John Cumming (footballer)

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John Cumming
Personal information
Full name John Cumming
Date of birth (1930-03-17)17 March 1930
Place of birth Carluke, Scotland
Date of death 6 December 2008(2008-12-06) (aged 78)
Place of death Carluke, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Carluke Rovers
1948–1950 Heart of Midlothian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1967 Heart of Midlothian 359 (36)
National team
1954–1957 Scotland B[1] 2 (1)
1955–1960 Scottish League XI 7 (1)
1954–1960 Scotland 9 (0)

* 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.[2] He won two league championship medals, one Scottish Cup medal and four Scottish League Cup medals.[2]

Cumming played nine times for Scotland[2] and also represented the Scottish League XI.[3]

Cumming and his wife Jean had a daughter, Jean, a son, James, and five grandchildren. He died on 6 December 2008.[4] The John Cumming Stadium in his home town of Carluke is named in his honour.[5]


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  2. ^ a b c "Hearts great Cumming passes away". BBC Sport (BBC). 8 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Scotland FL Players by Appearances". (London Hearts Supporters' Club). Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Murray, Ewan (16 December 2008). "John Cumming". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2008. 
  5. ^ Carluke stadium named after Hearts hero John Cumming

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