Ian McIntosh
Ian McIntosh
Ian McIntosh
● Ian McIntosh, 1953 (SD)

born in Scotland

John McGregor McIntosh (commonly known later as 'Ian') was born on Thursday, 14th September, 1933, in Glasgow.

The 5' 8 (10st 4lbs) forward signed for David Meiklejohn's Thistle on Saturday, 16th August, 1952, having most recently been with Campsie Black Watch.

Aged 20, he made his debut appearance on Wednesday, 2nd December, 1953, in a 3-1 friendly win away to Derby County.

Ian scored his first goal for Thistle on Saturday, 5th December, 1953, in a 4-1 defeat away to East Fife in the SFL First Division.

He scored the last of his 11 goals on Saturday, 27th April, 1957, in a 5-1 win at home to Ayr United in the SFL First Division.

He played his last game for the club on Monday, 4th November, 1957, in a 3-2 friendly defeat away to Coventry City, having appeared as a Jag on 42 occasions.

His club-list included Campsie Black Watch, Petershill, Partick Thistle, Nairn County, Bury, Weymouth, Headington United, Oxford United, Hereford United and Gloucester City.

Ian died on Monday, 26th December, 2022, in Hereford, Herefordshire, aged 89.

Bio Extra

Christened John McGregor McIntosh, he was universally known as Ian and started his career with Scottish local amateur side Campsie Black Watch. His performances started to attract attention and there was talk in the newspapers that he was being tracked by Manchester United. However, Ian decided to sign for Partick Thistle at the age of 18 in 1953 and he went on to spend four happy seasons with the Jags. They immediately loaned him out to Petershill, which suited Ian because it was close to his home in Glasgow’s Springburn area. It took him four years to meaningfully break into Partick’s first team but when he did, he scored 10 times in 27 competitive games, a pretty good return in his first season proper.

Such form did his future prospects no harm, and he moved south of the border signing for Bury in December 1957 for a fee in the region of £1,500. He made a sensational start at Gigg Lane and scored 10 goals in his first 12 matches. Ian remained with the Shakers for 18 months and scored 14 times in 29 appearances overall, before dropping into non-league football with Weymouth for a season. Ian then joined Oxford United for £500, where he was a member of their Southern League side that won the title twice under the captaincy of big Ron Atkinson. Oxford eventually gained admission to the Football League in 1962 but Ian preferred to throw his lot in with newly-appointed player-manager Ray Daniel at Hereford United.

He signed for United in the summer of 1962 and proved to be a talented player with a good football brain. He had that ability to play the ball out of defence, rather than just hoof it and like most class players, Ian always seemed comfortable on the ball and created lots of space around him. He was popular with fans and won the Player-of-the-Year award in 1966/67 but he made headlines for all the wrong reasons in the run-up to the 1967/68 season when he was in dispute with the club over the terms of his contract and the granting of a testimonial. Ian was forced to do his pre-season training alone at Edgar Street until the situation was thankfully resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.

His testimonial was testimony to his standing in the game and the opposition XI included greats of the game such as Danny Blanchflower, Nat Lofthouse, Derek Dougan, Tom Finney, Don Howe and comedian Jimmy Tarbuck. Ian could play equally effectively at wing-half or inside-forward and in six years at Edgar Street, he made 283 appearances and scored 36 goals before being released at the end of the 1968/69 season. Ian then moved on to Gloucester City, where he enjoyed some success as a manager in two separate spells, from August 1968 to May 1970 and from November 1971 to November 1972, when Ian finally called it a day to concentrate on his insurance broker’s business. Ian enjoyed retirement in his Hereford home and was still a popular figure when he attended the occasional game at Edgar Street. His son, also named Ian, was a more than useful player in local football too. Ian died in Hereford Hospital on Boxing Day 2022, after a short illness, aged 89.

(RPR/HFFC)



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