John Hanlon, Hearts and Scotland

Photo:John Hanlon with his Scotland cap in 1913, aged 21.

John Hanlon with his Scotland cap in 1913, aged 21.

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Addiewell boy John Hanlon was a successful footballer and athlete

All-round athlete

While at 58 John Hanlon might regret that he can no longer play in first class football or retun 1 min 55 sec. for the half-mile, he certainly enjoys his game of bowls.  
John played for Hamilton Academicals from 1913 and in 1922 transferred to the Hearts.

Track Successes

As a professional "ped" (runner), Hanlon (running as J. Harris) also made his mark.  His first big success came in 1913 when he won the Manchester half-mile and then while serving with the Royal Scots he won the half-mile, the quarter, and the 100 yards in the 1919 Rhine Army Championships.
In the year he signed for the Hearts, Hanlon won the Shawfield half-mile in 1 min. 55 sec.  While major successes in the Powderhall Christmas half-mile eluded him, he gained second, third and fourth places in the event.  His last appearance at the Powderhall track was in 1939. 

Midlothian Advertiser,  21 July 1950, page 1 

This page was added by Sybil Cavanagh on 11/04/2012.
Comments about this page

John Hanlon was my great uncle.

By Anne Fuggles
On 11/03/2017

Johnny was my great uncle we used to visit him at aunt Kate's he was my grannies brother.i know very little and would like to have had a conversion with I would love anyone with any info contact us. Best Wishes Jan Davidson

By Janice Davidson new blain
On 20/05/2018

This is a message for Janice Davidson. We have a common interest in John Hanlon as I think your granny Jessie Blain and my granny Annie Thomson (nee Hanlon) may well have been sisters, so sisters of John Hanlon. Hopefully you will look at this site and confirm my info. Anne Fuggles

By Anne Fuggles
On 31/08/2018

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