John Coyle

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John Coyle
Personal information
Full name John Cohen Coyle
Date of birth (1932-09-28)28 September 1932
Date of death 14 May 2016(2016-05-14) (aged 83)
Playing position Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Dundee St. Joseph's
1950–1957 Dundee United 96 (78)
1952–1953Brechin City (loan)
1957–1960 Clyde 64 (45)
Cambridge City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Cohen Coyle (28 September 1932 –14 May 2016) was a Scottish football player.[1]

Coyle started his career with Dundee United for whom he signed in 1950. His early years were interrupted by his National Service, while he also spent time on loan to Brechin City. As a result, by the beginning of the 1955-56 season he had made only eight first team appearances. From that point onwards however, his form was a revelation, with 77 goals in 88 appearances in the following two and a half seasons.

Despite Coyle's goals, United could do no better than mid-table mediocrity in the Division Two and when Clyde expressed interest in December 1957, Coyle expressed his desire to move to the Division One side. An £8,000 deal was concluded and Coyle moved to Glasgow where he made an immediate impression with the Bully Wee, scoring frequently during the second half of the 1957-58 season. He also scored the winning goal in the 1958 Scottish Cup Final, as Clyde defeated Hibernian 1-0 at Hampden Park.

Coyle's meteoric rise was confirmed when he was selected in the Scotland squad for the 1958 FIFA World Cup that summer.[2] He did not make an appearance during the finals in Sweden however and indeed never actually played for the Scottish national side.

Coyle's younger brother Jimmy was also a professional footballer, playing with Dundee United during the same period as John.

He died on 14 May 2016.[3]


  1. ^ "John Coyle". Clyde FC. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  2. ^ 1958 FIFA World Cup: Scotland Squad Archived 24 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine FIFA. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  3. ^ Obituary - Johnny Coyle, footballer and Dundee United record breaker