John McClelland (born 7 December 1955 in Belfast) is a former Northern Ireland international footballer who played for several teams during a 23-year career.
Club career [ edit ]
McClelland played for
Portadown, Cardiff City, Bangor City (he was Welsh Cup runner up with both of these clubs), and Mansfield Town, before signing for Rangers for £90,000. There he won two Scottish League Cup winner's medals, and was twice a Scottish Cup runner up.
In November 1984
Watford paid £225,000 for his services. During his five years at Vicarage Road he was voted Watford Player of the Season twice. He later played for Leeds United, where he played 18 times as Leeds won the Football League First Division title in the 1991–92 season, the last season before the formation of the Premier League. During his time at Leeds he spent time on loan at old club Watford and [1 ] Notts County.
In his later career he spent a season at
St Johnstone as player manager, had a brief spell in the Irish League with Carrick Rangers, before playing for Arbroath, Wycombe Wanderers, Yeovil Town and Darlington. By the time he retired he had played in every country in the United Kingdom and in every tier of English football.
International career [ edit ]
At international level McClelland was also successful. He played for
Northern Ireland at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups. He eventually won 53 caps, scoring one goal in a win over Turkey. He was also captain of Northern Ireland from after the 1986 World Cup until his retirement in 1990.
International goals [ edit ]
Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first.
He was player manager at
St Johnstone in the early 1990s. Now, McClelland can be found working at Leeds United taking tour groups around Elland Road.
References [ edit ]
Jones, Trefor (1996). The Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. p. 153. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1.
External links [ edit ]
John McClelland, Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database