John White

John-White1937 – 1964

Football Player; John began his senior career with Alloa Athletic before moving on to Falkirk for £3,300 in August 1958. White had already won a full Scotland cap while playing for the “Bairns” but his transfer to Tottenham Hotspur for £20,000 in October 1959 firmly established him as a leading player at international level. Between 1959 and 1964 an impressive total of 22 Scotland caps were won and in 1961 he was a valued member of the “Spurs” side which became the first English team of the Twentieth Century to win the “Double”.

White would win the FA Cup again in 1962 and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1963. A skilled passer of the ball John had near perfect balance, was quick and possessed impeccable close control. His ability to find space and make telling runs without being noticed earned him the nickname “Ghost” amongst the Tottenham fans. White made 233 appearances for Tottenham scoring 53 goals. His tragic death at the age of 27 robbed Scotland of one of her finest players of the 1960s era.