Jock Wallace Jr.

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Jock Wallace
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Personal information
Full name John Martin Bokas Wallace[1]
Date of birth (1935-09-06)6 September 1935
Place of birth Wallyford, Scotland
Date of death 24 July 1996(1996-07-24) (aged 60)
Place of death Basingstoke, England[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1953 Workington 6 (0)
1953–1954 Ashton United 3 (0)
1954–1958 Berwick Rangers 14 (0)
1958–1960 Airdrieonians 54 (0)
1960–1962 West Bromwich Albion 69 (0)
1962–1964 Bedford Town 79 (0)
1964–1966 Hereford United
1966–1969 Berwick Rangers 75 (0)
Teams managed
1966–1969 Berwick Rangers
1972–1978 Rangers
1978–1982 Leicester City
1982–1983 Motherwell
1983–1986 Rangers
1986–1987 Sevilla
1989 Colchester United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Martin Bokas "Jock" Wallace (6 September 1935 – 24 July 1996) was a professional Scottish football player and manager. His father, Jock Wallace Sr., was a goalkeeper for Raith Rovers, Blackpool and Derby County.

Wallace has the unique distinction of being the only player ever to play in the English, Welsh and Scottish Cups in the same season. This was set during the 1966–67 season where he played in the FA Cup and Welsh Cup for Hereford United, and in the Scottish Cup when he moved to Berwick Rangers.

Wallyford-born Wallace, as manager of Rangers over two spells in the 1970s and 1980s, was to become one of Scottish football's best-known and most successful coaches.

Playing career

Wallace's playing career began inauspiciously. A goalkeeper, Wallace was freed by his first club, Blackpool, but rekindled his career by signing for Workington in 1952, dovetailing football with work in the local pit. National Service with the King's Own Scottish Borderers afforded Wallace the opportunity of signing for the local club, Berwick Rangers. After character-defining military service in Northern Ireland and – famously – the jungles of Malaya, Wallace's playing career extended to Airdrieonians, West Bromwich Albion, non-league Bedford Town and Hereford United.

Managerial career

Berwick Rangers and Hearts

Wallace's managerial career began in 1966 as player-manager of Berwick Rangers. His rise to national prominence came in 1967, when he played for and managed the Berwick Rangers side which defeated Rangers in the Scottish Cup, providing one of the most famous cup upsets in Scotland. That achievement in turn propelled Wallace into a coaching job at Hearts in 1968. In addition Wallace set a unique record of being the only player to play in the Scottish Cup, FA Cup and Welsh Cup in the same season – having played in the latter two competitions for Hereford United in the early part of the 1966–67 season.

Success at Rangers

It was in 1970 that Wallace arrived at his spiritual home, Ibrox Stadium, as coach of Rangers under manager Willie Waddell. The partnership with Waddell was one that helped Rangers win the 1972 Cup Winners' Cup. After the European triumph, Waddell left his post as manager to take a behind-the-scenes role and Wallace was appointed as manager. In his first season in charge – the club's centenary – he won the Scottish Cup. In 1974–1975, it was Wallace who presided over the Rangers team that finally ended Celtic's nine-year period of dominance and won the League championship for the first time in eleven years. In seasons 1975–1976 and 1977–1978, Wallace was to capture the treble of all three Scottish trophies on two occasions.

Wallace's managership of Rangers in the mid-1970s saw the club regain the ascendancy it had enjoyed throughout much its history. But just as the prospect of further sustained success beckoned, Wallace unexpectedly resigned as manager in 1978. The precise cause was never fully established, as Wallace maintained silence until his death in 1996. Most of the speculation centred on alleged disputes with the Rangers board (and with Waddell in particular) about transfer budgets or Wallace's own salary.

Leicester City

Wallace's subsequent career spanned an eclectic mix of clubs. His first post was as manager of Leicester City in England. Wallace steered the club to Football League Second Division title glory in 1980, and took them to the FA Cup semi-finals. In January 1981, Wallace made an audacious attempt to sign three-time European Footballer of the Year, Johan Cruyff.[3] Despite negotiations lasting three weeks, in which the player himself expressed his desire to play for City, a deal was never agreed.[3]

Return to Scotland

He returned to Scotland in 1982, taking charge of Motherwell.

In November 1983 he returned to manage a Rangers side that, under John Greig, had consistently under-performed since Wallace's departure. In spite of capturing two League Cups in 1984, Wallace's second spell with Rangers was a frustrating one as the club failed to dent the dominance of the New Firm of Aberdeen and Dundee United, and offered only sporadic challenge to Celtic. The success of the New Firm had seen Rangers turn to Alex Ferguson, the Aberdeen manager, who rejected the offer to take over at Ibrox. The club then approached Dundee United manager Jim McLean, who also rejected the offer, prompting Rangers to turn to Wallace again.[4]

Wallace was sacked by Rangers in April 1986. He then had short spells in Spain, with Sevilla from 1986–87, and England with Colchester United from 1988–90.

Jock Wallace died from Parkinson's disease in 1996, aged 60, and is still widely remembered by Rangers fans as one of their club's greatest ever managers.

Management style

Wallace was a classic Scottish manager of the type familiar to modern fans in the guise of Sir Alex Ferguson, renowned for their ability to lose their temper and terrify players who are not trying their best. Gary Lineker, the broadcaster and former England captain, recalls the terror he felt when Jock Wallace, then manager of Leicester City, "pinned me against the dressing room wall at half-time and called me a lazy English this and that. We were 2–0 up and I'd scored both goals. I didn't score in the second half – I was still shaking!"

Mark Warburton, who later went on to also manage Rangers, said of his time as a youth player at Leicester City, that he took a dislike to the training methods of Wallace,[5] later saying "he was a Marine. We had runs on sand-dunes, running until we threw up. I learned a lot from that, never treating a player that way".[6] However, most of Wallace's players adored him.[7]



Leicester City

Managerial statistics

As of 30 November 2013
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Berwick Rangers England December 1966 February 1969 138 46 26 66 033.33
Rangers Scotland 31 May 1972 23 May 1978 308 201 56 51 065.26
Leicester City England 24 May 1978 12 July 1982 189 69 51 69 036.51
Motherwell Scotland August 1982 May 1983 44 14 8 22 031.82
Rangers Scotland 10 November 1983 7 April 1986 142 62 38 42 043.66
Sevilla [8] Spain 1986 1987 44 14 11 19 031.82
Colchester United England 13 January 1989 20 December 1989 52 12 16 24 023.08
Total 917 418 206 293 045.58
  • Source from soccerbase.


  1. ^ "Jock Wallace Jr". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Obituary: Jock Wallace" (26 July 1996)
  3. ^ a b "Just how close were Leicester City to signing Dutch master Johan Cruyff?". 23 October 2009. Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2009.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 July 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Brentford FC" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Brentford reap dividend in League One as former City boy Mark Warburton strikes it rich". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  7. ^ Smyth, Rob (23 August 2011). "Jock Wallace's battle fever management would not survive the sneers". The Guardian.
  8. ^ "X-ray of Manager :: Jock Wallace - Sevilla".

External links

  • Jock Wallace Jr. at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
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