John “Jack” Lyon signed for City in October 1913 and soon made the inside-left berth his own with four goals during November and December. He remained an important part of the first team scene for the rest of the season but in 1914/15 made only one appearance. He served during the First World War (his brother Sam, who also played for City before the hostilities began, was injured serving the East Yorkshire “Hull Commercials” Regiment) and returned to the Tigers in 1919, moving on in the 1920 close season
Lyon played for Prescot Athletic, the local side where he was born and raised, prior to signing for City. In 1920 he was one of many players to join the phoenix club Leeds United, who were newly formed after the demise of Leeds City. He stayed at Elland Road for only a season before returning to Prescot (who by now had dropped the “Athletic” suffix) then later played for Mold in the Welsh League where he won a Welsh League title medal in 1925. In 1926 he returned again to Prescot as player-manager.
Lyon died in 1985.
Date/Place of Birth: 3 November 1893, Prescot
Hull City First Game: 18 October 1913, Leeds City A (Division Two), 19 years, 349 days old
Hull City Final Game: 1 May 1920, Rotherham County A (Division Two), 26 years, 180 days old
Prescot Athletic, Hull City (1913-1920), Leeds United (1920-1921), Prescot, New Brighton, Mold, Prescot
Hull City Record
Career: 39 apps, 6 goalsJack Lyon