The world’s first black international footballer captained Scotland to a 6-1 victory over England at the Oval in 1881. This result remains England’s heaviest defeat on home soil.
A Hibs legend of the 1960s and 1970s, Pat’s playing career is largely associated with the Easter Road club and he can even claim to be a distant relative of Michael Whelehan, Hibernian’s first ever captain. Stanton made his debut for Hibs in 1963 and remained a faithful servant for 13 seasons. In that time he made 397 League appearances, won the Summer Cup in 1964 under then Hibs manager Jock Stein, and captained the ‘Turnbull’s Tornados’ to a famous League Cup triumph over Celtic in 1972. He also won the Drybrough Cup in 1972 and 1973 and in 1970 was voted the Scottish Football Writers’ Player of the Year. A versatile player who could play in midfield and defence, Jock Stein brought Stanton to Celtic Park in 1976 where he would go on to win the Scottish League Championship and Scottish Cup before finally retiring through injury. At international level Pat gained 16 caps for Scotland between 1966 and 1974 and was captain on three occasions.
A towering centre half who spent most of his club career with Leeds United and Manchester United, McQueen started off as a young professional in Scotland with St Mirren. After two years and 57 appearances for the Paisley side Don Revie signed McQueen in 1973 as a long term replacement to the aging Jack Charlton. Gordon helped the Elland road side win the League Championship in 1974 and was a key player in the European Cup run of 1975 although he would ultimately miss out on the final against Bayern Munich due to suspension. Gordon moved to Manchester United in 1978 and was an FA Cup finalist with the Old Trafford club in 1979. He would eventually win the trophy in 1983 after a replay win over Brighton & Hove Albion. At international level McQueen played 30 times for Scotland and was a member of the 1978 World Cup squad. The most famous of his five goals at international level came against England in 1977 in a famous 2-1 win at Wembley Stadium.
A prolific goal scoring inside forward, Bob McPhail can be considered one of the greatest Rangers players of the pre Second World War Era. McPhail’s senior career started with Airdrieonians where a lethal partnership was formed with Hughie Gallacher. The ‘Diamonds’ would win the Scottish Cup in 1924 with McPhail and Gallacher predictably moving on to bigger clubs. McPhail enjoyed 12 years with Rangers, winning nine League championships and six Scottish cups. His tally of 230 league goals makes him Rangers’ highest goal scorer of the pre Second World War with only the prolific Ally McCoist ahead of him overall in the club’s history. McPhail also enjoyed a successful career at international level winning 17 caps and scoring seven goals between 1927 and 1937. His most memorable game for Scotland came in a 3-1 win over England at Hampden Park in 1937. In front of a then world record crowd McPhail netted a double as the Scots came from behind to win the match.
Born in Glasgow, Frank McLintock started his career in junior football with Shawfield FC before moving to Leicester City in 1957. He spent seven years at Filbert Street and was an FA Cup finalist in 1961 and 1963 and a Football League Cup winner in 1964. In October 1964 McLintock was signed by Arsenal for a then club record of £80,000. He spent nine years with the Gunners and became the club’s captain in 1967. McLintock led Arsenal to an Inter Cities Fairs Cup Final win in 1970 and will be remembered as the man who captained Arsenal to their first League and FA Cup double in season 1970/71. He also won the Football Writers Association Footballer of the Year Award in 1971 and was awarded the MBE for his services to football in 1972. McLintock was transferred to Queens Park Rangers in 1973 and was part of the side that qualified for the UEFA Cup after finishing a close second to Liverpool in season 1975/76. McLintock was capped nine times for Scotland and scored one of the goals in the famous 6-2 away victory against Spain in 1963.