Football legend Archie Gemmill inducted into Sports Hall of Fame

Archie Gemmill celebrates his famous 1978 World Cup goal against Holland in Argentina.
Archie Gemmill: The Scotland international celebrates his famous goal.SNS Group

Football legend Archie Gemmill has become the latest person to be inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.

Paisley-born Gemmill, 65, won three English league titles and captained his national side, but is most famous for the goal he scored against the Netherlands in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, when his foot skills left the defence in his wake.

He entered the Hall of Fame on Thursday night with curler Rhona Martin, swimming's Margaret McEleny and the late Belle Moore, rugby player Ken Scotland and golfer Willie Anderson.

Louise Martin, chairwoman of sportscotland and of the Hall of Fame selection panel, said: "Scottish sport is currently on a massive high after the amazing performances of our athletes at London 2012 and Andy Murray's first grand slam victory at the US Open, but it is also important to remember the significant contributions made by our past champions.

"Throughout their careers, Archie, Rhona, Maggi, Ken, Belle, and Willie have all shown the determination and dedication it takes to succeed in their chosen sports.

"Each and every inductee is a credit to the country, fully meriting their place in the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame."

The Hall of Fame was set up in 2002 by sportscotland and National Museums Scotland to celebrate Scotland's sporting heritage and inspire younger generations.

Gordon Rintoul, director of National Museums Scotland, said: "I am delighted to welcome six prestigious new inductees to the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.

"Sport is an important part of Scotland's culture and through celebrating the achievements of the past we can encourage the sportsmen and women of the future."

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