John Scott (footballer, born 1872)

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Jack Scott
Personal information
Full name John C. Scott[1]
Date of birth (1872-01-01)1 January 1872[1]
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland[1]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Cameron Highlanders
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Leith Athletic
1891–1892 Sheffield United 17 (5)
1892–1900 Gainsborough Trinity 92 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John C. "Jack" (or "Jock") Scott (born 1 January 1872, date of death unknown) was a Scottish footballer who played as a forward. Born in Edinburgh he played for Leith Athletic in his native Scotland before spells with Sheffield United and Gainsborough Trinity in England.


Scott played for Cameron Highlanders as a youth,[1] before coming to prominence with local club Leith Athletic.[1] It was here that he was spotted by English side Sheffield United who signed him in December 1891 to play in the Northern League.[1] Scott scored on his league debut in a 5–1 victory over Newcastle West End a few days later and would go on to also score on his debut in both the FA Cup (during a 3–0 victory over Blackpool a month later[1]) and on his Football League debut (in a 2–0 victory over Small Heath in September 1892).[2] Described by United trainer George Waller (regarded as an excellent judge of players) during a contemporary interview as "one of the best", Scott played regularly until his was surprisingly transferred in December 1892, a year after his arrival.[1]

Spending almost eight years at Gainsborough Trinity, Scott became a mainstay of their side, making 92 appearances in The Football League and scoring 20 goals for the Lincolnshire club.[1] He played little during his final season with Trinity and it was reported that as a reservist he had been called up to fight in South Africa in the Second Boer War.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Denis Clarebrough & Andrew Kirkham (2008). Sheffield United Who's Who. Hallamshire Press. p. 284. ISBN 978-1-874718-69-7. 
  2. ^ Denis Clarebrough & Andrew Kirkham (1999). A Complete Record of Sheffield United Football Club 1889-1999. Hallamshire Press. pp. 76–77. ISBN 0-9508588-2-X.