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Club and Cobblers Past saddened to learn of passing of former player

31 July 2022

Cobblers Past and Northampton Town are saddened to learn of the passing of former defender John Mackin.

John Mackin started his football career as a goalkeeper winning county caps between 1960 and 1962.

He was so impressive that at one stage he was being considered for an England youth cap until it was discovered he was born in Scotland. His parents moving to Corby when he was eight.

He realised there was little chance of progressing at the County Ground as a goalkeeper being fourth in the pecking order behind Bryan Harvey, Norman Coe and Roger Barron.

He converted to wing half and put in some excellent displays making his debut in a friendly v Dundee United in 1964.

John became a regular feature at full back and took over the mantle as penalty taker when Theo Foley moved on.

He left Northampton when they fell into Division Four and after a trial with Lincoln he joined York City giving them four seasons and assisting them into Division Three.

After a two-match loan deal with Darlington he returned to the area and had managerial spells with Corby Town, Stamford and Cottingham.

We send our condolences to his family and friends.

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