Clarrie Jordan

Clarrie signed on as Rovers player just a few weeks before the start of the Second World War began in 1939, meaning he was forced to wait until the Football league resumed its schedule in 1946 before he recorded his league debut.  However the war years saw the club placed in the East Midlands league which provided 20 competitive matches as well as organising a number of ‘friendly’ matches which saw a number of guest players used as well as a number of younger players brought in from the reserve side, including a 17 year old centre forward called .

Jordan in turn made a number of guest appearances for other sides such as Leeds United and Derby County, but turned down their advances with offers of a full time deal after the war in order to return to the Rovers.

By 1942 Clarrie was regularly included in the Rovers team, scoring over 20 goals in the two season prior to the end of the war finishing as the clubs leading marksman in each.

Jordan finally lined up to make his football league debut in 1946 in the home win over Rochdale, scoring his first goal in the following game as Rovers beat Chester 3-1.  He was instrumental in the clubs record breaking season that year as the team won the Third Division comfortably.  Jordan scored 42 league goals in 41 appearances in a remarkable season that saw him notch 4 hat tricks, with him scoring a total of 44 goals in all competitions over the course of the season.

Clarrie left the club the following season, signing for Sheffield Wednesday, much to the disappointment of the Belle Vue faithful to whom he was a hero, with Rovers receiving a reported £6,000 fee in addition to forward Arnold Lowes.  Rovers struggled with life in a higher division and with goals proving difficult to come by, particularly following Jordan’s exit, were subsequently relegated.

Jordan, who remarkably had still been working at South Kirkby Colliery throughout his time at the Rovers, turned full time as a professional footballer with Wednesday for whom he scored 32 goals in 92 appearances.

In total he made 60 league appearances for the Rovers during which he scored 48 goals, however in reality he scored more than double this for the club if his goals during the war years were included.  His 42 league goals in one season remain as a club record, as he remains a legend in the history of the football club.

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