John Higgins (footballer, born 1932)

John Higgins (15 October 1932 – 22 April 2005) was an English professional footballer who played mainly in central defence. Born in Bakewell, Higgins was brought up in Buxton, Derbyshire, and began his football career with local club Buxton. He later played for Bolton Wanderers in the Football League between 1952 and 1961. He played in Bolton's 2–0 win over Manchester United in the 1958 FA Cup Final. In 1961, he joined Wigan Athletic, and went on to play 77 Cheshire League games in two seasons at the club.[1] He then spent two seasons with fellow Cheshire League club Altrincham.

John Higgins
Personal information
Date of birth (1932-10-15)15 October 1932
Place of birth Bakewell, Derbyshire, England
Date of death 22 April 2005(2005-04-22) (aged 72)
Place of death Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949–1950 Buxton
1950–1961 Bolton Wanderers 183 (0)
1961–1963 Wigan Athletic 77 (1)
1963–1965 Altrincham
Total 260 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals


  1. ^ Hayes, Dean (1996). The Latics: The Official History of Wigan Athletic F.C. Harefield: Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-91-7.

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