John Mc Grane was born in Glasgow Scotland and moved to Canada when he was 12. John played collectively at Simon Fraser University where he was a 1975 First Team NAIC All-American and also earned NAIA MVP Honours in freshmen season.
He began his professional career with Hometown Hamilton City in the National Soccer League and then played for the Los Angeles Aztecs. In the fall of 1981 he moved to the Montreal Manics where he played 1 indoor and 2 outdoor seasons. In 1983 he moved to the Chicago Sting for the NASL indoor season and then was sent to the Minessota Strikers for the 1984 outdoor season. In the fall of 1984, the Strikers moved to the Major Indoor Soccer League where he played for 1 season before retiring for 1985.
John played 17 times for Canada and started both of Canada’s 1976 Montreal Olympics games at forward as the team suffered two losses.
Coach Mc Grane was the coach of the expansion Kitchener Spirit of the Canadian Soccer League in their inaugural season in 1990. For two seasons he was coach and General Manager of the CSL’s Hamilton Steelers of the CSL. Upon retiring from professional soccer he established two companies called Soccer World Systems and Soccer World Hamilton which he owes, builds and manages indoor soccer facilities in North America and Europe.
In 2008 John was inducted into Canada’s Soccer Hall-of-Fame in Vaughn, Ontario – not only for his service to Canada’s national team and as a pro player but for his support of Canadian soccer post-career. He is currently the CEO of Soccer World Systems, a chain of indoor soccer facilities.