Willie Wallace

Willie Wallace (1940- )

Footballer

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.