Our Portrait Gallery: John “Sailor” Hunter, Clyde


December 5, 1910
No. 16: John “Sailor” Hunter, Clyde.

Away back in the late ‘nineties, when the Paisley Westmarsh XI was a power in the junior world, their outstanding forward was undoubtedly John Hunter. His brilliant work as an inside support soon gained the admiration of many senior officials, and he ultimately crossed the Border to Liverpool. This club he assisted for several seasons, and latterly went further South to Portsmouth. Returning to Scotland, the Hearts were his next masters, but he was not quite at home until Dundee was reached about five years ago. In the Tayside attack he was a forward to be feared and as indicating his effective finishing powers it may be mentioned that, in season 1908, he actually scored over fifty goals in all matches for Dundee. Hunter is rightly admitted to be one of the cutest forwards playing to-day. He knows the game from A to Z, and if properly supported in the Shawfield team will yet get a fine crop of goals. Hunter excels in snapping chances near goal; he passes beautifully on the run, and is a past master as a “header.” Much of the credit of Dundee’s cup win last season was undoubtedly due to him. The Clyde centre has only been once honoured by the governing body, that being in 1909 when, owing to an injury to Jimmy Quinn, he was brought into the Scottish team v. Wales. Hunter, who is comfortably settled in business in Hamilton, is a credit to the game he has played for so many years.
(Source: Scottish Referee: December 5, 1910; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

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