John Slavin

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John Slavin
Personal information
Place of birth Carnoustie, Scotland
Playing position Half Back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Raith Rovers
1925–1926 Hearts
1927–1930 New York Nationals 114 (5)
1930–1932New York Giants 57 (3)
1933– Brookhattan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Slavin (born Carnoustie, Scotland) was a Scottish football (soccer) half back who played professionally in Scotland and in both the first and second American Soccer Leagues.

Slavin played for Raith Rovers and may have played for Arbroath F.C. and on loan to Forfar Athletic. In 1925, Slavin joined Hearts for the 1925–1926 season.[1] In 1927, Slavin signed with the New York Nationals of the American Soccer League. Although the Nationals finished tenth in the league standings, it won the 1928 National Challenge Cup. In 1930, Charles Stoneham, owner of the Nationals renamed the team the New York Giants. The team collapsed in 1932 and the league followed soon after.[2] In 1933, the second American Soccer League was formed and Slavin moved to Brookhattan in the new league. He played with Brookhattan until at least 1945 when he was a substitute in the team’s 1945 National Challenge Cup victory over the Cleveland Americans.[3]


  1. ^ John Slavin Hearts career
  2. ^ Jose, Colin (1998). American Soccer League, 1921–1931 (Hardback). The Scarecrow Press. (ISBN 0-8108-3429-4). 
  3. ^ USA – List of US Open Cup Finals Archived 24 December 2010 at WebCite