Where would Scottish football be without its grassroots? From the Scotland under 18 team that won the European Championship in ‘82 to the Lisbon Lions of 1967, a group of local lads all born within 30 miles of Celtic Park, every success owes so much to the nation’s local youth development systems.
To celebrate the history of the beautiful game, Dundee-based publisher, DC Thomson, has compiled a list of the greatest Scottish football memories, featuring 100 classic moments. The timeline has been carefully put together with contributions from fans and is already stirring up excitement amongst clubs and their supporters.
Beyond the Lisbon Lions and the win at the Euros, the piece features talking points such as the four Jacobs brothers playing together for Livingston having all come through the club’s youth system. There’s also some iconic goals from John Robertson, for Hearts against Hibs. Robbo played for Edina Hibs as a youth, but signed for Hearts as a senior and went on to haunt the Hibees with an impressive goal scoring record in the Edinburgh Derby.
Another highlight is Willie Miller, who played as a forward in his youth but switched to a centre back as a teenager thanks to advice from Teddy Scott. Miller went on to lead Aberdeen to multiple trophies, and was described by Sir Alex Ferguson as “the best penalty box defender in the world.”
Thanks to grassroots football and the talent that it has produced, memories such as these live on in the minds of Scottish football fans. Check out the visual below for some of the best moments from the timeline: