1921 – 1992
Football Player; Skilful and powerful Waddell was an exciting sight on the right wing of Rangers and Scotland during the 1940s and 1950s. Waddell cultivated his skills at junior level with Forth Wanderers and Strathclyde before joining the playing staff at Rangers in 1938. With the Ibrox club Waddell won the Scottish League four times, the Scottish Cup twice and he was twice a finalist in the League Cup.
He scored an impressive 143 goals in 558 matches for Rangers, won 17 caps for Scotland and represented the Scottish League on five occasions. His main task as an outside forward was to set up chances and Waddell was a great success with Rangers as a provider of goals.
On retiring as a player in 1956 Waddell went on to become a successful manager with Kilmarnock and Rangers. Two of his greatest feats in football management were guiding “Killie” to the League title in 1965 and winning the European Cup Winners Cup with Rangers in 1972. Waddell also enjoyed a successful career as a sports journalist.
1850s – 1927
Football Player; An early pioneering influence within Scottish football Charles Campbell progressed from being a star player for club and country to become a prominent referee and administrator. Campbell first joined Queen’s Park in 1870 and his time at the club coincided with the “Spiders” emerging as a dominant force within British football. A lively competitor Campbell was a prize winning sprinter and he was noted for his prowess in the air and his passing ability on the ground. He was arguably Britain’s greatest midfielder for most of his 16 year playing career.
In 13 appearances for Scotland Campbell was given the prestigious captaincy eight times and he only lost once in ten matches against England. This run included famous wins of 7-2 (1878), 6-1 (1881) and 5-1 (1882). With Queen’s Park Campbell was twice an FA Cup finalist and eight times winner of the Scottish Cup. He went on to become President of Queen’s Park, President of the Scottish FA and was selected as referee for the 1889 Scottish Cup Final.
1928 – 2013
Football Player; The spearhead of Hibernian’s “Famous Five” forward line Lawrie Reilly spent his entire playing career at Easter Road. Hibernian were very successful during Reilly’s era at the club winning the League Championship in 1947, 1951 and 1952. In 1955 Lawrie was a member of the Hibs side which became the first British team to play in the European Cup and Hibs went on to reach the semi finals. He also reached the League Cup final in 1951 and made 13 appearances for the Scottish League.
From 1948 until 1957 Reilly was a star player for Scotland and his 38 appearances in dark blue makes him Hibernian’s most capped player. An impressive international goals tally of 23, including six goals in seven games against England, established Reilly as a hero amongst the Scotland fans. After scoring a late goal against England at Wembley in 1953 he became known as “Last Minute Reilly”.
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1922 – 1997
Football Player; A dominating defender, physically large but skilful, George Young quickly became captain of club and country. Although originally a centre half he adapted brilliantly to the right back position with Rangers and was an immense presence in the club’s “Iron Curtain” defence. Young was one of Scotland’s greatest leaders on the playing field and it is said that he had such an influence within the Scotland setup that he virtually picked the international team.
Young’s importance to the national team can be seen by the fact that he became the first Scottish player to win 50 caps and he went on to gain 53 in total, 48 of them as captain, as well as making 21 appearances with the Scottish League. Rangers dominated Scottish football during Young’s time at the club and he won the Scottish League six times, was four times winner of the Scottish Cup and was twice a winner of the League Cup. George made a total of 428 appearances for Rangers and later managed Third Lanark.
1893 – 1971
Football Player; The Queen’s Park and Rangers legend is arguably the finest outside left ever produced by Scotland. At 5′ 4″ Morton was small in stature and slight in build. He was also very quick and elusive when in possession of the ball and his accurate crosses provided plenty of goals for club and country. Incredibly he was naturally right footed but perfected his left foot with constant practice. Commanding performances with Rangers were matched at international level earning him the nickname “Wee Blue Devil” due to his brilliant performances against England.
Morton, who played in the Wembley Wizards team of 1928, won 31 caps for Scotland and made 15 appearances for the Scottish League. With Rangers he was a Scottish League champion on nine occasions, a Scottish Cup winner in 1928 and 1930, and a finalist in 1921, 1922 and 1929. Morton scored 115 goals in 495 appearances for Rangers and was the hero of the Ibrox support for 13 years. On retiring as a player Morton remained with the club becoming a director.
1901 – 1953
Football Player; Known as the “Wee Wizard” Alex James was one of Britain’s greatest inter war footballers. James played for his local junior side, Bellshill Athletic, and then Ashfield before stepping up to senior level. A genius at close control, dribbling and swerving the ball he was a sensation during his three year spell with Raith Rovers and earned a move to Preston North End in 1925.
Alex was a fans favourite at Deepdale but he moved on to Arsenal in 1929 where he would enjoy much success. James was instantly recognisable in his long baggy shorts which, along with his brilliant football skills, made him stand out as a football celebrity during the 1930s.
James’ powerful shooting was adapted at Highbury for long range passes from deep lying positions and he was instrumental in establishing the “Gunners” as the dominant side in English football during the 1930s. He would only win eight Scotland caps (partly through a fall out with the football authorities) but scored two of the goals in the “Wembley Wizards” victory over England in 1928. With Arsenal James won the Football League in 1931, 1933, 1934, and 1935, and the FA Cup in 1930 and 1936.
Football Manager; Jim McLean played with Hamilton Academical, Clyde, Dundee and Kilmarnock but he is best known within Scottish football as the hugely successful manager of Dundee United. McLean started off on the managerial road as a coach with Dundee but he moved across the road to Tannadice Park when the managers post became vacant. McLean was hugely influential in transforming the fortunes of the club and by the late 1970s Dundee United were established as a major force within Scottish football.
McLean guided the club to the League Championship in 1983, the European Cup semi finals in 1984 and the UEFA Cup Final in 1987. Dundee United also played in four League Cup Finals lifting the trophy twice. Only the Scottish Cup remained elusive despite the fact that the club would contest six finals during his managerial reign. McLean was Chairman of Dundee United in 1994 when the club finally ended their hoodoo in the competition by defeating Rangers 1-0 in the final.
Football Player; From the junior ranks of Blantyre Victoria Joe Jordan progressed into senior football with Greenock Morton before winning a big move into English football with Leeds United in 1970. Jordan enjoyed seven years at Elland Road winning the League Championship in 1974 and reaching the final of the European Cup and European Cup Winners Cup. He moved on to Manchester United in 1978 and was an FA Cup finalist the following year. Joe also played club football in Italy, with AC Milan and Verona, before returning to England to finish his playing career.
He is perhaps best remembered for his passionate performances in the dark blue of Scotland and in particular for his crucial headed goal against Czechoslovakia in 1973 which helped book a place at the 1974 World Cup Finals. Jordan was a faithful servant to his country winning 52 caps and he also has the notable distinction of scoring in three consecutive World Cup tournaments (West Germany 1974, Argentina 1978 and Spain 1982).
Football Player; With blistering pace and a high level of fitness Bobby Lennox was a constant menace to opponents and he had an eye for goal scoring 273 goals in 571 appearances for Celtic. He remains Celtic’s highest goalscorer of the post Second World War era and overall is the second highest in the club’s history. Lennox was a member of the famous “Lisbon Lions” side which won the European Cup in 1967 and along with Jimmy Johnstone he gave the Inter Milan defence a torrid time in the final. Later that year he scored the only goal of the game against Real Madrid at Bernabeu Stadium when Celtic took part in a prestigious testimonial match for Alfredo Di Stefano.
Lennox also played in the European Cup Final of 1970 and was a mainstay during the club’s nine in a row era winning 10 League titles, eight Scottish Cups and four League Cups. Bobby was capped 10 times for Scotland and scored one of the goals in the famous 3-2 victory over England in 1967.
1937 – 1964
Football Player; John began his senior career with Alloa Athletic before moving on to Falkirk for £3,300 in August 1958. White had already won a full Scotland cap while playing for the “Bairns” but his transfer to Tottenham Hotspur for £20,000 in October 1959 firmly established him as a leading player at international level. Between 1959 and 1964 an impressive total of 22 Scotland caps were won and in 1961 he was a valued member of the “Spurs” side which became the first English team of the Twentieth Century to win the “Double”.
White would win the FA Cup again in 1962 and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1963. A skilled passer of the ball John had near perfect balance, was quick and possessed impeccable close control. His ability to find space and make telling runs without being noticed earned him the nickname “Ghost” amongst the Tottenham fans. White made 233 appearances for Tottenham scoring 53 goals. His tragic death at the age of 27 robbed Scotland of one of her finest players of the 1960s era.