John Dempster (footballer)

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John Dempster
John Dempster 1.jpg
Dempster playing for Mansfield Town in 2013
Personal information
Full name John Dempster
Date of birth (1983-04-01) 1 April 1983 (age 32)
Place of birth Kettering, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Rushden & Diamonds 66 (4)
2006–2007 Oxford United 23 (0)
2007–2011 Kettering Town 183 (21)
2011–2012 Crawley Town 17 (2)
2011 Kettering Town (loan) 3 (0)
2011–2012 Mansfield Town (loan) 12 (3)
2012–2015 Mansfield Town 69 (2)
2012 Tamworth (loan) 6 (1)
National team
2004 Scotland U21 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:40, 10 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:30, 8 July 2012 (UTC)

John Dempster (born 1 April 1983) is a footballer who plays as a defender.


Rushden & Diamonds[edit]

Born in Kettering, Dempster began his career playing in the Football League for Rushden & Diamonds.[1]

Oxford United[edit]

In 2006 Dempster signed for Oxford United during the January transfer window.

Kettering Town[edit]

From 2007 he has been playing for Kettering Town, where he captained the side to promotion to the Conference Premier, and was awarded Players' Player and Supporters' player.

Crawley Town[edit]

Following a string of impressive performances for Kettering Town, Dempster was signed by Crawley Town for an undisclosed fee in the 2011 transfer window, in the middle of their promotion-winning season that saw Crawley elevated to the Football League.

Mansfield Town[edit]

In May 2012, Dempster was released by Crawley after being deemed surplus to requirements[2] following a handful of League 2 appearances that year and a loan spell at Conference Premier club Mansfield Town. He signed for Mansfield permanently for the 2012/13 season. After an injury and a spell on loan at Tamworth, Dempster established himself as a regular in the side that went on to win the Conference Premier on the last day of the season. Dempster signed a new contract at The Stags for 2013/14, making a return to the Football League. He has captained the team in the absence of Adam Murray. He accepted the position of youth team manager at Mansfield at the end of the 2014–15 season.[3]

International career[edit]

Dempster is a former Scotland under-21 international, and has also represented Scotland at under-20 level.[4][5][6] He is eligible to play for Scotland because his father is from Ayrshire.

He was also selected for Paul Fairclough's England National XI side back in 2006.


Rushden & Diamonds[edit]

Kettering Town[edit]

Crawley Town[edit]

Mansfield Town[edit]


  1. ^ "John Dempster". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Mills among Crawley casualties". Sky Sports. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Retained list confirmed". Mansfield Town. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Fisher, Stewart (1 February 2004). "Rushden gem hopes to prove worth" (reprint). Sunday Herald (FindArticles). Retrieved 6 August 2009. .
  5. ^ "Scotland Under-21 Squad". Scottish Football Association. 12 February 2004. Retrieved 6 August 2009. 
  6. ^ Halliday, Stephen (19 February 2004). "Bonhof rings changes, and young Scots fall apart". The Scotsman. Retrieved 6 August 2009. 

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