Johnny Marshall

John Marshall was born 1859 and grew up in Crossmyloof in what was then Renfrew-shire and is Glasgow's southern suburbs. His mother was local, his father a Grocer and Spirits Dealer from the city itself. And as young man he found work as a Cotton Twister, moving to and boarding in the Gorbals, whilst starting out, initially slowly, in football locally and progressing.

He had begun at Wellpark in Crossmyloof itself but then moved north to Cowlairs in Springburn before Harmonic in Dennistoun in the East End. And it was from there in 1883 at the age already of twenty-four, a winger, that he went back almost to his roots, joining Third Lanark. 

And there at the first Cathkin Park he was to stay for the next seven seasons, highly praised for his pace, mobility and shot, attributes that were to rapidly win him a cap in 1885, a second in 1886 and two more in 1887, the last in an away-win against England, and finally in 1889 in the year before his retiral from playing, the Scottish Cup. But that was to be far from his last involvement with the game. He then turned to refereeing until 1905, taking charge in 1893 of The Scottish League versus The Football League, in 1894 the Scottish Cup Final, in which Rangers beat Celtic, and after an understandable gap the Ireland-England international of 1900. 

Meantime, he was working as a Spirits Salesman and had been married since 1882, his wife, Mary Sinclair from Hutchesontown. They were to have four children, the last in 1895, but in 1897 at the age of thirty-eight Mary would die, at which point one of her younger sisters would step in to keep house. for the six of them. 

However, John would in 1902 remarry, his bride the twenty-one year old Helen McLaughlin. They were to have two boys, he going back to his former trade of Cotton Twister and the family living in Govanhill and then Dalmarnock. That is until 1923 with John's first family now grown-up the decision was taken to leave the country for America. Father and eldest son from his second family arrived first and to Philadelphia. Mother and second son followed on, John finding work as a Watchman in a hosiery mill, the boys working also. In fact the two boys would remain in the USA but, for whatever reason, their mother and father would return. By 1936 they were back in Glasgow, indeed in Hutchestown, two years before Johnny's death, he passing away in 1938 at the age of seventy-nine back in Govanhill recorded as a Spirits' Salesman (Retired).

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