Paisley, Renfrewshire born right half Jock Buchanan joined his local club St Mirren from Johnstone in June 1919 and enjoyed a promising start to his Scottish League career, being snapped up by Greenock Morton in May 1921 after 18 goals in 50 appearances for The Buddies. Things would get better as he led the attack in Morton’s surprise Scottish Cup victory of 1922, defeating Rangers 1-0 in the Final at Celtic Park, still the only major trophy in the club’s history. He stayed at Cappielow until December 1927, by which time the team had been relegated, and joined Glasgow Rangers who at that time were dominating Scottish football.
He immediately won further honours, including the next four Scottish League Championships, and the Scottish Cups of 1928 and 1930. The 1929 Final, however, will be remembered for Buchanan being sent off in the defeat by Kilmarnock. He was capped twice by Scotland while at Rangers, winning his first cap in a 1-0 win against England at Hampden Park in April 1929 and a further cap in the return fixture a year later at Wembley Stadium. He moved to the Irish League with Linfield in 1931 winning another League medal and reaching the Irish Cup Final during 1931-32, then returned to Scotland, playing out a final season with East Stirlingshire before retiring in 1933.
NB he wears a somewhat mystery shirt, the stripes of St Mirren were nine years earlier to this image’s publication and he looks quite a bit older than his 1921 photograph. It was certainly published while he was with Glasgow Rangers!