John went by the nickname benzo,tough tackling cheeky chappy,john is the nephew of ray reardon that famous snooker player from the 80sss....john also writes for the rutherglen reformerView Archive Comments »
Posted by Barney
Sunday 29th of January 2012 11:49:15
Rutherglens answer to Mario Balotelli : Seen him down the Main Street recently wearing his - Why is it always me ? - t-shirt. It also looks Big Mario styles his haircuts on Benzo. ( A Desi Divers special ). I am sure they have many other things in common. Benzo might be quicker over 10 yards than Mario on the pitch.
Posted by Victor
Saturday 28th of January 2012 08:43:17
John had to stop training one night due to the endless hiccups. At first it was kind of funny and we were all joking about it. But the hiccups did not stop. If you went for a beer with him, you had to bring a raincoat.
Posted by rt
Friday 20th of January 2012 21:36:28
john couldnt only deliver a good cross,,he could also deliver a very good roll....nice and crispy
Posted by honest Jamie
Friday 13th of January 2012 00:57:50
Absolutely brilliant guy that I still regard as a pal to this day, however, think he would agree that brother Tommy was a far superior player (problem is Tommy played for so long that all the younger generation didn't get to see what a player he really was) - sorry Benzo, still love you wee man.
Posted by Dixie Lineker
Saturday 07th of January 2012 21:54:30
I think that if Benzo was on Match Of The Day then it would be cut to 10 minutes........1 minute intro,........1 minute to introduce the panel.......2 minutes to discuss the game coming on.........5 minutes on Benzo disagreeing with everyones opinion even before he's seen the game and finishing of with a 1 minute square go and roll the credits.That would be worth your TV Licence !!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Tonto
Saturday 07th of January 2012 20:13:04
Rutherglen's Alan Hansen. He has an oinion on everything. I would like to see the BBC (who we pay for through our licence fee ) bin Lineker, Hansen, Shearer aand Laurenson. I propose that on a Saturday night Match of the Day we have Benzo, Paul McColl and John Kerr. That would be better viewing and better opinions. I think the Rutherglen Reformer should back this campaign.
Posted by youruthitmakingfriend
Friday 06th of January 2012 17:05:08
i like benzo,,,hes a really nice chap,,,,and tells great stories....i love them even if theyre not true,,,,in some of the stories he even says i was some player,,,thats only at the drunk bits,,im usually drunk as well so i believe it when he says i was some player...so for that reason ME for the team........
Posted by Sis
Wednesday 04th of January 2012 12:08:28
GREAT player wishes he WENT to Celtic BoysClub!!!!
Posted by Big Pat
Tuesday 22nd of November 2011 14:57:38
Should be canonised as the patron Saint of defenders.
Posted by Thommo
Tuesday 22nd of November 2011 14:42:49
Not the quickest by the stop watch but fast upsairs and knew the game. Ne need for big slide tackles in the mud. Always came off the park with clean pants. Sign of a good player
Posted by Mark
Sunday 20th of November 2011 16:57:59
Rutherglens first Bosman transfer.
Posted by Old crock
Saturday 19th of November 2011 10:16:48
His time-keeping skills could do with a bit of work. Always a bit late in the tackle.
Posted by Duncan
Friday 18th of November 2011 21:16:46
He is a role model for anyone who wants to play football. He was a joy to watch, especially his throw ins. In fact, I wish he was 21, then we could see his career all over again and capture some of the great moments on YOUTUBE. Should be in Rutherglens Greatest team or at least on the bench . I’m still star-struck when I see walking about the Burgh. On the pitch you couldn't get near him: Off the pitch he disappears, usually well away from the bar.At La Masia (Barcelona’s football Academy) his name is mentioned a lot. He never liked compliments. He preferred criticisms. He then liked to prove critics wrong. What an attitude. I am going to vote for him now.
Posted by Wullie
Friday 18th of November 2011 21:00:43
Pythagoras in boots. One of the Ruthergelns greatest ever thinkers on the game of football. Never played a bad game in his imagination. The council should built a 20 foot statue of him on the Main Street outside the Vogue. He was a prodigious javelin thrower as a teen at school, a skill that served him well when he got into a big football team : his shies were really good.
Posted by Overtoun Ranger
Friday 18th of November 2011 19:50:14
A cross between Roy of the Rovers and Alf Tupper, The Tough of the Fernhill Track.
Posted by Alfredo di
Sunday 13th of November 2011 16:34:38
Good tough player who liked to back chat to refs too often. Had more bookings that Terry Hurlock. At school he was more interested in football than education. Still it has never stopped him having more opinions on everything than you will find on Google.
Posted by Dixie
Sunday 13th of November 2011 00:26:11
John Bennett the greatest Trombone player never to have tooted for his country !!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by anonymous
Sunday 06th of November 2011 20:13:08
I think I remember him collecting ginger bottles and going to Allans the newsagent ( or was it Gizzis cafe ? ) i Fernhill and getting two pence per bottle. Still no a bad player. Might make the subs bench in the Greatest team.
Posted by Richard
Saturday 05th of November 2011 23:16:18
Class act - even his tattoos are spelled correctly. And he was just as funny in the pub as he was on the park.
Posted by rab thomson,,wig wearer
Friday 04th of November 2011 23:48:37
Posted by Scott
Sunday 23rd of October 2011 10:01:47
How much would he be worth in the transfer market today? Would he be the most expensive Ruglonian ? Would it be higher that the 9.5 million pounds paid by Moscow for McGeady or the 850, 000 paid by Barcelona for Archibald. If you were a manager making a bid, how much would you be prepared to pay for him ?
Posted by Terr
Saturday 22nd of October 2011 23:42:09
This guy has a will to win at everything, torn faced but a winner. A game I remember was Weirs v Fernhill Villa mid week, he caught me on the thigh left 6 studs marks & I am his brother-in-law. We did pump them right enough.
Posted by Susy
Saturday 22nd of October 2011 19:22:46
Hello, My name is Susy. I live in Hong Kong. I love football from the UK and watch games most weekends on a Saturday or Sunday night. My favourite team is Man U. I love to wear their bright red jersey most weekends. I came across this website when surfing the internet. I seen your photograph and read your profile. You appear to have been a good footballer and I would like if you can help me understand more about football in the United Kingdom. (a). I collect auto graphs from players around the world: can you send me your signature please ? . (b) Can you explain the offside rule to me ? . c) Why do footballers seem to be so angry ? I am going down my local bar tomorrow night to watch a game: if you are in town please let me know and I would love to talk to you about football. Susy.
Posted by mk
Thursday 20th of October 2011 21:18:37
johns a lovely man
Posted by Paul
Tuesday 18th of October 2011 09:01:18
I have had this wee diddy perform in some of the worlds greatest venues (Sportsman,Vogue,Davis club and Bower to name a few) with One song.Its took him a long way.
Posted by Big Harry
Sunday 16th of October 2011 17:37:09
Midfield players claim that they work the hardest of any player in the team, and they cover the greatest distance. A top level midfielder will cover 6.2 miles in a game. Benzo did no go in for all those stats rubbish. Make the ball do the work was a better way that running about like a diddy. I once seen him playing up the Public Park and he covered alomost 200 yards in 89 mins. He then got the hook and was substituted as he had cramp.
Posted by mk
Saturday 15th of October 2011 11:32:47
admin guy...any chance of removing photos on bobby sommerville and terr jackson,,,pinned wrong photos cheers
Posted by Site Admin Team
Saturday 15th of October 2011 09:01:24
QUESTION: Can anyone advise please if he ever scored a hat trick during his career. If so, against which team ( s). Thanks for your help. Site Admin team
Posted by wylie
Friday 14th of October 2011 21:43:04
Dresses like a nineteenfifties binman
Posted by Big Joe
Friday 14th of October 2011 20:42:07
He’s the only man I know who could start an argument with himself.
Posted by Rutherglen Reformer
Friday 14th of October 2011 20:31:47
John spent a lot of my money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest he just just squandered on the hingers on in the Vogue,Chapmans, Twenty Club, Tower Bar, Quarry Bar, Sportsmans, Dr. Gormans, Pop Inn, Burnside Hotel, Vicky bar, Stirrup Cup, Cue Ball. Bunside Hotel, Cathkin Hotel, etc etc. What a player if he had not discovered Tennnents.
Posted by Wattie
Friday 14th of October 2011 20:23:57
I have looked through my program collection fro Morton Rolls games and cannot find anything about his career. Please help.
Posted by Dix
Friday 14th of October 2011 16:33:54
Benzo -- a true Ruggie legend, a skinny wee full back who took over 300 hundred penalties in his career and only missed about 2 ( so he says ) Would cause a fight in a monastery. Benzo played for Weirs,Dalmarnock and Eastfield amomgst many other teams Loved his football and was a great man to have in your team if you wanted a barny every week. Now a keen golfer and winder up of Paul McColl !!!!
Posted by Richard
Friday 14th of October 2011 13:01:18
Brilliant stuff - thanks. Someone told me he had the football skills of Rab C Nisbett ( or was it Jamsie Cotter ? ). Anyone sounds like he may be a candidate for Rutherglens Greatest Team. I will keep an eye on the votes for him.
Posted by manni kaltz
Friday 14th of October 2011 09:36:27
richard,,,john had spells with eastfield,,dalmarnock,think he may have played with the vogue briefly,,,his greatest moment??? must be his brief spell as captain of MORTON ROLLS FC the photo..as for age at time of photo,,,he must be about 10 in this//great lad,,can be found these days in chapmans telling endless stories about the glory days....
Posted by Richard
Thursday 13th of October 2011 22:44:55
Can someone confirm what teams John played for and his greatest moment in football ? Also what age was he when this photograph was taken ?