John McCabe
John McCabe
John McCabe
● John McCabe, 1982 (SD)

born in Scotland

John McCabe was born on Wednesday, 28th November, 1962, in Glasgow.

The 6' 0 (11st 5lbs) defender signed for Peter Cormack's Thistle on Tuesday, 3rd March, 1981, having most recently been with Drumchapel Amateurs.

Aged 19, he made his one and only appearance on Wednesday, 28th July, 1982, in a 3-1 friendly defeat away to Linlithgow Rose.

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

His club-list included Drumchapel Amateurs, Rangers, Partick Thistle and Baillieston Juniors.

Bio Extra

This tall full back, a product of Drumchapel Amateurs, was on the books of Rangers for a couple of seasons, but the teenager never got the nod to make the big step-up, and continued to play often with Drumchapel. He was a registered Jag for 18 months from March 1981, but played only once for the first team, doing so in a pre-season friendly at Prestonfield, home to Linlithgow Rose, on 28th July 1982.

On a beautiful summer evening Thistle played a mixture of first team and reserve players. An Alex O'Hara pass was intercepted leaving an opposing forward right in on goal. He was brought down and Thistle went behind to the inevitable penalty in the 20th minute. Kenny McDowall levelled things just after the half-hour mark, but slack defending let in Rose for goals in 36 and 47 minutes.

John moved on in November 1982, finding his level with Ballieston Juniors. He played the biggest game of his career on 10th June 1984 when Ballieston squared up to Bo'ness for the ultimate prize in the Junior game - the Scottish Cup. 15,000 were at Ibrox but it was silver for John as the Cup was bound for West Lothian; Bo'ness United 2–0 Baillieston Juniors.

Away from the football, went on to become a high ranking figure with Strathclyde Police.


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