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John Anderson

John Anderson, nicknamed "Jock", played 23 games for Slough in season 1948/49.

He was born John McVane Anderson on 21 February 1923, and grew up in Montrose, Angus, Scotland.

He played football and cricket for his school, The Montrose Academy, and later played for Montrose Football Club.

John joined the RAF at the age of 19 in 1942, and went on to become a Spitfire pilot during the Second World War. He was shot down over Italy, and had to parachute out as his plane caught fire, so became a member of the 'Caterpillar Club'.

In 1945, John left the RAF, although he retained his commission of Flight Lieutenant in the RAF Reserves, a rank he did not relinquish until July 1959. After leaving the RAF, John took a degree in Economics and then joined Cooper Mechanical Joints in 1948. He spent the first three or four years of his time with the company in Slough.

During this time John played football, firstly for Slough Town and then for Hayes. At Slough, John won the Berks & Bucks Benevolent Cup after a 1-0 win over Maidenhead United, and a runner-up medal in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup after a 2-1 defeat against Wycombe Wanderers in a replayed final.

John also met his future wife, Betty Louise Swadling, and they married at St. Paul's Church in Slough. In 1951 John was promoted within CMJ and moved to Abergavenny. There were several more work moves before the family settled in Reading in 1955, where they remained. John and Betty had two daughters, Elaine and Janet. John continued to enjoy playing sport (hockey, cricket and golf) and had a life-long love of the game of football.

John sadly passed away in January 1988 at the age of just 64, after a heart attack. He is remembered as a wonderful father and grandfather, a good sportsman, and one of life's true gentlemen.


First Appearance: 13-11-1948 vs Uxbridge
First Goal: Never
Position: Defender
Total STFC Appearances: 23
Total STFC Goals: 0


1948/49 Berks & Bucks Benevolent Cup winner

1948/49 Berks & Bucks Senior Cup runner-up

Matches Played

Match Date Home Team Score Away Team Competition Goals Cards Report
14-05-1949Maidenhead United0-1Slough TownBenevolent Cup--Report
07-05-1949Worthing2-2Slough TownLeague--Report
05-05-1949Slough Town1-2WorthingLeague--Report
03-05-1949Slough Town1-2HounslowLeague--Report
02-05-1949Uxbridge1-1Slough TownLeague--Report
26-04-1949Slough Town3-4ErithLeague--Report
23-04-1949Wycombe Wanderers2-1Slough TownB&B Senior Cup--Report
18-04-1949Wycombe Wanderers0-0Slough TownB&B Senior Cup--Report
16-04-1949Slough Town2-2Grays AthleticLeague--Report
09-04-1949Hounslow2-1Slough TownLeague--Report
02-04-1949Slough Town2-0Aylesbury UnitedBenevolent Cup--Report
26-03-1949Grays Athletic0-4Slough TownLeague--Report
05-03-1949Abingdon5-0Slough TownB&B Senior Cup--Report
19-02-1949Marlow3-5Slough TownBenevolent Cup--Report
12-02-1949Slough Town6-1Eastbourne TownLeague--Report
05-02-1949Erith2-2Slough TownLeague--Report
29-01-1949Chesham United2-2Slough TownLeague--Report
22-01-1949Wolverton1-2Slough TownB&B Senior Cup--Report
15-01-1949Windsor & Eton0-2Slough TownLeague--Report
08-01-1949Slough Town5-0Chesham UnitedLeague--Report
18-12-1948Walton & Hersham1-2Slough TownLeague--Report
11-12-1948Slough Town0-4ErithMemorial Shield--Report
13-11-1948Slough Town1-2UxbridgeLeague--Report
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11 Chippenham Town 35 49
12 Slough Town 35 48
13 Oxford City 35 44
14 Hemel Hempstead Town 35 41

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1 Ben Harris 12
2 Lee Togwell 4
3 Warren Harris 3
4 Louie Soares 3
5 Josh Jackman 2
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