John Brogan
John Brogan
John Brogan
● John Brogan, 1976 (SD)

born in Scotland

John George Brogan was born on Sunday, 18th May, 1958, in Glasgow.

The 5' 10 (11st 3lbs) defender signed for Bertie Auld's Thistle on Tuesday, 20th July, 1976, having most recently been with Everton.

Aged 18, he made his debut appearance on Monday, 2nd August, 1976, in a 2-0 defeat away to Rangers in the Tennent Caledonian Cup.

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

He played his last game for the club on Tuesday, 15th March, 1977, in a 4-3 win at home to Rangers in the SFL Premier Division, having appeared as a Jag on 3 occasions.

John's club-list included Everton, Partick Thistle, Clyde and Glasgow Perthshire.

Bio Extra

This young defender joined Everton straight from school in 1974. He had been capped at schoolboy under 15 level, and had a string of top clubs after him. As he explained to the 'Clyde View' in 2000, he joined the Toffees partly because Liverpool wasn't too far from home and partly because of Billy Bingham, the then Everton Manager, who sold the club to him very well. He was released 2 years later, which was a disappointment because he was in the Scotland Youth team at the time. He decided to return home and find security with a full-time job and a part-time football career. He was at Thistle for 18 months and made the first team on 3 occasions in 1976-77, playing in both of the Tennents Caledonian Cup games at Ibrox in August, a 2-0 defeat to Rangers being followed by a 4-1 loss to Manchester City in the 3rd place play-off. John may not have featured much for the first team but, memorably, his last game was also against Rangers. In March 1977, the Jags ran out 4-3 winners in a real Firhill classic, Alan Hansen's late penalty securing the famous win.

John found his calling with Craig Brown's Clyde, joining them in December 1977 and remaining with the Bully Wee for the next 8 years. Clyde won the Second Division Championship in 1977-78, the club's centenary year, and did so again in 1981-82. In the aforementioned interview, John spoke highly of his gaffer at Shawfield: “I will never forget the team spirit engendered by Craig Brown. That is why I am not surprised by the success he has enjoyed as Scotland team manager. His man-management skills were great. He never criticised you publicly and never dwelt in the past, or held grudges. He was always positive and looking to the future.” He finished his career with two seasons at Perthshire Juniors before concentrating on his business interests. He ran his own lighting business ('Luminaire') doing retail and agency work. For fun, John's favourite hobbies are golf and bowls.


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