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HALL OF FAME HONOURS SCOTTISH HEROES

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SCOTTISH FOOTBALL has honoured its legends as the renowned Scottish Football Hall of Fame inducted eight new members tonight.

The Lisbon Lions, Jim Craig, Willie Wallace and John Clark along with Queen’s Park FC, broadcaster Archie MacPherson, Morton legend Allan McGraw and John McGovern were inducted at a ceremony in Glasgow tonight.

The famous side, who are collectively known as the Lisbon Lions, beat Internazionale 2-1 on the 25th of May 1967 and the entire side were honoured and inducted into the Hall of Fame on the 50th anniversary of their triumph in Lisbon.

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There were also individual spaces in the Hall of Fame for trio John Clark, Willie Wallace and Jim Craig – all whom triumphed in green and white that day in Portugal.

Clark made a formidable relationship with Billy McNeil at the heart of the Celtic defence under Jock Stein. He was at Celtic from 1958-1971 and latterly as their hitman, which made him the longest serving Celt since Willie Malley.

Wallace was Jock Stein’s biggest signing arriving after the manager spent £30,000 to Hearts in January 1967 for the striker. Wallace would go onto be immortalised as part of the Lions team but also to win five straight Premiership titles at Celtic.

Jim Craig would spend seven years at Celtic, winning 14 domestic honours and the European Cup in his time. As a right-back, he was more conservative than the pioneering Tommy Gemmell but effective nonetheless.

Legendary broadcaster and close friend of Jock Stein, Archie MacPherson was inducted into the Hall of Fame. A popular figure with a hugely distinctive voice, Archie commentated on Scottish Football for nearly four decades capturing some of Scotland’s finest talents in full flow.

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Queen’s Park FC were also inducted as the club celebrated their 150th anniversary this year. One of the first club’s in Scotland, Queen’s Park were once a dominant force in Scotland but now would be deemed to be underachievers.

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John McGovern was the next to be inducted, the former Nottingham Forest man was Brian Clough’s captain that brought double-European Cup success to the club. Despite being Clough’s favourite, where he bought him three times, he was never selected by Scotland.

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Finally, Allan McGraw, the legendary Morton striker was inducted. The record holder for the most goals in a season as well as 117 goals in 136 appearances for the Cappielow side make McGraw a worthy addition to the Hall of Fame.

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Congratulations to all the new entrants!

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