Hamsterley, County Durham born centre half John Scott began his football career with Chopwell Institute in the mid 1920’s and played for Consett in 1926, from where he signed for Second Division Oldham Athletic in January 1928, spending the rest of the 1927-28 season on their books without making a first team appearance, He joined Third Division (North) club South Shields in June 1928 and made his Football League debut at Wrexham the same September, but initially struggled for opportunities at Horsley Hill, playing only 15 matches over two seasons before the club moved to Gateshead and changed its name in the summer of 1930.
He got into the first team on a more regular basis from February 1931 and he played 31 matches during the 1931-32 campaign as Gateshead finished runners up in the Third Division (North), narrowly missing out on promotion, playing 35 matches during their 1932-33 campaign, However he lost his place at the start of the 1933-34 season and only played 8 more matches for The Head before joining Crewe Alexandra in July 1934 after 105 appearances, in which he never scored, for the combined South Shields/Gateshead.
At Gresty Road he was a regular for five seasons for The Railwaymen, scoring three goals in 192 appearances through to the end of the 1938-39 season, playing more than 30 matches a season for Crewe in every season, however the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 effectively ended his career.
NB the photograph was taken before the League match between Walsall and Gateshead at Fellows Park on 15th October 1932. Walsall won the match 2-0.