Jabez Darnell

Position : Left back/ Centre back
Date Of Birth : 28/03/1884 : Potton, England
Date Of Death: Dec 1950: Tottenham, Middlesex

Being Born on the 28th of March 1884 Jabez Darnell was the fifth child of John and Mary Darnell, where they added a further six children family In his early playing days Jabez played for Potton and Biggleswade FC. He showed the love for the game and the spirit of sportsmanship not seen that
much in football now a’ days.

In one match with Peterborough Loco on the 09 April 1904 in the Hichinbrook Cup, Jabez missed the train for the match, So he not only got a train as close to the match as he could (St Neots) he then Cycled the rest of the way only to make the match as the whistle sounded and have a fantastic match helping his side to a 3-2 win to lift the cup. During his time in 1904 he was already playing for Tottenhams second string and in November 1904 signed as a Tottenham professional, but it was not until 23 September 1905, against West Ham united that he first played for the first team in the Southern League. Darnell Married Louisa Hinton in the second quarter of 1906 in St Pancras, following the Marriage In 1907 they had the first of four children called Lawrence Jabez Darnell followed by Leslie Graham, Alec and Olive L Darnell in 1910, 1912 and 1915 retrospectively.

After Tottenham’s passage into the football league in 1908, he only missed 18 league matches between 1908– 1912 for the team and only after his 6th full season with Tottenham and 192 league matches later did he start to fall out of favor to the manger, having only playing a further fifteen times
before the outbreak of WW1. During WW1 he played for Tottenham in the London Football
Combination making 70 appearances. Due to the Rules of the Call ups Jabez was spared call-up , But faced unhappy news in the space of two years facing the death of two of his brothers who served in WW1 and in
1917 his wife died leaving him to raise his three children.

His Last game for Tottenham Came in 1918 on the 18th April against Milwall in a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. Following his retirement from the game he did not leave Tottenham and stayed with the club, starting off as a trainer and being part of the clubs successful return to the first division and the clubs cup success in 1920-21 ,further becoming a club ground staff. In 1922 he married his sister in-law Violet Annie Bradshaw who was married to John Darnell before Johns death in 1918 in WW1.He retired in
1947 and passed away in Tottenham in 1950.

  • Potton
  • Biggleswade F.C
  • Tottenham Hotspur 1904– 1947
  • League: 278 Goals: 5
  • FA Cup: 11 Goals:
  • Other: 15 Goals: