Archie Gemmill

(B.1947)
Football
Inducted in 2012

Archie Gemmill is most famous for the goal he scored against the Netherlands in the 1978 FIFA World Cup, while playing for Scotland. This goal has featured in videos, films, books and even on the cover of a credit card. Outwith this he enjoyed a very successful career in which he won three English league titles and captained the national side. The midfielder had successful stints with English clubs including Preston North End, Derby County, Nottingham Forrest, Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic, after moving south from Scottish club St Mirren. When first signing him to Derby County, manager Brian Clough was so set on securing his new player that he said he would sleep outside in his car till he got an agreement. However, he was offered a bed for the night and the agreement was made over breakfast. The Scot became a Derby County legend with 324 appearances and 25 goals. At Nottingham Forrest, he was part of the crucial midfield unit that helped guide the team to achieve great success at home and in Europe – winning the coveted European Cup in 1979; the League Cups in 1978 and 1979 and becoming First Division champions in the 1977-78 season Hailed as one of the most outstanding players of his generation, internationally Archie collected 43 caps, scored eight goals and captained the national side on no fewer than 22 occasions. He retired from playing in 1984 and went onto manage Rotherham United – taking them to Wembley for the first time in the club’s 113 year history to win the Autoglass Cup – and the Scotland Under 19 team. Under his guidance the young Scottish team finished second in the 2006 UEFA European Championships and qualified for the 2007 FIFA U20 World Cup.

Archie Gemmill
  • Archie Gemmill
  • Archie Gemmill