What is a hero? In my view a hero is someone that you admire. You may
admirer them for their achievements, outlooks in life or maybe just
because they are famous. In this case I admire my hero for his courage
and his determination all through his personal life and his career.
This story begins in Bellshill near Glasgow 24th September 1962 where
a Glaswegian boy was born. His parents Alexander and May called their
miracle Alistair Murdoch McCoist. If only his parents had known the
difference this baby boy would make to Scottish football in years to
At the age of 16 Ally left His High School Hunter high to take up a
career in football after his chemistry teacher Archie Robertson
noticed him and took him to the St Johnstone Boys Club trials.
Unfortunately Mr Robertson died and did not see ally make it to the
professional football stage in his career. This is one of Ally's
biggest regrets in life.
On the 1st December 1978 Ally started his career at St Johnstone FC
from their Boys Club. During his first season he appears on the pitch
4 times, though he fails to score a goal but how it changed in the
later stages of his football career. Then in 1981 he was transferred
to Sunderland for two seasons but still gets no motivation. During his
time playing for Sunderland he marries a girl named Allison who to
this day is still his wife. Finally in 1983 after three attempts
Ally's dream finally comes true when John Greig buys him for £200,000
and is transferred to Rangers FC almost immediately. This is just the
beginning of the success story of Ally Mc Coist.
In the early years of his career wearing a number 9 shirt on his back
at his new club he is not a popular player with the fans at all. He
eventually wins them over when he scores a hat trick against Celtic in
the Cup Final where he received his first nine winners medals and a
couple of nicknames including "Super Ally" and "The Greatest Ever
Ranger". These came around in the semi-final of the 91/92 Scottish Cup
once again against Celtic. The Gers were down to 10 men and playing
the worst football in the clubs history. Shortly after half-time Ally
coolly scores the winning goal. After this wonderful period, Rangers
begin to struggle. As a result a new manager was brought in to the
club and the fight to victory begins. Rangers then win 10 leagues in a
row with the help of Mc Coist's goal scoring phenomenon. Every time
Ally was off the bench (which was almost every game) he scored at
least one goal. New manager Greame Souness then formed "The Mo
Partnership" with Ally and Maurice Johnson a fellow midfielder. The
two of them were amazing together and were practically un-defietable.
Greame Souness and Ally then had a disagreement and the striker was
constantly on the bench, not understanding why! This was when an
unwanted nickname of Ally's appeared he was known as "The Judge" this
was also partly because Mark Hately had joined the team and...