John Cumming (footballer)
|Full name||John Cumming|
|Date of birth||17 March 1930|
|Place of birth||Carluke, Scotland|
|Date of death||6 December 2008(aged 78)|
|Place of death||Carluke, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|1948–1950||Heart of Midlothian|
|1950–1967||Heart of Midlothian||359||(36)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
John "Darkie" Cumming (17 March 1930 – 6 December 2008) was a Scottish international footballer who spent his whole club career with Heart of Midlothian during which he made 612 appearances and scored 58 goals.
Cumming was nicknamed the 'Iron Man' and renowned for his fearless and resolute tackling. His commitment to the team is best typified by a quote from Cumming, now displayed above the entrance to the players tunnel at Tynecastle: "Blood doesn't show on a maroon jersey". This said after Cumming received a head injury in the 1956 Scottish Cup Final and returned to the playing field. Cumming is the most decorated player in Hearts' history, having played through the club's most successful era in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He won two league championship medals, one Scottish Cup medal and four Scottish League Cup medals.
- "Hearts great Cumming passes away". BBC Sport (BBC). 8 December 2008.
- "Scotland FL Players by Appearances". Londonhearts.com (London Hearts Supporters' Club). Retrieved 27 November 2011.
- Murray, Ewan (16 December 2008). "John Cumming". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
- Carluke stadium named after Hearts hero John Cumming carlukegazette.co.uk