John "Jock" FERGUSON

Born: Dundee, Scotland, September 17, 1887. Died: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, September 19, 1973.

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Known to everyone as Jock, Ferguson starred for the great Bethlehem Steel teams prior to 1920. Although his career was winding down when the American Soccer League was formed in 1921, he was a member of the squad until 1928, with the exception of one season.

Ferguson first crossed the Atlantic in 1912, having played for Arbroath, St. Johnstone, Dundee in Scotland and then the English club Leeds City, now Leeds United. From the point at which he joined the great steel club, Jock missed only one cup tie game in eight seasons and played in five U.S. National Challenge Cup finals and five American Cup Finals. He also made the trip to Sweden with Bethlehem Steel in 1919. When the ASL opened in 1921-22 Ferguson played for the eventual champions Philadelphia and won a championship medal again the following season as a member of the J&P Coats team. He then returned to Bethlehem Steel for 1923-24 and remained with the Steelmen until 1928 although only being used in a back up role most of the time. Inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1950.

Source: Colin Jose, Historian, National Soccer Hall of Fame

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