Porteous, John

Birth Date

5th December 1921


Motherwell, Lanarkshire



Biographical Text

Starting his career with Motherwell, John Porteous spent two seasons with Exeter City in the mid-1950s having joined the club from Plymouth Argyle where he had made in excess of 200 league appearances. He later played for Truro City.

After serving with the Royal Air Force during the Second Word War, he signed for Motherwell but didn't feature in the first team during his two season stay. He first headed to Devon in July 1949 when, after playing for Alloa Athletic, he joined Plymouth Argyle for a reported fee of £2,000. He was an immediate success at Argyle going on to make a total of 215 league appearances scoring 13 goals. He also played in their promotion winning side of 1951-52.

He made the short move to Exeter City in March 1955 for £300 at the same time as his Argyle team mate George Willis. His first game for the Grecians was in a 3-1 home win over Northampton Town. Porteous hardly missed a game in the City first team for the first half of the following season until losing his place in January 1957. He asked for a transfer in March 1957 and, at the end of the season, signed for Truro City.

John died on 13 August 2007.





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