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Hughie Gallacher was a Scottish footballer. Born in Bellshill (as I was) he went on to score 387 goals in 545 league appearances and 24 international goals in just 20 games for Scotland. An unlikely centre forward as he was only 5 foot 5 inches tall. He started his professional career at Airdrieonians, nicknamed “The Diamonds”, moved to Newcastle United (where he was known as “The King”) and then on to Chelsea for a reputed £5000 fee! He was one of the original Wembley Wizards, so called because they were unfancied to beat England at Wembley stadium in 1928 but won 1 – 5.

 

Always anti-authoritarian Hughie found himself in trouble and summonsed to court after a domestic incident involving his son Hughie took his own life by walking in front of an express train. He was just 54.

 

Other teams he played for were; Queen of the South; Derby County; Notts County; Grimsby Town and Gateshead.

 

Wee Hughie Was A Diamond

 

Have you heard the rumour?

It’s goin’ roon and roon

They say they’ve sold Wee Hughie

And he’s heading for the Toon

The boys are in an uproar

Say they’ll burn the whole place doon

They say the sold Wee Hughie

And he’s heading for the Toon

 

But Wee Hughie was a Diamond

And a Wizard and The King

From Lanarkshire tae the Gallowgate

You could hear the people sing

For Hughie

 

Have you read the papers?

It’s there in black and white

They say they’ve sold Wee Hughie

And he’s heading South tonight

They’ve made a pretty penny

But that doesn’t make it right

They say they’ve sold Wee Hughie

And he’s heading South tonight

 

But Wee Hughie was a Diamond

And a Wizard and The King

From Lanarkshire tae the Gallowgate

You could hear the people sing

For Hughie

 

Have you heard the story?

Of the brave wee boys in blue

The papers gie’d them no chance

But what do the papers know?

Wee Hughie and the Wizards

They waved their magic wands

The papers gie’d them no chance

But the papers aye are wrong

 

But Wee Hughie was a Diamond

And a Wizard and The King

From Lanarkshire tae the Gallowgate

You could hear the people sing

For Hughie

 

Have you heard the rumour?

It’s goin’ roon and roon

They say they saw Wee Hughie

Just traipsing through the toon

He didnae speak to no-one

He just wandered on alone

They say they saw Wee Hughie

Driftin’ goalless on his own

 

But Wee Hughie was a Diamond

And a Wizard and The King

From Lanarkshire tae the Gallowgate

You could hear the people sing

For Hughie

Poor wee Hughie

 

 

 

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