former stalwart of Carrick Thistle Amateur Football Club died at the
age of 59. Johnny Mackie was one of Maybole’s
characters and sadly died on New Year’s Day 2003 after a long illness.
Born and bred in the town, football was a big part of his life and he
scored 56 goals one year with the amateurs. As well as a goal scoring
record there is a school of thought that says he also held the record for
being sent off!
Legend has it he even scored an own goal
so that he could claim a hat trick on one game. He was very proud of
playing at Somerset Park in the Ayrshire Cup and the Supplementary Shield.
Johnny worked in the building trade and
also at Wace Clyde. As well as playing for Carrick Thistle, he played for
Dailly, their great rivals. He also enjoyed bowling as a member of
Memorial Park, playing darts, his pigeons, and his holidays.
At his funeral, Rev Dave Whiteman said,
"He lived life to the full, he had a happy and enjoyable life and leaves a
great legacy to the world in his family. He had one great wish, however,
that former Carrick Thistle players should have a reunion and get together
again. He had talked about it for a while so today I want to make an
appeal to any of them who are here today. Why not just do it?"
He is survived by his wife Jean,
children Jaqueline, Joan and John, and grandchildren Amy John, Ross and