Colin Stein

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Colin Stein
Personal information
Full name Colin Stein
Date of birth (1947-05-10) 10 May 1947 (age 67)
Place of birth Linlithgow, Scotland
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Armadale Thistle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1968 Hibernian 74 (41)
1968–1972 Rangers 112 (60)
1972–1975 Coventry City 83 (22)
1975–1978 Rangers 16 (4)
1977–1978 Kilmarnock (loan) 24 (8)
Total 309 (135)
National team
1968–1973 Scotland 21 (9)
1968–1972 Scottish League XI 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Colin Stein (born 10 May 1947) is a Scottish former footballer, who played for Hibernian, Rangers (two spells), Coventry City and Kilmarnock. Stein was part of the Rangers team that won the 1971–72 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. He scored one of the Rangers goals in a 3–2 victory against Dinamo Moscow in the final. Stein also represented Scotland and the Scottish League XI. He scored nine goals in 21 appearances for Scotland. This included him scoring four goals in one game, a 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Cyprus.


Stein, who was born in Linlithgow, began his career with Armadale Thistle. He went on to play professionally for Hibernian, Rangers and the Scottish national team during the 1960s and 1970s. He also had a spell in England with Coventry City. He played an important part in Rangers winning the 1972 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final, scoring the opening goal in the final.[1] Rangers beat Stade Rennais, Sporting CP, Torino, Bayern Munich and Dinamo Moscow to win the competition.[1]

On 2 January 1971, during an Old Firm match at Ibrox, Stein scored an equaliser in stoppage time to salvage a draw for Rangers after Celtic had taken the lead in the 89th minute. Minutes later after full-time, barriers on Stairway 13 at Ibrox gave way, causing a chain-reaction pileup of spectators that killed 66 and injured over 200 in what would be remembered as the second Ibrox disaster. Initial reports speculated that Rangers supporters who had left the ground turned back upon hearing the crowd roar at Stein's goal, leading to the disaster.[2] The official inquiry into the tragedy conclusively proved that all the spectators were moving in the same direction at the time of the collapse, however.[2]

Stein is the last player to score a hat-trick for Scotland, scoring four goals in a match against Cyprus in 1969.[3] He won a total of 21 caps for Scotland, scoring nine goals.

In the twilight of his career, after leaving Kilmarnock, Stein also played for Elgin City, who were then a Highland League side.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 17 December 1968 Lefkosia, Nicosia  Cyprus 5–0 5–0 WCQG7
2 3 May 1969 The Racecourse Ground, Wrexham  Wales 2–0 5–3 BHC
3 6 May 1969 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Northern Ireland 1–1 1–1 BHC
4 10 May 1969 Wembley Stadium, London  England 1–2 1–4 BHC
5 17 May 1969 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Cyprus 3–0 8–0 WCQG7
6 17 May 1969 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Cyprus 4–0 8–0 WCQG7
7 17 May 1969 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Cyprus 5–0 8–0 WCQG7
8 17 May 1969 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Cyprus 6–0 8–0 WCQG7
9 21 September 1969 Dalymount Park, Dublin  Republic of Ireland 1–0 1–1 Friendly

Personal life[edit]

His elder brother, Bobby Stein, was also a professional footballer.[4]


  1. ^ a b Cup Winners' Cup 1971–72, RSSSF.
  2. ^ a b "1971: Sixty-six die in Scottish football disaster". BBC. 2 January 1971. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Smith, Aidan (14 November 2009). "Colin Stein still keen, 40 years after he was up to his old tricks". The Scotsman. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Spiers, Graham (11 May 2013). "Four months with Ferguson is an experience which lasts for ever". The Herald (Herald & Times Group). Retrieved 11 May 2013. 

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