Dumbarton born centre forward Johnny “Jake” Madden began his football career with Dumbarton Hibernian and and played for Dumbarton in 1886-87 before he made his first move south of the border, playing in England with Gainsborough Trinity in 1887 and then with Grimsby Town in 1887-88, from where he joined newly formed Glasgow Celtic in May 1888, turning out for The Bhoys in their inaugural match, a 5-1 home defeat of a Rangers XI later the same month before joining Dumbarton for the 1888-89 season, where he scored 3 goals in 8 appearances. He returned to Glasgow Celtic in August 1889. Madden won Scottish Championship medals with Celtic in 1892 and 1893 and he scored a total of 49 goals in 118 appearances over the next eight years, however he missed their 1892 Scottish Cup Final victory.
He was first selected for Scotland in an 8-0 win over Wales at The Racecourse Ground, Wrexham in March 1893, with Madden scoring 4 of the goals. However despite his heroics he wasn’t selected again for two more years, scoring in the same fixture in March 1895, a match that ended as a 2-2 draw. He also played 4 times for The Scottish League, scoring on his debut in a 3-4 defeat to The Football League at Celtic Park in April 1893, and again in a defeat in the same fixture in April 1895, his last match coming in the same fixture at Goodison Park in April 1896, when The Football League triumphed 5-1.
Having left Celtic in 1897 he joined Dundee before moving to Southern League Tottenham Hotspur, and made his Southern League debut in a 4-0 win against Northfleet in January 1898, but played only once more for Spurs in a victory over Chatham that April, although he did also make 4 United League appearances for them between January and March.
He later took up as manager at Slavia Prague in February 1905 (in what is now The Czech Republic) which revolutionised the game there, and is seen as the father of Czech football. He won a local cup four times between 1908 and 1912, and more importantly he won the Czechoslovakian League title in 1925, 1929 and 1930. In his 25 years with Slavia he is estimated to have managed his side to win 134 out of 169 domestic matches. In 1930 he coached the Slavia Prague team in the Coupe Des Nations which was a counterweight tournament held in Switzerland to the World Cup in Uruguay, and got them to the Final where they lost to Hungarian club Újpest, after which he retired from football in June 1930.