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Rover of the Day: Jack Eggett

19 April 2020

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Jack Eggett born 19 April, 1874

An outstanding goalkeeper and a great character, Jack joined Rovers in 1894 from his local club, Wisbech Town. He was a member of the team that won the Midland League in both 1896-97 and 1898-99 and went on to be a regular in Rovers’ first two Football League seasons, making 67 Division Two appearances and missing only one game.

He could often be found just before kick-off in a local tavern, enjoying a drink after a morning’s work, although his unorthodox preparation didn’t interfere with his performances on the field.

After leaving Rovers in 1903 he played for Woolwich Arsenal and then went on to be a regular performer for Tottenham Hotspur, then in the Southern League. He also played for Croydon Common and Goole Town.

He continued to live in Doncaster with his family and died there in 1943, aged 69.

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