Queen’s Park FC (1883-84)
The famous Glasgow club would accumulate many notable achievements over the course of the nineteenth century, from organising the world’s first official international football match in 1872, to transforming the playing style of football and having an instrumental role in the creation of the Scottish FA. However, in a playing sense the Queen’s Park team of season 1883-84 (competing in an era when football had become established as the national game on either side of the border) can be considered to be the club’s greatest ever side and Scotland’s greatest club side of the period.
The team of season 1883-84 had a perfect blend of experience in the form of veteran Charles Campbell (eight times a Scottish Cup winner over a remarkable 16-year career), emerging talents like Walter Arnott (capped 10 times for Scotland against England between 1884 and 1893) and outstanding all-round athletes like Dr John Smith (a Corinthian who scored a hat-trick in Scotland’s 6-1 victory over England in 1881). In season 1883-84 Queen’s Park claimed two of Scotland’s most prized trophies, the Scottish Cup and the Glasgow Charity Cup. The club would also contest the final of the FA Cup, facing Blackburn Rovers at Kennington Oval. The ‘Spiders’ lost the match in highly controversial circumstances, caused by eccentric refereeing, in what was the only disappointment of an otherwise unforgettable season.
Lisbon Lions (1967)
Celtic’s most historic season started with a clean sweep of all the domestic titles and culminated in European glory at the Estádio Nacional in Lisbon. The first piece of silverware of this extraordinary campaign came in the form of the Scottish League Cup with a 1-0 victory over Rangers at Hampden Park in October 1966 and a 4-0 win over Partick Thistle just over a week later brought the Glasgow Cup to Celtic Park. On 29th April 1967 the Celts triumphed in the Scottish Cup Final defeating Aberdeen by two goals to nil and a 2-2 draw with Rangers at Ibrox Park on 6th May secured the League Championship title.
It was in Europe, however, where the club would make the biggest headlines. Victories over FC Zurich, FC Nantes, FK Vojvodina and Dukla Prague brought Celtic to their first ever European Cup Final. On 25th May 1967 the Lisbon Lions lined up against the much fancied Internazionale of Milan. Despite losing an early goal, Celtic’s attacking brand of football overcame the defensive ‘catenaccio’ tactics of the Italian giants and two second half goals from Tommy Gemmell and Stevie Chalmers gave Celtic a dramatic victory. In doing so the club became the first British team to win the European Cup.
John Clark (1941- )
Clubs: Celtic, Morton.
John Clark was born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, in 1941 and signed for Celtic in 1958. He served the club as a player until 1971 and is best remembered as being a member of the “Lisbon Lions” team that won the European Cup in 1967.
John was one of the unsung heroes of the team. A clever wing half or sweeper, his quick reading of the game made him an ideal teammate for Celtic’s centre half and captain Billy McNeill. Clark’s effectiveness as a sweeper earned him the nickname “The Brush”.
John was at Celtic Park for six of the famous “nine in a row” seasons. He also won four Scottish Cups and four League Cups, scoring once in 185 league appearances for the Celts. Along with Tommy Gemmell he was ever present in the Celtic team during the remarkable 1966-67 campaign. Clark was capped four times for Scotland and also played twice for the Scottish League. After 13 years at Celtic he moved to Morton and spent two seasons at Cappielow before retiring in 1973.
Clark had two spells as Assistant Manager at Celtic Park under Billy McNeill and is currently employed by the club as kit man, a position he has held for over 20 years, making him the longest serving Celt after Willie Maley.
Jim Craig (1943- )
Clubs: Celtic, Hellenic, Sheffield Wednesday.
An educated man and qualified dentist, Jim Craig was a cultured presence in Celtic’s defence during his seven year spell at Parkhead. Known affectionately as ‘Cairney’ after the actor John Cairney who appeared in the television series ‘This Man Craig,’ Jim played a pivotal role in some of the most successful years in the history of Celtic Football Club and he was a member of the ‘Lisbon Lions’ team which conquered Europe.
Although Jim initially played as an amateur with Celtic’s third team in 1961 his football career really took off in 1965 when he turned professional, whilst still in his fourth year at Glasgow University. Between 1965 and 1972 he made 231 appearances for his boyhood heroes at full back, scoring on six occasions, but arguably his most memorable contribution was the overlap and cut back to Tommy Gemmell which led to Celtic’s opening goal against Inter Milan in Lisbon in 1967.
A winner of seven League Championships, four Scottish Cups and three League Cups, as well as the European Cup, his last game for the ‘Hoops’ came in the 6-1 victory over Hibs in the 1972 Scottish Cup Final. Jim was capped for Scotland against Wales in 1968 and had short spells with Hellenic in South Africa and Sheffield Wednesday where he retired from playing in 1974.
John McGovern (1949- )
Clubs: Hartlepools United, Derby County,
Leeds United, Nottingham Forest,
A combative midfielder and leader on the field, John McGovern was Brian Clough’s first pick at a host of clubs and is best remembered for captaining Nottingham Forest to two European Cups. Although born in Montrose he moved with his family to the north east of England where he joined his first club Hartlepools United in 1965, serving under the legendary management duo of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor. Clough brought McGovern to Derby County in 1968 where he would win the Second Division title in 1969 and the League Championship title in 1972. McGovern followed Clough to Leeds United in 1974 and then Nottingham Forest in 1975.
At Forest he would win promotion from the Second Division during season 1976-77 and incredibly the following season he led Forest to victory in the Football League Championship and the League Cup. In season 1978-79 McGovern won the Charity Shield, the Football League Cup and the first of his European Cups, defeating Swedish side Malmo 1-0 in Munich. In season 1979-80 McGovern won his second successive European Cup, beating Hamburger SV 1-0 in the final in Madrid, and he also lifted the European Super Cup with an aggregate victory over FC Barcelona. Despite experiencing such remarkable levels of success it is surprising that McGovern never won a full Scotland cap although he won representative honours at Under 23 level.
Allan McGraw (1939- )
Clubs: Morton, Hibernian, Linfield.
A local legend and prolific goal scorer with Morton, Allan McGraw started his career at Renfrew Juniors, spending three years there, before joining the Greenock club in 1961. He quickly became a hero to the Morton fans due to his goal scoring exploits and was the club’s top scorer for five consecutive seasons. In season 1963-64 McGraw hit a remarkable 58 goals in 48 games for the Cappielow club, gaining the accolade of being the top goal scorer in Britain.
Thanks in no small measure to his goals, Morton became League Cup finalists in 1963 and won the Second Division title in 1964. McGraw made a total of 176 appearances for Morton and scored a remarkable 140 goals before moving to Hibernian in 1966. After three seasons with Hibs, McGraw had a short spell at Linfield before finishing his career back at Morton. As a player, coach and manager Allan enjoyed a 36 year association with the Cappielow Park club.
Willie Wallace (1940- )
Clubs: Stenhousemuir, Raith Rovers,
Heart of Midlothian, Celtic, Crystal Palace,
Dumbarton, APIA Leichhardt,
Partick Thistle, Ross County
Willie Wallace started his playing career with Stenhousemuir in 1958, moving to Raith Rovers a year later where he developed his reputation as a goal scorer. His form soon attracted bigger clubs and he joined Hearts in 1961 as a replacement for Alex Young who had been sold to Everton. In a successful spell with the Tynecastle side Wallace won the Scottish League Cup in 1962 and scored an impressive 127 goals in 239 appearances
Jock Stein came calling in December 1966 and Willie signed for Celtic. Within six months he became part of the Lisbon Lions team that won the European Cup, defeating Inter Milan in the final. Over the course of his time at Celtic Wallace netted 135 times in 234 appearances, winning five League Championships, three Scottish Cups, two League Cups and he was a European Cup finalist once again in 1970. At international level Wallace was capped seven times for Scotland, including the famous victory over World Cup holders England in 1967, and he played four times for the Scottish League
Wallace moved on to Crystal Palace and also had spells with Dumbarton, Apia in Australia, where he won two league titles, Partick Thistle and Ross County before retiring as a player in 1977.
Archie Macpherson (1937- )
Born in Shettleston, Archie initially trained as a teacher and from 1965 to 1969 held the position of Headmaster at Swinton Primary School in Lanarkshire. He also worked part time as a freelancer in sport but decided in 1969 to swap the mortar board for the microphone on a full time basis with the BBC. So started over forty years of dedication to broadcasting on both television and radio. Archie has also worked with STV, Eurosport, Setanta Sports, Radio Clyde and Talksport, although he is probably most recognised for his commentaries on the flagship programmes Sportscene and Scotsport
During Archie’s long career in broadcasting he has commentated on many high profile events including six FIFA World Cups and four Olympic Games. He has also covered numerous UEFA European Championships and European Cup Finals. In 1985 he was installed as the Rector of the University of Edinburgh, a post he held until 1988. In 1992 Archie won the Sony Gold Award for Sports Broadcasting and in 2005 he was recognised by Scottish BAFTA when he was presented with an award for ‘Special Contribution to Scottish Broadcasting’. Archie is also an acknowledged author having written extensively on the subject of Scottish football.