Posted in National Citizen Service 6 months ago
Kieffer Moore and Adam Jackson made a special visit to Deangate Care Home to meet resident and former Barnsley FC winger John McCann.
Reds in the Community became aware of McCann’s history with the club back in October through one of our National Citizen Service (NCS) volunteer programmes.
NCS participants helped re-decorate a guest room as well as taking part in activities with the residents at Deangate through the social voluntary element of the initiative.
Glasgow-born McCann was at Oakwell from 1955-1959, scoring 17 goals in 118 appearances for the Reds and also earning a cap for Scotland B.
The now 83-year-old went onto play for Bristol City, Huddersfield Town, Derby County, Darlington and Chesterfield in his professional career before retiring in 1966.
One of his most memorable performances for Barnsley came against a club where he would then ply his trade in the early 1960’s.
In 1957, McCann was key in a 5-0 win at Huddersfield, scoring one goal and assisting three more in an outstanding individual display.
He left to join Bristol City two years later for a fee of £12,000, having played all of his Oakwell career under another former Reds winger, Tim Ward, who he later re-joined at Derby.
Moore and Jackson spoke about their own careers, the current season and how they have enjoyed being at Barnsley since arriving at Oakwell.
McCann gave an insight into 1950’s football both on and off the pitch before showing the current Barnsley FC duo pictures from his playing career at the Reds.
Dan Potts and Aston Villa loanee Gary Gardner were also out in the local community today as they paid a visit to Keresforth Primary School, answering children’s questions before posing for pictures and signing autographs.