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25th November 2004

SCOTTISHATHLETICS CHAIR Liz McColgan and former Olympic gold medallist Arthur James Robertson are the latest athletes to be inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.

They were officially unveiled alongside four other sportspeople at a ceremony in Edinburgh on Thursday morning by Patricia Ferguson MSP, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport.

McColgan?s outstanding career spanned more than two decades and included winning World Championships 10,000m gold, Olympic 10,000m silver and two Commonwealth 10,000m golds.

Robertson won gold in the 3-mile-team race and silver in the 3200m steeplechase at the 1908 Olympics, a year which also saw him triumph at the International Cross Country Championships.

The duo now join Donald Dinnie, Wyndham Halswelle, Eric Liddell, George McNeill, Ian Stewart and Allan Wells as athletics? representatives in the exclusive club.

Patricia Ferguson said: ?The Scottish Sports Hall of Fame aims to honour Scotland?s sporting heroes past and present and inspire future champions to participate in sport.

"We recognise that high performance athletes can influence people to pursue more active lives and to strive for excellence.

?Participation in sport can help improve the long-term health and well-being of our nation and provide a stronger pool of talent to nurture future world-class performances.

"The Scottish Executive and sportscotland are fully committed to achieving international sporting success.

?To help achieve this we should take maximum advantages of such sources of inspiration. Last week saw London submit its bid to bring the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to London.

"Hosting these Games would inspire our up and coming athletes to compete at the greatest sporting event in the world.

?That, along with the other sporting, tourism and business benefits that these Games would bring to all parts of the UK, is why Scottish Ministers strongly support the London bid.

?The Scottish Sports Hall of Fame, which will soon be housed in a permanent exhibition at the Royal Museum, rightly recognising the achievements of those who have excelled in their own sport and helped to raise the profile of Scotland and Scottish sport to a national and international audience. Congratulations to all of the new inductees.?

The legendary Celtic goal scorer, Jimmy McGrory also features in this year?s line-up scoring a massive 397 goals in 378 League games and more than 500 in all, which remains an achievement almost unmatched in world football terms.

WI Douglas Elliot has also been recognised as the outstanding Scotland rugby player of the early post-war years, winning 29 caps and excelling in his role as captain versus the All Blacks and in the Victory internationals.

Holder of four world records and two Commonwealth Games medals, Jack Wardrop is the latest swimmer to join the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.

Born in Motherwell, Wardrop went to Michigan University in America in 1952 and never came back to Scotland permanently. By the end of 1952 Wardrop held a total of 32 records and five British titles.

1988 US Masters winner, golfer Sandy Lyle has also been inducted. He became the first non-American to win the famous green jacket and at the Championship dinner, haggis was added to the menu in his honour! Sandy was also the first Scot since Tommy Armour to win The Open in 1985.

Now in its third year, the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame has been developed through a unique partnership between the National Museums of Scotland and sportscotland, and already includes legendary names such as Formula 1 racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, swimmer David Wilkie and Major League baseball star Bobby Thomson.

Thursday?s ceremony brings the total number of inductees to 70 (9 women and 61 men). Of the 19 sports represented there are: 12 footballers, eight from both athletics and swimming; seven each from golf and rugby and six boxers.

At 40 years of age Liz McColgan is the youngest living inductee and golfer Jessie Valentine MBE inducted in 2003 is the eldest at 89 years. The earliest sportsman to be recognised in the Hall of Fame is Captain Robert Barclay Allardice 1779-1854 for his famous marathon walking feats including in 1809 walking 1 mile every hour for 1000 hours.

The ultimate aim of the project has always been the development of a permanent tribute to Scotland?s sporting achievements. Thanks to outstanding fundraising efforts by the National Museums of Scotland, next autumn will see the opening of the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame Gallery at the Royal Museum of Scotland.

Dr Gordon Rintoul, Director of the National Museums of Scotland, said: ?I am delighted that the partnership between National Museums of Scotland and sportscotland is once again welcoming new inductees to the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.

?Thanks to our successful fundraising campaign, both at home and abroad, the sterling achievements of these Scottish sportsmen and women will be recognised in a new gallery in the Museum of Scotland in 2005 ?.

Sports Halls of Fame are an internationally recognised way of acknowledging past performers, promoting excellence in sport and instilling sport as a key part of a nation?s culture.

By providing a public record of Scotland?s greatest sports men and women, the Hall aims to inspire younger generations and promote a culture of Scots recognising and celebrating Scottish success across a range of sports.

Congratulating the 2004 inductees, Alastair Dempster, Chairman, sportscotland, said: ?I am privileged to be here today as we induct a further six Scottish sporting legends into the Sports Hall of Fame.

"I am particularly pleased that our ultimate goal of a permanent Gallery here at the Royal Museum is just around the corner thanks to a successful partnership with our colleagues from National Museums of Scotland.

?I am sure the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame will be a significant attraction to Scots and visitors alike, joining together to celebrate some of the world?s greatest sporting achievements and giving inspiration particularly to our young people, highlighting just what can be achieved through participation in sport.?

In tune with induction criteria applied to sports halls of fame around the world, nominees for induction into the SSHOF must be either: a person born in Scotland, a person who, under the rules of the relevant governing body, was eligible to compete for Scotland or a person who has resided in Scotland during the major part of their sporting career.

Also they should have normally retired from top-level participation in their sport for a minimum of five years. However, the interpretation of the criteria is at the discretion of the independent selection panel.

The independent selection panel comprises leading sports historians, journalists and administrators: Louise Martin CBE (Chair), John Burnett, Jon Doig, Doug Gillon, Professor Grant Jarvie, Norman Mair, Andy Mitchell, Robin Morris, David Webster OBE, Alison Walker, Mike Wilson and Colin Pearson.

The official SSHOF website: www.scottishsportshalloffame.co.uk has a profile of all 70 inductees.


Arthur James Robertson (1879 - 1957) - Athletics

An all-round sportsman who originally preferred cycling, Robertson only took up athletics seriously in 1906; a fact that perhaps makes his achievements on the track all the more impressive. In 1908 alone Robertson won Olympic gold in the three mile team race ? making him the first of only six Scots to do so ? and Olympic silver in the steeplechase.

He was also crowned the World Cross Country Champion, set a new world record in the 5,000m, and set a new Scottish native record in the four miles which remained unbeaten for some 45 years.

Gold medal, three mile team race, Olympics 1908
Silver medal, 3,200 steeplechase, Olympics, 1908
World Cross Country Champion, 1908
World record holder, 5,000m, 1908

Jimmy McGrory (1904 - 1982) - Association Football

With more than 500 goals for Celtic to his name ? a massive 397 of those in 378 League games ? it?s little wonder that legendary ace Jimmy McGrory remains, unequivocally, the greatest goal scorer in the Club?s history. In one match alone he scored eight goals against Dunfermline; in another, against Motherwell, he scored the fastest ever league hat-trick in just three minutes. McGrory?s passion for the Club continued long after his playing days were over ? as manager of Celtic for twenty years between 1945 and 1965, and in Public Relations until his death in 1982.

Scottish League Championship wins, 1926, 1936
Scottish Cup wins, 1925, 1931, 1933, 1937
Seven Scotland caps

Scottish League Championship win, 1954
Scottish Cup wins, 1951 & 1954
Scottish League Cup wins, 1957 & 1958

W I Douglas Elliot (b. 1923) - Rugby Union

Make mention of Scotland?s rugby record in the immediate post-war years and one name is guaranteed to come up time and again ? W I Douglas Elliot. An Edinburgh Academical, Elliot possessed innate rugby ability, great pace and ? thanks to his life as a border farmer ? an abundance of stamina.

Those same farming ties meant that Elliot never toured with the Lions. Nonetheless he still managed to notch up 29 caps over his rugby career; two of his most memorable displays included the sensational defeat of much fancied Wales XV in 1951 and the tantalisingly narrow 3-0 loss to the All Blacks 1953-54, in which Elliot proved an inspiring captain.

29 Scotland caps, 7 as captain
5 Victory Internationals

Jack Wardrop (b. 1932)- Swimming

First learning to swim at Motherwell Baths, Wardrop wasted little time making his presence felt on the competitive arena, setting a number of new Scottish swimming records by his early teens. In 1949 he won four titles at the Scottish Championships; in 1950, three British titles ? making him the first male swimmer ever to win three such titles at one meeting.

By the end of 1952, Wardop held a total of 32 records and five British titles. Then, in 1954, came Commonwealth medal success, and a new world record in the 220 yards freestyle.

Four Scottish Championship titles, 1949
British freestyle title holder, 1949
220, 440 and 880 yards and mile freestyle title holder, 1950
Silver and bronze medals, Empire & Commonwealth Games, 1954
World record holder, 220 yards freestyle, 1954 & 1955
World record holder, 440 yards medley, 1955

Sandy Lyle MBE (b. 1958) - Golf

With a career as rich and varied as Sandy Lyle?s ? Open Champion, 3-times European Champion, World Match Play winner and a regular face on Britain?s Ryder Cup and European Cup teams ? it?s difficult to single out any one achievement.

But the memory that perhaps remains most vivid in the hearts and minds of Scots golf fans was Lyle?s famous win at the US Masters in Augusta in 1988, where he became the first non-American ever to win the much sought after green jacket.

Open winner, 1985
US Masters winner, 1988
European Tour Champion, 1979, 1980, 1985
World Match Play winner, 1988
5 Ryder Cups
18 European Cups

Liz McColgan MBE (b. 1964) - Athletics

Few who watched the 1976 Dundee Schools Cross Country Championship being won by Hawkhill Harrier Liz McColgan (then Liz Lynch) could have predicted the success story that was to unfold.

Nine major medals ? including World gold, two Commonwealth golds and one Olympic silver ? and numerous marathon wins later, and Liz had earned herself a place in the history books as Britain?s most successful female distance runner. In 1991 she was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and in 1992 was awarded an MBE.

Olympic silver medal, 10,000m, 1988
Commonwealth gold medal, 10,000m, 1986, 1990
Commonwealth bronze medal, 3000m, 1990
World Championships gold medal, 10,000m, 1991
World Cross Country Championships silver medal, 1987, 1992, bronze medal, 1991
World Half Marathon Championships gold medal, 1992
World Indoor Championships silver medal, 3000m, 1989
Winner, New York Marathon, 1991, Tokyo Marathon, 1992, London Marathon, 1996

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