Divers John Image 1 Glasgow Celtic 1900

Divers John Image 1 Glasgow Celtic 1900


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Calton Entry, Glasgow born winger John Divers began his football career with Vale of Clyde in 1890 and played for Glasgow Benburb in 1891 before joining Hibernian in 1892. He signed for Glasgow Celtic in September 1893 and made his debut in a Scottish Cup win over Hurlford that November. Celtic manager Willie Maley said of him: “He’s an artist, I tell you. It’s a treat to watch him play. His only fault is, he’s too artistic at times. He does too much.”

He won a single cap for Scotland when selected in a 2-2 draw with Wales  at The Racecourse Ground, Wrexham in March 1895. The following month he was selected for The Scottish League and played in a 4-1 defeat to The Football League at Celtic Park.

Divers left Celtic to join First Division Everton in May 1897 and made his Football League debut at Derby County that September, scoring in a 5-1 defeat. In just over a season at Goodison Park he scored 11 goals in 32 appearances, playing for Everton in the 1898 FA Cup semi final which they lost to Derby County at Molineux. He re-joined Celtic in October 1898 and was in the Celtic side which defeated Rangers 2-0 in The 1899 Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park.

He re-joined Hibernian in the autumn of 1901 having scored 40 goals in 87 appearances during his two spells with The Bhoys, and scored 18 goals in 32 appearances for Hibs before his retirement in the summer of 1904.

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