Jim McCalliog

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Jim McCalliog
Personal information
Full name James McCalliog[1]
Date of birth (1946-09-23) 23 September 1946 (age 74)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1963 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1965 Chelsea 7 (2)
1965–1969 Sheffield Wednesday 150 (19)
1969–1974 Wolverhampton Wanderers 163 (34)
1974–1975 Manchester United 31 (7)
1975–1977 Southampton 72 (8)
1977 Chicago Sting 19 (0)
1978 SFK Lyn 2 (0)
1978–1979 Lincoln City 9 (0)
1979 Runcorn
Total 453 (70)
National team
1966–1967 Scotland U23 2 (3)
1967–1971 Scotland 5 (1)
Teams managed
1979 Runcorn (Player/manager)
1990–1991 Halifax Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James McCalliog (born 23 September 1946) is a Scottish former footballer, who played for Chelsea, Sheffield Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Manchester United, Southampton and Lincoln City in the Football League and who also had spells with Chicago Sting and Lyn (Oslo).

He played for Southampton in their victorious 1976 FA Cup Final against his former employers Manchester United and made the pass that set up Bobby Stokes for the only goal. He also appeared in the 1966 FA Cup Final for Sheffield Wednesday in a 3–2 defeat by Everton, and scored one of the Owls' goals.

He also won five caps for Scotland and scored the third goal in Scotland's 3–2 win over World Cup holders England at Wembley in 1967.

Playing career[edit]


McCalliog was selected to play for Glasgow Schools, before signing as an amateur with Leeds United in May 1963. However, he remained on the books of the West Yorkshire club for just four months before joining Chelsea in September 1963.

He made his senior debut on his 18th birthday in a 3–0 League Cup win at Birmingham City, but managed just seven league appearances over a two-year stay. His only goals for Chelsea came on 21 November 1964, when he scored twice at Birmingham in a 6–1 victory. However, his potential was noted and, in October 1965, he transferred to Sheffield Wednesday for a then-record fee for a teenager of £37,500.[citation needed]

His first season at Hillsborough saw him help the club to the FA Cup Final with a goal in their 2–0 semi-final victory over Chelsea at Villa Park. He scored again in the final against Everton, with the opening goal in the fourth minute as his team took a 2–0 lead. Unfortunately for his team, Everton then mounted one of the greatest comebacks in FA Cup final history, and eventually ran out 3–2 winners.[3]

After almost four seasons and 174 appearances for the Owls, McCalliog moved on to fellow top-flight side Wolverhampton Wanderers for £70,000, where he was virtual ever-present over the next three seasons. He played in the club's run to the 1972 UEFA Cup Final, scoring a vital away goal against Juventus en route. In the final, a two-legged match against Tottenham Hotspur, he scored Wolves' only goal in a 2–1 first leg defeat at home. The second leg ended a 1–1 draw, leaving McCalliog with a runners-up medal.

The 1973–74 season saw his appearances hampered by injuries and he did not win his place back for Wolves' League Cup win over Manchester City; Alan Sunderland taking his spot. Days later, on deadline day in March 1974, he left Wolves to join Manchester United for £60,000.

United were then struggling near the foot of the First Division, and although McCalliog soon made his mark with three goals in three wins, the club were relegated at the end of the season. He played enough games in the following season to win a Second Division championship medal but had been sold by manager Tommy Docherty before the season's end to Southampton for £40,000.[2]

He made his Southampton debut away to Oldham on 15 February 1975[4] and appeared 14 times that season.[5] The following season (1975–76) he made 37 league appearances, scoring 7 goals, as Southampton laboured away in the Second Division.[6]

Their league campaign was overshadowed though by a run to that year's FA Cup Final, during which McCalliog scored at Aston Villa and Bradford in the early rounds. He gained the first winners' medal of his career as he supplied the through-ball for Bobby Stokes to hit the winner against favourites Manchester United.[7]

The following season saw manager Lawrie McMenemy start to dismantle the cup-winning team and McCalliog was released at the end of the season, having lost his place in the first team to Alan Ball in January.[8] He moved to the United States to ply his trade with the Chicago Sting, before a brief spell as player-coach with SFK Lyn in Norway.[2]

He returned to Britain in September 1978, as a player/coach at Lincoln City[2] but soon fell out with manager Colin Murphy and his contract was paid up early in 1979.[9] He briefly moved on to non-league Runcorn as player/manager,[2] before quitting football, and taking over a pub in Lytham St. Anne's in 1979.[10]

In March 1990, he was combining the job of publican with that of community officer in North Yorkshire when Halifax Town parted company with manager Billy Ayre, and he was asked to step into the breach. However, his spell with Halifax was not successful, as they hovered around the foot of the Football League, and he resigned in October 1991 to be succeeded by John McGrath. McCalliog has not held a senior position in football since.


McCalliog represented Scotland at schoolboy, youth and under-23[11] levels. He made four appearances for Scotland during 1967–68 (whilst with Sheffield Wednesday) and a further appearance (against Portugal) in April 1971 (when with Wolverhampton Wanderers). On his Scotland debut he scored the third goal in Scotland's 3–2 win over 1966 FIFA World Cup winners England at Wembley.[12] Speaking in 2014, Scotland manager Bobby Brown said that McCalliog had been the "crux" of the team.[13]

Life after football[edit]

After leaving Halifax, he settled with his second wife in Yorkshire where they ran the George & Dragon pub at Wetherby. After another divorce, at the end of 2005 he was running a pub in Leeds.[10] He later took over a pub in Fenwick, Ayrshire, close to his native Glasgow but left this establishment around 2010 and now runs a bed and breakfast in Fenwick, Ayrshire with his present wife Debbie.[14][15]



Sheffield Wednesday

  • FA Cup: runner-up 1966

Wolverhampton Wanderers


  1. ^ "Jim McCalliog". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Holley & Chalk 2003, p. 546.
  3. ^ FA Cup Final 1966, Everton FC
  4. ^ Holley & Chalk 2003, p. 127.
  5. ^ Holley & Chalk 2003, p. 129.
  6. ^ Holley & Chalk 2003, p. 133.
  7. ^ Holley & Chalk 2003, pp. 355–363.
  8. ^ Holley & Chalk 2003, p. 138.
  9. ^ Manns 2006, pp. 134–135.
  10. ^ a b Manns 2006, p. 135.
  11. ^ Scotland U23 player McCalliog, Jim, FitbaStats
  12. ^ "England 2 Scotland 3". London Hearts Supporters' Club. 15 April 1967. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  13. ^ Wilson, Richard (29 June 2014). "Brown was first of a kind for Scotland's national team". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  14. ^ Evans, Gregg (3 August 2013). "Jim McCalliog: "I didn't speak to Bill McGarry for three months."". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 31 March 2014. What are you up to nowadays? We've got a B&B in Fenwick.
  15. ^ "Langside Bed and Breakfast". Retrieved 19 March 2020.


  • Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology Publishing. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X.
  • Manns, Tim (2006). Tie a Yellow Ribbon: How the Saints Won the Cup. Hagiology Publishing. ISBN 0-9534474-6-4.

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