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The son of a Celtic reserve team player, John Aloysius Paton was a schoolboy internationalist (in the company of George Young and Billy Steel) while at St Mungo's Academy, and he was signed by Dennistoun Waverley from St Mary's Calton in 1939.   He was capped by Junior Scotland before signing for Celtic in May 1942, and made his first team debut in the Summer Cup.
He was very familiar with Celtic Park, not only as a spectator in the company of his father and grandfather, but as a press photographer with the Scottish Daily Express and Sunday Express.
Paton was also a keen boxer, and was welterweight champion for the Air Training Corps in  1942.   Called up by the RAF who trained him as a navigator, he was stationed in Canada and turned out for a New York team, and played for the RAF against Sweden and Denmark in 1945, with Stanley Matthews on the other wing,
He guested for several clubs during the Second World War, including Arsenal, Manchester City, Millwall, East Fife, Leeds United and Crystal Palace.  
As peacetime football restarted in 1946/47, after playing for Celtic in five League Cup ties he was effectively loaned to Chelsea, where he scored three times in 23 League and FA Cup ties, making a good impression with clever footwork and accurate crosses, the principal beneficiary being England centre forward Tommy Lawton.   Back at Parkhead, he was first choice outside left for the following two seasons, the first of which brought a brush with relegation as Celtic finished in 12th place, just four points ahead of second bottom Airdrieonians.    The joke around Parkhead was that no-one knew that Johnny was in the team, as the cheer which greeted the announcement of Charlie Tully at inside left drowned out mention of his winger.
Although they recovered to finish sixth the following season, Celtic were some way from challenging for honours and Paton was transferred to Brentford in September 1949.   He had fallen out with the management over summer wages, and Paton went without pay for six weeks.   He contacted Bernard Joy, the former Arsenal centre half who wrote for the London Evening Star, asking for his availability to be advertised.   Brentford coach Malcolm Macdonald read the article and remembered Paton from his playing days at Celtic.   He scored on his debut and became a fans' favourite, scoring 16 times in 94 League and FA Cup appearances.
He signed for Watford in July 1952 and in three seasons at Vicarage Road scored 17 times in 84 League matches.  He was amongst the first batch of players to gain FA Coaching badges while he was at Brentford, where Jimmy Hill and Ron Greenwood were team-mates, and he became player-coach at Watford, and stayed on as coach when he finished playing.   In October 1955 he was appointed manager, but they lost to Bedford Town in the FA Cup the following month and the ensuing financial problems contributed to his dismissal in February.  
Through his coaching qualifications he had sound contacts in the English game, and was employed by Arsenal as a scout, and then as coach of their Metropolitan League team, through which many of their 1970-71 double-winning team graduated.
When he left Arsenal, he managed an Ealing snooker hall, during which time he qualified as a professional snooker referee, and he also competed, successfully, in ballroom dancing.   Paton retained good health and fitness until the last couple of years of his long life
Eugene MacBride and Martin O'Connor, in their Who's Who "An Alphabet of the Celts", included an amusing footnote to their biography of Paton.   "Johnny's grandfather, Billy McVey, held Celtic Season Ticket No.2 and as a child Johnny sat on Billy's knee watching Celtic from stand seat No.2 behind the Directors' Box.  Billy ran a confectioners opposite St Mary's, Abercromby Street, and on Celtic nights, used to supply the committee and company with cakes."
Season 1963/64 was a dismal one for Aberdeen during which the Dons finished ninth in the First Division and had found it a struggle to win at home, recording only seven victories out of 23 fixtures played at Pittodrie Park. There was further pain for their long-suffering fans when their team made a humiliating third-round exit from the Scottish Cup at the hands of Second Division side Ayr United after they were beaten 2-1 at home.
The Dons had a chance to redeem themselves when the Summer Cup was revived in 1964. The tournament had last taken place in 1945 and was brought back to help First Division clubs recoup some of their escalating running costs. Aberdeen were in the Group 1 qualifying section with Dundee, Dundee United and St Johnstone. Celtic and Rangers declined to participate in the competition, which was confined to First Division clubs.
Aberdeen manager Tommy Pearson had strengthened his forward line with the signing of centre-forward Andy Kerr from Sunderland and winger Willie McIntosh from East Stirlingshire. The experienced Kerr had been a prolific goal-scorer with Kilmarnock in season 1962-63 and he showed he hadn't lost his touch with two goals in a 3-2 victory over St Johnstone as the Dons opened their campaign at Pittodrie on May 2 before a crowd of 6,000. McIntosh also contributed to revitalising the Dons' forward line, but a couple of defensive lapses allowed Saints' Sandy McRorie to pull back two goals in three minutes. Norman Macdonald, the Aberdeen Press and Journal's chief football writer, took heart from the Dons' performance and believed they had "a sporting chance of reaching the knockout stages of the Summer Cup".
In the next fixture, Aberdeen lost to a goal by Alan Cousin while playing Dundee at Dens Park. Dons left-back Jimmy Hogg was injured early in the game and, in the days before substitutes were allowed, was forced to "hirple forlornly" as a passenger on the left-wing for the rest of the match. Ernie Winchester switched from inside-left to replace Hogg at left-back while McIntosh took over Winchester's position. These changes upset Aberdeen's rhythm although their defence did well to prevent any further goals from the Dark Blues. The fact that the injured Hogg had to continue playing instead of being substituted reflects the culture of the period and thankfully we live in more enlightened times. The Summer Cup's crowded fixture list also gave injured players less time to recover for the next match.
An abysmal performance by the Dons saw them slump to a 4-1 away defeat by a superior Dundee United, spearheaded by Denis Gillespie and Tommy Neilson. Aberdeen had shown little fighting spirit despite the club's management pledging three months earlier that future policy would be based on "fielding a team of fighters" following the Scottish Cup fiasco against Ayr United.
Ian Lister and Tommy Morrison were brought into the Aberdeen forward line for the match against St Johnstone at Muirton Park and the attack showed "more dash and initiative" than previously. Dons centre-half Doug Coutts suffered a stomach injury and played on the right wing after Kerr replaced him in defence. Despite his injury, Coutts scored his side's first goal and almost on the final whistle nodded the ball on to Morrison who scored with a header which sealed the Dons' 2-0 victory.
At a sunny Pittodrie, my father and I watched a rejuvenated Aberdeen beat Dundee 3-1 in which Andy Kerr "not only generalled the attack skilfully, but also took time to score a couple of dandy goals", wrote Norman Macdonald. Fellow-newcomer Willie McIntosh had opened the scoring for the home side with a well-taken header and kept Scotland full-back Alex Hamilton on his toes throughout the match. Alan Gilzean got a consolation goal for the Dark Blues eight minutes from the end.
The Dons' victory placed them two points behind Dundee United but they could still pip their rivals on goal average and advance to the semi-finals if they beat the Tannadice side by at least three goals at Pittodrie. Aberdeen rose to the occasion and confounded their critics by thrashing United 5-0 before 12,000 fans on May 20. Don Kerrigan's penalty kick paved the way for victory and there followed goals from Morrison, Winchester, a second by Kerrigan while McIntosh completed the rout of a demoralised United side with a header from a free kick by Coutts.  Aberdeen wing-half Dave Smith, who was seeking a transfer, was singled out for praise by Norman Macdonald for "using the ball skilfully and intelligently, even in the most difficult circumstances".
Aberdeen were drawn against Partick Thistle in the two-leg semi-final, but failed to recapture their goal-scoring appetite in the first leg at Firhill on May 23 when they lost 1-0 to the Jags. The only goal came six minutes after the start after a hesitant John Ogston in the Aberdeen goal allowed Billy Cunningham "to poke the ball over the line at full stretch". In the return leg at Pittodrie, the Dons took the lead with an own goal by Thistle's Tommy Gibb but Neil Duffy equalised early in the second-half. The Jags were awarded a penalty soon after but Ogston saved John Harvey's spot kick. Thistle looked destined for the final but the Dons were far from beaten and, urged on by their fans in the 14,000 crowd, fought back to score twice with Tommy Morrison snatching both goals during a frenetic, final 10 minutes. It was the first time Aberdeen had reached the final of a national competition since losing 3-1 to St Mirren in the 1959 Scottish Cup Final.
The Dons' success was overshadowed by the typhoid outbreak in Aberdeen which had begun almost two weeks earlier. On June 1, it was announced there were 209 typhoid cases being treated in three city hospitals, the infection being traced to contaminated corned beef. Aberdeen became a beleaguered city and for public-health reasons the Dons' two-leg final against Hibernian, who were managed by Jock Stein, was postponed until the crisis was over. Although Hearts had topped Group 4 they were committed to going on tour to the United States and Edinburgh rivals Hibs took their place after winning a play-off against Dunfermline before beating Kilmarnock 6-4 on aggregate to reach the final.
A visit to Aberdeen by the Queen in July did much to help life return to normal in the city and paved the way for the Dons' clash with Hibs in the first leg of the final at Pittodrie on August 1 before a crowd of 20,000.  Ernie Winchester opened the scoring for the Dons, but both teams had to contend with a blustery wind. Andy Kerr recaptured his scoring touch with a brace of goals while Hibs countered with two fortuitous goals from Jim Scott. Dons full-back Ally Shewan stopped scoring attempts on the goal-line from Eric Stevenson and Willie Hamilton, but then in the match's dying minutes, as Hibs piled on the pressure, he spectacularly kicked a netbound shot from Neil Martin over the bar with Ogston out of position.
On August 5, the Dons took a one-goal lead to Easter Road, where 26,900 fans were treated to a hard-fought cup-tie in which Willie Wilson performed heroics in the Hibs' goal. A late goal by Hibernian centre-forward Stan Vincent took the match into extra time. The Edinburgh side seemed on the brink of snatching victory after Eric Stevenson scored with a close-range header, but fortune smiled on the Dons when right-half Charlie Cooke saw his header bounce over two Hibs defenders and enter the net via the angle of the post and crossbar two minutes from the end. There were no penalty shoot-outs then and a third game was needed with Aberdeen winning the choice of venue.
My father and I were among the 23,000 spectators who crowded into Pittodrie for the final final on Wednesday, September 2. Hopes were high that the Dons would land their first major silverware since winning the League Cup against St Mirren in 1955, but it was not to be. In five minutes Willie Hamilton volleyed the ball into the roof of the net to open the scoring for Hibs, but local lad Ernie Winchester rallied his team with a superb equaliser. Ogston saved a penalty from Pat Stanton and then the home side had another escape when a shot from Neil Martin rebounded off the inside of the post. A blunder by the Dons' defence allowed Jim Scott to put Hibs in the lead, resulting in Aberdeen throwing everything into the attack, but the visitors held out. Five minutes before the end another defensive error by the Dons saw teenager Peter Cormack score a rather scrappy goal to give Hibs a 3-1 victory.
Reporting on the match in the Press and Journal, Norman Macdonald wrote that although the Dons had put up a hard fight, justice had been done because "Hibs were the more stylish soccer combine. They moved the ball with precision and skill. Their forwards played as a team." He added that manager Tommy Pearson would have "to produce a touch of magic to transform this Dons team into a match-winning blend", but that failed to materialise and in the following year Pearson quit after the Dons were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by East Fife and was succeeded by Eddie Turnbull, whose competitive and ruthless style helped revive Aberdeen's fortunes
The Dons failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the 1965, and last, Summer Cup, which was won by Motherwell after they beat Dundee United 3-2 on aggregate. Peter Cormack recalled the 1964 tournament 50 years later in a newspaper article, saying that the Hibernian players were not that keen on it: "The married guys were especially unhappy because it ate into their summer holidays. It wasn't so bad for younger laddies like myself, who would have played every night of the week, but I don't think it was ever going to catch on."
Born on 2nd April 1923 in Glasgow, died in Stanmore, Middlesex on 1st October 2015, aged 92
Issue 136   Winter 2015/16
Contents of this issue - click on image to go to relevant article
Ian Burns
Norrie Fulton
Ernie Hannigan
Jimmy Henderson
Billy Lewis
Book Review
Obituaries included this issue - click on link to go to relevant page, then click again to go to relevant article - and for further articles
Jackie McGugan
Johnny Paton
Peter Price
Eddie Stewart
Bryan Thomson
Matt Watson
Book Reviews
Tales from the Dugout
West Lothian's Scottish Cup History
Abercorn's Internationalists
Annan Athletic - A History
The day Dundonald came to town
Goals Galore
Juniors in the Scottish Cup
Third Lanark v Dundee on Christmas Day
by Peter Myers
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Born 29th March 1989 in La Ceiba, Honduras, murdered there on 10th December 2015, aged 26
Arnold Fabian Pertalta Sosa, who played in more than half of the League matches in Rangers' League One Championship season 2013/14, was shot dead in his home city.  Capped 26 times for Honduras, mostly as a Vida player, the midfielder signed a pre-contract agreement to sign for Rangers in early June 2013.   He made just five appearances for Rangers in 2014/15 and was released in January.   After an unsuccessful trial with Shakhter Karagandy, he returned to Honduras to sign for Olimpia.

HAMISH OGILVIE, right half or outside right of Elgin City between 1947-8 and 1950-1 died in November 2015, aged 90.  He spent the following four seasons with Rothes.
GORDON DISHINGTON, Albion Rovers director, died on 22nd October 2015, aged 69.
BOBBY HOPKINS, a director (and occasional chairman) of Alloa Athletic since September 1986, died on 19th September 2015
HUGH HOLMES ORMOND, a former St Mirren and Dundee United right back, died in early September 2015, aged 91.  He joined Saints from Arthurlie in May 1946 but did not make his first team debut until 1948/49.   He played three times in A Division in his final two seasons at Love Street and joined Dundee United in November 1950, for whom he played eleven League and Cup matches over two seasons.

LEIGH HENDERSON of Deveronvale, was found dead at home in Turriff on 4th July 2015.   He played previously for Keith, Turriff and Huntly.
KENNY WAUGH, who died in Prestonfield, Edinburgh on 5th September 2015, aged 78, was a prominent publican and bookmaker who realised his dream of owning Hibernian FC in 1981 when he purchased Tom Hart's majority shareholding.   Waugh became chairman the following year, but in 1987 he sold to David Duff, and then had to join the battle to avoid Wallace Mercer's attempted takeover.  There was some irony in that, as Waugh bid to buy Hearts in 1980 was trumped by Mercer.
KENNY ROGER, who played with Fraserburgh and Deveronvale in the 60s, 70s and 80s, died in Fraserburgh on 8th September 2015.   The retired builder, who died from injuries sustained when he fell off a building he was repairing, was a former director and committee man of Fraserburgh.  He played in the team which faced European Cup Finalists Celtic in a fund-raising match following the 1970 Fraserburgh lifeboat disaster, in which five crewmen died.

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