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John McClelland

John McClelland

Clubs played for: Manchester City, Lincoln City, QPR, Portsmouth, Newport County. (1956-1968)

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Biography: It seems as though John was destined to be a footballer. His father played for Bolton Wanderers in the 1929 FA Cup final and his two older brothers had also been professionals. He made his league bow in the colours of Manchester City following his National Service and had played for Lincoln City and QPR before joining Pompey in May 1963. A speedy winger, John also bagged his fair share of goals, and Pompey turned down bids from other clubs to retain his services until a back operation in 1967/8 affected his pace. He did manage a short stay at Newport County before finally calling it a day and accepting an offer to become Pompey's maintenance officer. Having settled in Hayling Island, John later worked as a workshop technician at the local secondary school and turned out for the Pompey ex-professionals.




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McClelland, John I knew John in Old Trafford and knew he came from a football family. Was always a fast winger and I always think City let him go too easily when they were desperate to get a good old player, George Hannah from Lincoln City. Nice guy. Happy days!
21-06-19Jim Logan

McClelland, John I often wondered what happend to him after he left city in a swap deal for George Hannah, l was born in Old Trafford and used to see him often when he lived next door to the post office on Ayeres Road.


Mcclelland, John In the early 1940's. I lived across ayres road, at T&P Bletcher Photographers. I played with john's sister Maureen, around Carlton Street for many years as kids. John worked at Hollands, next door to me at 95 ayres road. Long time ago! Dave, CANADA


McClelland, John For about the last 25 years it's been my privilege to have had John as my golf partner at Hayling Island Golf Club (a great links course). He's still strong as an ox and fit as a fiddle and I reckon he could still play for Pompey and do well!


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