John Gregson was born on the 17th May 1939 in Skelmersdale.
Being born in 1939 means he is the only player to play for Cambridge United in the Foootball League who was born before the second World War started and in the thirties.
He was a winger who during his career played for Blackpool, Chester, Shrewsbury Town, Mansfield Town & Lincoln City before joining Cambridge United in 1968 having turned down approaches from both Darlington and York.
He made his debut at Blackpool at 18 and deputised for a certain Stanley Matthews in eight matches.
Joining United in 1968 he made his debut against Poole in the first match of the 1968/69 season. He was an important and underrated member of the squad that Bill Leivers was building in pursuit of the Football League.
John's career was sadly ended in 1971 when in mid October a specialist reported that he would not be able to play again due to an injury sustained during a match earlier in the year against Oldham in the April
A testimonial was arranged between a Cambridge 11 and a full strength Ipswich Town, managed by the late Sir Bobby Robson early in January 1972 before 3809 spectators The match ended in a 2-1 win for Ipswich
Brian Greenhalgh scored in the 44th minute for the United side and the Ipswich goalscorers on the evening were Belfitt 14min, Robertson 67min
Luton allowed their players Chris Nicholl and Vic Halom to play in the game only when separate insurance for them had been arranged
The teams that day were -
Roberts T Murray Hemsley [ShU] Atkinson R [OU] Nicholl [LT] Eades T Walton Hollett [HdU] Greenhalgh Atkinson G [OU] Halom [LT]
Best Mills Harper Morris Hunter Jefferson Robertson. Viljoen Belfitt Hill Miller. Lambert, Hamilton
During his time at the Abbey he had played 47 Southern League matches and 30 League matches.
After retirement John wrote to Leivers saying that after spending all his working career in football that working night shifts wasn't going down very well