September 2, 1918
Mr. John James Bentley, a former president of the Football League, died suddenly this morning at his residence at Fairhaven.
Mr. Bentley was for a long number of years one of the personalities in football. An old player with the now defunct Turton club, then a referee, the editor of the “Athletic News,” a vice president and member of the Council of the Football Association and of the International Selection Committee, an ex-president of the Football League, and a life-member of the Management Committee – he played a long, intimate, and dominating part in the growth and development of Association professional football.
Some years ago he became manager of the Manchester United Club, a position he ceased to hold in 1915, and since then, in consequence of ill health, he had taken little active interest in the government of the game.
In the early stages of his career Soccer football owed a great deal to his business capacity and foresight, and the initials “J.J.B.” were known to every follower of the game.
To Bolton Wanderers, of which club he was first secretary and then chairman, he devoted much of his youthful energies, and although during more recent times until the outbreak of war he spent much of his journalistic experience in London, he never lost touch with Lancashire clubs and affairs. He had resided at Fairhaven for a considerable period.
(Lancashire Evening Post: September 2, 1918)
John James Bentley in Tamworth Herald: September 10, 1898.