Jack Devey

John Henry George Devey (26 December 1866 – 11 October 1940) was an English football player and a first-class cricketer.

John Devey
Personal information
Full name John Henry George Devey
Date of birth (1866-12-26)26 December 1866
Place of birth Newtown, Birmingham, England
Date of death 11 October 1940(1940-10-11) (aged 73)
Place of death Birmingham, England
Playing position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Wellington Road
Aston Unity
Aston Manor
1889 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
1889–1891 Mitchells St George's
1891–1902 Aston Villa 268 (168)
Total 268 (168)
National team
1892–1894 England 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Football careerEdit

Devey was born in Birmingham and signed for Aston Villa in March 1891; he would go on to become one of Aston Villa's greatest captains. A skilful inside right/centre-forward and an England international with two caps, he was exceptionally clever with head and feet in front of goal and a prolific goalscorer. He was the club's leading scorer in the Championship winning Villa side of 1893–94 season with 20 goals.

For eight years, Devey captained Aston Villa during which time they won the League championship five times between 1894 and 1900 and the FA Cup twice. Including the famous 'Double' in the 1896–97 season. Devey was also captain of the title chasing 1900 Villa team who suffered a surprise defeat in the F A Cup quarter finals by Southern League Millwall Athletic[1]

He retired in April 1902 and was an Aston Villa director for the next 32 years.

Cricket careerEdit

Jack Devey was also a Warwickshire cricketer, first appearing for the county side in 1887, though matches were only rated as first-class from 1894. He was a right-handed batsman who batted in the middle order until around 1900, but then opened the innings until his final retirement from the game in 1907.[2] He also bowled occasional right-arm medium pace.

Professional BaseballEdit

In 1890 Devey played professional baseball for Aston Villa in the National League of Baseball of Great Britain.


He was one of five brothers who all played professional football, Ted and Will for Small Heath and John, Harry and Bob for Aston Villa. Another brother, Abel, was a cricketer with Staffordshire.[3]


League: 268 matches - 168 goals

Cup: 38 matches - 18 goals


  1. ^ Match report Aston Villa vs Millwall Athletic[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Jack Devey". www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Abel Devey". cricketarchive. Retrieved 1 March 2009.

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