Stevie Chalmers (1935– )
Footballer Clubs: Celtic, Morton, Partick Thistle.
A Lisbon Lion, Stevie Chalmers will best be remembered in Scottish football history for scoring Celtic’s winning goal in the European Cup Final of 1967. He signed from Ashfield Juniors in 1959, making his first team debut soon afterwards away to Airdrieonians in a League match. A fast and unselfish centre forward, Stevie could also score goals and netted 228 times in 405 games. He enjoyed a long association with Celtic lasting 12 years and remains the club’s fourth highest all time goal scorer.
Even though Chalmers suffered a bad injury during the League Cup Final in 1969 he nevertheless would win four League Championships, four League Cups, three Scottish Cups and the European Cup with Celtic. On leaving Celtic in 1971 Stevie would go on to play for Morton and Partick Thistle.
At international level he scored three goals in five games for Scotland, one of the goals coming in a 1-1 draw against Brazil, who were the then reigning world champions and were led by Pele.
John Wark (1957-)
Footballer Ipswich Town, Liverpool, Middlesbrough.
John Wark could play in defence and attack but was most effective as a midfielder who could break forward and score goals. Wark would enjoy three separate spells with Ipswich Town and was particularly successful in his first stint with the East Anglian club, winning the FA Cup in 1978, the UEFA Cup in 1981, as well as PFA Player of the Year and Young European Player of the Year awards in 1981. He was also a runner up with the club in the Football League Championship in both 1981 and 1982.
With Liverpool Wark would achieve further honours, winning the Football League Championship in 1984 and 1986. He was a runner up in the Intercontinental Cup in 1984, the European Super Cup, the European Cup and the Football League Championship in 1985, and the Football League Championship and Football League Cup in 1987. Either side of a brief spell with Middlesbrough Wark would enjoy two further spells at Ipswich, winning the Football League Second Division Championship in 1992. He was capped 29 times for Scotland, scoring seven goals and playing at the 1982 World Cup tournament in Spain.
Jock Wallace (1935–1996)
Manager Berwick Rangers, Rangers, Leicester City, Motherwell, Seville, Colchester United.
Jock Wallace made national headlines in 1967 as player manager of Berwick Rangers when he led the club to a shock victory over Rangers in the Scottish Cup. He moved on to a coaching role with Hearts before moving to Ibrox to take on a similar role with Rangers in 1970. Wallace was manager Willie Waddell’s right hand man when the Ibrox club won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972 and he took over as manager the following season.
Wallace won the Scottish Cup in 1973 and in season 1974-75 he led Rangers to their first Championship title for 11 seasons. The domestic ‘treble’ was achieved for season 1975-76 and 1977-78. Wallace left Rangers in 1978 and moved to Leicester City where he would lead the Filbert Street club to the Second Division title in 1980. He returned to Scotland to take charge of Motherwell and then Rangers for a second time, where he would win two more League Cups. Towards the end of his career Wallace also had short spells as boss of La Liga side Seville and English side Colchester United.
Gary McAllister (1964–)
Footballer Motherwell, Leicester City, Leeds United, Coventry City, Liverpool.
Gary started his senior career with hometown club Motherwell before moving on to Leicester City. With the Filbert Street club the cultured midfielder was named in the Second Division PFA Team of the Year in 1988-89 and 1989-90.
In 1990 McAllister won a big move into the First Division with Leeds United and playing alongside Gordon Strachan he had an important role in the Championship winning season of 1991-92 and the FA Charity Shield victory in 1992. McAllister would be named in the First Division PFA Team of the Year for 1991-92 and the Premier League PFA Team of the Year for 1993-94. McAllister captained Leeds to the final of the League Cup in 1996 although the club ultimately lost to Aston Villa.
Despite being over the age of 30 McAllister signed for Coventry City in 1996 for the sizeable fee of £3 million. A surprise move to Liverpool in 2000 brought an impressive haul of silverware and McAllister’s performances in his two year spell at Anfield secured his iconic status at the club as they won the FA Cup, League Cup, FA Charity Shield, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup. Between 1990 and 1999 McAllister won 59 Scotland caps, scoring five goals, and played at the UEFA European Championship tournaments in Sweden in 1992 and England in 1996.
Alex Smith (1939– )
Manager Stenhousemuir, Stirling Albion, St Mirren, Aberdeen, Clyde, Scotland U21, Dundee United, Ross County, Falkirk.
Alex Smith’s lifelong devotion to football started at Stirlingshire youth team Gowanhill United before joining Kilmarnock in 1958. His senior career continued at Stenhousemuir, Stirling Albion, East Stirlingshire, Albion Rovers and a second spell at Stenhousemuir. Smith’s managerial career began at Stenhousemuir in 1968 and in 1974 he became manager of Stirling Albion, a club he would manage for twelve years, winning the Division Two League Championship in 1977.
In 1986 he became manager of St Mirren and led the Paisley club to Scottish Cup glory the following year with Ian Ferguson’s extra time goal at Hampden Park sealing a famous victory over Dundee United. Along with co-manager Jocky Scott, Alex Smith succeeded Ian Porterfield at Aberdeen in 1988 and the Pittodrie club would challenge Rangers at the very top of Scottish football, finishing runners-up in the Premier League for the next three seasons. The ‘Dons’ also won the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Cup during season 1989-90. Smith left Aberdeen in 1992 and would go on to manage Clyde, Dundee United, Ross County and Falkirk. During a long managerial career his appointments also took in the Scotland under 18 and under 21 sides.