John Drummond

John Drummond
John Drummond
● John Drummond, 1889 (HA)

born in Scotland

John Drummond was born on Monday, 15th March, 1869, in Edinburgh.

The 5' 7½ (11st 12lbs) forward joined Thistle in 1889. having most recently played with Westbourne.

Aged 20, he made his first known appearance on Saturday, 6th April, 1889, in a 5-1 friendly win at home to Dykebar.

John scored his first known goal for Thistle on Saturday, 10th August, 1889, in a 3-3 friendly draw away to Kilbirnie.

He scored the last of his 16 known goals on Saturday, 15th March, 1890, in a 3-1 friendly win away to Linthouse.

He played his last known game for the club on Tuesday, 13th May, 1890, in a 3-1 defeat away to Northern in the Maryhill Charity Cup, having appeared for the Thistle on at least 39 occasions.

His club-list included Westbourne, Partick Thistle, Preston North End, Sheffield United, Liverpool and Barnsley St Peter's.

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Bio Extra

This Edinburgh-born lad arrived at Inchview as a 20 year old, and mainly plied his trade on the right side of the forward line. He wasn’t here for too long and his 39 known first team appearances were crammed into the period April 1889 to May 1890. In that time he netted on at least 16 occasions, including a hat-trick at Cappielow against Morton in a 4-4 draw in November 1889. All of his known strikes came in the one campaign, and he finished as second-top scorer in 1889-90. John’s exploits were such that the mighty Preston North End came calling at the end of that season and he was offski, further bolstering the Scots ranks at Deepdale. For them, he picked up where he left off at Inchview, scoring on his debut in The Football League against West Bromwich Albion on 13th September 1890. Wikipedia takes up John’s story to great effect:

Drummond was one of three players signed from Preston by Sheffield United in the spring of 1891 after chairman Charles Stokes decided the club needed to use its financial position to attract more capable players as the club looked for election to the Football League. He became a regular in the side for the following seasons and at the end of the 1892–93 season he scored the only goal as United took on Accrington in a test match which saw The Blades promoted to Division One for the first time in their history. Anecdotal reports of the match said that the pitch was in a terrible state and Drummond was almost the only player to be able to keep his feet, something that he attributed to painting the soles of his boots with black lead to prevent the mud from sticking. He went on to make 89 competitive appearances for the club and scored 24 goals. Drummond joined Liverpool in the summer of 1884 for whom he made 18 appearances in total, scoring one goal. After one season on Merseyside he returned to Yorkshire to sign for Barnsley St. Peter's where he saw out the remainder of his career. Drummond had been an apprentice shipyard carpenter as a boy and returned to work in the Dumbarton shipyards after his retirement from football, reportedly working until the age of 78.



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