Jeff Hall - 1950 to 1959
Feature by Brian Cartlidge
Updated Friday, 5th February 2010
Despite being on the small side, Jeff Hall was a very capable and efficient right-back for both Blues and England.
Born in Scunthorpe on 7th September 1929, Hall was brought up near Bradford and played centre-forward for his school team.
At the age of 15 he joined Bradford Park Avenue. He was spotted by Blues when playing for the REME during his National Service days.
Hall did not consider himself good enough for League football but signed professional forms at St. Andrew's in May 1950.
He was now playing right-half but was converted to full-back and after some convincing displays in the reserves side, made his debut against Bury at St. Andrews in January 1951.
He helped Blues win the Second Division title in 1954-55 and reach the FA Cup final the season after.
He won two England 'B' caps and travelled to the West Indies with an FA squad in 1955.
His first of 17 full England caps was gained against Denmark in Copenhagen in October 1955.
However, as the 1958-59 seaon drew to a close, the 29-year old right-back with more than 260 games for Blues under his belt, was diagnosed as having Polio.
Jeff Hall died in hospital on on 4th April 1959.
Before the redevelopments at St. Andrew's a Jeff Hall memorial scoreboard stood at the corner of the Kop and Railway stands.