Versatile defender Jack Vickers was born in Auckland Park, County Durham and was playing for Bishop Auckland FC in the Northern League when he had a trial at Hull City in March 1928 – he must have impressed as he was signed on professional terms by the end of the month. He was a regular for the reserves in 1928/29 but managed only two first team starts at the very end of the season.
Vickers left City in the 1929 close season to join Darlington, where he played 15 times in his solitary season for the Quakers. Jack was on his travels again in 1930, joining Doncaster Rovers in July and making 39 starts for the Belle Vue Ground side over two seasons. After a season at Charlton, featuring 10 times in the first team, Vickers joined Port Vale in May 1933 and spent three seasons in Burslem, making 78 senior appearances. In January 1936 Vickers played in the Valiants’ FA Cup giant-killing victory over Sunderland, a team that featured a young Raich Carter.
Heading to South Wales for 1936/37, the journeyman Vickers started 22 games for Newport County. In the two years prior to World War Two Vickers returned to the North East and had spells at South Shields and Stockton FC, ending his playing days in 1940.
After his wandering football career Vickers returned to his native West Durham, where he died in the Summer of 1980.
Date/Place of Birth: 7 August 1908, Auckland Park
Hull City First Game: 27 April 1929, Swansea Town A (Division Two), 20 years, 263 days old
Hull City Final Game: 4 May 1929, Nottingham Forest H (Division Two), 20 years, 270 days old
Bishop Auckland, Hull City (1928-1929), Darlington (1929-1930), Doncaster Rovers (1930-1932), Charlton Athletic (1932-1933), Port Vale (1933-1936), Newport County (1936-1937), South Shields (1937-1939), Stockton (1939-1940)
Hull City Record
Career: 2 apps, 0 goalsJack Vickers