Local Scotland Heroes

As we Scots football fans...

 

Grab some escapism through 'The Euros' (clinging onto some hope that Scotland might actually win a match), let's look back at some local lads and lassies who’ve worn the dark blue in major tournaments.

The most recent player is Caroline Weir. She started off with Elgin Star before her move to Hibernian.

Since those early days Caroline's had a very impressive career playing for Arsenal, Bristol City, Liverpool and Manchester City.

 

She's played for her country 79 times scoring 13 goals. She's appeared at both the Euros and World Cup Finals.

 

And...

 

Caroline is one of only two Scottish players to be selected for the Olympic GB team heading to Japan this July. Pretty awesome I'd say, especially considering she only turns twenty six this Sunday!

 

 

Local star number two...

 

Is Maurice Malpas from Townhill, just north of Dunfrmline.

 

Maurice played his entire career with Dundee United playing over 600 matches for them. He did however play for Scotland 55 times.

 

'Super Maurice' played in two World Cup and one Euro Championship Finals. Quite rightly he's been inducted into The Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

 

My final local football legend is Gordon Durie.

 

'Jukebox' as he's fondly known is from Inverkeithing. 

 

He started off with Hill of Beath Swifts (where I was his teammate for two seasons) before moving on to East Fife where he impressed enough for a move to Hibs.

 

A fine career at Chelsea, Spurs, Rangers and Hearts followed.

 

He played for his country 43 times scoring 7 goals. He played at two World Cups and one Euro Final (in 96 when he won the penalty only for Gary McAllister to miss).

 

In fact thinking of Gordon brings back memories...

 

Here's me front left and Gordon two spots to the right of me...

Others such as Craig Levein and Steven Pressley come to mind too...

 

Plus who could forget Jim Baxter’s performance at Wembley when he humiliated World Champions England by playing keep yuppy and sitting on the ball.

 

What we would give for a repeat of such barefaced cheek on Friday (the video below fair brought a tear to my eye!)

 

Come on Scotland!

 

Billy George

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