Player Profile: Jim McCalliog
A Glasgow native, Jim McCalliog started out with Chelsea where he made his first team debut in a 3–0 triumph over Birmingham City at St Andrews in September 1964. He then played for Sheffield Wednesday and Wolverhampton Wanderers before he was bought by relegation struggling Manchester United for a fee of £60,000 in March 1974.
Jim McCalliog went on to collect a Second Division Championship medal the following season as Manchester United won promotion to the First Division at the first attempt. An experienced playmaker with a supreme touch and an eye for goal too, the Scotland player gave Tommy Docherty´s young and promising Manchester United side the stability and inspiration in midfield they needed to succeed in the Second Division. At the end of the day, the creative midfield dynamo was transferred to ambitious Southampton where the much travelled soccer player gained an FA Cup winner´s medal as a member of the now legendary team which managed to beat overwhelming favourites Manchester United by 1–0 at Wembley Stadium in May 1976. With as little as seven minutes remaining on the referee´s clock, a magnificent through ball from Jim McCalliog allowed Southampton goal poacher Bobby Stokes to hammer the ball behind completely helpless Manchester United stopper Alex Stepney and into the back of the net to hit a sensational winning goal for The Saints. Tommy Docherty: “We weren’t overconfident but we were very confident we would win. I had let Jim McCalliog, who made Southampton’s goal, leave Manchester United and old players, by and large, come back to haunt you. When we got back to Manchester town hall I told the supporters that would we would be back the next year to win the Cup but it was a bit of wishful thinking.” Jim McCalliog Career Details: Jim McCalliog was released by Southampton manager Lawrie McMenemy at the end of the 1976–77 campaign and the adventurous player subsequently moved to the United States to appear for Chicago Sting. The Glaswegian later played for Norwegian team Lyn Oslo before the seasoned campaigner finished his football career at Lincoln City. After a comparatively short spell as player coach, he finally made his retirement from the game in 1979 to run a public house. Jim McCalliog Playing Career: Chelsea, Sheffield Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Manchester United, Southampton, Chicago Sting, Lyn Oslo, Lincoln City.