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John McPhee (born November 21, 1937 in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire) is a Scottish former professional footballer. He played as a defender.

Nicknamed Chopper, McPhee began his professional career in his native Scotland with his hometown club, Motherwell. In five years, he made 74 league appearances and scored sixteen goals for the club.

In July 1962, he moved south of the border to join Ron Suart's Blackpool. He made his debut for the club on September 1, 1962, in a 1 1 draw at Aston Villa. He made 36 further appearances in the 1962 63 season, scoring six goals.

In 1963 64, he made 30 league appearances and scored five goals (including one in a 2 1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield on August 31, 1963).

After missing the first sixteen games of the 1964 65 campaign, McPhee played in the remaining 26, scoring one goal. At the end of the season, he was voted the club's Player of the Year. He won the accolade again three years later.

During 1965 66, McPhee became Blackpool's first participating substitute when he replaced John Craven after 83 minutes in a 3 0 victory over Leicester City on 14 September. Up until that point, Blackpool had played 713 minutes of the season without using a substitute.

In 1967 68, Blackpool were playing Second Division football after suffering relegation the previous campaign. Stan Mortensen was in his first full season in charge after succeeded Ron Suart, and under his managership McPhee was an ever-present in Blackpool's 47 league and cup games.

He made 38 league appearances the following season, 1968 69, and scored one goal.

Under new manager Les Shannon in 1969 70, McPhee made 29 league appearances in his final season with the club. His last appearance occurred in the final game of the season, a 2 0 league defeat at Oxford United. It didn't matter, however, since Blackpool had sealed promotion back to Division One the previous week.

After over 250 league games for the Tangerines, McPhee was sold to Barnsley at the end of the season. He spent one term at Oakwell before joining Southport in 1971, with whom he finished his career.


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