John McKenzie (footballer)

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John McKenzie
Personal information
Full name John Archibald McKenzie
Date of birth (1925-09-04)4 September 1925
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 5 July 2017(2017-07-05) (aged 91)
Playing position Outside right
Youth career
–1944 Petershill
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1944–1947 Partick Thistle 0 (0)
1947–1948 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 38 (9)
1948–1960 Partick Thistle 259 (34)
1958 Fulham 0 (0)
1960–1962 Dumbarton 28 (7)
Derry City
Total 325 (50)
National team
1953–1955 Scotland 9 (1)
1949–1953 Scottish Football League XI 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Archibald "Johnny" McKenzie (also spelled MacKenzie; 4 September 1925 – 5 July 2017) was a Scottish footballer,[1] who spent most of his career with Partick Thistle where he was known as the "Firhill Flyer".[2]

An outside right, he joined Partick from Petershill in 1944 and played most of the next 16 years with the Maryhill club.[3] He played for Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic during the 1947-48 season whilst on military service in Dorset but became a first-team regular upon his return to Partick.[3] During his Partick Thistle career he helped the side to three League Cup finals, in 1953, 1956 and 1959, but they lost on each occasion.

McKenzie was capped nine times by the Scotland national team, and was part of the squad which travelled to Switzerland for the 1954 FIFA World Cup. He scored his only international goal in a 1–1 draw with Norway in May 1954. He is the only known Gaelic-speaker to have played for the Scottish national team.[2] Mackenzie also represented the Scottish League.[4]

McKenzie briefly left Partick in March 1958, when he signed for Fulham for £1,000, but he returned three months later.[3] He left the club for good in 1960,[5] going on to play for Dumbarton and Derry City, where he won his only medal in the 1964 Irish Cup. He was briefly a trainer with Third Lanark, joining in January 1967, but the club folded later that year.[3]

McKenzie died in July 2017,[6] aged 91.


  1. ^ "Johnny MacKenzie (full name: John Archibald MacKenzie)". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "The Firhill Flyer". Retrieved 18 December 2016. 'Johnny', as he was known in his playing days ... John Archie MacKenzie 
  3. ^ a b c d Lamming, Douglas (1987). A Scottish Soccer Internationalists Who’s Who, 1872-1986 (Hardback). Hutton Press. (ISBN 0-907033-47-4). 
  4. ^ "Johnny McKenzie - Scotland Football League Record from 23 Mar 1949 to 09 Sep 1953 clubs - Partick Thistle". Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Johnny MacKenzie - Player Statistics (The Sons Archive - Dumbarton Football Club History)". Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Bàs am "Firhill Flyer"". BBC News (in Scottish Gaelic). BBC. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 

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