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James "Jim" McCalliog (born 23 September 1946 in Glasgowmarker) is a Scottishmarker former footballer who played for Sheffield Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Manchester United and Southampton.

He played for Southampton in their victorious 1976 FA Cup Final against his former employers Manchester United and made the pass that set up Bobby Stokes for the only goal. He also appeared in the 1966 FA Cup Final for Sheffield Wednesday in a 3-2 defeat by Everton, and scored one of the Owls' goals.

He also won 5 caps for Scotland and famously scored the third goal in Scotland's 3-2 win over World Cup winners England at Wembleymarker in 1967.

Playing career

Club

McCalliog was selected to play for Glasgow Schools, before signing as an amateur with Leeds United in May 1963. However, he remained on the books of the Yorkshire club for just four months before joining Chelsea in September 1963.

He made his senior debut on his 18th birthday in a 3-0 League Cup win at Birmingham City, but managed just seven league appearances over a two-year stay. His only goals for Chelsea came on 21 November 1964, when he scored twice at Birmingham in a 6-1 victory. However, his potential was noted and, in October 1965, he transferred to Sheffield Wednesday for a then-record fee for a teenager of £37,500.

His first season at Hillsborough saw him help the club to the FA Cup Final with a goal in their 2-0 semi-final victory over Chelsea at Villa Parkmarker. He scored again in the final against Everton, with the opening goal in the 4th minute as his team took a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately for his team, Everton then mounted one of the greatest comebacks in FA Cup final history, and eventually ran out 3-2 winners.

After almost four seasons and 174 appearances for the Owls, McCalliog moved on to fellow top-flight side Wolverhampton Wanderers for £70,000, where he was virtual ever-present over the next three seasons. He played in the club's run to the 1972 UEFA Cup Final, scoring a vital away goal against Juventus en route. In the final, a two-legged match against , he scored Wolves’ only goal in a 2-1 first leg defeat at home. The second leg ended a 1-1 draw, leaving McCalliog with a runners-up medal.

The 1973/74 season saw his appearances hampered by injuries and he did not win his place back for Wolves' League Cup win over ; Alan Sunderland taking his spot. Days later, on deadline day in March 1974, he left Wolves to join Manchester United for £60,000.

United were then struggling near the foot of the First Division, and although McCalliog soon made his mark with three goals in three wins, the club were relegated at the end of the season. He played enough games in the following season to win a Second Division championship medal but had been sold by manager Tommy Docherty before the season's end to Southampton for £45,000.

He made his Southampton debut on 15 February 1975 (away to Oldham) and appeared 14 times that season. The following season (1975-76) he made 37 league appearances, scoring 7 goals, as Southampton laboured away in the Second Division.

Their league campaign was overshadowed though by a run to that year's FA Cup Final, during which McCalliog scored at and Bradford in the preceding rounds. He gained the first winners' medal of his career as he supplied the through-ball for Bobby Stokes to hit the winner against favourites .

The following season saw manager Lawrie McMenemy start to dismantle the cup-winning team and McCalliog was released at the end of the season, having lost his place in the first team to Alan Ball in January. He moved to the United States to ply his trade with the Chicago Sting, before a brief spell as player-coach with Lyn Oslo in Norway.

He returned to Britain in September 1978, as a player/coach at Lincoln City but soon fell out with manager Colin Murphy and his contract was paid up early in 1979. He briefly moved on to non-league as player/manager, before quitting football, and taking over a pub in Lytham St. Anne’smarker.

In March 1990, he was combining the job of publican with that of community officer in North Yorkshire when Halifax Town parted company with manager Billy Ayre, and he was asked to step into the breach. However, his spell with Halifax was not successful, as they hovered around the foot of the Football League, and he resigned in October 1991 to be succeeded by John McGrath. McCalliog has not held a senior position in football since.

International

McCalliog made 4 appearances for Scotland during 1967-68 (whilst with Sheffield Wednesday) and a further appearance (against Portugal) in April 1971 (when with Wolverhampton Wanderers).

On his Scottish debut, on 15 April 1967, he famously scored the third goal in Scotland's 3-2 win over World Cup winners England at Wembleymarker.

He also represented his country at schoolboy, youth and under-23 level.

Life after football

After leaving Halifax, he settled with his second wife in Yorkshiremarker where they ran the George & Dragon pub at Wetherbymarker. After another divorce, at the end of 2005 he was running a pub in Leeds.He has since taken over the King's Arms pub in Fenwick, Ayrshire, close to his native Glasgowmarker.

Honours

Sheffield Wednesday
  • FA Cup runner-up: 1966


Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • UEFA Cup runner-up: 1972


Southampton
  • FA Cup winner: 1976


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