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Strikers in Scottish HOF

Posted on 26 November 2009  - 12:00

Two of our former Scottish strikers have been honoured for their services to football north of the border by being inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

Strikers in Scottish HOF

Two of our former Scottish strikers have been honoured for their services to football north of the border by being inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

Spurs greats Steve Archibald and Alan Gilzean were among eight players to take their place in the roll of honour at the sixth annual Scottish Football Hall of Fame dinner, held in Glasgow recently.

The pair join fellow former Spurs stars Dave Mackay, John White and Richard Gough in the Hall of Fame, alongside such greats of Scottish football as Billy Bremner, Sir Matt Busby, Kenny Dalglish, Sir Alex Ferguson, Denis Law, Jock Stein, our current first team coach Joe Jordan, Ally McCoist and Archie Gemmill.

Steve spent four years at the Lane, scoring 77 goals in 189 appearances and won the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982 and the UEFA Cup in 1984.

One of Scotland's most successful football exports, he won 27 caps and scored four times, including one against New Zealand at the 1982 World Cup, and was delighted to be inducted.

"I am humbled to accept such an award," said Steve. "It is a fantastic feeling to know that I am joining such an elite band of all-time greats. Scottish football has such a long history and to be part of it is a wonderful honour."

During his 10-year stay at the Lane, Alan, affectionately known here as ‘Gilly', scored 133 goals in 439 appearances, helping us to win the FA Cup in 1967, the UEFA Cup in 1972 and the League Cups of 1971 and 1973.

Gilly scored 12 times in only 22 games for Scotland, eight of them coming in just four matches, and said: "To join such legendary figures like Dave Mackay, Denis Law, Jock Stein and John White in the Hall of Fame is an honour I never in my wildest dreams thought would come to me.

"I learned my trade in a very good Dundee side and followed that with wonderful years at Tottenham Hotspur."

The Hall of Fame, situated in the Scottish Football Museum at the National Stadium, Hampden Park, honours players and managers who have made a significant contribution to Scottish Football.