I remember seeing John play many times. One of my all time favourites. Well thought of at Sunderland too. He attended many of their reunions. Sorry I never met him in recent times. Rest in Peace, John.
My earliest clear memories of the Rovers coincide with John signing for the club. John was voted into the Rovers all time greatest team and was to be inducted into our Hall of Fame at the annual dinner in a few weeks time. Both very well deserved accolades. John said coming to the Rovers helped him fall in love with the game again and the fact he scored 4 in a competitive game against Airdrie would alone be enough to put him in the legendary category. I know he is only a name to anyone under 60 in a football context but take it from us auld yins , John was an excellent footballer who helped develop the talent of the young Tony Green. It is really sad that they didn't get to meet up as planned after many years at the club dinner in a few weeks. I got to know John over the last few years through his attendance at games at Cliftonhill. It was obvious he hadn't lost his enthusiasm for the game or the Rovers. He was great company: a friendly ,warm and caring human being.
I'm sure he is up there just now saying I'm the man who scored 4 goals against Airdrie. Condolences to his family and Rest in Peace John. I am sure there will be a good representation from the Rovers at John's funeral at St Patrick's Church tomorrow at 10.