John Durkin (footballer)

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John Durkin
Personal information
Full name John Durkin[1]
Date of birth (1930-04-18) 18 April 1930 (age 87)
Place of birth Hill of Beath, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1952 Heart of Midlothian 9 (0)
1952–1953 Dunfermline Athletic 12 (2)
1953–1955 Gillingham 30 (5)
Ramsgate Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Durkin (born 18 April 1930) is a retired Scottish football player who had a career in the 1950s. He began his senior career in his native Scotland with Heart of Midlothian, but never gained a regular place in the team. He later played for English club Gillingham, where he made 30 appearances in The Football League.


Born in Hill of Beath, Fife[2] Durkin joined Edinburgh-based club Heart of Midlothian from local club Hill of Beath Ramblers in 1948, but did not make his Scottish Football League debut until 1951. He remained at Tynecastle Stadium until 1952, but played only sporadically, and joined Dunfermline Athletic in December of that year.[3] In August 1953,[4] he joined Gillingham of the Football League Third Division South. He signed for his new club on 21 August and made his Football League debut the following day in a match against Reading, during which he scored two goals in a 3–0 victory.[2] He missed only one first team match between his debut and the following January, but then missed the remainder of the 1953–54 season.[5] The following season, he could not gain a place in the team, managing only three appearances when key players were injured, although on his first appearance for ten months he scored a goal in a 3–1 victory over Newport County.[5] He left at the end of the 1954–55 season to join non-league club Ramsgate Athletic of the Kent League in May 1955. No further details of his career are known.[2]

Outside football[edit]

Durkin was a chemistry student when he signed for Gillingham.[2] He went on to combine playing for the club with a job at an East Kent coal mine.[2]


  1. ^ "John Durkin". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. p. 107. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X. 
  3. ^ "John Durkin". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (1984). Canon League Football Players' Records 1946-1984. Newnes Books. p. 131. ISBN 0-600-37318-5. 
  5. ^ a b Brown, Tony (2003). The Definitive Gillingham F.C.: A Complete Record. Soccerdata. pp. 63–64. ISBN 1-899468-20-X. 

External links[edit]

  • John Durkin at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database