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John Potts
Personal information
Full name John Foster Potts
Date of birth January 22, 1904(1904-01-22)
Place of birth    Ashington, England
Date of death    unknown
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Blyth Spartans
Ashington Colliery
Leeds United
Port Vale

262 (0)
082 (0)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

John Foster Potts (22 January 1904 - unknown) is a former English footballer. He was tall and described as 'safe as houses'.


Playing career

Potts played for Blyth Spartans and Ashington Colliery, before getting his big break with Leeds United in 1924. Over the next eight years he would make 262 appearances for Leeds, captaining the club from 1926 to 1933. During this period the club twice dropped out of the First Division, twice coming straight up with a second place finish.

In May 1934, he dropped into the Second Division to sign with Port Vale. He kept a clean sheet in his debut match- a 2-0 win over Sheffield United on 25 August 1934. He was an ever-present for the 1934-35 season and only missed two matches of the 1935-36 season, for a total of 86 appearances (82 in the Football League and 4 FA Cup). Despite this feat he was released at the end of the 1935-36 season.[1]


Potts was the brother in-law of the Milburn brothers Jack, George and Jimmy, who all played for Leeds United.


with Leeds United


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jim Baxter
Leeds United Captain
Succeeded by
Wilf Copping


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