Irish Footballer that Played for Manchester United - John Scott
Jackie Scott - Introduction
John or Jackie Scott was a striker from Belfast in Northern Ireland. He was born on 22 December 1933. Scott was yet another product of Boyland YC. Having been spotted by famous Manchester United scout, Bob Bishop, Jackie Scott joined Matt Busby's Old Trafford outfit as an apprentice at the tender age of just seventeen in 1950.
John Scott & Manchester United
Jackie Scott made his senior debut for Manchester United on 4 October 1952. It was a Division One match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux in front of 40,000 fans. It wasn't an auspicious occasion for the Belfast lad as United were thumped 6-2 by Wolves. Scott retained his position in the team for the next League match against Stoke City at Old Trafford. Once again Scott and United tasted defeat as the Potters won 0-2.
Jackie Scott made his third, and last, appearance for Manchester United over three years later on 21 January 1956 at Deepdale against Preston North End. Yet again he was at the losing end the scoreline as United lost 3-1. And so ended Scott's career with Manchester United - three matches, three losses, and no goals scored.
It was unfortunate for Scott that his time with Busby's United coincided with the emergence of a host of wonderfully gifted players that became known as the Busby Babes. In the Summer of 1956 Jackie Scott left United to sign for Grimsby Town. Scott died at just 44 years of age in a tragic accident on a building site.
John Scott - Northern Ireland Career
In what must be one of the most unusual international careers Jackie Scott played just twice for Northern Ireland. Both appearances were in the 1958 World Cup finals in Sweden. He made his Irish debut on 17 June 1958 in a 2-1 win over the former Czechoslovakia.
Scott's second and last match for Northern Ireland was just two days later in the quarter finals against France. The French won 4-0 and so ended the Irish interest in the competition and, Jackie Scott's international career.
John Scott - Man Utd & Northern Ireland Statistics
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