John "Jock/Jack" Cameron

Jock Cameron was another boy, who went on to top-flight football, had a toughish start in life. He came from mining stock, was born in a miners' row by Bellshill and lost his father, an itinerant hewer, at seven years old. However, his mother remarried rapidly, to another miner and he was brought up still in various rows in and around Coatbridge but in a steady household. 

And he began his football, whilst already working down the pit, in and around those same rows with Kirkwood Thistle,. He was selected for Lanarkshire juniors, was then courted, a left-back, by several clubs before in 1900, aged twenty-one, signing not locally but for St. Mirren. 

He would stay at Love Street for four seasons forming so good a partnership with Tom Jackson that in 1904 the pair was called up for international duty, the first of two caps he would gain. And it was that first cap that prompted struggling Blackburn Rovers to come in for him. In 1902-3 it had finished just a place above relegation. In 1903-4 it was two. In 1904-5 with him on-board it had recovered to thirteenth and in 1905-6 to ninth but he was gradually dropped and in 1907 sold to Chelsea, newly promoted to the First Division. 

He would move to London with his new bride, Blackburn-girl, Elizabeth Astley. They married in 1906, would have two children in the capital, where at Stamford Bridge, he would stay for six campaigns. In that time there would be a second cap in 1909, a poor performance against and bad loss to England, relegation in 1910, captaining to re-promotion in 1912, before being released at the age of thirty-four. But he did not hang up the boots just yet. Instead he dropped down to the Central League at Port Vale in Stoke-on-Trent, at the end of The Great War managing for a year. 

But at forty he made the decision to leave football altogether and the family returned to Blackburn, he working there as a General Labourer until retirement. And it would be also in Blackburn that he would pass away in 1950 at the age of seventy-one to be buried in the town's cemetery in what appears to be a disappointingly unmarked grave. 

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