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John Ellis
John Ellis
Nationality:Eng
Rovers apps (gls)1:86 (0)
Date of birth:25 January 1908
Place of birth:Tyldesley
Height:6ft 2in
Position:Goalkeeper
Date joined:July 1934
Joined from:Wolverhampton Wanderers
Date left:May 1938
1 League appearances and goals only.

John "Jack" Ellis, born in Tyldesley, Lancashire on 25 January 1908, was a goalkeeper who joined Bristol Rovers in 1934 from Wolverhampton Wanderers. He spent four years at Rovers, during which time he played 86 league games, before heading off to join Hull City in 1938.

Probably his most ignominious moment as a Rovers player came on 13 April 1936, when Rovers lost 12–0 to Luton Town, the biggest defeat ever suffered by Bristol Rovers. Among the goalscorers was reserve wing-half Joe Payne, playing as an emergency striker due to an injury crisis. He netted an amazing ten times for Luton, which still stands as a Football League record for the most goals in a single game by any player.

Ellis died in his home town in January 1994 at the age of 86.

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