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John McCole

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Position Centre forward
Born 18 Sep 1936, Glasgow (Scotland)
Height 178 cm
Weight 74 kg
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Falkirk   01 Sep 1958      
Bradford City 01 Sep 1958 01 Sep 1959 42 32 £10000
Leeds United 01 Sep 1959 02 Oct 1961 85 53 £8000
Bradford City 02 Oct 1961 01 Dec 1962 46 15  
Rotherham United 01 Dec 1962 01 Jun 1963 14 5  
Shelbourne 01 Jun 1963 01 Oct 1964      
Newport County 01 Oct 1964 01 Jun 1965 6 2  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1959 - 1960 3322 11 0  0  0 
1960 - 1961 3520 1  43 0  0 
1961 - 1962 103 0  14 0  0 
Total 7845 21 57 0  0 

Jabba's Comments

John McCole was a quality centre-forward who cut his teeth in Scottish football before moving down to Bradford, which is where Leeds found him. He had an excellent scoring record, but with the rest of the side not performing, Leeds were relegated and he returned to Bradford. He subsequently had spells with a variety of clubs - including a summer in the USA playing for a team of ex-pats at New York Rangers.

Kathleen Gorry says: My maiden name was McCole I was born in Glenties Co Donegal now I live in Liverpool

John McCole says: that's funny, i'm John Mccole

T says: Hi, I'm John McCole's niece. I'm afraid I did not know my uncle very well. But my father always refered to him as Four Goal McCole. For the brief period that I did get to know John he was one of the nicest most amiable people you could meet. As for Kathleen Gorry unless she has relatives in the Gweedore/Rosses areas she is unlikely to be related. But I would be very interested to find out the the John McCole

McCole says: I am Johns niece, and was wondering who T is? his niece? comment above

Ian Johnson says: I remember John McCole playing for LUFC.It doesn't take a genius to see that his goalscoring record for Leeds is of the highest order, despite the difficulties of the team at the time.

D Stead says: my hero at bcfc John was an enigma,he was a latter day gazza a great footballer but a greater drinker. BCFC released him after probs. as did LUFC.back to BCFC.on to Rotherham then Dundalk and USA. John made Bobby Campbell look a vicar supping sherry but every team he played for he scored goals,that was what he got payed for and did, I have great memories of John at the Locarno,Manningham Lane, cheers.

Pat Brennan (nee Burgess) says: John McCole was best man when I married Tom Kasher in 1962 in Clayton, Bradford. Tom died in 2002 although we had been divorced since 1968. I remember John - a funny man who was good company. You had to drink some to keep up with him - we did! The wedding date (10/03/62) and time (10am) had to be chosen carefully to allow both Bradford City and Leeds United guests to attend. Some had to leave immediately after the wedding to go and play footie. I believe they all had a snifter in The Royal pub in Clayton (just above the church) beforehand. Good memories.

Malcolm Mattok says: John lodged at the Duchess of Kent public house in Bradford. Probably the worst place for a man with a drink problem. He was the finest Centre Forward I ever saw and if he had been firmly controlled I believe he would have ranked in the top ten strikers of the last fifty years.


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