Johnshaven’s Footballing Legends

One of the first junior football teams in Scotland was Brotherton Rangers, who played at Johnshaven.

They were known in their early years as the ’Jeely Jar Rangers’ as they collected jelly jars at one penny a time to raise the funding for their first team strip. In 1897, about the time the photo at the top was taken, there was a disruption at the club. Several players and officials broke away and formed Johnshaven Dauntless.

The Rangers went defunct a few years later, but Dauntless have carried on since, breaking only for two world wars. The club now plays in the Fettercairn & District Summer AFL.

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Selection of team photographs from archive material

Johnshaven Athletic AFC continue to thrive however and still play their home games at Wairds Park. To find out more about Johnshaven Athletic, go to their website at

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Johnshaven Athletic (2008). Visit their website for team details and all fixtures

Additional Football Page info:

Main Picture at top of page (Brotherton Rangers 1897):
(back row l-r) Alec McBay, James McBay, Robert Adam,
(mid row l-r) John Ritchie, Louis Adam, Edward Souter,
(front row l-r) Alex McBay, Alex Blues, A. Mowatt McBay, George mcBay, John Mearns McBay.

Other Johnshaven Dauntless team photos are from early part of 20th Century.

(Follow this link to buy the book about The Dauntless!)