Jock Weir

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Jock Weir
Personal information
Full name John Britton Weir[1]
Date of birth (1923-10-20)20 October 1923
Place of birth Fauldhouse, Scotland
Date of death 7 January 2003(2003-01-07) (aged 79)
Place of death Bellshill, Scotland
Playing position Outside right
Youth career
–1942 Leith Renton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1942–1947 Hibernian 19 (14)
1947–1948 Blackburn Rovers 23 (7)
1948–1952 Celtic 81 (22)
1952–1953 Falkirk 15 (2)
1953 Llanelli
1953–1954 Dumbarton 16 (5)
1954– Portadown
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jock Weir (20 October 1923 – 7 January 2003) was a Scottish professional football player,[2] most notable for scoring a hat-trick for Celtic on the final day of the 1947–48 season that prevented the Glasgow club from being relegated.

Weir signed for Hibernian in 1942, but did not play league football until the 1946–47 season due to the Second World War. During the war, Weir made guest appearances for Cardiff City and Brighton.[1] Upon the resumption of league football in 1946, Weir enjoyed instant success, scoring four goals as Hibs won their first post-war league match 9–1 against Queen of the South.[3] Weir had scored 14 goals in 19 league matches (and four goals in his only Scottish Cup appearance for Hibs) by the end of January 1947, but was allowed to join Blackburn for a fee of £10,000.[3] This was perhaps because Hibs had the services of most of the Famous Five, which allowed the club to sell other talented players, including Weir, Leslie Johnston and Alex Linwood.[3]

Weir was not such a great success with Blackburn,[1] however, and was allowed to return to Scotland in 1948, signing for Celtic for a fee of £7,000.[4] This transfer signalled a change of attitude by Celtic, who "had treated wartime football with contempt"[4] and had passed up the opportunity to field guest players of international standing, including Matt Busby.[4] Weir's arrival did not immediately arrest Celtic's decline, and the club entered the final day of the 1947–48 season with an outside chance of being relegated.[4] This possibility was averted, however, as Celtic won their match 3–2 against Dundee at Dens Park, with Weir scoring a hat-trick.[4] Weir then went on to score two goals in the Glasgow Cup final against Third Lanark that year.[4] Normally that trophy would have been held in low esteem, but a crowd of 87,000 attended, realising the potential of the Celtic support.[4] Weir was part of the Celtic team that won the 1950–51 Scottish Cup,[5] beating Motherwell 1–0 in the final.

Bob Crampsey wrote that Weir was an "unlucky" player, as he missed out on the positive effect that Jock Stein was to have on Celtic.[4] Coincidentally, Weir later had a brief spell with Llanelli A.F.C., the Welsh club that Stein played for.[4] Despite making 100 appearances for Celtic, Weir did not earn international honours due to stiff competition from several players, including Lawrie Reilly.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Article: SO FAREWELL JOCK WEIR, The Independent
  2. ^ "Jock Weir". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Jeffrey, pp167.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Jock Weir, The Herald, 11 January 2003.
  5. ^ Former Celtic star Weir passes away, www.breakingnews.ie, 9 January 2003.