Inductees 2004

The first 20 Scottish Footballing legends were inducted to the Scottish Football Hall Of Fame at a glittering ceremony on 7th November 2004. The Hall Of Fame is a permanent feature in the Scottish Football Museum and will honour the truly great players, managers and offi cials who have reached the pinnacle of their profession and have made a signifi cant contribution to Scotland’s football reputation through their skill, spirit and determination.

The Hall of Fame has quickly established itself as a ’must see’ for every true football fan and everyone involved in this great game.

Inductees 2018

The 2018 Scottish Football Hall of Fame Inductees were announced at a fantastic dinner at Hampden Park, 21st October 2018.

The New Inductees to The Scottish Football Hall of Fame are as follows:

Ian McMillan
Archie Knox
Julie Fleeting
Roy Aitken

Kenny Dalglish

Kenny-Dalglish1951 –

Football Player; Scottish International football’s greatest servant was born on 4 March 1951. Kenny signed for Celtic in 1967 making his first team debut against Hamilton Academical the following year. By 1971 Dalglish had established himself in the first team and he became captain of the club in 1975 with the retirement of Billy McNeill. During his time at Celtic Park Dalglish won the Scottish League four times, the Scottish Cup four times and the Scottish League Cup once. A brilliant instinctive striker Kenny was lethal inside the eighteen yard box but he was also determined and unselfish as a player.

Bob Paisley brought Dalglish to Liverpool in 1977 as a replacement for Kevin Keegan who had departed for Hamburg. The fee was a then British record of £440,000 but Liverpool got a bargain as Dalglish helped the ‘Reds’ to conquer Europe three times between 1978 and 1984. ‘King Kenny’ also won the Football League six times, the FA Cup once and the League Cup four times. He was English Sports Writers Player of the Year in 1979 and is the only player to score more than 100 league goals in both Scotland and England. As player manager he guided Liverpool to the double in 1986. An outstanding servant to Scotland Dalglish won a record 102 caps, scoring 30 times, and featured in three World Cup finals. As well as Liverpool Kenny has managed Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and Celtic, and currently works within the media.

Hughie Gallacher

Hughie-Gallacher1903 – 1957

Football Player; A ‘Wembley Wizard’ in 1928 Hughie was regarded by many of his contemporaries as being the best centre forward of all time. Born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Hughie first played at senior level with Queen of the South but he quickly moved on to Airdrieonians where he won the Scottish Cup in 1924 and scored 91 goals in 111 games. Newcastle United soon came calling and Gallacher moved to Tyneside for £6,500 in 1925 where his vital goals quickly made him the idol of the fans.

Hughie captained Newcastle to their League Championship title in 1927 scoring an impressive 39 goals in 41 games for the season. At only 5 ft 5 ins Gallacher was small in stature but he was quick and elusive with an explosive shot. A master at taking chances Gallacher was also good at shielding the ball in order to bring other players into the game. After five years with Newcastle and a formidable 143 goals in 174 games Gallacher moved to Chelsea in 1930 for £10,000 and quickly established himself as a cult figure amongst the Stamford Bridge fans. At international level Gallacher was also prolific scoring 23 goals in 20 internationals, including a Scottish record of five goals in one game against Northern Ireland. His tragic demise at the age of 54 was a sad ending to one of Scottish football’s greatest forwards. Hughie’s career total in senior football is 463 goals from 624 matches.

Willie Miller

Willie-Miller1955 –

Football Player; Although born and raised in Glasgow Willie Miller is more famously associated with the city of Aberdeen. Miller started off playing as a striker and even had a short spell as a goalkeeper before finding his best position in the centre of defence. He made his debut with Aberdeen on 28 April 1973 and became captain of the club in 1975. His outstanding performances brought widespread interest but Willie remained loyal to Aberdeen.

A composed and consistent defender Miller was a natural leader on the field and he went on to win 65 caps for Scotland often partnering Alex McLeish, his Aberdeen team mate, in the centre of the Scotland defence. Miller was Alex Ferguson’s general on the football field and his organisation of the players around him was as important to the Aberdeen cause as his well timed tackles and accurate distribution of the ball. With Aberdeen Miller won the Scottish Premier Division three times, the Scottish Cup four times, and the Scottish League Cup once.

His greatest achievement was to captain Aberdeen to victory in the final of the European Cup Winners Cup and the European Super Cup in 1984. Willie went into football management and media work on retiring as a player. At the date of induction he is currently Director of Football with Aberdeen.

Gordon Smith

Gordon-Smith1924 – 2004

Football Player; The Edinburgh born wing forward must rate as one of Scotland’s greatest natural football talents. A member of the Hibernian ‘Famous Five’ forward line of the late 1940s and 1950s Smith thrilled the Easter Road crowds for 18 years with his mastery of ball control and passing. For an outside forward Smith could also score goals and he achieved more than 300 in his long and distinguished career in senior football.

Gordon is the only player to have won Scottish League Championship medals with three different clubs. He won the Scottish League five times in total; three with Hibernian, one with Hearts and one with Dundee. Smith also won the Scottish League Cup during his spell with Hearts. Incredibly he played in two European Cup semi finals; one with Hibernian in 1956 and one with Dundee in 1963. He won 18 caps playing for Scotland and in 1951 was voted Scottish Player of the Year. Smith, like Dave MacKay, had to battle back from serious injury and suffered two leg breaks during his career.

Denis Law

Denis Law1940 –

Football Player; One of the games greatest goal scorers Denis Law was born in Aberdeen on 24 February 1940. The ‘Law Man’ had a glittering career at club and international level starting off at Huddersfield Town under Andy Beattie and later Bill Shankly. Manchester City paid a British record transfer fee of £55,000 for Denis in 1960 and one year later Law became the first player in Britain to be sold for a six figure sum when Torino signed him for £100,000. The trip to Italy never worked out and Matt Busby paid a then British record fee of £115,000 to bring Law to Old Trafford where the best years of his career would be spent.

Law was Scotland’s youngest post Second World War internationalist and he went on to win 55 caps scoring 30 goals in the process. When a Rest of the World team was chosen by FIFA to play England in 1963 Law was one of two Scots in the squad and he was named European Footballer of the Year in 1964. With Manchester United Denis won the Football League in 1965 and 1967 and the FA Cup in 1963. He returned to Manchester City in 1973 for one season and retired after playing for Scotland in the 1974 World Cup finals. In 2002 a statue of Denis Law was unveiled at the Stretford end of Old Trafford as a permanent commemoration to the man known simply as ‘The King’.

Dave MacKay

Dave MacKay1934 – 2015

Football Player; Hailing from Edinburgh Dave was signed by Hearts in 1952 after Hibernian manager Hugh Shaw had offered him a trial at Easter Road. An exceptional player, aggressive, determined and blessed with skill MacKay quickly established himself as a star player at Tynecastle. He led Hearts to glory winning the Scottish Cup in 1956, the Scottish League in 1958, and the Scottish League Cup in 1954 and 1958.

MacKay’s performances brought interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Bill Nicholson secured his services in 1959. Dave was a key player in Tottenham’s double winning year and he also enjoyed success in Europe winning the European Cup Winners Cup in 1963. With ‘Spurs’ MacKay won the League in 1961 and the FA Cup in 1961, 1962 and 1967.

Dave was voted Scottish Player of the Year in 1958 and joint Football Writers Player of the Year in 1969. He was capped 22 times for Scotland and would have won more honours had injury not interfered with his career. His determination as a player is best summed up by the fact that he successfully recovered from a broken leg twice.

As his career began to wind down MacKay moved to Derby County winning the Second Division title in 1969. He also enjoyed a career in football management winning the First Division with Derby in 1975.

Billy Bremner

Billy Bremner1942 – 1997

Football Player; Billy Bremner left school in his home town of Stirling to sign for Leeds United in 1959. Small in stature with red hair Bremner had the heart of a lion and was a born winner. He made his first team debut on 20 January 1960 at the age of 17 in a 3-1 win over Chelsea. A fierce competitor Bremner was often at the heart of play in the midfield challenging for control of the ball and driving his team forward. He also had an abundance of skill to match his competitive spirit.

Bremner’s determination and leadership on the field earned him the captaincy of Leeds United and Scotland, and he led his country to the 1974 World Cup finals. During his time at Elland Road Leeds United went from the mediocrity of the Second Division to become one of the top clubs in English football. Bremner won the Second Division in 1964, the First Division in 1969 and 1974, the FA Cup in 1972 and the League Cup in 1968. He also reached the final of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup three times winning the trophy in 1968 and 1971 and was a European Cup finalist in 1975. In 1971 Bremner was voted the Football Writers Association Player of the Year. His importance to Leeds United is expressed in the form of a statue which stands outside Elland Road while his importance to Scotland is reflected in his haul of 54 caps.

 

Sir Matt Busby

Sir-Matt-Busby1909 – 1994

Football Manager; Sir Matt Busby was born in Orbiston, Lanarkshire, on 26 May 1909. From the junior ranks of Denny Hibernian Matt was invited down to Manchester City. Although he struggled initially at Maine Road Busby was switched from inside forward to wing half and never looked back. An FA Cup winners medal, a full cap for Scotland and seven wartime international appearances were just rewards for a distinguished playing career.

At the end of the Second World War Busby turned down a coaching position with Liverpool to take on the almost thankless task of managing Manchester United. Old Trafford had been badly damaged by enemy bombs and early matches were played at Maine Road. Busby quickly transformed the fortunes of the club bringing the FA Cup to Manchester in 1948 and the club were runners up in the League in successive years from 1947 to 1949. He also established a successful youth system which ensured that the FA Youth Cup was won five years in a row between 1953 and 1957.

The talented young players became known as the Busby Babes and they were on the verge of conquering Europe before tragedy struck. The plane crash in Munich killed eight members of the team and almost claimed the life of Busby himself but he returned to build a second great team. In 1968 Manchester United lifted the European Cup after a thrilling match with Benfica. Under Busby the club also won the League championship five times and the FA Cup twice.

 

Jimmy Johnstone

Jimmy-Johnstone1944 – 2006

Football Player; Inspired by the great wing wizard Stanley Mathews Jimmy Johnstone dribbled a tennis ball round milk bottles as a young boy in his Viewpark home in Lanarkshire. At Celtic Park Johnstone went from ball boy to star player to ‘greatest Celt of all time’. His twists and turns mesmerised opponents and earned him the nickname ‘Jinky’. When Johnstone was on form few players could subdue his skills and the only option for many tormented defenders was to kick him out of the game. With a fiery temperament Johnstone was often a handful for Celtic manager Jock Stein.

Jinky scored 129 goals in 515 competitive games for Celtic and won the Scottish League nine times, the Scottish Cup four times and the Scottish League Cup five times. He was a thorn in the flesh of Internazionale in 1967 when Celtic lifted the European Cup and he also played well against Feyenoord in the final of 1970. Jinky put in world class performances against Real Madrid in the di Stefano testimonial match of 1967 and against Red Star Belgrade in the European Cup tie at Celtic Park in 1968. He won 23 caps playing for Scotland and had an important part to play in Scotland’s 2-0 victory over England in 1974.