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Resident of Prague

Post by Chiefscout » Wed Feb 15, 2006 2:12 pm

I was reading the SFAQ page and came across this entry:-

Q "Is there a statue in Prague to a John Fadden or McFadden and was he of the famous "Scotch Professors?"

A The player in question is John MADDEN, born in Dumbarton in 1865 and who died in Prague in 1948. He played for many clubs including Dumbarton, Celtic, Dundee, Tottenham Hotspur and Slavia Prague. He later coached the Czech club and they erected a statue to his memory.

I now live in Prague and so wonder if anyone has any further info about this player or his statue.

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Post by Scottish » Wed Feb 15, 2006 8:19 pm

Chiefscout wrote: I now live in Prague
As they said in 'The Life Of Brian' you lucky lucky b****rd'

Welcome to the forum, chiefscout.

Johnny Madden was one of the great characters of the early days of football. Nicknamed "The Rooter" (no sniggering at the back there) he was born in Dumbarton in 1865 and played for local clubs Dumbarton Albion and Dumbarton Hibs before joining Dumbarton FC in 1886.

The official Dumbarton history says Madden was the first Roman Catholic to play for the Sons. He scored on his debut against Third Lanark. A year later he moved to Gainsborough Trinity. Celtic record books say he signed for them from that club but if he did it was after a further spell at Boghead because he played for Dumbarton in the Scottish Cup in 1888-89, and actually scored Dumbarton's goal in their 4-1 semi-final loss to Celtic that year.

All told he played in 11 Scottish Cup ties for Dumbarton, scoring four times.

At Celtic he was one of the stars of the side that won the League in 1893, 1894 and 1896. He played in the first match in the Scottish Cup Final of 1892 but not in the SFA-ordered replay. He was on the losing side in the Finals of 1893 and 1894. Playing usually as centre-forward but occasionally as a right winger he scored 33 goals in 92 League appearances for Celtic and an impressive 16 times in 26 Scottish Cup ties.

There are two outstanding tales of Madden's Parkhead days. In 1892 he tried to join The (now Sheffield) Wednesday but an eagle-eyed priest spotted him and made him return to Glasgow. Then in August 1895 he was sent off in error against St Mirren. Recalled to the field by the referee his first touch produced a goal.

Unsurprisingly he came to the attention of the Scottish selectors and made his international debut against Wales at Wrexham in March 1893. He scored after just four minutes and ended up bagging four of Scotland's goals in an 8-0 romp. It was two years later before he played again for Scotland, against the same opponents on the same ground. This time he scored one in a 2-2 draw.

So with five goals from two games he was never capped again.

He did play more representative football though,turning out four times for the Scottish League, three times against the Football League (1893, 95, 96) and once v the Irish League (1895), scoring in the first of these.

By now Madden had reached the veteran stage and he turned out, briefly, for Dundee, making four league appearances in 1897-98. From there it was on to Tottenham Hotspur, then in the Southern League.

After that he ventured east to Slavia Prague where he coached for many years and became a revered figure in Czech football. Seven of his Slavia players played in the Czechoslovakian side that reached the 1934 World Cup Final and Slavia won the Mitropa Cup ( a forerunner of the European Cup for team in central Europe).

Johnny Madden died in 1948 and is buried in Prague. His headstone is still visible and readable but as to the precise location of that and the statue I would refer you to the excellent Slavia Prague website http://www.slavia.cz/index_en.asp which has an extensive section, including forum, in English.

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