John White Swann was born on April 7th 1913 on Old Glenarm Road, the eldest son of Andrew and Jeanie Swann, he had 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Leaving school he went to work in a weaving factory while playing football for Junior side Carrickfergus and Larne Harriers.

John White Swann

In 1933 he won the Larne Junior League with the Harriers, later that year he signed professionally for Larne, John would become a regular I the first team in the season 1934/35, he would play in the side that took Glentoran to three matches in that season’s Irish cup final, unfortunately they lost.

On Tuesday 25th February, 1936 John signed for Donald Turner’s Partick Thistle, he would make his debut in a 3-2 defeat to Hamilton Academical in the SFL First Division. He would spend 3 years with the Jags before returning to Northern Ireland.

John White Swann Partick Thistle

Ballymena United would be his next destination in July 1939. He would eventually win the Irish Cup in 1940 beating Glentoran 2-0 in the final. The following season he would return home to Larne on October 1940. He would be a regular in the team until he enlisted on March 1941.

John White Swann Ballymena

John married Rosetta Brown on the 2nd July 1941.
John was serving in England as a member of a bomber crew when he died on active service due to war operations at Cambridge Hospital in Aldershot, Hampshire.
John White Swann of 107 Squadron R.A.F Volunteer Reserve
John died on Wednesday 15th September 1943, He is buried in Glenarm New Cemetery, County Antrim.

John White Swann Grave

John White Swann, Master Mason, Lodge Bishopbriggs No.1259

John White Swann footballer 1259

Initiated 13th September 1938

Passed 11th October 1938

Raised 14th November 1938

Mark Ceremonial 4th April 1939