Conveniently situated on the North East Coast of Scotland, the seaport of Dundee earned for its self the title of “Juteopolis” because of the large quantiles of this vegetable fiber they imported before spinning it in to rope and canvas. The Tayside town also imported a large amount of flax, from the Baltic Countries, that was used to make Linen. This form of industry provided employment for a budding young footballer with the name of John Hannan Born 28TH of April 1884, at 53 Hospital Wynd, he was the 2nd child of Daniel, a Jute Mill Overseer, and Jane. The 1891 census reveals that the family, which now contains 7 children, are living on the Hilltown thougher fare and John has joined his Father working in a Jute Mill. He began his football career, playing at Left Back, with local Northern League amateur side Lochee United from where he signed for Celtic in April 1905. He spent a several weeks with the Glasgow club before, along with Willie Black, joining Everton the following June. The Merseyside club paid a joint transfer fee of £355 while both players received a bonus of £10 plus a wage of £4 per week. John Hannan was placed in the Lancashire Combination side and made his debut against Accrington Stanley at Moorhead Park where over 4,000 people watched them beaten by 5 goals to 0. Signed as cover for Jack Crelley, he had to wait until Boxing Day to play his only Football League game for Everton as they were beaten 2-1 by Bury at Goodison Park. At the end of season Hannan was placed on the transfer list, for an asking price of £150, and, it was reported, he received an offer to join Southern League side, Fulham. He declined and re-joined Lochee United. In May 1907, John Hannan joined Scottish Northern League side St Johnstone and spent 2 seasons with the Perth based club before returning home to sign for Dundee Hibernians. The new club had taken possession of the former home of Dundee Wanderers, Clepington Park, and, after extensive re-development, renamed it Tannadice. Hannan captained the Dundee side when the inaugural game took place,18th of August 1909, against the Hibernian club from Edinburgh and 6,000 people watched the sides draw 1-1. Next Saturday he scored the first competitive goal at Tannadice when his side beat the homeless Dundee Wanderers in a Northern League game. Hannan spent the rest of the season with Dundee Hibernian, playing against such sides at Arbroath and Montrose, and left at the end of the season. He then joined Forfar Athletic and assisted them to go on an extended Scottish FA Cup run. After battling their way through the qualifying stages, the “Loons” reached the first round and disposed of the 5th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borders. Round 2 granted them a home tie with Division One side, Falkirk. Their visit attracted a record crowd to Station Park and they roared John Hannan and his team mates on to a famous 2-0 victory. The Forfar dream was then shattered, at the quarter final stage, with a 6-0 defeat against Aberdeen at Pittodrie. Next season John Hannan again signed for Dundee Hibs but had returned to Forfar when World War One was declared. On the 16rh of October 1916 John Hannan married Margaret Garrity before enlisting to serve in World War One. He was wounded in action and awarded a stripe of Russian Gold Braid to wear on the arm of his uniform. John Hannan died, in Dundee, on the 25th of May 1953. Acknowledgements, Peter Mc Bride. Dundee United FC.

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  • Bernard CONWAY Hannan

    Thank you for the write up on my uncle JOHN Hannan what a journey he had in life.I am so proud to see
    part of his history thank you so much.

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