Midfielder Alan Jarvis signed for City in May 1964 and lurked around the reserve team for 17 months before making his debut at Workington in October 1965. It was an introduction into a side that was embarking on one of the club’s most glorious seasons and Jarvis was an immediate hit, playing in every game for the rest of the season as City scored 100 goals, swept to the Division Three North title and advanced to the FA Cup Sixth Round. Jarvis remained a first team regular in 1966/67 as City competed strongly in Division Two, but the following season was curtailed by a mid-season injury. Jarvis was again a regular in the next two seasons, apart from injury absences, but in 1970/71 Terry Neill took the helm and Jarvis fell out of favour, leaving the Tigers in March 1971.
Born in Wrexham, Jarvis began his career at Everton as an apprentice but was unable to break into the Goodison Park first team by the time he was 21, precipitating the move to Hull City.
Jarvis signed for Mansfield Town in March 1971 for £10,000, at the time a record fee paid by the Stags. He gave two years service to the Field Mill side before retiring in 1973. He moved back to North Wales and worked as a chartered surveyor for many years.
In 2014 Jarvis moved to a care home in Mold suffering from dementia thought to be related to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which could well have been caused by the trauma of repeatedly heading footballs. He died of this chronic illness in December 2019.
Jarvis won three senior international caps for Wales whilst at Hull City, against Scotland in October 1966, England in March 1967 and Northern Ireland in April 1967.
[Head and shoulders photo courtesy of @TigersEarly]
Date/Place of Birth: 4 August 1943, Wrexham
Hull City First Game: 22 October 1965, Workington A (Division Three), 22 years, 79 days old
Hull City Final Game: 27 February 1971, Cardiff City H (Division Two), 27 years, 207 days old
Everton (1961-1964), Hull City (1964-1971), Mansfield Town (1971-1973)
Hull City Record
Career: 177 apps, 12 goalsAlan Jarvis
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|1966/67||38 (0)||4||3 (0)||0||1 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|
|1967/68||19 (0)||0||-||-||1 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|
|1968/69||30 (4)||5||1 (0)||0||2 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|
|1969/70||23 (2)||0||1 (0)||0||0 (1)||0||-||-||-||-|
|1970/71||5 (5)||0||-||-||1 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|