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Fullname: John Mark Colquhoun
aka: John Colquhoun
Born:14 July 1963
Birthplace: Stirling, Scotland
Signed: 21 November 1983 (from Stirling Albion)
Left: 24 May 1985 (to Hearts)
First game: Hearts away 3-1 league 17 December 1983
Last game: Dundee home 0-1 league 4 May 1985
First goal: East Fife away 6-0 Scottish cup 18 February 1984
Last goal: Dundee away 3-2 league 29 September 1984
International Caps: 2
International Goals: 0
John Colquhoun signed for Celtic from Stirling Albion for a fee of £50,000 in November 1983. His father (also né John) was on Celtic's books from 1957-59 but didn't play for the first team but made his name with Oldham.
He made his debut for Celtic on Saturday 17th December 1983 in a 3-1 win at Hearts, aged 20. In total, he made 25 league appearances for the club (plus 6 as substitute), scoring 4 goals. In his debut game he had impressed tremendously and had set up Brian McClair for a spectacular goal. Thankfully he later lost his dodgey tache (I'm sure he must still cringe at those old photos).
John was bought as cover for Davie Provan and only seemed to play when Provan was injured. His best spell was in the 1984/85 season when he had a fine game against Aberdeen in a 2-1 win (October 6th) and then on New Years Day 1985 he had a memorable day at Ibrox during Celtic's well deserved 2-1 victory.
The writing was on the wall when Provan displaced him in April 1985 and he was not even on the bench for the 1985 Scottish Cup Final against Dundee United the following month. Hearts moved in for him in the summer of 1985 for £60,000, and in his first ever appearance for Hearts he scored against Celtic at Tynecastle in a 1-1 draw on August 10th 1985. He went on to have a successful time with Hearts where he is regarded as one of their greats. He played for them in their dream-turned-nightmare season where they lost the league on the last day (ironically to Celtic) and then the Scottish Cup a week later. There were many within the Celtic support who were sorry to see him go and his speed and direct style were greatly appreciated, although there was a feeling that he was wasted on the wing and would be more of an asset through the centre, where he became a big hit for Hearts.
Short spells at Millwall and elsewhere followed before a return to Hearts....
However, it was off the pitch where John Colquhoun excelled. He was definitely one of the more cerebral footballers, and whilst others were goggling over the red tops he'd proudly read the broadsheets. A keen interest in politics, he was an active player in the national players' union and later was elected Rector of the University of Edinburgh.
He later etched out a short journalism career, where he wrote some quality opinion articles for amongst others the "Scotland on Sunday" newspaper, and became a notable football analyst on radio and TV on football. He easily outshone most of his peers with his analysis (not too difficult you might argue) and became a well-respected commentator on the game. In addition, he didn't just sit on his backside talking about the game, but also served as a member of "Sport Scotland", the sports funding body for Scotland to help promote the game.
At time of writing, he is a successful football agent running his own agency.
Despite moving to Hearts, he is a man we can all respect and can proudly claim to have been part of the Celtic family. A man other players should definitely look up to and a role model for all.
Quotes"Footballers don't have a high IQ to start with, so it would be difficult to gauge the effects of heading the ball too much."
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