Gary McAllister

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Gary McAllister

Former Scottish internationalist  Gary McAllister is remembered as one  of the most cultured home-grown midfielders of his generation. Gary attended Braidhurst High School  and made his debut for his hometown  club Motherwell FC in 1982  in a match against Queen of the South.

After a successful stint in the claret and amber, which included securing the first division title in 1984-85, Gary moved south of the border to begin a long and illustrious career in the English football leagues, firstly with Leicester City but most memorably with Coventry City, Leeds United and Liverpool FC.

As part of a Scottish double act in the Leeds United midfield with Gordon Strachan, the Elland Road club secured the English First Divison title in season 1991-92. After leaving Leeds in 1996, Gary signed for Coventry City, a club he would have a significant affiliation with, firstly as a player and then in a second spell as a player-manager.

In the twilight of his playing career, Gary made a surprise move to Merseyside giants Liverpool and the rest as they say, is history. In two seasons at Anfield, Gary secured winners medals in the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup. He was awarded man of the match in the stunning 5-4 victory over Alves in the UEFA super cup.

In 1990, McAllister made his Scotland international debut against East Germany and went on to win 59 caps, serving as captain of the national team for four years, scoring five goals, and featuring at the UEFA European Championship tournaments in Sweden in 1992 and England in 1996.

After hanging up his playing boots, Gary continued to work in the game as a manager at former clubs Coventry City, Leeds United and as a first team coach at Middlesbrough and Liverpool as well as caretaker manager at Aston Villa. Gary was also appointed as an official club ambassador for Liverpool FC in 2015.
In 2001, Gary was awarded the MBE in the New Year's Honours list for his services to football.
Images courtesy of The Daily Record and The Scotsman.