. His funeral was on December 7th took place Cowpen Crematorium.    
 
PLAYER HISTORY
 
NORTH SUNDERLAND: 1935-36- Appearance Details Not Known.
NORTH SUNDERLAND: 1936-37- Appearance Details Not Known.
NUFC: 1936-37 SEASON- RESERVES: Total / League (Known)  Apps: 5;  6 League Goals.
NUFC:  1936-37 SEASON- ‘A’s: Total (Known) Apps; 5 (including 1 Abandoned Cup), 3 League;  8 Goals, 6 League. 
NUFC: 1937-38 SEASON- 1ST. TEAM: Total / League Apps: 1;  0 Goals :-
SEP.6th.1937 ‘v’ BARNSLEY, Lost 0:3, English League Division II, Centre Forward.
NUFC: 1937-38 SEASON- RESERVES: Total / League (Known) Apps: 14;  5 League Goals.
NUFC: 1937-38 SEASON- RESERVE FRIENDLY MATCHES: Apps: 1;  0 Goals.
NORTH SHIELDS: 1938-39- 1sT. TEAM: Total Apps: 11, 7 League; 10 Goals, 6 League.
NORTH SHIELDS: 1938-39- PRACTICE MATCHES: 2 Apps.  
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN: 1938-39-  1ST. TEAM: Total / League Apps: 1;  0 Goals.
MAR.18th.1938 ‘v ‘ MIDDLESBROUGH, Lost 0:1, English League Division I. Inside Left. 
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN: 1938-39- RESERVES: Total / League Apps: 18;  2  League Goals.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN: 1938-39- ‘A’s : Total / League (Known) Apps: 1;  0 Goals.    
BLYTH SPARTANS: 1939-40 WWII GUEST APPEARANCE
NORTH SUNDERLAND: 1946-47- Appearance Details Not Known.
NORTH SUNDERLAND: 1947-48- Appearance Details Not Known.
NORTH SUNDERLAND: 1948-49- Appearance Details Not Known.

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JOHN (JACK) SHIEL
 
ROLE: CENTRE FORWARD.
HEIGHT: 5. 11 (1938).   WEIGHT:  11. 08 (1938)
DOB: MAY 13th.1917, SEAHOUSES, NORTHUMBERLAND. 
DIED: NOVEMBER 30th.2014, ASHINGTON, NORTHUMBERLAND.
 
CAREER:
 
NORTH SUNDERLAND FC (SEAHOUSES),
NUFC (TRIAL- AUG.1935, AMATEUR NOV.1936, Then PRO- TRANSFER FEE- £10- DEC.1936 To MAY 1938).
NORTH SHIELDS (FREE TRANSFER- MAY 1938 To OCT.1938).
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN (OCT.18th.1938 To JUL.1939, WWII SERVICE).
BLYTH SPARTANS (WWII GUES 1939-40 SEASON)
NORTH SUNDERLAND FC (1940 To 1949). RETIRED.
 
NUFC: 1ST TEAM PLAYER RECORD
 
1937-38 SEASON- TOTAL / LEAGUE DIVISION II APPS:  1;  0 GOALS.
SEP.6th.1937, BARNSLEY, Lost 0:3, Div II. START- Centre Forward
 
HONOURS
 
(Non Known)
 
JACK SHIEL
 
(
KNOWN) APPEARANCE RECORD
 
1935-36 SEASON
 
NORTH SUNDERLAND FC: 1St TEAM
 
(Matches North Northumberland League - Details Not Known)
 
1936-37 SEASON
 
NORTH SUNDERLAND FC: 1ST TEAM
 
(Matches North Northumberland League- Details Not Known)
 
NUFC: RESERVES
 
DEC.19th.1936, HUDDERSFIELD TOWN, Won 3:0, Central League. *DEBUT- 3 GOALS, 15, 19 + 64 mins. Centre Forward.
 
DEC.26th.1936, SHEFFIELD UNITED, Won 2:1, Central League. 1 GOAL- 31 mins. Centre Forward.
 
DEC.28th.1936, DERBY COUNTY, Won 3:0, Central League. 1 GOAL- 82 mins. Centre Forward. 
 
JAN.30th.1937, BURY, Won 2:1, Central League. 1 GOAL- Centre Forward.
 
FEB.6th.1937, LIVERPOOL, Draw 1:1, Central League. Centre Forward.
 
Central League- Position: 5th.      Total / League Apps: 5;  6 League Goals.
 
NUFC: ‘A’s
 
NOV.7th.1936, CRAWCROOK ALBION, Won 10:1, Tyneside League Charity Shield 1st. Rd.  Replay. *DEBUT- 2 GOALS.
Centre Forward.
 
NOV.21st.1936, PERCY MAIN AMATEURS, Won 7:0, Tyneside League. 4 GOALS- Forward.
 
NOV.28th.1936, NORTH SHIELDS RESERVES, Won 2:1, Tyneside League. 1 GOAL- Centre Forward. 
 
FEB.27th.1937, PELAW, Draw 2:2 (*Match Abandoned After 70 mins), Tyneside League Charity Shield Semi Final.
Outside Left.
 
APR.17th.1937, JARROW RESERVES, Won 8:0, Tyneside League. 1 GOAL- Centre Forward. 
 
Tyneside League- Position: 3rd.  Total (Known) Apps; 5 (including 1 Abandoned Cup), 3 League;  8 Goals, 6 League. 
 
1937-38 SEASON
 
NUFC: 1ST. TEAM
 
SEP.6th.1937, BARNSLEY, Lost 0:3, English Division II. *DEBUT, Centre Forward.
 
NUFC: RESERVES
 
SEP.4th.1937, STOKE CITY, Lost 0:2, Central League. Centre Forward.
 
SEP.18th.1937, PRESTON NORTH END, Lost 2:4, Central League. 1 GOAL- Centre Forward.
 
SEP.29th.1937, LIVERPOOL, Won 4:2, Central League. 1 GOAL- 46 mins. Centre Forward.
 
OCT.2nd.1937, BURNLEY, Lost 1:3, Central League. 1 GOAL- 15 mins. Centre Forward.
 
OCT.9th.1937, BURTY, Lost 0:2, Central League. Centre Forward.
 
OCT.16th.1937, CHESTERFIELD, Won 1:0, Central League. Inside Right.
 
MAR.19th.1938, HUDDERSFIELD TOWN, Won 2:1, Central League. Right Back.
 
MAR.26th.1938, BOLTON WANDERERS, Lost 0:2, Central League. Right Back.
 
APR.2nd.1938, BLACKBURN ROVERS, Lost 2:3, Central League. Right Back.
 
APR.15th.1938, WEST BROM. Draw 1:1, Central League. 1 GOAL- 85 mins. Centre Forward.
 
APR.16th.1938, SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY, Draw 1:1, Central League. Centre Forward.
 
APR.18th.1938, WEST BROM, Won 6:1, Central League. 1 GOAL- 12 mins. Centre Forward.
 
APR.23rd.1938, MANCHESTER CITY, Lost 0:2, Central League. Centre Forward.
 
APR.30th.1938, DERBY COUNTY, Won 2:0, Central League. Centre Forward.
 
Central League- Position: 12th.    Total / League Apps:  14;  5 League Goals.
 
NUFC: RESERVE FRIENDLY MATCHES
 
SEP.22nd.1937, NORTHERN AMATEUR LEAGUE XI, Lost 4:9, Benefit Match For J.W. Johnstone. Inside Left.
 
1938-39 SEASON
 
NORTH SHIELDS: 1ST. TEAM
 
AUG.27th.1938, HORDEN CW. Draw 1:1, NE. League. *DEBUT- 1 GOAL- Centre Forward.
 
AUG.31st.1938, CONSETT, Draw 0:0, NE. League. Centre Forward.
 
SEP.3rd.1938, WALKER CELTIC, Won 3:1, NE. League. 1 GOAL- Centre Forward.
 
SEP.10th.1938, SOUTH SHIELDS, Won 4:1, NE. League. 1 GOAL- Centre Forward.
 
SEP.17th.1938, WHITLEY BAY & MONKSEATON, Won 9:0, FA. Cup Preliminary Rd. 1 GOAL- Centre Forward.
 
SEP.21st.1938, ASHINGTON, Won 5:2, NE. League. 2 GOALS- Centre Forward.
 
SEP.24th.1938, SPENNYMOOR UNITED, Won 2:1, NE. League. Centre Forward.
 
SEP.28th.1938, ASHINGTON, Won 6:1, NE. League Challenge Cup 1st. Rd. 1 GOAL- Centre Forward.
 
OCT.1st.1938, CROOKHALL CW. Won 5:1, FA. Cup 1st. Qualifying Rd. 2 GOALS- Centre Forward.
 
OCT.8th.1938, SUNDERLAND RESERVES, Lost 2:4, NE. League. 1 GOAL- Centre Forward.
 
OCT.15th.1938, CONSETT, Draw 0:0, FA. Cup 2nd. Qualifying Rd. Centre Forward.
 
North Eastern League.             Total Apps: 11, 7 League;  10 Goals, 6 League.  
 
NORTH SHIELDS: PRACTICE MATCHES
 
AUG.13th.1938  ‘BLUES’ v ‘REDS’. Score not known. 1st. Pre Season Public Practice Match. Centre Forward.
 
AUG.20th.1938  ‘REDS’ v ‘BLUES’. Score not known. Final Pre Season Public Practice Match. Centre Forward.  
 
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN: 1ST. TEAM
 
MAR.18th.1939, MIDDLESBROUGH, Lost 0:1, English Division I. *DEBUT- Inside Left.
 
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN: RESERVES
 
OCT.22nd.1938, SHEFFIELD UNITED, Lost 1:2, Central League. *DEBUT- Centre Forward.
 
NOV.5th.1938, PRESTON NORTH END, Draw 0:0, Central League. Centre Forward.
 
NOV.12th.1938, STOKE CITY, Won 1:0, Central League. Centre Forward.
 
NOV.19th.1938, MANCHESTER UNITED, Lost 1:5, Central League. Centre Forward.
 
NOV.26th.1938, BIRMINGHAM CITY, Won 2:1, Central League. Centre Forward.
 
DEC.17th.1938, LIVERPOOL, Draw 1:1, Central League. Centre Forward.
 
JAN.14th.1939, BURY, Lost 1:3, Central League. Inside Right.
 
JAN.21st.1939, LEEDS UNITED, Lost 0:3, Central League. Inside Left.
 
JAN.28th.1939, EVERTON, Draw 1:1, Central League. Inside Left.
 
FEB.4th.1939, CHESTERFIELD, Won 2:1, Central League. Inside Left.
 
FEB.18th.1939, BOLTON WANDERERS, Draw 3:3, Central League. Inside Left.
 
FEB.25th.1939, SHEFFIELD UNITED, Won 4:0, Central League. 1 GOAL- 30 mins. Inside Left.
 
MAR.4th.1939, BURNLEY, Won 2:1, Central League. Inside Left.
 
MAR.11th.1939, PRESTON NORTH END, Won 2:0, Central League. Inside Left.
 
MAR.25th.1939, MANCHESTER UNITED, Lost 1:2, Central League. Inside Left.
 
APR.8th.1939, WEST BROM. Draw 0:0, Central League. Inside Left.
 
APR.15th.1939, ASTON VILLA, Draw 1:1, Central League. 1 GOAL- 36 mins. Inside Left.
 
APR.29th.1939, BLACKBURN ROVERS, Won 2:0, Central League. Inside Left.
 
Central League- Position: 13th.    Total / League Apps: 18;  2 League Goals.
 
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN:  ‘A’s
 
OCT.29th.1938, HUNSLET, Lost 2:3, Alliance League?.  Centre Forward. 
 
(Career Ended with the out break of WWII)
 
1939-40 SEASON
 
BLYTH PARTANS: 1ST. TEAM WWII GUEST APPEARANCE
 
WORLD WAR II GUEST MATCH DETAILS NOT KNOWN

(ALSO WWII ROYAL NAVY SOCCER MATCHES NOT KNOWN)
 
1946-49 SEASONS
 
NORTH SUNDERLAND FC: 1St TEAM
 
(Match Details Not Known)
 
(Updated APR.2015).





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