Johnny Halligan

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Johnny Halligan
Personal information
Full name John Donegan Halligan
Date of birth 1899
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 1977
Place of death Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Inside left
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1920–1934 Hibernian 413 (67)
1937–1938 Montrose
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Donegan Halligan (c. 1899-1977) was a Scottish football player and manager.[1] Halligan played as an inside left for Shawfield , Hibernian and briefly Montrose.[1]


Halligan signed for Hibernian from Shawfield – a Junior side from south Glasgow – on 30 October 1920, around the same time as two other emerging forwards from the same area Jimmy Dunn and John Walker[2] and all three became important members of the team which played in two losing Scottish Cup finals in 1923 (to Celtic) and 1924 (to Airdrieonians).

Halligan also remained with the club when they were relegated in 1931 and helped them regain their top division place two years later, winning the 1932–33 Scottish Division Two title.[3] He was a regular in the team until his last game, at home to Falkirk on 14 October 1933, after which he was advised to retire on medical grounds.[3] In all he played 457 times for Hibs in major competitions and scored 74 goals.[1]

Johnny Halligan as player and later in life

Halligan also worked for Hibernian as a coach and scout (from 1933), and in February 1936 was appointed caretaker manager of Hibernian (a job he apparently detested)[3] after the resignation of Bobby Templeton; he held the position for over two months until Willie McCartney became manager.[3] His managerial record in the league was played 11, won 6, drawn 1 and lost 4.[4] He made a brief playing comeback for Montrose in the 1937-38 season.

He died in Glasgow in 1977, aged 77.


  1. ^ a b c "Halligan, Johnny". Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  2. ^ "We Are Hibernian FC - Part Twenty One". 10 December 2008. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Johnny Halligan". Archived from the original on 25 November 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2014.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Hibernian manager Johnny Halligan". FitbaStats. Retrieved 24 September 2018.