John Paterson went three consecutive seasons in green and white without missing a league game for the Club, many of them during the championship winning 1951/52 season in which he was a part of defence that conceded only 30 goals.
"Jock", as he was nicknamed, was a stalwart at centre-half and right-back in a team so often lauded for its attacking presence. Paterson spent 11 years at Easter Road between 1948 and 1959, ammassing 370 games in the process without finding the net once, also playing in a 6-1 victory over German giants Bayern Munich in the early fifties.
Born in Colchester, Paterson was robbed of his chance to appear in the dark blue of the Scottish national side due to the rules on international call-ups during that time, which only permitted players to represent the country of their birth. Despite appearing for the Scottish League Select, he was never given the opportunity to play on the international stage and departed Easter Road for Ayr United before retiring in 1961.
His son, Craig would also go on to represent the Club in the early eighties.