First posted on Facebook on January 6th 2017
Happy Birthday to Willie Carr who turns 67 today. Willie was capped six times for Scotland, all during his time with Coventry City. Willie was midfield player with a bit of inventiveness in his play including his famous ‘donkey kick’ in 1970 when he took a free kick by holding the ball between his ankles and flicking it, allowing Ernie Hunt to volley the ball into the net. Everybody loved it at the time except the English FA who banned it’s use almost immediately.
Willie was unbeaten in a Scotland jersey playing in three wins and three draws. He played in the 1970 Home International series in May, where Scotland started with a 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland in Belfast, thanks to another player making his debut, John O’Hare.
They then drew 0-0 with Wales away and with England at home. Willie’s final game for Bobby Brown was a Euro Qualifier against Denmark in November that year, which once again saw O’Hare provide the only goal.
Tommy Docherty brought Willie back into the fold in April, 1972 to play in the friendly v Peru which Scotland won 2-0 with John O’Hare and the returning Denis Law scoring the goals.
His final appearance was once more against Denmark at Hampden, this time in a World Cup Qualifier as he came on for Kenny Dalglish in the 69th minute, By this time Dalglish and Peter Lorimer had already bagged the goals that would see Scotland just needing to overcome Czechoslovakia at home to reach the World Cup in 1974.
Willie would play over 250 times for Coventry before moving on to Wolves were he would play almost as many games, finishing up at Millwall before spells in Non-League football.
Willie’s six game spell without a defeat was bettered by the late Colin Jackson who was unbeaten in eight and it did look as though it would be surpassed by Gordon Greer who until he stepped on the pitch for his 11th cap in Metz against France last summer, looked as though he would surpass it. So, Jackson may well be a record holder but there could be some guy a way back in the early years of Scottish football who has done better but I’m way too lazy to check that out.
Anyway, Happy Birthday Willie and all the best.