First posted on Facebook on 23rd September, 2016
Happy Birthday to Jim McCalliog who will turn 70 today. Jim pictured here with Ronnie Simpson made his Scotland debut against England at Wembley in April, 1967 and of course scored Scotland’s third goal in the historic win. Jim who was with Sheffield Wednesday at the time had completed a double over England having scored also in the Under-23, 3-1 win against the Auld Enemy at St. James’ Park, Newcastle the month before.
However, this in terms of International games was as good as it would get for Jim as he would only gain four more caps, playing against both the USSR at Home and Northern Ireland away that year; both of which Scotland lost. His 4th cap would come in October, 1968 as Scotland beat Denmark 1-0 in Copenhagen.
His final cap would come in April, 1971 in a 2-0 defeat in Lisbon;
Jim would be by then a Wolves player.
Tommy Docherty would select McCalliog for his first squad in October ’71 but would not select him to play.
Interestingly, Docherty would bring him to Manchester United from Wolves for £60,000 in 1974 before discarding him to Southampton in early ’75. Jim would come back to haunt United by supplying the through ball to Bobby Stokes to score the winner for the Saints in the 1976 FA Cup Final.
Happy Birthday Jim.