John Ballantyne (footballer)

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John Ballantyne
Personal information
Full name John Ballantyne
Date of birth (1892-06-30)30 June 1892
Place of birth Riccarton, Scotland
Place of death Scotland[1]
Playing position Outside right
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Kenmuirhill Athletic
1912 Kilmarnock
1912–1913 Vale of Leven
1913–1915 Birmingham 20 (2)
1915–1916 Vale of Leven
1916 Rangers 1 (0)
1916–1918 Vale of Leven
1918–19xx Dumfries

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

John Ballantyne (30 June 1892 – after 1917) was a Scottish professional footballer who made 20 appearances in the Football League playing for Birmingham and played for Scottish Football League clubs Kilmarnock, Vale of Leven and Rangers. He played as an outside right.[2]

Ballantyne was born in Riccarton, Ayrshire.[2] He played for Kilmarnock and Vale of Leven before coming to England to join Football League Second Division club Birmingham in April 1913.[1] He made his debut on 26 April 1913, the last day of the 1912–13 season, in a 2–1 win at home to Grimsby Town.[3] He played fairly regularly the following season, but thereafter lost his place to Richard Gibson, and when the First World War forced the suspension of the English leagues, Ballantyne returned to Scotland, initially with Vale of Leven. Towards the end of the 1915–16 season, he joined Rangers, for whom he played one game in the Scottish Football League First Division, in a 1–1 draw at St. Mirren on 17 April 1916.[1][4] He then returned to Vale of Leven, and joined Dumfries in 1918.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 70. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  2. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData (Tony Brown). p. 15. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  3. ^ Matthews, p. 159.
  4. ^ "Season 1915–16". The Rangers History Project. Retrieved 17 March 2009.