Dempsey John Image 1 Queen of the South 1947

Dempsey John Image 1 Queen of the South 1947


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Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire born centre forward John Dempsey began his football career with Dennistoun Waverley and joined Albion Rovers in 1937, transferring to Queen of the South in 1938 where “he gained many admirers with his clever, whole-hearted play”. However his career was badly interrupted by the Second World War, during which he served in The Black Watch.

After the War he returned to Queen’s before moving South to join Third Division (South) club Ipswich Town in June 1948, making his Football League debut at Bristol Rovers the same August, scoring twice in a 6-1 victory. However he only found the net 3 times more in 22 further appearances before returning north in July 1949 to join Cowdenbeath, and also played for Hamilton Academical and Newry Town before his eventual retirement.

After his playing career he was also a football scout for Hamilton Accies, and more famously spent 11 years from 1965 to 1976 with Glasgow Celtic where he served under Jock Stein during the club’s greatest period of success as they won  in the 1967 European Cup Final.

His nephew Brian Dempsey was a director of Celtic Football Club from 1990 to 1992.

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