John Rogers (footballer)

John Charles Rogers (born 16 September 1950) is an English former footballer who played as a centre-forward.

John Rogers
Personal information
Full name John Charles Rogers[1]
Date of birth (1950-09-16) 16 September 1950 (age 70)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Position(s) Centre-forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1976 Wigan Athletic 174 (77)
1976 Portland Timbers 14 (2)
1976–1977 Port Vale 26 (6)
1977–1982 Altrincham 182 (90)
1982 Wigan Athletic 6 (2)
1982–1983 Altrincham 12 (1)
Total 414+ (178+)
National team
1981–1982 England semi-pro 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He moved from Burscough to Wigan Athletic, then competing in the Northern Premier League, in 1972. In four years with the club he scored 77 goals in 174 league appearances and helped them to win the league title; his performances earned him a move to Port Vale in October 1976, where he turned semi-professional. He refused to become a full-time professional, and instead was sold on to Altrincham in July 1977. He maintained an average goal ratio of a goal every two games in his time at Moss Lane, helping the club to two Alliance Premier League titles and triumph in the Cheshire Senior Cup, FA Trophy and Conference League Cup competitions. He had a brief spell back in the Football League with Wigan Athletic in 1982–83, before he saw out his career at Altrincham, Barrow, and Runcorn.

He also won five caps as an England semi-pro international.

Playing careerEdit

Rogers started his career at Burscough before moving to Northern Premier League club Wigan Athletic in the 1971–72 season, where he played in the same side as John King. He was the club's top goalscorer for two consecutive seasons, scoring 24 goals in the 1974–75 season, and another 25 goals in the following season. Wigan were crowned the league's champions in 1974–75, improving on their second-place finish in 1973–74, though they were not promoted. In four and a half years at the club, he made 174 league appearances, scoring 77 goals.[2] He spent a brief spell in America in 1976, playing for the Portland Timbers; he scored twice in fourteen appearances.

He joined Third Division Port Vale as a part-time professional in October 1976 and scored a goal on his debut; a 2–1 home win over Northampton Town on 8 October 1976. Earlier in the day, he went about his regular job rewiring council houses in Liverpool. He became a regular in the first team, playing 26 league games and scoring six goals in the 1976–77 campaign. He was sold on to Northern Premier League side Altrincham for £2,000 in July 1977, as the "Vale" management were unhappy at his refusal to become a full-time footballer.

He joined the "Robins" for the start of the 1977–78 season and made his debut in the 0–0 home draw with former club Wigan Athletic.[3] He scored his first goal for the club in the next game, a 2–2 away draw at Bangor City.[3] In his first season, he reached Wembley, and scored one of the goals in Altrincham's 3–1 defeat of Leatherhead in the Trophy Final.[3] The following season was his most prolific as he notched 35 goals. In the 1979–80 campaign he scored the winning goal at Gravesend & Northfleet that secured the inaugural Alliance Premier League title; he also scored both of Altrincham's goals in the Conference League Cup final defeat against Northwich Victoria.[3] The following season he picked up his second championship medal, and helped the club to League cup success over Kettering Town. The next season his goals against Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Trophy semi-final secured Altrincham's place in the Trophy Final at Wembley against Enfield;[3] he also helped the club to lift the Cheshire Senior Cup. The following season (1982–83), the last of his Altrincham career, he started on trial back at Wigan Athletic, who were now in the Football League, and scored twice in six games.[2] On his return to Moss Lane he was unable to find his scoring touch and failed to dislodge Graham Bennett.[3] Overall, he totalled 133 goals in 276 games for Altrincham.[3]

He then moved to Barrow and later had a short spell at Runcorn. His performances there earned him five semi-pro international caps in 1981 and 1982.[3]

Style of playEdit

He was renowned for his heading ability.[3]



Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portland Timbers 1976 NASL 14 2 14 2
Port Vale 1976–77 Third Division 26 6 6 2 2 0 34 8
Wigan Athletic 1982–83 Third Division 6 2 0 0 2 0 8 2


Wigan Athletic



  • Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 253. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0.
  • "Stats". Neil Brown stat site. Retrieved 21 June 2009.


  1. ^ "John Rogers". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Latics A–Z". Retrieved 10 September 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Rowley, Terry; Bill Coop. "John Rogers". Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  4. ^ John Rogers at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)