Scotland's Top Ten Pens - And Finally.....
Much debate surrounded our Top Ten Scotland Pens. Further archive digging have revealed a final five spot kicks that might be ' bubbling under ' our SF.net chart. Tommy Gemmell v Cyprus 1969 - Goal Gemmell played as a left-sided full back and had powerful shooting ability. He was one of the Lisbon Lions who won the European Cup in 1967. In the final he scored a spectacular goal that was Celtic's equaliser. He also scored in the 1970 European Cup Final against Feyenoord and is currently one of only two British footballers to score in two different European Cup Finals – the other being Phil Neal of Liverpool. He made 418 appearances for Celtic . His record for penalties was 34 goals from 37 attempts. In December 1971, Gemmell was transferred to Nottingham Forest. After a short stint in America, he returned to play for Dundee in July 1973 and won the League Cup against former team, Celtic. He later managed Dundee and Albion Rovers. He made his international debut for Scotland against England in April 1966. The following year, he played in the famous 3-2 victory over World Champions England at Wembley. He won 18 caps and scored one goal from the penalty spot against Cyprus in an 8-0 in a 1970 World Cup qualifier, a result that to date has never been matched by the Scottish national side. Bruce Rioch v England 1975 - Goal This pen is often forgotten under the rubble of the final score (England won 5-1 at Wembley). Gerry Francis, Kevin Beattie and Colin Bell had England 3-0 up in the early stages of this Home International tie thanks mainly to a shaky performance from then-Rangers Goalie Stewart Kennedy, making his Wembley debut, he was later to concede two more after half time, his confidence completely shattered by England's opening attacking salvo. In the closing stages of the first half Scotland were awarded a pen for handball and Bruce Rioch stroked the ball beyond the left hand of Ray Clemence after a two step run-up to the ball. Graeme Souness v England 1986 - Goal The soon to be Rangers- player manager Souness stroked the ball home with typical confidence at the same end Gary McAllister was to miss at ten years later to cut the deficit in this 80's international after England had gone into a 2-0 lead in a midweek Home International tie at Wembley. The first evening game in the annual Auld Enemy saga since 1969. Tommy Hutchison v Spain 1975 - missed It could be said that this Hampden miss by the Fife born wing-man ended his career in a Dark Blue Jersey. He only played a couple of more times after he blew the chance to put Scotland into a 2-0 lead against Spain in a crunch European Championship qualifier at Hampden. Spain ended up winning the game 2-1 and the press decided 'Hutch' was to be the scapegoat despite his inclusion in the team that beat the Czech's to qualify for World Cup 1974 and his subsequent 'assist' that set-up Joe Jordan to equalise against Yugoslavia in the crunch final Group game in West Germany which Scotland narrowly miss out on Round 2, staying unbeaten. Gary McAllister v Belarus 1997 - Goal Almost exactly a year after his Euro '96 nightmare penalty miss against England, Gary McAllister was still up for spot kick duties. When the Turkish ref gave Scotland a penalty in Belarus in this World Cup qualifier the Scotland captain slotted home to give us a 1-0 victory. Unfortunately much of the Tartan Army was unforgiving of Gary's Wembley woe from 12 yards and in later qualifiers in Glasgow McAllister was booed much to the disgust of the Scotland camp and manager at the time Craig Brown.
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