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Scottish star inducted

25 October 2015

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Rovers legend Ally MacLeod was one of five people to be inducted at this year's Scottish Football Hall of Fame Dinner, held at Hampden Park last weekend.

MacLeod, who scored 53 goals in 218 appearances for Rovers between 1955 and 1961, was honoured alongside Maurice Malpas, George Graham, Bobby Brown and Professor Stewart Hillis. The awards ceremony also included a special tribute to Craig Brown.

A hugely popular figure at Ewood Park in the late 1950s, MacLeod was Johnny Carey's costliest signing when he brought him from St Mirren in 1956.

Tall, blonde and rather ungainly, MacLeod was a speedy winger with an eye for goal. The crowd soon took to him and christened him 'Noddy' because of a peculiar nodding motion he made with his head when running. 

A member of the 1957-58 promotion side, MacLeod also appeared in the 1960 FA Cup final, which Rovers lost 3-0 to Wolves, and was one of the few successes on that day.

He returned to his native Scotland in 1961 to join Hibernian and in 1963 rejoined Third Lanark.
In 1965, he moved to Ayr United as player-coach and a few months later was appointed manager. He spent 10 seasons with Ayr - twice winning promotion to the top flight and guiding the team to both League Cup and Scottish Cup semi-finals - before accepting the manager's job at Aberdeen.

The success he achieved at Pittodrie led to his appointment as Scotland manager in May 1977. He took the national team to the 1978 World Cup finals in Argentina, but fate treated him cruelly.

He returned to Ayr and led the Ayrshire side to the Second Division title in 1988. Shortly after arriving, MacLeod turned down at opportunity to become Rovers manager after Jim Iley's departure.

The Hall of Fame, situated in the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park, honours individuals who have made a significant contribution to Scottish football.

Andrew MacLeod, Ally's son, collected the award on his late father's behalf.

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