John Sludden

John Sludden (born 29 December 1964) is a Scottish former footballer who was most recently manager of East Stirlingshire in the Lowland League.[1] He played as a striker for several clubs in the Scottish Football League.

John Sludden
Personal information
Date of birth (1964-12-29) 29 December 1964 (age 55)
Place of birth Falkirk, Scotland
Playing position(s) Striker
Youth career
Gairdoch United BC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1983 Celtic 0 (0)
1983–1985 St Johnstone 33 (6)
1985–1986 Airdrieonians 9 (0)
1985–1989 Ayr United 140 (78)
1989–1991 Kilmarnock 48 (15)
1991–1993 East Fife 71 (34)
1993 Clydebank 1 (0)
1993–1994 Clyde 17 (4)
1994–1995 Stenhousemuir 23 (14)
1995–2001 Bo'ness United
Total 342 (151)
Teams managed
1995–2001 Bo'ness United
2014–2016 Camelon Juniors
2016–2018 East Stirlingshire
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:00, 12 May 2015



On 7 June 1980, Sludden played for Scotland versus England at Wembley Stadium in the Schoolboy International that was shown live on TV, scoring two goals in the team's 5-4 win, with Paul McStay also scoring two goals and Ally Dick the other goal. England's Paul Rideout scored a hat-trick in the match.[2]

Sludden then signed for Celtic on the same day that McStay signed for the Parkhead club. Sludden played only once for the first-team in a Glasgow Cup Final versus Rangers in 1982.[3] Sludden joined Leeds United on trial in May 1983 but failed to secure a contract. Sludden then signed for Perth club St Johnstone before signing for Airdrieonians and Ayr United. John scored the last ever goal at St Johnstone's Muirton Park before Saints moved to their current McDiarmid Park home. Sadly for the Perth side he was playing for Ayr at the time as they triumphed 1-0 in the ground's final game! Whilst at Somerset Park under the club's manager Ally MacLeod, Sludden was part of a talented attack-minded team, alongside players such as Henry Templeton. In the 1987–88 season the "Honest Men" won the Second Division Championship as Sludden scored 31 league goals.

Sludden then left the South Ayrshire club for East Ayrshire rivals Kilmarnock, then later played for East Fife, Clydebank, Clyde and Stenhousemuir.


Sludden was then appointed player-manager of Junior club Bo'ness United in 1995 and resigned in October 2001. Sludden was later involved in youth development at Celtic.[3] Sludden was then appointed manager of Camelon Juniors in April 2014. On 13 June 2015, Camelon won the Fife and Lothians Cup in a 1-0 win versus Sauchie Juniors before departing Camelon on 7 May 2016.[4] Later that same month, Sludden was confirmed as manager of East Stirlingshire, following their relegation to the Lowland League.[1] On 30 August 2018 Sludden was relieved of his position.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Sludden is the father of former Falkirk and Stenhousemuir striker Paul Sludden


  1. ^ a b "Sludden Is New Shire Boss". East Stirlingshire FC. 25 May 2016. Archived from the original on 17 June 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
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  3. ^ a b Fisher, Stewart (26 November 2009). "Wembley memories to inspire class of '09". The Herald. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
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External linksEdit

  • John Sludden at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database