Great Scots in the Champions League

Originally posted in March 2016 


In a week where a Chilean, a Portuguese, a Frenchman and a Dutchman led the remaining English clubs in the Champions League, I looked at the role of Scots in the success of British clubs in the competition. 

First one is easy. First British manager to win the European Cup? Jock Stein at Celtic in 1967. First manager of an English team to win the European Cup? Matt Busby at Manchester United in 1968. Captain of the Nottingham Forest side that won the European Cup twice? John McGovern. Last English manager of an English club to win the European Cup? Joe Fagan at Liverpool in 1984. His captain? Graeme Souness. 

At a domestic level, the manager to win the English Premier League most often? Sir Alex Ferguson. In fact, of the list of managers to have won the English top division the most times, 11 managers share the top 8 places of which 5 are Scottish, winning 31 of the 55 championships won by the 11 managers. The top two places are taken by Scots, Alex Ferguson (13) and George Ramsay (6) respectively. The last English manager to win the top division in English league football? Howard Wilkinson at Leeds in 1993. His captain? Gordon Strachan. 

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