John Telfer

Started by chapmanbillies, April 27, 2017, 22:37:32

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John Telfer who played for Ayr for several seasons in the late Fifties and early Sixties sadly passed away earlier this Month.
He was part of the team which won the old 2nd Division, usually in the left half position or centre half.
His funeral will take place at Ayr crematorium on Wednesday 3rd of May at 2:45pm.

red dug

Always sad to hear of the passing of an Honest man RIP

Balloon Boy

condolences to his family


So sorry to hear that John Telfer passed away on 14th April. Ayr United signed him from Douglas Water Thistle during season 1956/57. It all came about as the result of a lucky tip-off. John Park, the president of Douglas Water Thistle, was a pre-war team mate of Jacky Cox at Hamilton Accies. By 1956 Cox was the manager of Ayr United. John Telfer was initially a wing-half and his apprenticeship in reserve football lasted for just three matches. Then he made his first team debut at home to Falkirk on 2nd January, 1957. He played well in a 6-1 win against the team destined to win that season's Scottish Cup. The team against Falkirk was Round, Bell, Thomson, Traynor, Brice, Telfer, Japp, Paton, Price, Whittle and McMillan. His next first team match was a 5-2 away defeat to Raith Rovers but his next again first team match involved a 1-0 win over Rangers on 12th January, 1957. One report stated: "John Telfer playing only his third first team game came through with top honours against internationalist Scott."
Season 1956/57 had its moments but Ayr United still got relegated. Then, in 1958/59, the team swept to the Second Division title. 115 league goals were scored this total being enhanced to 139 when we include the League Cup and Scottish Cup. This remains a club record. The team that season was normally Hamilton, Thomson or Paterson, Telfer, Willie McIntyre, McLean, Glen, Alastair McIntyre, McMillan, Price, Paton and McGhee.
A report from the Ayr United versus Stranraer cup tie on 14th February, 1959, gave a clear indication of the type of player he was.
"In the home defence which stood up well to all the Stranraer attacks left-back Telfer was outstanding. He was rarely beaten in the tackle and his clearing and positional play were first class."
Early in his Ayr United career he approached Jacky Cox to see if he could get him a job in Ayr. A plumbing job was arranged. John Telfer settled in Ayr for the rest of his days and he eventually established a business in his name. You will still see the John Telfer vans in and around Ayr.
As an Ayr United player he was obsessed with fitness. Living in Tryfield Place he stayed literally in the shadow of Somerset Park and he took advantage of this to get immersed in extra training sessions. Trainer Bobby Reid once remarked that he had to practically chase Telfer out of the ground.
He was released at the end of 1960/61.


Lovely Obit. , Duncan, and good man, good family who still follow Ayr, I believe. Condolences to John's family, RIP.


Well said Duncan

Thoughts are with the family
Mon Ayr, Mon Super Ayr !!!!!!!