Jock Wallace, Jr.

John "Jock" Martin Bokas Wallace (6 September 193524 July 1996) was a professional football player and manager. His father, Jock Wallace, Sr., was a goalkeeper for Raith Rovers, Blackpool and Derby County.

Wallace has the unique distinction of being the only player ever to play in the English, Welsh and Scottish Cups in the same season. This was set during the 1966-67 season where he played in the FA Cup and Welsh Cup for Hereford United, and in the Scottish Cup when he moved to Berwick Rangers.

Wallyford-born Wallace, as manager of Rangers over two spells in the 1970s and 1980s, was to become one of Scottish football's best known and successful coaches.

Playing career

Wallace's playing career began inauspiciously. A goalkeeper, Wallace was freed by his first club, Blackpool, but rekindled his career by signing for Workington in 1952, dovetailing football with work in the local pit. National Service with the King's Own Scottish Borderers afforded Wallace the opportunity of signing for the local club, Berwick Rangers. After character-defining military service in Northern Ireland and - famously - the jungles of Malaya, Wallace's playing career extended to Airdrieonians, West Bromwich Albion, non-league Bedford Town and Hereford United.

Managerial career

Berwick Rangers and Hearts

Wallace's managerial career began in 1966 as player-manager of Berwick Rangers. His rise to national prominence came in 1967, when he played for and managed the Berwick Rangers side which defeated Rangers in the Scottish Cup, providing the most famous of all cup upsets in Scotland. That achievement in turn propelled Wallace into a coaching job at Hearts in 1968. In addition Wallace set a unique record of being the only player to play in the Scottish Cup, FA Cup and Welsh Cup in the same season - having played in the latter two competitions for Hereford United in the early part of the 1966-67 season.

Success at Rangers

It was in 1970 that Wallace arrived at his spiritual home, Ibrox Stadium, as coach of Rangers under manager Willie Waddell. The partnership with Waddell was one that helped Rangers win the 1972 Cup Winners' Cup. After the European triumph, Waddell left his post as manager to take a behind-the-scenes role and Wallace was appointed as manager. In his first season in charge - the club's centenary - he won the Scottish Cup. In 1974-1975, it was Wallace who presided over the Rangers team that finally ended Celtic's nine-year period of dominance and won the League championship for the first time in eleven years. In seasons 1975-1976 and 1977-1978, Wallace was to capture the treble of all three Scottish trophies on two occasions.

Wallace's managership of Rangers in the mid-1970s saw the club regain the ascendancy it had enjoyed throughout much its history. But just as the prospect of further sustained success beckoned, Wallace unexpectedly resigned as manager in 1978. The precise cause was never fully established, as Wallace maintained silence until his death in 1996. Most of the speculation centred on alleged disputes with the Rangers board (and with Waddell in particular) about transfer budgets or Wallace's own salary.


Wallace's subsequent career spanned an eclectic mix of clubs. His first post was as manager of Leicester City F.C. in England. Wallace steered the club to Football League Second Division title glory in 1980, and took them to the FA Cup semi-finals.

Return to Scotland and subsequent career

He returned to Scotland in 1982, taking charge of Motherwell. In 1983 he returned to manage a Rangers side that, under John Greig, had consistently under-performed since Wallace's departure. In spite of capturing two League Cups, Wallace's second spell with Rangers was a frustrating one as the club failed to dent the dominance of the New Firm of Aberdeen and Dundee United, and offered only sporadic challenge to Celtic. Wallace was sacked by Rangers in April 1986. He then had short spells in Spain, with Sevilla from 1986-87, and England with Colchester United from 1988-90.

Jock Wallace died from motor neurone disease in 1996, aged 60, and is still widely remembered by Rangers fans as one of their club's greatest ever managers.

Management style

Wallace was a classic Scottish manager of the type familiar to modern fans in the guise of Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson, renowned for their ability to lose their temper and terrify players who are not trying their best. Gary Lineker, the broadcaster and former England captain, recalls the terror he felt when Jock Wallace, then manager of Leicester City, "pinned me against the dressing room wall at half-time and called me a lazy English this and that. We were 2-0 up and I'd scored both goals. I didn't score in the second half - I was still shaking!"



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