Johnny Hubbard

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Johnny Hubbard
Personal information
Full name John Gaulton Hubbard[1]
Date of birth (1930-12-16) 16 December 1930 (age 86)
Place of birth Pretoria, South Africa
Playing position Left winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949–1959 Rangers[2] 172 (77)
1959–1962 Bury 109 (29)
1962–1964 Ayr United 52 (5)
National team
South Africa 1 (0)
1955 Scottish League XI[3] 4 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Gaulton "Johnny" Hubbard, MBE (born 16 December 1930) is a retired South African footballer who spent the majority of his career at Rangers, and latterly played for Bury and Ayr United. He was the first African player to compete in the European Cup, having played in October 1956 with Rangers versus Nice,[4] and also the first African player to score a goal in said competition one month later.

Hubbard arrived at Ibrox in 1949, signing for Rangers despite being offered a larger signing on fee by Clyde. He made his debut on 10 September 1949 in a league match against Partick Thistle. This was the first of only two appearances he would make for Rangers that season, the other came against Falkirk. His first goal was scored in a 5-0 home win versus East Fife during a league match on 23 December 1950.

He became one of the few players to score a hat-trick in an Old Firm match on 1 January 1955,[5] the only foreign player in Rangers history to do so. Hubbard was nicknamed the "Penalty King" by Rangers fans, due to his exceptional record of 65 goals scored from 68 penalty kicks, 22 consecutively.[6] He won three league titles and the 1953 Scottish Cup whilst at Rangers and finished top scorer in 1955 with 27 goals.

He left Rangers in 1959 with 238 appearances and 106 goals for the club, moving to Bury for £6,000. After three years at Bury he returned to Scotland, spending two years with Ayr United before retiring from football to work as a physical education teacher and a community sports development officer. In 2007, he was named an honorary member of the Rangers Supporters Trust, along with Mark Walters and Billy Simpson.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Johnny Hubbard". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Johnny Hubbard". Rangers Football Club. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Johnny Hubbard". Londonhearts.com. London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "The best and worst African players to play in Scotland as Victor Wanyama lands player of the year nomination". Daily Record. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Old Firm hat-tricks". scottishleague.net. 
  6. ^ McCarthy, David (29 May 2003). "Football: The Perfect Penalty; Model yourself on van Nistelrooy says Johnny Hubbard (who scored 65 out of 68 for Gers).". Daiy Record. Retrieved 22 December 2016 – via Free Online Library. 
  7. ^ Wilson, Mike (30 September 2015). "Rangers penalty king Johnny Hubbard plays the game of his life with top memoirs in new book". Daily Record. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 

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