'Jocky' Petrie

Jocky Petrie
John Petrie on photo from 1885.jpg
Petrie pictured in 1885
Personal information
Date of birth (1867-06-21)21 June 1867
Place of birth Arbroath, Scotland[1]
Date of death 13 July 1932(1932-07-13) (aged 65)
Place of death Arbroath, Scotland
Position(s) Right winger
Youth career
Alpine and Crown
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1891–1892 Distillery
1892–1920 Arbroath
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

John "Jocky" Petrie (21 June 1867 – 13 July 1932) was a Scottish footballer who played for Arbroath. He holds the record for the most goals ever scored in a senior British football game with 13 goals.


Petrie signed for Arbroath from local club Strathmore. On 12 September 1885, Petrie, at the age of 18, scored 13 times for Arbroath in a record 36–0 win over Bon Accord.[2] In 1891, Petrie signed for Distillery, playing in the Irish League for a season, before returning to Arbroath. In 1920, Petrie retired from football, later becoming a kitman and trainer for Arbroath.[3]


At an international level, his record was not equaled until 2001 by Archie Thompson who scored 13 goals for Australia in a 31–0 win over American Samoa.

In 2017, Petrie was inducted into Arbroath's hall of fame.[4]


  1. ^ Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
  2. ^ "About The 36-0 Team". Arbroath F.C. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Hall of Fame Inductees". Arbroath F.C. 23 September 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  4. ^ "13-goal hero Jocky's Hall of Fame honour for part in Lichties' 36-0". The Courier. 26 September 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2021.