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Jerry Best
Personal information
Full name Jeremiah Best
Date of birth January 23, 1901(1901-01-23)
Place of birth    Mickley, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward (retired)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Newcastle United
Leeds United
Providence Clamdiggers
New Bedford Whalers
Fall River Marksmen
Pawtucket Rangers
New Bedford Whalers
Clapton Orient
Hull City
002 0(0)
011 0(1)
029 (20)
162 (66)
002 0(1)
017 (15)
031 (35)
060 0(?)
109 (68)
031 (11)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 15:34, 4 August 2008 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Jeremiah 'Jerry' Best (born January 23, 1901, date of death unknown) was an English football player who began his career in England before moving to the American Soccer League. He led the league in scoring in 1930. In 1931, he returned to England where he finished his career. He was born in Mickley, England.

Best began his professional career in December 1919 with Newcastle United. He played only two games before being transferred Leeds United in July 1920 for L100. While he began the season as the starting left inside forward, he lost his position to Basil Wood.[1] He left the team in 1921 and spent several years playing non-league football before moving to the United States in 1924 to sign with the Providence Clamdiggers of the American Soccer League. In his first season in the league, he scored twenty-goals in twenty-nine games. In 1925, he moved to the New Bedford Whalers where he remained for the next four seasons. In 1929, moved to the Fall River Marksmen for two games. He then jumped to the Pawtucket Rangers for the remainder of the season. In the summer of 1930, Best rejoined the Whalers, leading the league in scoring with thirty-five goals in twenty-seven games in the fall 1930 season.[2] In 1931, he moved back to England, signing with Clapton Orient for two seasons. In 1933, he transferred to Darlington where he became one of the club’s all time leading scorere.[3] He finished his career with Hull City in the 1936–37 season.



As a player



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  2. ^ Jose, Colin (1998) (Hardback). American Soccer League, 1921-1931. The Scarecrow Press. (ISBN 0-8108-3429-4).  
  3. ^ Darlington F.C. team records


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