Jock Britton Player Profile

Personal

  • Full Name: John Britton
  • Born: March 18th, 1900 (Lennoxtown)
  • Died: October 8th, 1953 (Campsie)
  • Height: 5' 11

Career



Dundee Career Summary


Competitive Friendlies Other (War)
1924-25 44- - - - -
1925-26 34- - - - -
TOTAL 78- - - - -

NOTES:
Other Cups may include: Anglo-Scottish Cup, Challenge Cup, Cup Winners' Cup, Drybrough Cup, International Soccer League, League Cup, Summer Cup, Texaco Cup.


Biography


Jock Britton was Dundee’s goalkeeper for the 1925 Scottish Cup Final and is one of only ten keepers to keep goal for Dundee in a major cup final.

John ‘Jock’ Britton was born in Campsie, Lennoxtown on March 18th 1900 and came through the Junior football system with Duntocher Hibs before progressing to play league football with Albion Rovers. The Coatbridge side were relegated in 1923 but Jock stayed with the Wee Rovers until Dundee spotted him and brought him to Dens Park in 1924 to replace Willie Fotheringham who had moved to Morton.

Jock made his debut on the first day of the 1924/25 season in a 0-0 draw at home with Celtic in front of 22,000 on August 16th. It was a decent start to his Dark Blue career and the first of 26 clean sheets that he would keep with Dundee in his two years at the Club.

Surprisingly after that draw with Celtic, the 1924/25 season campaign began badly and by Christmas Dundee lay 12th with only 18 points from 20 games with the 6ft Britton an ever present. Dundee manager Sandy MacFarlane who had been the architect of Dundee’s post-war success felt compelled to resign and responsibility for team affairs was assumed by club treasurer William McIntosh.

Results started to turn around when the Scottish Cup campaign started in January as the Dark Blues put five past Johnstone with no reply in the first round at Dens. It was the start of a ‘Road to Hampden’ in which Britton played in all seven ties and after a 2-1 win over Lochgelly at Dens in the second round, a 3-1 home win over Airdrieonians in the third and a 1-0 win over Broxburn in the quarter-finals, The Dee started dreaming of glory when they drew Hamilton Academical in the semis with Celtic and Rangers being paired together in the other tie.

With no neutral grounds for semi-finals at this time, the luck of the draw gave Dundee a fifth successive home tie and 29,814 passed through the Dens Park turnstiles. Dundee had most of the play but despite Charlie Duncan equalising an early Hamilton goal, The Dee were unable to grab a winner.

Easter Road was chosen as the venue for the replay and this time Jock and his team mates made no mistake. Jock kept a clean sheet at one end while Davie McLean and John Rankine scored at the other to send the Dark Blues through to their second ever Scottish Cup Final.

Dundee’s only other cup final appearance in 1910 had been played at Ibrox and very nearly went there again for a final and only a casting vote of SFA Chairman Mr White of the Celtic ensured that the Queen’s Park ground was chosen over Ibrox meaning it was Dundee’s first ever cup final at what would become the National Stadium.

Jock therefore lined up at Hampden against Celtic on April 11th 1925 and although Celtic were the favourites it was Dundee who started the brightest and took the lead on the half hour through formidable forward Davie McLean. The goal came when Jock Gilmour headed the ball against the bar and McLean rushed in between two Celtic defenders to score.

The second half was a different story as Dundee adopted a negative approach leaving only Halliday, Duncan and Gilmour up field for long spells and inevitably Celtic equalised with an incredible solo goal from Patsy Gallacher – father of Dundee legend Tommy. It was a goal which left the Dundee defenders bewildered as he went on a mazy run into the Dundee box. With every jink, twist and turn, Gallacher edged closer to goal and eventually found himself one-on-one with Jock Britton. With the ball clasped between his feet, Patsy somersaulted over Jock and landed in the net with the ball still in his possession earning a standing ovation from the 75,000 crowd for a sensational goal.

Jimmy McGrory headed home a second with just three minutes remaining and it was all over for Dundee with the Cup heading to the east end of Glasgow and the 25 year old Britton heading home with a runners-up medal.

Jock made the most appearances of any Dee in his debut year and midway through his second season he played in another historic game when he was in goal for the first ever top flight league derby between Dundee and Dundee United and kept a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw at Dens on November 21st 1926 in front of 18,000.

United had languished in the second tier since their formation as Dundee Hibernian in 1909 and in the return derby at Tannadice on January 4th, Britton once again kept a clean sheet as The Dee triumphed 1-0 thanks to a goal from McLean.

By then former Celt Alec McNair was in charge and at the end of the season allowed Britton to leave for Tottenham Hotspur. Jock was competing with three other keepers at White Hart Lane so only made 40 appearances for Spurs and in May 1928 he was released and joined Celtic before seeing out his career with Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in 1931.

Jock died in his home town of Campsie on October 8th 1953 but his appearance at Hampden in 1925 earns his a special place in the history of Dundee Football Club.

Debut

August 16th, 1924
Dundee 0 - 0 Celtic

League (Division One)


Playing Statistics - First Team Competitive matches (All Seasons)



Competition NPS Win % Draw % Loss %
League 68-- --
Scottish Cup 10-- --
Totals: 78-- --

 Recent Starting Appearances (First Team Competitive matches)
 06/03/26 Division One vs. Falkirk (A) 0 - 1
 27/02/26 Division One vs. Rangers (H) 1 - 5
 23/02/26 Division One vs. Partick (A) 1 - 0
 13/02/26 Division One vs. Hamilton (A) 0 - 0
 10/02/26 2nd Round Replay vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 3

 Recent Goals Scored (First Team Competitive matches)
 None

 List of First Team Competitive matches played (click to expand)
 06/03/26 Division One vs. Falkirk (A)  0 - 1
 27/02/26 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 5
 23/02/26 Division One vs. Partick (A)  1 - 0
 13/02/26 Division One vs. Hamilton (A)  0 - 0
 10/02/26 2nd Round Replay vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 3
 06/02/26 2nd Round vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 0
 30/01/26 Division One vs. Clydebank (1914) (A)  2 - 1
 20/01/26 1st Round vs. Caledonian (H)  2 - 0
 16/01/26 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A)  2 - 5
 09/01/26 Division One vs. St Mirren (H)  1 - 1
 04/01/26 Division One vs. Dundee Utd (A)  1 - 0
 02/01/26 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (H)  1 - 1
 01/01/26 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 2
 26/12/25 Division One vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 4
 19/12/25 Division One vs. St Johnstone (A)  0 - 0
 12/12/25 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H)  1 - 0
 05/12/25 Division One vs. Queen's Park (A)  3 - 1
 28/11/25 Division One vs. Morton (A)  0 - 3
 21/11/25 Division One vs. Dundee Utd (H)  0 - 0
 14/11/25 Division One vs. Airdrie (1878) (A)  1 - 4
 07/11/25 Division One vs. Partick (H)  3 - 1
 31/10/25 Division One vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 0
 24/10/25 Division One vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 1
 17/10/25 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H)  3 - 2
 10/10/25 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (A)  0 - 1
 05/10/25 Division One vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 2
 03/10/25 Division One vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 0
 26/09/25 Division One vs. Clydebank (1914) (H)  3 - 1
 19/09/25 Division One vs. Cowdenbeath (A)  0 - 5
 12/09/25 Division One vs. Hamilton (H)  2 - 2
 05/09/25 Division One vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 2
 22/08/25 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H)  0 - 1
 22/08/25 Division One vs. St Mirren (A)  2 - 2
 15/08/25 Division One vs. Morton (H)  3 - 0
 22/04/25 Division One vs. Airdrie (1878) (A)  1 - 1
 18/04/25 Division One vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 1
 11/04/25 Final vs. Celtic (N)  1 - 2
 04/04/25 Division One vs. Hibernian (H)  3 - 0
 28/03/25 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 0
 24/03/25 Semi Final Replay vs. Hamilton (N)  2 - 0
 21/03/25 Semi Final vs. Hamilton (H)  1 - 1
 14/03/25 Division One vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 0
 10/03/25 Division One vs. Queen's Park (A)  1 - 0
 07/03/25 4th Round vs. Broxburn Utd (H)  1 - 0
 28/02/25 Division One vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 4
 25/02/25 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (H)  1 - 0
 21/02/25 3rd Round vs. Airdrie (1878) (H)  3 - 1
 14/02/25 Division One vs. Hamilton (H)  2 - 0
 10/02/25 Division One vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 2
 07/02/25 2nd Round vs. Lochgelly Utd (H)  2 - 1
 31/01/25 Division One vs. Cowdenbeath (A)  0 - 2
 24/01/25 1st Round vs. Johnstone (H)  5 - 0
 17/01/25 Division One vs. Falkirk (H)  1 - 0
 10/01/25 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 4
 05/01/25 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (A)  3 - 4
 03/01/25 Division One vs. Partick (H)  0 - 2
 01/01/25 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 0
 27/12/24 Division One vs. Morton (A)  1 - 1
 25/12/24 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A)  0 - 3
 20/12/24 Division One vs. Airdrie (1878) (H)  3 - 2
 13/12/24 Division One vs. Falkirk (A)  2 - 1
 06/12/24 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 0
 29/11/24 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (H)  2 - 0
 22/11/24 Division One vs. Hamilton (A)  1 - 4
 15/11/24 Division One vs. Cowdenbeath (H)  1 - 1
 08/11/24 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (A)  0 - 1
 01/11/24 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H)  1 - 2
 25/10/24 Division One vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 4
 18/10/24 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 0
 11/10/24 Division One vs. Morton (H)  0 - 0
 04/10/24 Division One vs. St Johnstone (A)  2 - 1
 27/09/24 Division One vs. Queen's Park (H)  2 - 4
 20/09/24 Division One vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 4
 13/09/24 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H)  3 - 1
 06/09/24 Division One vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 2
 30/08/24 Division One vs. Hearts (H)  6 - 0
 23/08/24 Division One vs. Partick (A)  1 - 1
 16/08/24 Division One vs. Celtic (H)  0 - 0

 List of First Team Competitive goals scored
None

  = Starting Appearances (Sub Appearances) | = Goals | NPS = Squad Appearances (as Non-Playing Sub) | GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in


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