William "Willie" Waddell (7 March 1921 – 14 October 1992) was a professional [1 ] football player and manager. He was born in Forth, Lanarkshire. [2 ]
As a player, Waddell only played for
Rangers. He made his debut at the age of 17 in a friendly match against Arsenal. Waddell went on to win five [1 ] League titles, four Scottish Cups and 17 caps for Scotland.
Manager [ edit ]
He became manager of
Kilmarnock in 1957. Waddell guided Kilmarnock to their only league championship to date, in 1964–65. This was achieved with a final day victory against their nearest rivals Hearts. On leaving Kilmarnock in 1965 he traded the football world for journalism, becoming a sportswriter for the [1 ] and Evening Citizen . Scottish Daily Express [1 ]
From the mid-1960s Scottish football was dominated by the
Celtic side managed by Jock Stein. In 1969 Waddell returned to Rangers as manager, following the sacking of [1 ] Davie White. The team did not win any League Championships with Waddell as manager, but won the [1 ] Scottish League Cup in 1971, ending a run of six years without a trophy. In 1972 Waddell led Rangers to a Cup Winners' Cup win, beating Dynamo Moscow 3–2 in the final in Barcelona. Later in 1972 he handed the management reins to his assistant, Jock Wallace, Jr.
Waddell went on to serve Rangers in
managing director, general manager and vice chairman roles. During Waddell's time as manager, Rangers had suffered the [1 ] 1971 Ibrox disaster, when 66 fans lost their lives. Waddell was credited with the reconstruction of Ibrox in the late 1970s and early 1980s, which made it one of the most modern grounds in Europe at the time of his death. [1 ] [1 ]
Managerial statistics [ edit ]
As of 27 November 2013
No statistics currently available for Kilmarnock.
Honours [ edit ]
Manager [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
Willie Waddell managerial positions