1879 – 1930 (Footballer)
Clubs: Heart of Midlothian
Judged by contemporaries to be one of the greatest stars of his generation, the talented forward was the first Hearts player to score over 100 League goals. Having joined the Tynecastle club from Dalry Primrose in 1896 he joined the Hearts first team as it charged towards the Championship title in 1897. In 1901 Walker was the star of the show in Hearts’ 4-3 Scottish Cup Final win over Celtic and he would reach the final three more times, winning the coveted trophy for a second time in 1906.
As well as scoring goals Walker was a brilliant playmaker, combining sublime dribbling skills with precise passing. Such was his fame that during the club’s first overseas tour in 1912 King Haakkon of Norway attended a match to watch him play. Not surprisingly Bobby was a regular choice for the international selectors winning a remarkable 29 caps between 1900 and 1913, a haul which would not be surpassed until 1931. Walker also scored eight times for Scotland, including the winning goal against England in a 2-1 win at Bramall Lane in 1903.
1911 – 1985 (Manager)
Clubs: East Fife, Preston North End, Rangers and Partick Thistle.
An excellent wing-half, James Scotland Symon played with Dundee, Portsmouth and Rangers. A large part of his nine year spell at Ibrox occurred during the Second World War, limiting his Scotland appearances to a solitary cap against Hungary in 1938. He also had the distinction of representing Scotland on the cricket field.
In 1947 Symon embarked on a remarkable managerial career, starting out with East Fife. Under Symon the Methil side twice won the Scottish League Cup and were also Scottish Cup finalists. Symon earned a big move to Preston North End and led the Deepdale club to an FA Cup final in 1954. With his reputation soaring Scot returned to Ibrox to replace the formidable Bill Struth as Rangers manager in 1954. Between 1954 and 1967 he led the club to six League Championships, five Scottish Cups, and four Scottish League Cups. Under Symon, Rangers entered European competition for the first time, reaching the European Cup Winners’ Cup final in 1961 and 1967. On leaving Rangers he enjoyed two seasons as manager of Partick Thistle.
1928 – (Footballer)
Clubs: Celtic, Preston North End, Arsenal, Chelsea
A charismatic manager and football personality in later years, Tommy Docherty also enjoyed a successful playing career which started off with Celtic in 1948 and ended at Chelsea in 1962. After a spell at junior grade with Shettleston, Docherty was called up for national service and on returning home earned a contract with Celtic. After a short period with the Parkhead club he joined Preston North End in 1949 where he would spend the bulk of his playing career. With the Deepdale club ‘the Doc’ made over 300 league appearances, won the Second Division title in 1951, was an FA Cup Finalist in 1954, and won the vast majority of his 25 Scotland caps.
A talented right half, Tommy played at the 1954 World Cup Finals in Switzerland and was a regular in the dark blue of Scotland throughout the 1950s era. In 1957 he played in the memorable 4-2 Hampden win over a Spanish side boasting Ramallets, Kubala, Di Stefano and Gento. He later enjoyed a three year spell in London with Arsenal before moving across the city to Chelsea, initially as player- coach, before taking over as manager following the departure of Ted Drake. The extensive list of clubs managed by Docherty include Aston Villa, Porto, Scotland, Manchester United and Derby County.
1948 – (Footballer)
Clubs: Leeds United
The cultured and tricky winger was a loyal servant to Leeds United making 454 league appearances and scoring 52 goals between 1965 and 1983. Gray was one of manager Don Revie’s stars during the Elland Road club’s most successful era and he helped guide Leeds to the English League Championship in 1969. Although Gray would miss out on most of the title season of 1973/74 through injury he won the League Cup and Fairs Cup in 1968 scoring winning goals in the semi finals of both competitions, the FA Cup in 1972 and was a European Cup finalist in 1975. The scorer of some exceptional goals, Gray was voted the third greatest Leeds United player of all time. Injury restricted the number of appearances that he made for Scotland but he still won 12 caps between 1969 and 1976 scoring three international goals.
1949 – (Footballer)
Clubs: Aberdeen, Manchester United, Oldham Athletic
Martin Buchan enjoyed a long career stretching from 1966 to 1985, including 456 league games for Manchester United. The talented centre back started off at Aberdeen under Eddie Turnbull, signing for the club in 1966. In 1970 he became the youngest captain in Aberdeen’s history and helped guide the Dons to a famous Scottish Cup final win over Celtic a few months later.
He was Aberdeen’s record transfer when he moved to Old Trafford for £125,000 in 1972. Buchan would go on to captain Manchester United as they lifted the FA Cup in 1977 and in doing so became the first player to captain FA Cup and Scottish Cup winning sides. While at Old Trafford he would pick up a Second Division winners medal in 1975 and reach a second FA Cup final in 1979. At international level Buchan had a successful career winning 34 Scotland caps and playing at the 1974 and 1978 World Cup finals.
1951 – (Footballer)
Clubs: Partick Thistle, Hibernian, Orlando Lions, Celtic, Hamilton Academical, Ayr United
Alan started his career at Firhill in 1969 and was a member of the Partick Thistle team which created a major shock in 1971, defeating a much fancied Celtic side by four goals to one to lift the Scottish League Cup. He would also win a First Division Championship medal in 1976. Between 1976 and 1982 ‘Roughie’ was a mainstay of the Scotland international team, amassing all but two of his 53 caps and playing at two World Cup tournaments.
Alan remained at Thistle until 1982, over which time he played in 410 League games, before moving on to Hibernian. With the Easter Road side he was a Scottish League Cup Finalist in 1985 and would win the remainder of his Scotland caps. Roughie also had short spells with Orlando Lions, Celtic, Hamilton Academical and Ayr United but he is best remembered at International level where he played at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina and the 1982 World Cup in Spain. Alan was also Scotland’s number one in famous victories against the ‘Auld Enemy’ in 1976, 1977 and 1981.