Stuart McCall | After Dinner And Speaking EngagementsStuart, full name Andrew Stuart Murray McCall, was born in 1964 and is a former midfield player who played an impressive seven hundred and sixty three league games during his career. Only a handful of players have surpassed this record! He is now a manager and recently took over the helm at Scottish Premier League side Motherwell.
Football was in Stuart's blood - his father had also been a professional footballer. He was born in Leeds and spent much of his childhood dreaming of playing for Leeds United. As a school boy he excelled at the game and was eventually spotted by Bradford City. He joined the club in 1980 and came through their youth system. In 1982 he made his debut for the senior team where he was an important member of the side, particularly when they won the Division Three championship in 1984-1985. Stuart was ever present in the team and scored a credible eight goals during the season. He became club captain in November 1986.
Stuart joined Everton in 1988 and his debut saw a 4-0 win over Newcastle. In 1989 Everton played in the final of the FA Cup against Liverpool and Stuart scored the equaliser which took the game to extra time. Unfortunately for the Toffees they eventually lost the match, the final result being 3-2 to Liverpool.
In 1991 Stuart joined Rangers - a team riding high on recent successes. They had just won their third consecutive title in the Scottish Premier Division. They were to continue with this amazing success and win a total of nine successive Scottish league titles. Stuart played in the final six of these. In 2008 Stuart was inducted into the Rangers 'Hall of Fame'.
In 1998 Stuart returned to Bradford City as the captain. He captained the team to promotion to the Premier League. After four years in his second stint at the club Stuart played in his testimonial in a match against Rangers. He donated part of the proceeds to the burns unit at Bradford which had been set up after the fire at the Valley Parade Football Stadium in 1985. Sadly, Stuart's own father had been badly injured during this tragic event.
Stuart joined Sheffield United where despite being thirty eight years of age he was an integral part of the team. He played seventy one league games over the next two seasons, but hung up his boots shortly before his forty first birthday.
The highlight of Stuart's career was probably when he represented Scotland in the 1990 World Cup. He scored his only international goal when playing against Sweden in the group stage of the tournament. He earned a total of forty caps for Scotland between the years of 1990 and 1998.
In 2000 Stuart became assistant manager at Bradford City. Shortly afterwards he became caretaker-player manager. He has also had a number of other management roles including coach at Sheffield United and another stint at Bradford City - this time as full time manager between the years of 2007 and 2010. He has recently become the manager of Motherwell.
He is now a regular on Sky and has also worked on a number of radio stations. He is great on the after dinner speaking circuit and will entertain audiences with his tales from his long career both on the pitch and as a coach/manager!
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