John Barr
John Barr
A. Player

probably born in Scotland

John Barr was probably born in Scotland, although his place and date of birth remain unknown to us. *

The 5' 8 forward signed for George Easton's Thistle on Friday, 19th October, 1906, having most recently been with Lanemark.

Aged 21, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 20th October, 1906, in a 0-0 draw away to Aberdeen in the SFL First Division.

There were no goals for John during his spell with Thistle.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 10th November, 1906, in a 1-1 draw at home to Hamilton Academical in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 3 occasions.

His club-list included Lanemark, Motherwell, Partick Thistle and Grimsby Town.

We don't know where or when John died. *

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Bio Extra

“Mariner Men” (Rob Briggs and Dave Wherry, 2007) tells that John signed with Grimsby Town in March, 1907: “Reputed to be one of the best wingers in Scotland, John's transfer south was personally secured by Grimsby reserve team trainer, Alex McConnell, who made the long journey to Ayrshire. McConnell later reported that he had been threatened with violence by Lanemark residents, angry that Barr was being poached!” The Yorkshire Post told that he was a clever right-wing forward, sturdily built and that he was “fast & tricky with a powerful shot”. It’s reported that he only played twice with the Mariners, scoring once. His whereabouts from thereon is a bit of a mystery.


Historian's note: One source has place of birth New Cumnock in 1885, but the only John Barr we can find born there that year died 16 months later in the same place. Wikipedia has John's place of birth as being Lanark.

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