John Divers (footballer, born 1911)

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John Divers
Personal information
Date of birth 6 August 1911
Place of birth Clydebank, Scotland
Date of death 8 June 1984(1984-06-08) (aged 72)
Place of death Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Inside forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1932–1945 Celtic 75[1] (44)
1945–1947 Morton
1947–1948 Oldham Athletic 1 (0)
1948–1949 Morton
1950 Portadown
National team
1938 Scotland 1 (0)
Teams managed
1950 Portadown (player/manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Divers (6 August 1911 – 8 June 1984)[2][3] was a Scottish footballer, who played for Celtic, Morton, Oldham Athletic and the Scottish national side.


Divers was born in Clydebank, Dunbartonshire. He was a creative, goal-scoring but tough inside left, who joined Celtic from Renfrew Juniors in 1932. He helped the club to win the Scottish league championship in 1937–38 and was also the creative mastermind behind the its victory in the Empire Exhibition Trophy of 1938, when Celtic beat Everton 1–0 in the final. He made 75 League appearances for the club, but played over 200 matches overall including unofficial wartime games (he did not see frontline service, instead working in a reserved occupation in the local shipyards, so was able to continue playing).

He left Celtic for Morton in 1945, moving to Oldham Athletic for several months in 1947 before returning to finish his career with a second spell with Morton between 1948 and 1949. He earned one cap for Scotland, against Ireland in October 1938.[4]


Divers was the nephew of former Celtic and Ireland player Patsy Gallacher, while his son, also named John, played for Celtic and Partick Thistle. His family connections mean he was also related to fellow footballing descendants of Patsy Gallacher: sons Willie and Tommy, and grandsons Brian and Kevin.[5]


  1. ^ "Celtic player John Divers profile". Fitbastats. Retrieved 2 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "John Divers". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  3. ^ John Divers at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  4. ^ John Divers, London Hearts.
  5. ^ "Tommy Gallacher obituary". The Scotsman. 6 October 2001. Retrieved 2 October 2017. 

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