John Rutherford “Jock” Gibson joined the Tigers in 1922 from Sunderland. Over the course of seven seasons he made the right back berth largely his own and was an integral part of the club’s settled back line that also featured City legends Matt Bell and Tommy Bleakley.
Gibson led quite the life as a young man. He was born in Philadelphia in the United States of America, but moved back to Sheffield as a toddler. When a teenager he moved to Hamilton in Scotland and it was there that he took his first steps in football while at junior clubs Netherburn and Blantyre Celtic. In 1920 Jock signed for Sunderland, but in two seasons he only managed a handful of first team starts.
A stalwart for City throughout the 1920s, Gibson was a saleable asset for the skint Tigers and in 1929 they accepted a hefty £5,000 from First Division Sheffield United for his services. He gave the Blades four years service before moving to Luton Town in 1933, where he ended his footballing career and began work in the Vauxhall Motor plant. Gibson remained in Luton and died there in July 1974.
Date/Place of Birth: 23 March 1898, Philadelphia, USA
Hull City First Game: 26 August 1922, Bury A (Division Two), 24 years, 156 days old
Hull City Final Game: 9 March 1929, Clapton Orient H (Division Two), 30 years, 351 days old
Netherburn, Blantyre Celtic, Sunderland (1920-1922), Hull City (1922-1929), Sheffield United (1929-1933), Luton Town (1933-1934)
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Career: 218 apps, 0 goalsJock Gibson