John Higgins (footballer, born 1930)

John Wilson Higgins (27 January 1930 – 21 June 2017) was a Scottish professional footballer, who played as a defender. Born in Kilmarnock, 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.[2] 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.[2] Higgins then played in the Football League for Swindon Town between 1959 and 1961.

John Higgins
Personal information
Full name John Wilson Higgins[1]
Date of birth (1930-01-27)27 January 1930
Place of birth Kilmarnock, Scotland
Date of death 21 June 2017(2017-06-21) (aged 87)
Place of death Crossgates nursing home
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
1950–1951 Bonnyton Thistle ( Kilmarnock )
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1957 Hibernian 12 (0)
1957–1959 St Mirren 23 (0)
1959–1961 Swindon Town 28 (0)
Total 63 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Higgins died in June 2017, aged 87, after battling Alzheimer's disease.[2]


  1. ^ "John Higgins". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Hibs' European Cup player John Higgins dies aged 87". Edinburgh Evening News. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2017.

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