John Nanoski

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Jukey Nanoski
Personal information
Full name John Nanoski
Date of birth (1918-06-23)June 23, 1918
Place of birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Date of death August 14, 2011(2011-08-14) (aged 93)[1]
Place of death Surprise, Arizona, United States
Playing position Center Forward
Youth career
Kensington Quoit Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1937–1938 Kensington Blue Bells ? (54)
1938–1942 Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic
1942–1948 Philadelphia Americans
1948 Brooklyn Wanderers
Trenton Highlanders
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John “Duke” or “Jukey” Nanoski (born June 23, 1918 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - August 14, 2011) was a former U.S. soccer center forward who spent most of his career in the American Soccer League. He led the league in scoring twice. He was one of only two players inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1993, the other being Pelé.[2][3]


Nanoski grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he attended Stetson High School. While growing up he played for several youth clubs, the Philadelphia Athletic Club, Westmoreland S.C., and Lehigh S.C. When he was sixteen he joined a lower division amateur city team by the name of the Kensington Quoit Club. Over two season, the team rose through the third, then second division. That led to Nanoski turning professional in 1937.


In 1937, Nanoski joined the Kensington Blue Bells in the Pennsylvania League. He scored 54 goals as the Blue Bells won the 1938 league title. That brought him to the attention of the professionals which led to his signing with Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic of the American Soccer League. Brooklyn finished second in the league that season, but won the 1939 National Challenge Cup 5-1 on aggregate in the two game series over Chicago's Bricklayers and Masons F.C. Nanoski scored three of Brooklyn’s goals, including the game winner in the 1-0 away victory in Chicago.[4] Nanoski led the league in scoring with twenty goals in the 1941-1942 season. However, Brooklyn could not capitalize on his production and finished at the bottom of the standings. The team folded following the season and Nanoski moved to the Philadelphia Americans. He again led the league in scoring during the 1944-1945 season. He played with the Americans through the 1947-1948 season, winning the league title in 1944, 1947 and 1948. In 1948, he joined the Brooklyn Wanderers, but the team folded one game into the season. According to the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Nanoski played with the Trenton Highlanders at some point in his career. The Highlanders spent the 1938-1939 season in the ASL. Before that they had existed as an amateur club. There are no details on when Nanoski played for them.

Nanoski was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1993.


  1. ^ "Tributes". Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ John Nanoski profile, National Soccer Hall of Fame. Accessed January 16, 2008.
  3. ^ Player by Induction Year, National Soccer Hall of Fame. Accessed January 16, 2008.
  4. ^ U.S. Open Cup at RSSSF Archived 2010-12-24 at WebCite

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