Joe McBride (footballer, born 1938)

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Joe McBride
Personal information
Full name Joe McBride
Date of birth (1938-06-10)10 June 1938
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 11 July 2012(2012-07-11) (aged 74)
Place of death Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1953–1957 Kilmarnock
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1959 Kilmarnock 57 (24)
1959 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 (0)
1959–1960 Luton Town 25 (9)
1960–1962 Partick Thistle 59 (31)
1962–1965 Motherwell 88 (51)
1965–1968 Celtic 55 (54)
1968–1971 Hibernian 67 (44)
1971–1972 Dunfermline Athletic 20 (8)
1972 Clyde 12 (5)
Total 383 (226)
National team
1964–1966 Scottish Football League XI 4 (8)
1966 Scotland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Joe McBride (10 June 1938 – 11 July 2012) was a Scottish footballer who played for clubs including Celtic, Hibernian, Motherwell and Dunfermline Athletic. He was a prolific striker and has the third highest tally of goals in the Scottish league since football resumed after the Second World War.[1] McBride also represented both Scotland and the Scottish League.


McBride was born in Govan, just 200 yards from the home of Rangers.[2] He attended St. Gerard's RC Secondary, Govan and was a prolific goalscorer for their teams.[3]

He signed for Kilmarnock when he was 15, and was loaned out to Kirkintilloch Rob Roy.[2] He made an immediate impact when he was brought into the Kilmarnock first team, and was sold to Wolves for £12,500, a significant transfer fee at the time.[2] McBride failed to settle in England, however, and his career only really took off when he signed for Motherwell.[2]

McBride was Motherwell's top goalscorer in three successive seasons, which attracted the attention of new Celtic manager Jock Stein, who signed him for a fee of £22,000 in 1965.[2] Along with Alex Ferguson of Dunfermline, McBride was the top goalscorer in the 1965–66 Scottish League with 31 goals.[4] He again scored prolifically during the 1966–67 season, but suffered a serious injury in December 1966.[2] This injury meant that although McBride was part of the Lisbon Lions squad, he did not play in the 1967 European Cup Final.[2]

He never regained a regular place in the Celtic side, and subsequently transferred to Hibernian in 1968.[2] McBride quickly regained his goalscoring form with Hibs, scoring on his debut, against Rangers, a hat-trick in his second match, against Lokomotive Leipzig, and four goals in his third match, against Morton.[2] He was Hibs' top goalscorer in both the 1968–69 and 1969–70 seasons,[2] and scored a second European hat-trick for Hibs, against Malmö FF.

McBride left Hibs in 1971, apparently because the club were unhappy that he did not want to move from his home in Glasgow.[2] He ended his playing career in 1972 after short spells with Dunfermline and Clyde. McBride's son, also named Joe, also became a professional footballer.[2]

He won two caps for Scotland, both in 1967 British Home Championship matches.[5] McBride also scored eight goals in just four appearances for the Scottish League XI.[6]

McBride died on 11 July 2012, days after suffering a stroke at his home in Glasgow.[7]


  1. ^ Scotland – All-Time Topscorers, RSSSF.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Jeffrey, pp103-104.
  3. ^ Hannan, Martin (13 July 2012). "Obituary: Joe McBride, footballer". The Scotsman. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Scotland – List of Topscorers, RSSSF.
  5. ^ "Joe McBride". London Hearts Supporters' Club. 
  6. ^ "Joe McBride". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Shields, John (12 July 2012). "Celtic fans loved Joe.. he was one of their own". The Scottish Sun. News International. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  • Jeffrey, Jim (2005). The Men Who Made Hibernian F.C. since 1946. Tempus Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-3091-2. 

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