John Borthwick

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John Borthwick
Personal information
Full name John Robert Borthwick
Date of birth (1964-03-24) 24 March 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Hartlepool, England
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Owton Manor SC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1989 Hartlepool United 117 (14)
1989–1992 Darlington 117 (34)
1992–1993 York City 33 (8)
1993–1994 Gateshead 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Robert Borthwick[1] (born 24 March 1964) is an English former professional footballer who made 225 appearances in the Football League playing as a forward for Hartlepool United, Darlington and York City.[2]

Borthwick was born in Hartlepool, County Durham, and made his Football League debut for his local club, Hartlepool United, on 3 January 1983 in a 4–1 defeat away at Colchester United.[1] He spent six seasons with Hartlepool, scoring 16 goals from 135 games in all competitions,[1] before moving on to Darlington, newly relegated to the Conference for the 1989–90 season. His 19 goals made him Darlington's leading scorer as they won the Conference title to return to the Football League,[3] and was again their top scorer as they won back-to-back titles to gain promotion to the Third Division.[1] He had one more season with Darlington, then spent the 1992–93 season with York City[2] before moving into non-League football with Gateshead.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "John Borthwick". In The Mad Crowd. John Phillips. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "John Borthwick". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Rollin, Jack, ed. (1990). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1990–91 (21st ed.). Queen Anne Press. p. 914. ISBN 0-356-17911-7. 
  4. ^ "Gateshead F.C. Season 1993/94". Unofficial Gateshead Football Club Statistics Database. Alan Percival. Retrieved 24 March 2010.