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J.S.Norway
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John McConnell

Post by J.S.Norway » Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:57 pm

He had played for Motherwell Hearts, Ashfield, Motherwell, Airdrieonians and Liverpool before he had 1 season (1912/13) with Aberdeen. He was only c30 years at the time. Did he play for any other clubs after that? I know he got married in Rubishaw, Aberdeen 31/12-1913.

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Re: John McConnell

Post by bluedragon » Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:30 am

John Litster has John McConnell on the Open to Transfer (OTT) List with the Scottish Football League in the 1913/14 season and for the four seasons after that. In May 1913 he is shown in the newspapers in the details of the Aberdeen players for the forthcoming season as unsigned. While on the OTT list he could not play for Aberdeen nor any other Scottish/Football League club. However, he could register with another club outside these two leagues. He could have moved to Ireland. There was a half back of that name playing for Belfast Celtic in the 1913/14 season but that was Victor McConnell who was capped at amateur level. The newspapers say that John McConnell suffered an injury in a pre-season practice match at Aberdeen on 12 August 1912. However, he appears to have been back in action fairly soon afterwards and there is nothing to indicate that it reoccurred and caused him more serious problems later on.

I have seen two dates of birth for John McConnell - 24 November 1885 and 9 December 1890. The first date looks more likely if he was playing Junior football in Motherwell in 1902. He would have been 26 years of age when he joined Aberdeen. The LFChistory.net website says that “after finishing playing he became a painter and decorator, working for a firm in Motherwell.” So it is possible that approaching the end of his football career and newly married he moved to Motherwell. Aberdeen kept his registration, he remained on the OTT List and so Aberdeen was indeed his last club.

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Re: John McConnell

Post by J.S.Norway » Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:46 pm

It is correct that he later was a painter and decorator. He died in Wishaw in 1947. Both birthdates are wrong. He was born in Motherwell in 1883. So c30 years when he played his last match for Aberdeen in 1913.

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