THE GOAL OF FAME; WONDER STRIKE EARNS GEMMILL A PLACE AMONG OUR ALL-TIME SPORTING GREATS Scotland Star Archie Relives His Greatest Moment EXCLUSIVE

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THE GOAL OF FAME; WONDER STRIKE EARNS GEMMILL A PLACE AMONG OUR ALL-TIME SPORTING GREATS Scotland Star Archie Relives His Greatest Moment EXCLUSIVE


Byline: Maggie Barry

Football legend Archie Gemmill can d b l d h l Football legend Archie Gemmill can today be revealed as the latest legend to join Scotland's Sports Hall of Fame.

Archie, now 65, has already been heaped with plaudits and accolades during his remarkable career.

But it is the few seconds of genius when he twisted and turned the Holland defence to score a stunning goal during the 1978 World Cup that makes him immortal.

Books have been written about the wonder strike, songs have been penned about it and it has even been turned into a ballet.

But Archie admits that being inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame is extra special because he joins an illustrious list that includes his own sporting hero, Jim Baxter.

He said: "When I was a boy my dad used to take me to Ibrox to watch Baxter play. I think he was possibly the greatest player that I have ever seen. He could do everything.

"I have played with many talented footballers in my time but he was unique.

"That is why joining him in the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame really means something special to g p me.

o "I just wish I had the rights to that goal though. I'd be a millionaire by now."

s " Archie will join Scotland's sporting elite at a glittering dinner in Edinburgh on Thursday.Inducted alongside him that night will be five other nominees including the late swimmer Belle Moore, Scotland's only female swimmer to win Olympic gold. She was just 17 when she won relay gold at the Stockholm Olympics in 1912 - and then quietlydisappeared back to Govan.

Archie said: "It's a great honour to be with these sportsmen and women. I am already in the Hall of Fame at Hampden - but that's just for football.

"To think you are joining people that have been the best in other sports like swimming , athletics or rugby is very prestigious."

ru FJa L" Other Hall of Famers include F1 champions Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart, athletes Eric Liddell and Liz McColgan, boxer Benny Lynch, golfer Sandy Lyle and fellow football legends Matt Busby and Kenny Dalglish.

Archie's talent was spotted early - he broke into the St Mirren first team aged just 17.

But he was 21 before football became a full-time career as his parents insisted he finished his apprenticeship as an electrician. He said: "They told me you never knew what was around the corner and it was better to have a couple of irons in the fire."

As Scotland heads out of the World Cup yet again, Archie's goal against Holland is a chance to glory in the days when he played with men whose skill and tenacity meant that qualifying was never in doubt.

They included Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Joe Jordan, Bruce Rioch and Alan Rough.

Archie said: "It was a very good squad. If you are a sportsman, you always want to play at the highest level you possibly can and there is no higher level than playing for your country.

"But you've got to be very single minded and dedicated as well as talented.

"I have seen people with fantastic ability who are not prepared to put in the work required and they get nowhere.

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