John Walker (footballer, born 1874)
John Walker (31 May 1874 – 1940) was a Scottish footballer who played for Armadale, Hearts, Liverpool, Rangers and Morton in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. He helped Liverpool win their first English league championship, in 1901, and represented both Scotland and the Scottish League XI.
Life and playing career
Born in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, Walker played for Armadale and Hearts before being signed by Liverpool manager Tom Watson along with Tom Robertson for £350 on the 30 March 1898. He made his debut in a Football League Division One fixture on the 11 April 1898. Walker only missed 2 games during his first full season, scoring 12 goals in 38 games, a decent return for an inside forward. John was a regular member of the Anfield clubs first league championship win, in 1901. He went on to play another 18 times for the Reds before joining Rangers in 1902. John also went on to play for Morton.
Walker played five times for Scotland. He made his debut in an 1895 British Home Championship match against Ireland, scoring two goals in the 3-1 victory at Celtic Park, Glasgow. He also represented the Scottish League XI five times, while he was with Hearts and Rangers.
As a player:
- Liverpool FC (1898–1902): 120 appearances, 31 goals - Football League Championship winner's medal (1901)
- Scotland (1895–1904): 5 appearances, 3 Goals