Jonathan Wilkinson (footballer)

Jonathan Wilkinson (1859–1934) was an English footballer who played in The Football League for Accrington.[1]

Jonathan Wilkinson
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Thomas Wilkinson
Date of birth Q2 1859
Place of birth Haslingden, England
Date of death 1934 (aged 74–75)
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1883–1884 Blackpool
1884–1885 Accrington Grasshoppers F.C.
1885–1886 Peel Bank F.C.
1888–1890 Accrington 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jonathan Wilkinson made his League debut at centre-half with Accrington at Anfield, then home of Everton, on 8 September 1888. Accrington lost 2–1. Wilkinson played four League matches for Accrington in season 1888–89 in various positions. Wilkinson played centre-half in a defence-line that kept one clean-sheet. He also played wing-half in a midfield that assisted Accrington to a big ( three-League-goals-or-more) win once. He also played centre-forward in a front-line that scored three-League-goals-or-more in a match once. When he played for Accrington at Thorneyholme Road, the home of Accrington, on 20 October 1888, Jonathan Wilkinson was approximately 29 years 158 days old; that made him, on that sixth weekend of League football, Accrington's oldest player. Another achievement on 20 October 1888 was Jonathan Wilkinson, playing at centre-half and was part of a defence that prevented The Invincibles Preston North end from scoring. Preston North End played 27 League and FA Cup matches in Season 1888-89 and their visit to Accrington was the only time they failed to score a goal.[2]


  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. SoccerData. ISBN 1-899468-67-6.
  2. ^ "English National Football Archive". Retrieved 12 February 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) (registration & fee required)