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Chelsea FC Profile: Johnny Paton

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Full Name: John Aloysius Paton

Born: Monday, 2nd April 1923
Place of birth: Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: Thursday, 1st October 2015 (aged 92)
Burial: Buried - Harrow Weald Cemetery, Stanmore, London Borough of Harrow, Greater London, England

Involvement with Chelsea:

Player from 1946 to 1947 (on loan)

John was born on 2 Apr 1923 in Glasgow. He came from a staunch Celtic family and was on their books when WW2 broke out.

Johnny met his wife when he was serving down south as a navigator in the RAF during WW2. She explained that Johnny was on his way to meet her for a date on the tube when he was stopped by a gentleman who recognised him and who told him that Chelsea were looking for a winger. That gentleman was John Harris, the Captain of Chelsea. John was late for his date but when he explained why he was forgiven.

Johnny came 'on loan' from Celtic at a time when loans were not allowed so he signed 2 sets of transfer forms for Celtic on the same day, one to Chelsea and an undated set back to Celtic.

He played 23 games and scored 3 goals in the 1946-47 season before returning to Celtic.

His wife didn't like Glasgow, and having seen the bright lights of London Johnny soon took her back south again where he had spells with Bretford and Watford before retiring from playing in 1955. Between 1955 - 1965 he had spells as manager of both Brentford and the Arsenal "A" team, before working at various times as a press photographer, snooker referee & a sales rep for a a biscuit company.

He was guest of honour at Chelsea's centenary dinner in 2005 as at the time he was believed to be Chelsea's oldest surviving player and he was the only surviving member of the pre Ted Drake era when, on 1st December 2013 he was invited back to Stamford Bridge for the visit of Southampton, brought out on to the pitch at half time and introduced to the crowd. With the team trailing 1-0, Paton took the microphone and memorably urged our supporters to roar the team back into the game. Within four minutes of the restart we were level before going on to win the match 3-1.

John was and his surviving family still are staunchly blue and very appreciative of how the Club look after their former players, sending hampers annually.

He died on 1st Oct 2015 and is buried in Harrow Weald Cemetery.

*** Some details obtained from Nathan Whitehouse following a phone conversation with Johnny's wife in October 2020. ***

Playing Career:

St. Mungo's Acadamy
Dennistoun Waverley
--->Chelsea (L) (Nov 1946 to Jun 1947)

* (L) = On Loan

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Debut: Saturday, 7th December 1946, Chelsea 1 - 1 Everton

Age on debut: 23 years 8 months 5 days

Last Appearance: Saturday, 26th April 1947, Wolverhampton Wanderers 6 - 4 Chelsea


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1946 / 47 18500023


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1946 / 47 300003

* oth = other competitive matches such as Full Members Cup, Charity/Community Shield, Fifa World Club Cup.
Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Johnny Paton made 23 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League7th Dec 1946Chelsea11Everton41,255 match drawn
League14th Dec 1946Huddersfield Town14Chelsea9,011 match won
League21st Dec 1946Chelsea12Wolverhampton Wanderers43,006 match lost
League25th Dec 1946Chelsea12Preston North End37,126 match lost
League26th Dec 1946Preston North End11Chelsea40,167 match drawn scored 1 goal
League28th Dec 1946Bolton Wanderers11Chelsea36,048 match drawn scored 1 goal
League4th Jan 1947Chelsea31Liverpool59,226 match won
F.A. Cup11th Jan 1947Chelsea11Arsenal70,257 match drawn
F.A. Cup15th Jan 1947Arsenal11Chelsea53,350 match drawn
F.A. Cup20th Jan 1947Arsenal02Chelsea59,590 match won
F.A. Cup25th Jan 1947Chelsea22Derby County49,484 match drawn
F.A. Cup29th Jan 1947Derby County10Chelsea19,079 match lost
League1st Feb 1947Charlton Athletic23Chelsea32,959 match won
League8th Feb 1947Chelsea00Grimsby Town17,896 match drawn
League15th Feb 1947Stoke City61Chelsea30,408 match lost
League1st Mar 1947Arsenal12Chelsea52,606 match won
League8th Mar 1947Chelsea14Blackpool30,365 match lost
League15th Mar 1947Brentford02Chelsea33,244 match won scored 1 goal
League22nd Mar 1947Chelsea21Sunderland45,415 match won
League29th Mar 1947Aston Villa20Chelsea35,786 match lost
League4th Apr 1947Chelsea02Blackburn Rovers37,840 match lost
League19th Apr 1947Chelsea10Huddersfield Town39,753 match won
League26th Apr 1947Wolverhampton Wanderers64Chelsea44,260 match lost

Chelsea Graves Society Info & External Research Links:

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Chelsea FC Player Johnny Paton

Games Won: 8
Win Percentage: 34.78%
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 23 appearances, Johnny Paton played alongside the following 17 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Sidney Bathgate (6)
Len Dolding (6)
Dickie Foss (2)
Len Goulden (21)
John Harris (22)
Tommy Lawton (21)
James Macaulay (22)
Alex Machin (22)
Harry Medhurst (20)
Bill Robertson (3)
Robert Russell (2)
Dick Spence (16)
Willi Steffen (18)
Tommy Walker (23)
Alex White (1)
Reg Williams (3)
Danny Winter (22)