Professor Stewart Hillis (Doctor) 1943 – 2014
The son of a foreman at John Brown’s shipyard, William Stewart Hillis was born in Clydebank during the war years and attended school in his home town before going on to study medicine at Glasgow University. As a junior doctor Hillis used to follow local side Clydebank FC and he was appointed club doctor in 1970, a post he would hold for 27 years. He first worked with the Scottish FA in 1976, taking on responsibility for the Under 21 team. In 1982, during Jock Stein’s tenure as national team manager, Stewart was asked to become the national team doctor.
Hillis specialised in cardiology, enjoying a long and distinguished career at Glasgow’s Western Infirmary and Clydebank’s Golden Jubilee Hospital. He was appointed Professor of Cardiovascular & Exercise Medicine at Glasgow University for his work in the field of sport, exercise and medicine and was a pioneer in the prevention of the causes of sudden death in sport. He was a strong advocate of the creation of the Sports Medicine Centre at Hampden Park. Hillis also advised UEFA and FIFA on medical issues and having first joined UEFA’s medical committee in 1986 he would rise to the position of Vice Chairman. When Stewart stepped down as national team doctor at the age of 66 he could look back on a 40 year association with football which included 228 matches with the national team. He was awarded an OBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List for services to medicine and sport.
Maurice Malpas (Footballer) 1962 –
Renowned as one of Scotland’s best full backs, Maurice Malpas was truly a one club man having spent his entire playing career with Dundee United. Having signed as an S – Form in 1978, Maurice would make his first team debut for the club on 21st November 1981 and just seven days later earned a place on the bench when United played in the 1981 Scottish League Cup Final. This was the start of a distinguished career which would continue to the year 2000. Malpas would chalk up an impressive 830 appearances and his club honours include a League Championship winner’s medal in 1983 and a Scottish Cup winner’s medal in 1994, when he became the first Dundee United captain to lift the famous trophy.
Maurice would play in a further four Scottish Cup finals and two Scottish League Cup finals. He was also a member of the Dundee United team which reached the semi final of the European Cup in 1984 and was a UEFA Cup finalist in 1987. His impressive performances with the Tannadice club were recognised in 1991 when he received the Scottish Football Writers Player of the Year Award. His international career kicked off in 1984 against France and continued up to 1992 when his final appearance against Italy brought him to 55 caps. During his time with Scotland Malpas would play at the 1986 and 1990 World Cup tournaments and the 1992 European Championships.
George Graham (Manager) 1944 –
George Graham played nearly all of his senior football in England, starting with Aston Villa then Chelsea, although he is best known for his time at Arsenal where he was an integral member of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup winning side of 1970 and the League and FA Cup Double-winning side of 1971. His laid-back style of play earned him the nickname of ‘Stroller’ and he would enjoy spells with Manchester United, Portsmouth, Crystal Palace and California Surf. He was also capped by Scotland on 12 occasions. After a successful coaching spell at Palace and QPR, he was appointed manager of Millwall in 1982 where he turned around the fortunes of the south-east London club.
Arsenal came calling in 1986 and Graham had an immediate impact winning the League Cup in his first season. Two years later the ‘Gunners’ won the title in a dramatic and memorable season-finale at Liverpool. Needing to win by two clear goals to beat Liverpool on goal difference, Arsenal won 2-0 with the crucial second goal coming in injury time at the end of the match. Another league title was secured in 1991 followed by a domestic cup double in 1993 and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994. Graham departed the club in early 1995 under controversial circumstances before coming back into the game about 18 months later, managing Leeds United, and then Tottenham Hotspur, where he won the League Cup in 1999.
Bobby Brown (Footballer) 1923 –
Bobby made his first team goalkeeping debut for Queens Park against Celtic in 1940 having just turned 17. He volunteered to serve in the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy during the Second World War and regularly played for the Combined Services team during the war years as well as representing Scotland in a number of unofficial international matches. In addition he made guest appearances for Portsmouth, Chester, Chelsea and Plymouth Argyle. Bobby played for Scotland in the post war Victory Internationals and earned his first ‘full’ cap against Belgium in January 1946 whilst still a Queen’s Park player, making him the last amateur player to appear for the national side.
He was transferred to Rangers in May 1946 forming an integral part of the famous “Iron Curtain” defence. In his time at the club Bobby won three League Championships, three Scottish Cups and two League Cups. He also added an additional four full international caps to his collection. In 1956 Brown moved to Falkirk and after two years retired from the playing side of the game to become manager of St Johnstone. After a successful spell in Perth he was appointed Scotland’s first full time manager in 1967 and in his first competitive match in charge Scotland recorded a famous 3-2 win over reigning World champions England. Bobby remained as national team manager until 1971.
Ally MacLeod (Manager) 1931 – 2004
Ally enjoyed a successful playing career with Third Lanark, St Mirren, Blackburn Rovers, where he played a leading role in the 1960 FA Cup Final, Hibernian and Ayr United. He moved into football management with Ayr United and capped a rewarding first spell at Somerset Park by twice winning promotion into the top flight and guiding the ‘Honest Men’ to a Scottish Cup and League Cup semi final. In 1975 Ally moved on to Aberdeen, where, one year later, he guided the ’Dons’ to victory in the League Cup Final against Jock Stein’s Celtic. MacLeod’s success at club level led to his appointment as Scotland manager in May 1977 and the new boss got off to an excellent start.
Under Ally’s leadership Scotland defeated England at Wembley in 1977 to win the British International Championship. They also qualified for the 1978 World Cup Finals in Argentina, and although the campaign ultimately ended in disappointment they bowed out of the tournament with a 3-2 victory over the Netherlands who would go on to contest the final. MacLeod went back into club management, taking the reins at Ayr United (twice), Motherwell, Airdrieonians and Queen of the South. His last trophy came in his third managerial spell with Ayr United, winning the Second Division title in 1988.