June 29, 1931
Followers of football of another generation will regret to hear of the death of Mr. J.H. Pearson, an international and a famous referee.
“Jacky” Pearson was known to everyone in his day. He was a prominent member of the Crewe Alexandra team, and was honoured with his international cap against Ireland in 1899.
(Source: Athletic News: June 29, 1931)