jack chisholm - fact file

1942 - 1947        defender


Born on 9th October 1924 in Enfield, Middlesex, England.

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Edmonton born, Jack Chisholm became a teenage star of the war-time Spurs side, being thrust into the team at centre half.

Jack played alongside old-timers such as Jackie Gibbons, Willie Hall and Bill Whatley and subsequently was known as “The Boy”.  His move into the first team did not worry him and he scored on debut and became a regular in the side in 1942-43.

Joining the Army, he was named in our programmes as Corporal Chisholm, although in August 1944, he was moved to Scotland and could no longer feature for Spurs.  In 1945, he was hospitalised with a knee injury, but returned to White Hart Lane after the war, becoming a regular once more in 1946-47, after under-studying Bill Nicholson.

The injury had slowed Jack from his younger days, he had to rely on his size and his tough tackling to see him through.  Although he was first choice in 1947-48, his place was then taken by Horace Woodward. 

As he was too good for reserve team football, Spurs allowed him to join Brentford in December 1947.  A year later he moved on to Sheffield United and then to Plymouth Argyle in 1949-50 and Jack became a highly popular character at Home Park, always feted on his return there.  He has a hospitality suite at the ground named after him and he was inducted into the Plymouth Argyle Hall of Fame in 2004.  He was awarded a testimonial against a combined Spurs/WBA side in May 1955 and Plymouth won 3-2.

When he had completed his playing days in 1954, he took to management with Helston, Romford and Finchley.

Jack was a handy cricketer being a fast bowler and he played for the MCC as a youngster and appeared once for Middlesex in 1947 alongside former Spur Bill Edrich.  After retiring he played Minor Counties cricket for Bedfordshire and Devon, then played locally for St. Just in Cornwall.

In Plymouth he had managed the "Harvest Home" pub and then worked as a manager at a bookies in Edmonton on his return to London.

Jack Chisholm died in Leytonstone, East London on 24th August 1977.


NICKNAME :  "The Boy"; "Jumbo" (at Plymouth Argyle)

Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (apprentice) 1941 ?? ??  ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (professional) - - 23rd August 1947  v West Bromwich Albion (Division 2) (away)   lost 0-1 2 0
Brentford December 1947 ?? ??  49 1
Sheffield United June 1949 ?? ??  21 1
Plymouth Argyle December 1949 £12,000 24th December 1949 v Chesterfield (Division 2) (home) won 2-1 188 2

Career Record
- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- League Cup appearances; ?? goals
European appearances; ?? goals
49 League appearances; 1 goal
0 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
?? Other appearances; ?? goals
Sheffield United
29 League appearances; 1 goal
0 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
12 Other appearances; ?? goals
Plymouth Argyle

176 League appearances; 2 goals
- FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals

- international
- full caps;  - goals
Under-21 caps; goals
- Cup winners medal 19---

- appearance



Lived in Woodford Green.
Managed a Mecca betting shop in Edmonton.

He was not impressed with modern tactics, but followed the game through the papers and TV.

Jack recently had an operation in Highlands Hospital, Winchmore Hill to remedy an arthritic condition in his left knee and is due another operation in May.



What they said about Jack Chisholm ...
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What Jack Chisholm said about ...
... about his team-mates during the war-time era ...  16.04.1977 (THFC programme)

"To train at the ground as a 14 year old and then mix with those great players was something out of this world. For me, even with a war on, they were magnificent days. Willie Hall was one of the greatest players of the day, but he went out of his way to instil confidence into me. He talked belief into me and made me feel I was the equal of any player on the field."

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