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John Falconer
John Falconer
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John Falconer (Goalkeeper, 1921-30) – John Falconer was a regular for 2 seasons but refused to resign in 1923. Cowdenbeath learned that he had been tapped by Celtic and refused to allow him to leave. Falconer was idle for a year but when Cowdenbeath clinched promotion, the hatchet was buried. He was a virtual ever present for the next few years. In March 1926, Falconer saved 3 penalties in a match v Hibs at Easter Road. In 1928 he was capped by the Scottish League v the English League at Ibrox. Scotland crashed 6-2 but Falconer saved a penalty from 'Dixie' Dean. At the start of season 1928/29, disaster struck at Tynecastle. His knee cap was broken and he never played again for Cowden. In 1931, he mounted a comeback and was signed by Celtic as an understudy to John Thomson. Within a month, John Thomson met with tragedy at Ibrox Park. Falconer then played 7 games for Celtic but it was clear his damaged knee could not stand up to the rigours of 1st Division football. He then gradually slipped out of the game.

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