Fauldhouse, West Lothian born inside forward John McGourty started his football career with Fauldhouse St John’s in 1931 before joining Scottish League club Partick Thistle in 1931. After a season at Firhill, part of which was spent on loan to Edinburgh City, he was signed by First Division Champions Everton in the 1932 close season. He made his Football League debut at Arsenal that September, his fourth game being in the FA Charity Shield, a 5-3 victory over Cup winners Newcastle United. He scored twice in 15 appearances that season but didn’t play in any of the ties that led to Everton winning the 1933 FA Cup, and he played only once more for Everton at Sheffield Wednesday in January 1934 before returning north to join Hamilton Academical in the summer of 1934. After 2 years with The Accies he moved to Irish League club Waterford, and he subsequently returned two years later to English League football, joining Ipswich Town in the summer of 1938 for their first season of League football. However he only made one appearance against Cardiff in September 1938, whereafter his career was effectively finished by the Second World War’s onset a year later.