Jack Harkness
Jack Harkness
Jack Harkness
● Jack Harkness (QPFC)

born in Scotland

John Diamond Harkness was born on Friday, 27th September, 1907, in Govanhill, Glasgow.

The 5' 10 goalkeeper appeared as a guest for George Easton's Thistle in April, 1926, whilst a Queen's Park player.

Aged 18, he made his only appearance on Tuesday, 27th April, 1926, in a 5-2 defeat at home to Glasgow Select in a Benefit match.

His club-list included Queen's Park, Partick Thistle and Heart of Midlothian.

Jack died on Sunday, 6th October, 1985, in Newlands, Glasgow, aged 78.

Bio Extra

Jack Harkness started his football life as a goalkeeper with Queen’s Park. When playing for the Spiders Jack played his only known game for the Jags in Tom Crighton’s testimonial game against a Glasgow Select at Firhill on 27 April 1926. The Jags lost 5-2 in front of a 10,000 crowd. Quite a large crowd for a Tuesday night. He started his Queen’s Park career in 1925, with the Spiders maintaining their place in League 1. Jack moved on to Hearts in 1928. Jack played for Hearts between 1928 and 1937, with nearly 300 appearances for the club. This was a period when Hearts were often on the cusp of major success, but flattered to deceive.

Jack was awarded 12 Scotland caps, 3 when he was with Queen’s Park, and 9 when he was at Hearts. His most remembered game was at Wembley, the British Empire Exhibition Stadium, where on 31 March 1928 an unfancied Scotland beat England 5-1, with the “Wembley Wizards” forging their place in Scottish Football history. In his obituary in the Herald on 12 August 2013, Hugh McDonald wrote “On March 31, 1928, Harkness, a 21 year old amateur goalkeeper at Queen’s Park became a Wembley Wizard. He dived at the feet of Dixie Dean, he parried shots from the like of Joe Bradford and Billy Smith. He conceded one goal. His team-mates scored five. England were gubbed.

On finishing his playing career Jack became a sports journalist with the Sunday Post, and had a 30 year career in journalism. For many years, his personal by-line at the top of his columns was “Jack Harkness here”. He was also appointed an MBE in 1971.



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