John Duffus
John Duffus
John Duffus
● John Duffus, 1920s (DUF)

born in Scotland

John Murison Duffus was born on Friday, 10th May, 1901, in Aberdeen.

The 5' 8 (11st 6lbs) midfielder appeared as a guest for George Easton's Thistle in April, 1919, whilst an Aberdeen player.

Aged 17, he made his only appearance on Saturday, 26th April, 1919, in a 3-0 friendly defeat away to Aberdeen.

There were no goals for John in his one-off appearance for Thistle.

His club-list included Richmond, Aberdeen, Partick Thistle, Bo'ness, Dumbarton, Scunthorpe & Lindsey United, Llanelli, Millwall, Clapton Orient, Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City and Stockport County.

John died on Thursday, 18th September, 1975, in Stockport, Greater Manchester, aged 74.

Bio Extra

John, a midfielder, played only one game for the Jags, an April '19 friendly away against Aberdeen, where he was born. He only became a Jag by default that day, playing by the grace of the home team, allowing the contest to remain 11 v 11 when Thistle's Joe Harris retired injured at half-time. John did have a long list of clubs, ending his career at Stockport County in 1928. He continued to live in the Stockport area, as the following article in the Duffus clan website outlines:

It is said that Jack had good ball control and scoring ability. Was a keen bustling player who would do his share of work on the field. Could be of a fiery nature.

1928 when he retired (from football) he bought two acres of land at Woolpond near Stockport and started a nursery business which was taken over by his son Bruce when he retired in 1966.

Jack’s first wage with Tottenham was used to buy his dear mother a pony and trap (20 pounds).

During his early footballing days Jack’s friends were always welcome at his parent’s nursery garden to have a “kick around” on Sundays, or even played cricket.

Jack’s brother Bob (Robert) who was captain of Dundee had life membership at Aberdeen Football Club. He eventually died whilst watching a match at Aberdeen. It was reported that the funeral cortege was one mile long.

John passed away in 1975.


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