Eight more Scots greats enter Hall of Fame
Nominees are suggested by football fans around the world, based on their contribution to Scottish game, and the final list is selected by a panel of experts from football and the media.
This year's inductees are Willie Maley, Dave Meiklejohn, Jimmy Delaney, Alan Gilzean, Bertie Auld, Maurice Johnston, Paul Lambert and Steve Archibald. In addition to attending the dinner, Johnston, as well known as a Rangers player as for his time at Celtic, will conduct an unveiling ceremony at the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden today.
Here, The Scotsman takes a look at the careers of the latest inductees.
Celtic's first, and longest-serving manager, enjoyed 43 years in charge of the club. The Irish-born Maley moved to Scotland with his family as a child. He signed for the newly-formed Celtic as a midfielder in 1888 and also won two caps for Scotland as a naturalised Scot. He was appointed manager in 1897, aged just 29, and won the league title in his first season in charge. Maley built several successful sides, winning six titles in a row between 1905 and 1910, while also setting a UK record of 62 games unbeaten. Under Maley, Celtic won 16 league titles, 14 Scottish Cups, 14 Glasgow Cups and 19 Glasgow Charity Cups.
The Rangers defender spent his entire professional career at Ibrox, during which time he captained both club and country. After signing from Maryhill FC in 1919, he played 563 times for Rangers, winning 12 league titles and five Scottish Cups. Meiklejohn skippered the side on a day of tragedy when Celtic goalkeeper John Thomson died of a head injury sustained in an accidental clash with striker Sam English in 1931. He was capped 15 times by Scotland and scored three goals. After leaving Rangers he managed Partick Thistle for 12 years and enjoyed a spell in journalism. He died suddenly after collapsing in the directors box at Airdrie in 1959, aged 58.
Delaney enjoyed a remarkable 24-year professional playing career from 1933 to 1957, the majority of which was spent with Celtic and Manchester United. The outside right also won 15 caps for Scotland, scoring six goals. After signing for Celtic from Stoneyburn, he spent 13 years with the club and made 305 appearances. A regular goalscorer, he moved to Old Trafford in 1946 and won an FA Cup medal in 1948 to couple with a Scottish Cup medal won in 1937. In 1950 he signed for Aberdeen before a move to Falkirk. Aged 39, he joined Derry City and also played for Cork and Elgin. Delaney died in 1989, aged 75.
A hugely popular and highly successful striker, Gilzean was a key member of Dundee's greatest side before becoming one of Tottenham Hotspur's favourite sons. His goals to games ratio for Scotland was impressive, Gilzean finding the net 12 times in 22 appearances. He joined Dundee in 1956 and scored over 100 goals for a Dens Park side which won the league title in 1962 and reached the semi-finals of the European Cup the following season as well as the Scottish Cup final in 1964. Later that year he joined Spurs for 72,500 and formed prolific partnerships with first Jimmy Greaves then Martin Chivers. He played nearly 350 games for Spurs, helping them to win the FA Cup, the Uefa Cup and two League Cups.
An integral member of Jock Stein's nine-in-a-row Celtic side and one of the Lisbon Lions, Auld enjoyed two spells with the Glasgow club. A versatile player, capped three times by Scotland, he went on to become a colourful manager, most notably with Partick Thistle. He first joined Celtic in 1955 before a move to Birmingham in 1961. A regular goalscorer from the wing, he rejoined Celtic in 1965 and formed a successful midfield partnership with Bobby Murdoch as the club embarked on its most successful era. In 1971 he moved to Hibs prior to a six-year spell as Thistle manager. With his trademark flat cap and cigar, he cut a distinctive figure in the dugout and returned to Easter Road in 1982. Auld also managed Hamilton and Dumbarton.
Capped 38 times for Scotland, Johnston's career began at Partick Thistle before a 1983 move to Watford, for whom he played in an FA Cup final. A successful return to Scotland and Celtic paved the way for a move to France to join Nantes, before he made a highly publicised move to Rangers – after appearing set for a return to Celtic. In doing so he became the Ibrox club's most high profile Roman Catholic signing. Subsequent spells at Everton, Hearts and Falkirk preceded a move to the US and Major League Soccer, where he has since entered management. Johnston scored 14 goals for his country.
A highly successful midfielder with St Mirren, Motherwell, Borussia Dortmund and Celtic, Lambert lifted the Champions League trophy during his time in Germany and won 40 Scotland caps before embarking on what looks to be a promising managerial career. Lambert was just 17 when he won a Scottish Cup medal in 1987.Eight years at Love Street were followed by a three-year spell at Motherwell before a move to the Bundesliga in 1996 saw him become the first British player to win the Champions League a year later. A 2million signing for Celtic later that year, he won four SPL titles, two Scottish Cups and two League Cups as well as skippering the side to the Uefa Cup final in 2003. He also played in the 1998 World Cup for Scotland, while his management career has so far taken him from Livingston to Norwich, via Wycombe and Colchester.
One of Scotland's most successful football exports, Archibald, like Alan Gilzean, earned legendary status at Spurs and was also a popular striker with Barcelona. It was with Aberdeen, however, that he first made his name, having joined them from Clyde in 1977. He helped Alex Ferguson's side to the Premier Division title in 1980 before a four-year spell at Tottenham saw him win the FA Cup twice as well as a Uefa Cup winner's medal. A move to Spain followed, where he won the Spanish title in 1985, before a surprise switch to Hibs in 1988 brought him back to Scotland, where he also played for St Mirren. As a manager, Archibald led East Fife to promotion from the Second Division, but a later spell with financially troubled Airdrieonians, for whom he made a successful bid in 2000, failed to save the club from their eventual demise.
Those already included in the Scottish Football Hall of Fame are...
Jim Baxter, Billy Bremner, Sir Matt Busby, Kenny Dalglish, Sir Alex Ferguson, Hughie Gallacher, John Greig, Jimmy Johnstone, Denis Law, Dave Mackay, Danny McGrain, Jimmy McGrory, Billy McNeill, Willie Miller, Bobby Murdoch, Bill Shankly, Gordon Smith, Graeme Souness, Jock Stein, Willie Woodburn, Alan Morton, Alex McLeish, Bobby Lennox, Charles Campbell, George Young, Jim McLean, Joe Jordan, John White, Lawrie Reilly, Willie Waddell, Alex James, Davie Cooper, Tommy Gemmell, Richard Gough, Henrik Larsson, Brian Laudrup, Sandy Jardine, Billy Steel, Willie Ormond, John Robertson, Tommy Walker, Willie Henderson, Walter Smith, Gordon Strachan, Allan Hansen, Ally McCoist, Rose Reilly, Eddie Turnbull, Willie Bauld, Eric Caldow, Jimmy Cowan, John Thomson, Bill Struth, Billy Liddell, Derek Johnstone, Archie Gemmill, Jim Leighton, Ian St John and Bobby Evans.