Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Celebrity golfers were confirmed for the Champion’s League golf trip in Spain from 20th to 23rd May.
The Mary Leishman Foundation, in conjunction with Club De Golf La Peraleja, organised a Celebrity AM golf tournament on the Costa Calida in Spain on Saturday 22nd May 2010. On this date the Final of the Champions League was played in Madrid with the aim of combining the two events in the evening.
Each team will have a celebrity golfer in their side and the names confirmed to date are:
MARY LEISHMAN FOUNDATION GOLF CELEBRITY PEN-PICTURES
ALAN KENNEDY: One of the most decorated footballers of modern times - in an incredible seven-year spell with Liverpool, the defender won two European Cups (scoring the winning goal against Real Madrid in Paris in 1981), five English championships, four League Cups, two European Super Cups and one InterContinental Supercups. Today, Alan is one of Britain’s most sought after-dinner entertainers.
JOCKY SCOTT: Having won the Scottish League Cup as a player, as well as Scotland caps, Jocky has since managed Dundee, Aberdeen and Dunfermline amongst others. He has won the Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup and Scottish League Challenge cup as manager, the only man to have done so.
JACKIE McNAMARA Snr: Jackie started his playing career with Glasgow Celtic before having a successful spell at Hibernian where he was awarded a testimonial match against Newcastle United for long service in 1984. He later moved onto Morton before he wathced his son, Jackie junior, go on to follow in his footsteps for Celtic, after signing from Dunfermline.
GORDON SHERRY: A former British Amateur Golf Champion in 1995, Gordon also won the Walker Cup for Great Britain and Ireland the same year. He has qualified to play in both the Open Championship at St Andrews, as well as the US Masters, before winning the Mauritius Masters the following year.
JOHN LESLIE: A well known face on both BBC and ITV television, John presented long running childrens programme Blue Peter before fronting other shows including Wheel of Fortune and This Morning. A well known celebrity supporter of Hibernian FC.
JIM LEISHMAN: A Dunfermline Athletic legend who played for the club in the 1970s, before becoming manager at the age of only 29 in 1983. He took the club to successive promotions, briefly topping the Premier League in 1989. His time in charge saw Dunfermlines highest ever attendances at East End Park. He has since won league titles at Livingston FC and took over once again at Dunfermline in 2005, leading them to the 2006 League Cup final. Now director of football at the club and a well known face in Scottish football circles.
ARCHIE KNOX: Now Craig Browns assistant at Motherwell, Archie is one of the best known and most decorated coaches in the business. He was Alex Fergusons right hand man at Aberdeen when they swept everything before them in the 1980s, before reprising that same role at Manchester United. He moved to Rangers during their successful nine titles in a row spell before becoming Browns assistant coach for the Scottish national team.
CRAIG LEVEIN: Scotland’s new national coach is a close friends of the Mary Leishman Foundation, having signed for Cowdenbeath as a 16-year-old while Jim was assistant manager. Played for Scotland in the 1990 World Cup before managing Hearts, Leicester City, Dundee United and now his country.
CRAIG BROWN: Led Scotland into their last major football championship, the 1998 World Cup in France, where he had the honour of walking out with his team for the opening game against holders Brazil. At 69, he’s now back in football as manager of SPL side Motherwell.
JOHN ROBERTSON: Scored 214 goals in 514 games in two spells as a legendary striker with home-town club Hearts, who he later returned to manage in European competition. Notched another three in 16 appearances for Scotland and also starred at the top level in England with Newcastle United
BILLY DODDS: A profilic goalscorer across almost 20 with clubs including Chelsea, Dundee United, Aberdeen and Rangers and scored seven times in 27 games for Scotland. Now coaching First Division club Dundee and a respected media pundit.
GORDON DURIE: A Fifer who worked his way up from lower-league football in his home county to play for Chelsea, Spurs and Rangers as well as well as racking up 43 Scotland caps, scoring seven times. Played in two World Cup tournaments and two European Championships for his country.
JOHN WATSON: In an era when Celtic and Rangers were paying millions for strikers, the Dunfermline star outdid them all by winning Scotland’s coveted Golden Boot award as top scorer in the country. All this from a man signed for ₤300 and a round of drinks!
DAVID LONGMUIR: As Chief Executive of the Scottish Football League, David has done a magnificent job in securing sponsorship for and raising the profile of some of the country’s most famous clubs. Before taking up his post, he was involved in a worldwide anti-counterfeiting operation for drinks giants Diageo.
JIM MCINTYRE: Dunfermline’s manager had an excellent pedigree as a striker with Bristol City. Airdrie, Kilmarnock, Dundee United and the Pars. Rated as one of Scotland’s most promising young coaches.
ALEX TOTTEN: Started as an apprentice at Liverpool under Bill Shankly before a career path that peaked when he managed his home-town team Falkirk to the 1997 Scottish Cup Final. One of Scotland’s best-loved footballing personalities and a former team-mate of Jim at Dunfermline.
GORDON SMART: Editor of The Sun newspaper’s world-famous Bizarre showbiz column and a real rising star of the British media. But his greatest claim to fame is that he had the good sense to marry Jim’s lovely daughter Kate.
IAN FERGUSON: Scored goals galore in the 80s for Hearts, Dundee United and Rangers, including the winner for the Ibrox club in the 1985 League Cup Final.
GORDON SMITH: Was named Chief Executive of the Scottish Football Association in 2007 after a career that saw him win every domestic honour with Rangers, play in an FA Cup Final for Brighton and star with Manchester City and in Switzerland.
JIM BALLANTYNE: Divides his time between being President of the Scottish Football League, running First Division club Airdrie United and manages to find a few hours to get involved with the family accountancy business. One of the Scottish game’s most tireless and devoted servants.
JIM JEFFERIES: Recently returned to manage Hearts after eight years with Kilmarnock and will hope to repeat the success of his previous spell at Tynecastle when he won them the Scottish Cup in 1998. A draw was made once everyone is over in Spain, pitching the celebrity players with their team.