Tributes pour in as Scottish former footballer John Sludden dies. John Sludden who was most recently manager of East Stirlingshire in the Lowland League passed away today May 7 2021.
Circumstances surrounding his death has not been made known to the public as of the time of filing this report.
He played as a striker for several clubs in the Scottish Football League.
John’s death news was confirmed on social media in a post through the Official Ayr United FC page.
The Post reads:- We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of one of our legends, John Sludden. John scored 84 goals for United and is just outside the top ten scorers in the Clubs history. Our thoughts are with all of his friends and family at this time.
John Sludden Career Story
John Sludden started his football career when he played for 1980 Scotland versus England played inside Wembley stadium.
A match he played and scored two goals in the team’s 5-4 win, with Paul McStay.
Sludden then signed for Celtic on the same day that McStay signed for the Parkhead club. Sludden played only once for the first-team in a Glasgow Cup Final versus Rangers in 1982.
He joined Leeds United on trial in May 1983 but failed to secure a contract. Sludden then signed for Perth club St Johnstone before signing for Airdrieonians and Ayr United. John scored the last ever goal at St Johnstone’s Muirton Park before Saints moved to their current McDiarmid Park home.
Sadly for the Perth side, he was playing for Ayr at the time as they triumphed 1-0 in the ground’s final game! Whilst at Somerset Park under the club’s manager Ally MacLeod, Sludden was part of a talented attack-minded team, alongside players such as Henry Templeton.
In the 1987–88 season, the “Honest Men” won the Second Division Championship as Sludden scored 31 league goals.
His Appointment As The New Mariners Gaffer In 2014
Late in 2014, John has appointed the new Mariners gaffer as the club appointed him and No2 Martin Mooney to succeed Danny Smith.
He returned to the juniors after 12 years with the Celtic Academy helping develop their stars.
John’s reign started with a 2-2 East Superleague draw with Armadale in midweek and they go to Carnoustie today, 24 points adrift of leaders Bo’ness but with nine games in hand.
He said in a recent interview with the media: “I’m thrilled to be back managing in the juniors.
“I’ve had a little break from the game after my time at Celtic. I enjoyed the time off and have spent a lot of it watching my sons playing as well as taking in games.
“I felt this was a good chance to get back into it at a decent level. It’s handy for me too so it’s a good fit the way it’s worked out.
“We’re lucky to be taking over a quality side that Danny Smith and Alan Moffat put together.
“We’re going in there to try and carry on the good work that they have done this season, and hopefully help the side finish the job off by lifting some silverware.
“The positive thing is that we are going in there with lots still to play for — we’ve got 15 league games to go and they are still in a couple of the big cups. We’ve stressed to the lads that we want to go in there and help them pick up a trophy.