Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway born wing half John “James” Kerr started his senior football career with Scottish League amateur club Queen’s Park in 1914, making his Scottish League debut against St Mirren that August, for whom he made 8 appearances during 1914-15. After the First World War’s end he joined First Division Blackburn Rovers in 1919, still an amateur, making his Football League debut against Middlesbrough in September that year and playing 15 times that season.
He only added one more first team appearance for Rovers, in January 1921 against Burnley, before joining Brentford that summer. He remained an amateur until 1922, and his three seasons at Griffin Park were productive ones. He scored his only League goal against Exeter City in April 1922 and was an ever present in 1922-23. When he joined Scottish League Solway Star in 1925, his last known club, he had made 91 appearances for The Bees.