If You Know The History: 27th December: John McMaster

27th December 1954 John McMaster died

Left-half John McMaster joined Celtic from Clydebank Juniors on 3rd May 1913 and made his first-team debut just seven days later in the Charity Cup Final against Rangers, which Celtic won 3-2. From that point, for the following 10 years, apart from war duties, John was a regular in the team. He won a Scottish Cup medal in 1914, the last one before it was suspended during WW1 and also picked up league championship-winning medals for 1913/14, 1914/15 and 1915/16.

1914 Scottish Cup-winning side. John McMaster is far left in back row

John was then called up to the Royal army Service Corps and missed most of the next three seasons, being wounded in France in 1918 but he returned in 1919 and was still in the side when Celtic won the title again in 1921/22. In May 1923, John was freed by Celtic and joined Queen of the South in Dumfries, where he played until his retirement in 1925.

On this day, in 1954, at Greenock, John McMaster died at the age of 60.

Jim Craig


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