Legendary winger and John’s former team-mate Cliff Jones led the tributes to the late midfielder, who was a key member of our hugely successful side of the early 1960s.
Having helped us with the League and FA Cup Double in 1961, in addition to a further FA Cup in 1962 and the European Cup Winners’ Cup the following year, John was killed when he was struck by lightning while out for a round of golf on July 21, 1964.
A small gathering of John’s friends including Cliff and Pipe Major Willie Cochrane – who served in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers regiment of the British Army with the former Scotland international – gathered at the site of a commemorative plaque, which was laid on the course in 2012 near to where John died, to mark the 50th anniversary of John’s passing.
“It’s nice that these people have turned out,” said Cliff. “John was a very special character and very special person. He was my room-mate, we had great times and he certainly is sadly missed. It’s important that people still remember him after all these years.”
Cliff and former team-mate Terry Dyson earlier paid their own tributes to John – read them here...