Jack Angus

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Jack Angus
Personal information
Full name John William Angus
Date of birth (1868-12-01)1 December 1868
Place of birth Blythswood Hill, Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death Not known
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Third Lanark
1892–1893 Ardwick 7 (3)
1893–1895 Southampton St Mary's 16 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

John William Angus (1 December 1868 – ??) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a forward in Southampton's inaugural season in the Southern League.

Football career[edit]

Born in Blythswood Hill, Glasgow, he started his career at Third Lanark, before joining English side Ardwick (later Manchester City) in March 1892.[1] The 1892–93 season was Ardwick's first in the Football League, and Angus scored in the club's first ever League match, a 7–0 win against Bootle.[2] Overall he scored three league goals from seven appearances for the Manchester club. Angus then moved to the south coast to join Southampton St Mary's in the summer of 1893.

Angus was one of the first professional players signed by Southampton. He played in the Saints' two FA Cup qualifying matches in November 1893 as well as friendlies and local cup matches.[3] Described by Holley & Chalk as "a deft and aggressive forward",[4] he was the first Saints player to be sent off for an "over zealous" tackle in a Hampshire Senior Cup match on 24 February 1894 against local rivals Freemantle.

In 1894 Southampton were founder members of the Southern League and Angus played at inside forward, in a forward line-up including Charles Baker, Fred Hollands, Harry Offer and Herbert Ward. He scored in the "Saints"' first game in the Southern League and went on to score six goals that season, making him joint top scorer.[5]

The following season he made three more league appearances before leaving the club in November 1895. In all he made 23 appearances for the Saints, scoring 11 goals. He subsequently played for Fulham, but little is known about his later life.


  1. ^ Toovey, Paul (2009). Manchester City –The Birth of the Blues 1880–1894. Stockport: Paul Toovey. p. 146. ISBN 978-0-9561910-0-7. 
  2. ^ Toovey, p. 157.
  3. ^ Gary Chalk & Duncan Holley (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. p. 15. ISBN 0-907969-22-4. 
  4. ^ Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 14. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  5. ^ Saints – A complete record. pp. 16–17.