|Full name||Peter Barr Cormack|
|Date of birth||17 July 1946|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Tynecastle Boys Club|
|1961–1962||Heart of Midlothian|
|1967||→ Toronto City (guest)||11||(5)|
|1966–1970||Scottish League XI||6||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Peter Barr Cormack (born 17 July 1946) is a Scottish former professional football player and manager. Cormack played for Hibernian, Toronto City, Nottingham Forest, Liverpool, Bristol City and Partick Thistle, achieving great success with the Liverpool teams of the mid-1970s. He also represented Scotland and the Scottish League. Cormack then became a football coach, managing Partick Thistle, Anorthosis FC, Botswana, Cowdenbeath and Greenock Morton.
Life and playing career
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Cormack was a skilful midfield player who began his career with Hibernian, who he joined in 1962 having previously been on the groundstaff at local rivals Heart of Midlothian while playing for Tynecastle Boys Club.
Whilst at Hibs, won his first cap for Scotland on 25 June 1966 in a prestigious friendly with Brazil at Hampden Park. Brazil were warming up in readiness to play in the 1966 World Cup which was to be held in England. Cormack's debut was certainly a memorable occasion as the Scots held the reigning World Champions to a 1–1 draw. He also represented the Scottish League XI six times. Cormack scored 75 goals in 182 games for Hibs.
In March 1970, Cormack was sold to Nottingham Forest for £85,000. In his two seasons at the City Ground, he scored 15 times in 74 league games, 20 in 86 over all competitions. Forest were relegated from the top flight in 1972, as they finished second from bottom of the league. Cormack was signed by Liverpool manager Bill Shankly in July 1972 for a fee of £110,000. He made his Reds debut on the 2 September 1972 in a league fixture at the Baseball Ground. It was not a dream start for Cormack, however, as Liverpool lost 2–1 to hosts Derby County. Cormack did not have to wait long for his first goal, however, as it came the following week at Anfield, in a 4–2 win against Wolves. Liverpool scored three times in the last 14 minutes, beginning with Cormack's goal in the 76th, followed by a Tommy Smith penalty (80th) and a Kevin Keegan strike (84th).
Cormack was an integral part of the Liverpool midfield as the Anfield club won their first trophies of the 1970s, a League championship and UEFA Cup double in 1973. He had more silverware to celebrate by the end of the following season, as he was part of the team which beat Newcastle United at Wembley in the 1974 FA Cup Final.
In 1976, Liverpool completed another League and UEFA Cup double. Unfortunately, an injury to Cormack in December led to him missing the rest of the season, including the UEFA Cup final. Furthermore, the conversion of Ray Kennedy from striker to midfielder by Bob Paisley would have dire consequences for Cormack. Kennedy shone in his new role, going on to represent England in the position. Now fit again, Cormack could not dislodge the elegant Kennedy to regain his place in the first team, and had become surplus to requirements.
In November 1976, Cormack left Liverpool and joined Alan Dicks' Bristol City for £50,000. Although not challenging for major honours, Cormack enjoyed yet another cup win, this time it was the Anglo-Scottish Cup in 1978, City met St Mirren in the two-legged final, the first leg was at Love Street with City beating their hosts 2–1 with Cormack scoring the winner, the Saints could not beat City at Ashton Gate only managing a 1–1 draw, the draw meant that City's narrow victory in Scotland was enough to earn them a 3–2 aggregate win and, of course, the trophy.
After four years in Bristol, Cormack returned briefly to hometown club Hibernian, finishing his playing career with Partick Thistle where he became manager in 1980. He later took coaching roles in Cyprus and Botswana, including managing the Botswana national side, before returning to Hibernian as assistant manager under Alex Miller.
Following a number of years on the after-dinner speaking circuit, Cormack now spends much of his time playing in various celebrity golf events, working in his garden and helping with his six grandchildren who manage to keep him very busy.
- Football League Division 1 (Level 1): 1973, 1976
- UEFA Cup: 1973, 1976
- FA Cup: 1974
- Charity Shield: 1974, 1976
- Anglo-Scottish Cup: 1978
- Peter Cormack, London Hearts.
- "Scotland FL Players by Appearances". Londonhearts.com. London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
- "Peter Cormack in a lightning transfer deal". Daily Mail. 14 July 1972. Retrieved 31 July 2013.