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John McFarlane

Post by J.S.Norway » Tue Jan 28, 2020 11:26 pm

He played for Aberdeen (1926-29), Liverpool (1928-30), Halifax (1930-32), Northampton (1932-33), Kidderminster, Darlington (1935-37), Worcester and Bath. Reported that he was born in Shettleston, Glasgow. Can somebody please help with when he was born? Maybe 1905 or 1907?

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Re: John McFarlane

Post by bluedragon » Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:49 am

J.S.Norway wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 11:26 pm
He played for Aberdeen (1926-29), Liverpool (1928-30), Halifax (1930-32), Northampton (1932-33), Kidderminster, Darlington (1935-37), Worcester and Bath. Reported that he was born in Shettleston, Glasgow. Can somebody please help with when he was born? Maybe 1905 or 1907?

I have also been trying to find this player’s date of birth.

All sources I have seen show Shettleston as his place of birth. When he signed for Halifax Town in July 1930 the newspapers said that he was 25 years of age at the time. Using those two pieces of information there are only two John McFarlanes that come close to matching.

1) John Douglas McFarlane was born on 22 September 1905 at 7 Trainard Terrace, Tollcross, Glasgow and registered in the district of Shettleston. He would have been 24 years of age and one month off his 25th birthday at the time of the newspaper article.

2) John McFarlane was born on 13 July 1907 at 89 Watson Parade, Tollcross, Glasgow and registered in the district of Shettleston. He would have just been 23 years of age at the time of the newspaper article.

Even if the place where his birth was registered (Shettleston) is correct newspapers were not always accurate when quoting ages and were more prone to take years off than adding a month on. However, I pursued John Douglas McFarlane as he was the closest to the information I had. He was married on 3 June 1927 in Glasgow but his surname was recorded as “MacFarlane”. At this time he was on Aberdeen’s books. However, on the marriage record he gives his profession as “Tannery labourer” and his usual residence as 95 Albyre Street, Glasgow. Is it possible that he was part-time at Aberdeen as he was not a first team regular and was living in digs in the city. That might account for the job entry and using his family address in the marriage record. He was put on the open to transfer list by Bath City at the end of the 1938/39 season and then returned to Scotland. He died in 1981 and the records give his surname as “MacFarlane”.

He was playing for Shawfield Juniors in the 1924/25 & 1925/26 season and one record says he was at Cambuslang Rangers the season before. This perhaps suggests that it the older (1907) John McFarlane.

The excellent Aberdeen FC heritage website (afcheritage.net) gives his date of birth as 24 December 1911 but I think this would make him too young to have been playing Junior football in 1923/24.

Do you have any other clues that might help?
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Re: John McFarlane

Post by J.S.Norway » Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:11 pm

Thank you again bluedragon.
I agree that newspapers was not accurate about facts than.

I have some arguments for the John McFarlane born 1907.
I see that John Douglas McFarlane (1905) are on birth, marriage and death certificate.
But there are no Douglas or D. on any of his Football League registrations in England.

He was on transferlist 3 times in England.
Spring 1930 -age 23.
Spring 1932 -age 26.
Spring 1933 -age 25.

I was in contact with a family member of John Douglas McFarlane.
They had no information that he had played football.

Research can be very difficulty!!

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