Jack Angus

Jack Angus
Jack Angus
● Jack Angus (SAIP)

born in Scotland

John William Angus was born on Tuesday, 1st December, 1868, in Glasgow.

The forward was possibly a guest player for Thistle in September, 1893, having most recently been with Stockport County.

Aged 24, he made his only known appearance on Saturday, 30th September, 1893, in a 3-2 defeat away to Clyde in the SFL Second Division.

That day, Jack became a member of our scoring debutant's club.

His club-list included Kelvinside Athletic, Third Lanark, Everton, Ardwick, Stockport County, Partick Thistle, Southampton St Mary's and Fulham.

Jack died in 1902, in Canton, aged 33 or 34. *

Bio Extra

This left-sided forward started out in Partick with his local team, Kelvinside Athletic, where he got a taste of first-class football, facing up to the likes of the mighty Queen's Park and Third Lanark in the Scottish Cup. It was the latter who gave him his first big step up in the Scottish game, although it wasn't too long until a local scout alerted Everton to his talents, and he was lured away to Merseyside towards the end of 1888. He failed to really settle there, however, and made the move over to Ardwick (later renamed Manchester City!) a few years later. His claim to fame there was that he scored in their first-ever League match, a 7-0 win over Bootle on 3rd September, 1892. Before the season was out, he transferred his services over to Stockport County, but he never settled there either, and perhaps he contemplated a move back home at that point.

His sole appearance for the Jags came in September, 1893, before he was off on his travels again, this time landing on the South coast of England with the now wage-paying professionals, St Mary's (later renamed Southampton). He made his debut there in November, 1893, against Uxbridge in the FA Cup. He was described on the Saints Players database as "a deft and aggressive forward", and they tell us that Jack had the distinction of being the first ever Saint to be sent off when he was over-zealous in a Hampshire Senior Cup-tie against Freemantle in February, 1894! He scored in the club’s inaugural game in the Southern League, and was a prominent member of the side until he left the area in November, 1895. He was a mechanical engineer, and he went out to Hong Kong in December, 1896, returning to play one Southern League game for Fulham, in 1899. In 1901, he was in Southwark but a year later, having returned to the Far East, he died in Canton, in 1902, leaving a widow (Charlotte) and two daughters, back in the UK.

(WS/SAIP)



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