‘Gentleman John’ remains one of the most prolific goal scorers in the history of the Football League, his 330 goals making him the sixth top marksman in the all-time list. He missed the scouting net early on and was 20 before he broke into the League with Newport County, finally arriving at his hometown club Liverpool after a spell at Oxford United.
Jack Charlton was delighted to find he had Irish roots, and he made him a 69-cap regular in the Eire team that functioned impressively on the world stage.
After 50 League goals in 63 matches for Liverpool, he took his scoring skills to Spain where he found the net 33 times in 63 games for Real Sociedad. In 1991, John returned to England with Tranmere where he plundered 138 League goals in 243 games before taking over as manager of Rovers for five years.
He is now a seasoned analyst on radio and television, and with his natural Mersey wit is an entertaining speaker with a vast treasure of football stories.