1934 – 2019
Sports Journalist: Hugh McIlvanney started off as a news reporter with his home town newspaper, the Kilmarnock Standard, before moving on to the Daily Express and the Scotsman, where he was persuaded to take up sports writing. In 1962 McIlvanney joined the Observer in London and would enjoy a long association with this newspaper, holding the position of Chief Sports Correspondent. He moved on to the Sunday Times in 1993 where he was Chief Sports Writer.
Hugh has the unique achievement of being winner of the two British Sports Journalist of the Year awards a combined total of a dozen times. He is the only sports specialist to have been voted journalist of the year in the USA. He’s been honoured by the Boxing Writer’s Association of America for excellence in boxing journalism. He was awarded the OBE in 1996, received a lifetime achievement achievement award from the Scottish Daily Newspaper Society in 2004 and in 2005 was among the first 40 journalists to be inducted into the British Newspaper Hall of Fame.
A regular contributor to TV and radio, Hugh has written and presented several documentaries including the highly acclaimed ‘The Football Men’.
Since 2004 was Chair of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.
1876 – 1959
Among the most famous footballers of his time Robert Smyth McColl was a prolific goal scorer and exemplary team player who was often commended for his excellent passing. McColl started his senior football career as an amateur with Queen’s Park FC in 1894. When he decided to turn professional in 1901 the leading clubs south of the border lined up to try and secure his services. McColl chose Newcastle United and would spend three years with the Tyneside club. He moved back north to play with Rangers in 1904 before being reinstated as an amateur so that he could return to Queen’s Park in 1907. In his final outing in senior football he scored six goals for Queen’s Park against Port Glasgow Athletic. McColl also had an exceptional scoring rate at international level, with 13 goals recorded in just 13 appearances. His most famous game for Scotland was the Rosebery international match of 1900 when he scored a hat-trick in the 4-1 win over England at Celtic Park. He was also a successful businessman in the confectionary trade earning the nickname ‘Toffee Bob’.
A committed captain and born leader, Terry was an integral part of Bobby Robson’s Ipswich team which would win the UEFA Cup and come close to winning the Football League. He was an established England international player, having played at the 1982 and 1986 World Cup Finals, when Graeme Souness brought him north to play for Rangers in July 1986. His arrival along with that of fellow England international Chris Woods perhaps best encapsulates the ‘Souness Revolution’ at Ibrox stadium. The inspirational captain was the driving force on the field which led the Ibrox club to three league championship titles and two Scottish League Cups between 1986 and 1990. Whilst still a Rangers player, Butcher led England to the semi finals of the World Cup in 1990 and afterwards retired from international football after winning an impressive 77 caps (32 of them as a Rangers player).
1930 – 2004
Ronnie was just 14 years old when he made his senior debut with Queen’s Park FC and he was selected to play for the Great Britain side managed by Matt Busby at the 1948 Olympic Games. After four years with the Spiders he moved to local rivals Third Lanark, before winning a move south to Newcastle United in 1951. At Newcastle Ronnie would twice win the FA Cup. He moved back to Scotland in 1960 and spent four years with Hibernian. Heading towards the twilight years of his career Simpson was transferred to Celtic, supposedly as cover for John Fallon. He quickly established himself at Celtic and would go on to win four League Championships, one Scottish Cup and three Scottish League Cups. He was a member of the Celtic side which won the European Cup in 1967 and in the same year was Scotland’s oldest debutant when he played in the famous 3-2 victory over World Champions England. He would go on to win five caps for Scotland.
A tenacious midfielder, excelling both in tackling and passing, Pat Crerand started off his career with Duntocher Hibs in 1956 before transferring to boyhood heroes Celtic the following year. After six seasons and 120 games with the Parkhead club, Matt Busby brought him south to Manchester United in 1963. Paddy was an influential presence in a team that boasted Law, Charlton and Best. The Old Trafford side would win the League Championship in 1965 and 1967 and the FA Cup in 1963. The biggest prize of all, the European Cup, was won by United in 1968. Crerand won 16 caps for Scotland, and played in the 2-0 Hampden win over England in 1962. He retired in 1971 having amassed an impressive 401 games with Manchester United, ensuring his place as an Old Trafford legend.
1929 – 2001
Clubs: Hibernian, Manchester City, Oldham Athletic
Position: Outside right, Inside forward
The youngest member of Hibernian’s “Famous Five” forward line, Bobby first joined Hibernian FC in 1946. Hibs enjoyed much success during Johnstone’s time at the club and he won two league championship medals in 1951 and 1952. After leaving Easter Road, Bobby also became extremely popular with fans of Manchester City and Oldham Athletic. He won an FA Cup winners medal with City in 1956 and is regarded as one of the greatest ever players to play for Oldham. 17,000 fans turned up to watch his debut at Boundary Park in a Fourth Division match, more than four times the “Lactics” average attendance at the time. At international level, Johnstone played 17 times for Scotland, scoring 10 goals and made an additional six appearances for the Scottish League.