1st May 2015 is the 65th birthday of one of Scotland’s greatest ever defenders – Daniel Fergus McGrain. Danny won 62 caps for Scotland between 1973 and 1982 and played at two World Cup Finals – injury kept him out of Argentina 78.
He was an attacking full back which made him exciting to watch as well as being extremely effective. He was also both courageous on and off the pitch in dealing with serious injuries and diabetes. I saw him play in what was his final Scotland match – the 2-2 draw against the Soviet Union in the 1982 World Cup Finals in Malaga, Spain. I wish I had taken some decent photographs of the occasion.
According to my wife, Danny couldn’t quite match Italian defenders when it came to the looks department but in my opinion when it came to determination and creativity he blew away those Azzurri pretty-boys to the extent that I’m quite happy to have my half of our bedroom headboard adorned with Panini stickers of the bearded wonder.
Danny [along with fellow attacking full-back Sandy Jardine] will always be part of my Scotland dream team and so I say many happy returns and thanks for the memories.