Willie Waddell

Willie-Waddell1921 – 1992

Football Player; Skilful and powerful Waddell was an exciting sight on the right wing of Rangers and Scotland during the 1940s and 1950s. Waddell cultivated his skills at junior level with Forth Wanderers and Strathclyde before joining the playing staff at Rangers in 1938. With the Ibrox club Waddell won the Scottish League four times, the Scottish Cup twice and he was twice a finalist in the League Cup.

He scored an impressive 143 goals in 558 matches for Rangers, won 17 caps for Scotland and represented the Scottish League on five occasions. His main task as an outside forward was to set up chances and Waddell was a great success with Rangers as a provider of goals.

On retiring as a player in 1956 Waddell went on to become a successful manager with Kilmarnock and Rangers. Two of his greatest feats in football management were guiding “Killie” to the League title in 1965 and winning the European Cup Winners Cup with Rangers in 1972. Waddell also enjoyed a successful career as a sports journalist.