John Higgins (footballer)

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John Higgins
Personal information
Full name John Wilson Higgins
Date of birth (1930-01-27)27 January 1930
Place of birth Kilmarnock, Scotland
Date of death June 28, 2017(2017-06-28) (aged 87)
Place of death Edinburgh, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1952–1954 Hibernian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1957 Hibernian 12 (0)
1957–1959 St Mirren 23 (0)
1959–1961 Swindon Town 28 (0)
Total 63 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Wilson Higgins (27 January 1930 – June 28, 2017) was a Scottish professional footballer. He played as a defender. He was born in Kilmarnock.

Career[change | change source]

Higgins began his football career with Edinburgh club Hibernian. He played for Hibs in the 1955–56 European Cup, as part of the first British club to enter European competition.[1] Higgins then played for St Mirren for two seasons between 1957 and 1959. He was part of the St Mirren squad when they won the 1958–59 Scottish Cup, but he missed the final after contracting a viral infection.[1] Higgins then played in the Football League for Swindon Town between 1959 and 1961.

Death[change | change source]

Higgins died in crossgate nursing home on 28 June 2017, aged 87, after battling Alzheimer's disease.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Hibs' European Cup player John Higgins dies aged 87". Edinburgh Evening News. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2017.

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