The Story of Ally McCoist
He was born in Bellshill, Scotland on 24th September 1962 and named Alistair Murdoch McCoist. His family moved to East Kilbride when he was a youngster. As a small child, Ally was always very interested in football and played for boys teams regularly. Who would have thought that he would eventually become Manager of one of the best teams in Scotland?
As a young boy, he started out with Fir Park Boys Club, playing and training with them.
1978 - 1981 He joined St. Johnstone Football Club
1981 - 1983 Joined Sunderland where he only scored a disappointing 8 goals in 56 appearances.
1983 - 1998 The then manager, John Greig signed him up for Glasgow Rangers. Ally scored an impressive 355 goals in his 581 appearances for the club.
1998 - 2001 Played for Kilmarnock.
2006 Ally was offered the position of Manager at Inverness, which he turned down as he felt that it was too far away and would not be able to spend much time with his family.
2007 - 2011 Became Assistant Manager at Rangers Football Club under the wing of Manager, Walter Smith.
2011 Ally is appointed Manager of Rangers Football Club as Walter Smith retires.
In his 15 year career with Rangers, he saw his team win the Scottish Premier Division 10 times;
1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997.
The Scottish Cup won once in 1992.
He also helped the team win the Scottish League Cup 9 times, in
1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993 and 1996.
The Rangers fans gave him the nickname "Super Ally" because of the number of goals he scored and the lively sense of humour that he displayed off the pitch.
Ally played international football for Scotland during his 23 year career as a player, earning 61 caps. He represented Scotland in the 1990 Fifa World Cup, and also in the UEFA European Championships in 1992 and 1996.
He sang on the pop record "Say it with pride", which was Scotlands song for the 1990 world cup.
In 1990 Ally married Allison, a former model and had 3 sons with her - Alexander and twins Argyll and Mitchell. After 11 years of marriage, the couple divorced in 2004 when it emerged that Ally had been having an affair with actress Patsy Kensit.
He has two younger sons (Arran and Harris) by his girlfriend Vivien Ross, whom he lives with in Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire.
He won the European Golden Boot two years in a row, in the seasons 1991-1992 and 1992-1993.
In 1994, Ally was awarded the MBE for his services to Scottish Football.
In 2007 he was inducted to the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.
As well as being a legendary figure for Rangers, his shining personality and his sense of humour gave him the opportunity of moving into television.
From1996 - 2007 Ally was team captain on the BBC's comedy sports panel game "A question of Sport." During his time here, he appeared on 96 episodes.
Ally co-hosted a late night chat show with Fred MacAulay from 1998-1999 called "McCoist & MacAulay."
In 2001 he worked as a pundit on the ITV football related programme "The Premiership."
"A shot at glory" was a film made in 1999 and released in 2001, starring Robert Duvall, Michael Keaton and Ally McCoist. Ally starred as Jackie McQuillan, a footballer who plays for a fictional Scottish football team.
From 2007, Ally was the Assistant Manager of Rangers, under the guidance of Walter Smith.
Rangers Football Club have had a very dramatic and uncertain year, and have seen previous owner Sir David Murray sell the club and new owner Craig Whyte take over. With Walter Smith's retirement in May 2011, Ally will have a tough summer ahead of him, not only will he take over as Manager, he also has to build up a strong team now that the transfer window is open. With three impressive league wins in a row under Smith's management, Ally certainly has some big footsteps to follow in.
During his impressive footballing career, Ally has also managed to find the time to write a couple of books which prove an interesting read:
"Ally McCoist - My Story" - this is a biography of his life written by Ally McCoist and Crawford Brankin.
"Rangers Legends" - written by Ally McCoist and Crawford Brankin.
"Ally McCoist - Portrait of a Hero" - written by Alistair Aird.
Behind the scenes
Ally has always done charity work throughout his career and has never forgotten his roots. Often he has given away signed tops, footballs etc to be auctioned for charity. He is involved in the Rangers Foundation Charity and has recently went white water rafting along with Walter and other members of the Rangers Team in Idaho to raise funds. The foundation has this year been working alongside various other charities such as St Andrews First Aid, U.N.I.C.E.F. and The Prostate Cancer Charity. It makes the dreams of hundreds of sick, disadvantaged and disabled children's dreams come true by organising them to attend football matches, tours of Ibrox and meeting some of the players.
In January 2010, he opened a sports centre named the "Alistair McCoist Complex" in East Kilbride.
The challenge of being Manager will begin for Ally on Saturday 23rd July when the SPL starts back. The fans are expecting great things and looking for him to step up and fill the shoes of 63 year old former manager Walter Smith.
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