Saints & Seniors

This is an ongoing project to track down all of the estimated 290 St Anthony's players who have gone on to sign contracts for senior clubs. The current total stands at 274 contracts signed, so a bit of work remains to be done. However, as the longest previously published list included only 69 players, something has been achieved. This page will be updated on a regular basis as more players are found.

Few countries are daft enough to have their clubs governed by more than one association, so the term "senior" means very little to fans outside Scotland. For the purposes of this project I include all players who signed for clubs in full membership or associated membership of their main national football association. In Scotland this means clubs eligible to play in the Scottish FA Cup (or the old Qualifying Cup). In England I include clubs eligible to play in the FA Cup, FA Trophy and FA Vase. For other countries I have examined each club on a case-by-case basis. The only exceptions I allow are in the cases of clubs from countries occupying vast continental areas, such as Canada and Australia, where they play in State competitions.

I make no distinction between league and non-league clubs. And I include players who went senior via other Junior clubs. All types of contracts are included - professional, amateur, provisional, delayed and also wartime emergency rule 4 transfers. Some football historians understandably do not include provisional transfers in their lists. These transfers are difficult to track down, the players were often never called up, and in some seasons the SFA did not even bother to record them. I take the view that any St Anthony's player good enough to sign a senior contract, of whatever type, deserves recognition on this page.

Anyone who can help with this project please contact me via one of the official St Anthony's FC social media sites. Many thanks to David Wilkes for his valuable assistance and to everyone who has contributed bits and pieces.

Curley John 1925 Raith Rovers direct transfer
Dalgleish John "Jack" 1918 Hamilton Academical direct transfer
Davidson John 1938 Kilmarnock direct transfer
Davis Robert 1925 Falkirk via Pollok Juniors
Dearie Tommy 1938 East Fife via Benburb
Derby Brian 1971 East Stirlingshire via Benburb
Devan Charlie 1923 Clydebank (1) direct transfer
Devanney John 1957 Albion Rovers direct transfer
Devlin John 1936 Arbroath provisional transfer, called up 1936
Dolan Andrew 1951 Celtic provisional transfer, not called up
Dolan William 1959 Greenock Morton via St Roch's
Donachie William 1926 Crystal Palace via St Roch's
Gallacher Hugh 1923 Clyde direct transfer
Gallacher Jim 1950 Celtic direct transfer
Gallacher Willie 1937 Celtic provisional transfer, called up 1938
Gibson Charlie 1981 Shrewsbury Town direct transfer
Gibson Willie 1919 Ayr United direct transfer (later signed for Newcastle United)
Gilchrist Johnny 1919 Celtic direct transfer
Gilhooley Jim 1954 Dumbarton direct transfer
Gillan Felix 1925 Ayr United direct transfer
Gillan Gerry 1963 Celtic direct transfer
Gillespie Pat 1944 Partick Thistle direct transfer
Glover Alec 1943 Partick Thistle provisional transfer, called up 1943
Goodwin Johnny 1922 Dumbarton direct transfer
Gorman Bill 1934 Bury via Clydebank St James and Shettleston
Graham Hugh 1973 Albion Rovers direct transfer
Graham James 1936 Motherwell provisional transfer, called up 1936
Grant Archie 1958 Kilmarnock direct transfer
Gray William "Wuggie" 1927 Celtic via Maryhill Hibernian; provisional transfer, called up
Gribben Jamie 1926 Bo'ness direct transfer (later assistant trainer at Celtic)
Haddock Harry 1949 Clyde via Renfrew
Hastie Donald 1937 Arbroath direct transfer
Haugh Bart "Batty" 1919 Partick Thistle direct transfer
Henderson John 1918 Partick Thistle direct transfer (later signed for Rangers)
Herd John c1922 Newark Skeeters via Parkhead and Renfrew Juniors
Higgins John 1954 Airdrieonians provisional transfer, called up ?
Hilley Hugh 1921 Celtic direct transfer
Hillhouse J. "Ivie" 1927 Clyde direct transfer
Hope Tommy 1940 Ayr United wartime emergency rule 4 transfer, later declared
Howard Jamie 1932 Sunderland direct transfer
Jackson James 1923 Airdrieonians via Shawfield Juniors
Johnstone John 1922 Hamilton Academical direct transfer
Kane Walter 1946 St Mirren direct transfer
Keenan James 1933 West Ham United direct transfer
Kelly Lawrie 1934 Southend United Direct transfer