John McCole

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John McCole
Personal information
Full name John McCole[1]
Date of birth (1936-09-18)18 September 1936
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 1982 (aged 46)
Place of death Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
0000–1956 Vale of Leven
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1958 Falkirk 31 (19)
1958–1959 Bradford City 42 (32)
1959–1961 Leeds United 85 (53)
1961 New York Americans
1961–1962 Bradford City 46 (15)
1962–1963 Rotherham United 14 (5)
1963–1964 Shelbourne
1964–1965 Newport County 6 (2)
Cork Hibernians
Total 217 (118)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John McCole (18 September 1936 – 1982) was a Scottish professional footballer who played in Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales and the United States.


Born in Glasgow, Scotland, McCole began his career with Vale of Leven before signing a professional contract with Falkirk in 1956. McCole moved to England in 1958 to play with Bradford City, Leeds United (where he scored 45 goals in 78 league appearances, but was unable to prevent Leeds from being relegated from the First Division; McCole also set a club record by scoring four goals in the League Cup match against Brentford before returning to Bradford in October 1961) and Rotherham United, before spending a year in Ireland with Shelbourne. McCole returned to Britain to play for Newport County – a Welsh team playing in the English league – before returning to Ireland to play with Cork Hibernians and Dundalk.

McCole also spent the summer of 1961 in the United States with the New York Americans,[2] scoring seven goals in the process.[3]


  1. ^ "John McCole". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Leeds United F.C. History". Oz White LUFC. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "The Year in American Soccer - 1961". USA Soccer Archives. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  • Mourant, Andrew (1992). Leeds United: Player by Player. Guinness Publishing Ltd. p. 14. ISBN 0-85112-568-9. 

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