Ally MacLeod was a professional football player in 1956 when Scottish Erstligaclub FC St. Mirren. He remained, however, only six weeks at this club and then went to England to Blackburn Rovers. The greatest success of his football career was reaching the FA Cup Final 1960 Blackburn, but the team lost 0-3 to Wolverhampton Wanderers. In the same year, MacLeod moved back to Scotland for Hibernian FC.
In 1966 he finished his playing career and became a coach. He had finished at Ayr United, now he was the coach of the small clubs and stayed there nine years his career. He brought the club in the first Scottish league. In 1975 he took over the responsibility for the Aberdeen FC and led this club to the runner-up title. In 1977, he was then Scotland manager and went with the Scottish national team for FIFA World Cup 1978 in Argentina. A large number of Scottish fans accompanied Ally 's Army to South America and McLeoad confirmed by victories over Argentina and England, which in turn did not go to the World Cup, with cocky comments, the hopes of the fans that the aim of the Scottish team would be at least one medal at this World Cup. But the start of this World Cup tournament was the only disappointment. Peru we took lightly, took an early 1-0 by Joe Jordan in the lead, but missed a penalty and had to accept the compensation. 20 minutes before closing prepared the Peruvian exceptional player Teofilo Cubillas the Scots as a great shock to two remarkable hits to make it 3-1 success for Peru. When his team even the next game against the minnows Iran only played 1-1 draw, the bust was perfect. Since comforted not the 3-2 success against eventual runners-up the Netherlands not ignore. Scotland went again after a first round home.
MacLeod should be fired immediately after the tournament, but still remained until 1979 coach. He trained in the following years, without much success, the clubs FC Motherwell, Airdrie and Ayr United again. Remembering, however, remained the fatal performance at the World Cup in Argentina.
Andy Beattie | Dawson Walker | Matt Busby | Andy Beattie | Ian McColl | Jock Stein | John Prentice | Malcolm McDonald | Bobby Brown | Tommy Docherty | Willie Ormond | Ally MacLeod | Jock Stein | Alex Ferguson | Andy Roxburgh | Craig Brown | Berti Vogts | Tommy Burns | Walter Smith | Alex McLeish | George Burley | Craig Levein
- Football players (Scotland )
- Football coach (Scotland )
- Born in 1931
- Died in 2004
- Person (Glasgow )