The case of Ayrshire Cup winner John H McSeveney

The case of Ayrshire Cup winner John H McSeveney

in #KillieStories November 21, 2017

As home to Scotland’s oldest professional football club, Rugby Park is full of incredible pieces of memorabilia.

Another piece was added recently as the club received an Ayrshire Cup winners medal from 1923, which revealed the curious case of John H McSeveney.

With Killie seeing off Galston in the first round, McSeveney came in to feature for just two matches, the semi-final and final of the Ayrshire Cup.

With the first team in action on both these dates, our Ayrshire Cup side mainly consisted of reserve players.

McSeveney played left half in his first match, helping see off Hurlford 6-1 in the semi as the first team went down 4-1 to Airdrieonians.


He kept his place for the final as Killie thrashed Ayr United 5-0 in front of a crowd of 5,000 people while the main side drew 1-1 with Partick Thistle. In addition to McSeveney, Killie’s cup winners had John Fraser, a guest player from Clyde at outside right and Eddie McLaughlan as a guest from Partick Thistle at inside right.

Club historian John Livingston took a look into the archives to see what he could find.

He said: “On checking the Scottish League pre-Second World War signed players register, I could find no trace in the records of Kilmarnock having a signed player known as J. McSeveney around that time, thus I have to assume he may well have been a player on loan or a trialist.

“There was a signed player known as John H. McSeveney with Royal Albert, who were a senior club from the town of Larkhall during 1923-24 and 1924-25.”

Winners medals for the Ayrshire Cup stopped to being issued in the 1930s and so this rare souvenir is another treasured piece of our club’s rich history.

Semi-Final – Saturday 3rd March 1923
Kilmarnock....6 (D. Brown 4, J. Skillen, C. Murray)
Attendance: 3,000

Line-Up: Herron, Turnbull, Marshall, Morris, Harvey,
McSeveney, Fraser, Rollo, Brown, Skillen, Murray.

Final – Saturday 24th March 1923
Kilmarnock.....5 (D. Brown 2, J. Skillen, R. McCulloch, E. McLaughlan)
Ayr United......0
Attendance: 5,000

Line-Up: Herron, Howat, Marshall, Morris, Harvey,
McSeveney, Fraser, McLaughlan, Brown, Skillen, McCulloch.