Jack Windmill

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Jack Windmill
Personal information
Full name Joseph William Windmill[1]
Date of birth (1881-06-08)8 June 1881
Place of birth Brierley Hill, England
Date of death 29 October 1927(1927-10-29) (aged 46)[2]
Place of death Kingswinford, England
Playing position Left half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1903 Halesowen Town
1903–1910 Aston Villa 42 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Joseph William Windmill MC, DCM (8 June 1881 – 29 October 1927) was an English footballer who played as a left half for Halesowen Town and Aston Villa.

Early life and footballing career

Windmill was born and educated in the Black Country.[2] Having been born in Brierley Hill he attended Moor Street Council School in the same town. He played initially for Halesowen Town before joining Aston Villa in 1903 and making his debut on 7 November 1903 in a 3–1 home win against Newcastle United.[3] This was his only appearance of the 1903–04 season and he would have to wait until 22 October 1904 for his next game.[3] This marked the start of regular league appearances for Windmill and of a successful FA Cup run which saw Aston Villa beat Newcastle United in the 1905 FA Cup Final, on 15 April 1905, with Windmill gaining a winner's medal.[2] In the 1905–06 season his opportunities to play were less and he turned-out in only 16 games.[3] In the following three seasons, however, he made only a single appearance in the league in Aston Villa colours.[3] Windmill, as with many footballers of the time, had employment away from football, in his case teaching.[2] In 1910 the local education committee forced him to end his footballing career as they felt that it interfered with his teaching duties.[2]

After football and World War I

Windmill saw active service in World War I in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.[2] He rose to the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major and gained the Military Cross and the Distinguished Conduct Medal for bravery.[2] After the war he continued in the teaching profession and was appointed headmaster of Brook Street School, Wordsley in 1922.[2] Windmill died at his Kingswinford home in 1927 aged 46.[2]


Aston Villa


  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 316. ISBN 190589161X.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Jack Windmill – Football and the First World War". Football and the First World War. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Jack Windmill". www.11v11.com. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
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