Tom (Tiny) Wharton OBE
1927 – 2005
Tom “Tiny” Wharton was one of the iconic and respected officials of his generation. The ironic nickname was due to his colossal 6 feet 4 inch frame, a real presence around the pitch, not many players spoke back to “Tiny”.
An engineer by trade, Tom took up refereeing at the age of 21 and had reached class 1 status just 3 years later. He refereed a number of important and high profile games throughout his career, including the Scottish Cup Finals of 1962, 1963, 1966 and 1971 and the League Cup Finals of 1961, 1963, 1967 and 1971. Tom’s prowess was recognized outwith Scotland too, and he officiated 16 international matches from Belfast to Brazil. He also oversaw 24 international club fixtures, including the 1962 European Cup Winners Cup final at Hampden between Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina.
In later life, Tom was chairman of the SFA Referee Supervisors Committee and served as part of FIFA’s Referee Committee between 1981 and 2000. Tom was awarded the OBE in 1990 for his services to Scottish Football and FIFA’s Order of Merit in Gold in 1992. Sepp Blatter described him as “one of the world’s most distinguished officials”.
Clubs: Dundee United, Raith Rovers
Although David Narey started off as a midfielder with Dundee United he quickly developed into a top class defender forming a formidable partnership with Paul Hegarty. David was a Scottish Premier Division champion in 1983, a Scottish League First Division winner in 1995, and a Scottish League Cup winner in 1980, 1981 and 1994. With Narey in the team Dundee United reached the semi final of the European Cup in 1984 and were UEFA Cup finalists in 1987. At international level he won 35 Caps for Scotland featuring at the 1982 and 1986 World Cup finals. He is perhaps best known in the dark blue of Scotland for scoring a brilliant goal against Brazil during the 1982 World Cup Finals. Having left United in 1994 David enjoyed his short spell with Raith Rovers as the Kirkcaldy club caused a major upset by defeating Celtic in the 1994 Scottish League Cup final.
The skillful midfield player was voted a member of Celtic’s greatest ever team in 2002. McStay was a mainstay for club and country having been capped 76 times for Scotland and remaining with Celtic throughout his career. He was given the captaincy of Celtic in 2000 and played a total of 678 games for his boyhood heroes (the second highest in the club’s history). McStay played in the 1986 and 1990 World Cup Finals and was voted Scottish Young Player of the Year in 1983 and Scottish Player of the Year in 1988. With Celtic he won three League titles, four Scottish Cups and one League Cup.
Clubs: Oldham, Hibernian, Rangers, Motherwell, Manchester United
Andy broke into the Scotland international team with Oldham in 1985, and he first came to prominence in Scotland with Hibernian FC, but his career will largely be associated with Rangers. A great shot stopper Andy was one of the key players for Rangers during the latter period of the club’s nine in a row campaign. During a brilliant era for the Ibrox club, Goram won five League Championships, three Scottish Cups and two League Cups as Rangers dominated the domestic scene. He was also an important member of the team which enjoyed a brilliant run in the UEFA Champions League for season 1992/93. At international level Andy won 43 caps for Scotland between 1985 and 1997.
A playing career that started at youth level with Rangers before moving on to Dundee and then Falkirk was cut short following a series of knee operations. Craig spent some time in coaching and assistants roles before he took on his first managerial job with Clyde in 1976/77. He spent 10 years there, winning the second division title in 1982, all this while teaching at primary level and then lecturing in education. He returned to football full time when he accepted the role as assistant to Andy Roxburgh, he also took charge of the Scotland youth sides. In 1989 he led the under 16’s to the World Cup Final and three years later took the under 21’s to the semi-final of the European Under 21 Championship. In December 1993 he was appointed Scotland manager (having taken temporary charge for games against Italy and Malta). As manager, Craig took Scotland to Euro96 and the 1998 World Cup competitions. By the time he left his post as Scotland’s manager he had taken charge of the national side in 70 international fixtures, more than anyone else has done. 2002 – 2004 Saw Craig Brown as manager of Preston North End. After this, he spent some time in advisory roles and working in the media before taking charge at Motherwell (initially on a temporary basis). Craig Brown was awarded the CBE in 1999.