Trib­utes paid to 1955 Clyde Cup hero Ally

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JONATHAN GED­DES

Trib­utes have been paid to the foot­baller Ally Hill, who starred as Clyde won the Scot­tish Cup in 1955.

The 84 year old passed away in a Blair­gowrie nurs­ing home a week be­fore Christ­mas.

Ally be­came a se­nior with Clyde af­ter be­ing tal­ent spot­ted while with Perth side Jean­field Swifts.

He lifted a Scot­tish Cup win­ners’ medal in 1955 af­ter the Shaw­field side de­feated Celtic 1-0 in a re­play at Ham­p­den, the first tele­vised fi­nal, watched by over 106,000 fans.

He was also a reg­u­lar goal scorer for Dundee be­fore go­ing on to play for Bris­tol City, Stir­ling Al­bion and Falkirk.

Af­ter his play­ing ca­reer was cut short by in­jury, he re­turned to the ju­nior ranks, train­ing Perth Celtic for sev­eral sea­sons, help­ing to pro­duce sev­eral play­ers who made the se­nior ranks.

In a wide-rang­ing eu­logy given by cel­e­brant Lynne Mitchell, she paid trib­ute to Ally, de­scrib­ing him as “a man of many tal­ents.”

She ex­plained: “Al­legedly it takes 10,000 hours’ prac­tice to mas­ter any one skill.

“Ally didn’t just mas­ter one - he mas­tered sev­eral.

“He earned his place in foot­ball his­tory and he was a crafts­man in his own right in his trade.

“But he was more than that. He was a man of char­ac­ter and of re­silience.

“He suf­fered no fools and took no pris­on­ers but he was a loyal and de­pend­able friend. He was open-handed and gen­er­ous to a fault.

“He was no saint but he was well­re­spected and well-loved - and he will be missed.”

Ally was born in Mary­hill Bar­racks, Glas­gow, on April 25, 1934, to George and Amy Hill.

Af­ter starring as a foot­baller in his teens, he joined Jean­field Swifts in 1950, aged just 16, and won two ju­nior caps against Wales and Ire­land. The fol­low­ing year he put pen to pa­per for Clyde - and four years later, in 1955, he lifted a Scot­tish Cup win­ners’ medal with the Bully Wee.

They had drawn 1-1 with Celtic at Ham­p­den in the first match but de­feated them by just one goal at the re­play.

Na­tional Ser­vice in­ter­rupted his foot­balling ca­reer for two years and he served with the army in Cyprus. While in the forces, he played for the Bri­tish Army team along­side Dun­can Ed­wards, of Manch­ester United, and Rangers’ Jim Bax­ter.

Re­turn­ing from Na­tional Ser­vice, he was re­leased by Clyde and joined Dundee.

While on leave from the army, he met his fu­ture wife, Mar­garet Pritchatt, at a dance in Perth City Hall. Af­ter a whirl­wind ro­mance, they were mar­ried in 1956 and spent a happy and de­voted life to­gether.

Ally is sur­vived by son Alan and his wife, Ali­son, Ally’s daugh­ter Mag­gie and her son Al­lan, and his re­main­ing brothers John, Ron­nie, Lau­rence and their fam­i­lies, as well as the fam­i­lies of his late wife Mar­garet’s sis­ters.

Foot­baller Ally played with Clyde when they lifted the 1955 Scot­tish Cup

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