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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

PAST PLAYER PROFILE - Gary McAllister MBE

Gary McAllister MBE : (Midfield, 2000-2002)
Date of Birth: 25-12-1964
Birthplace: Motherwell
Debut : v Bradford City, August 19th 2000. Won 1-0
1st team games: 87
1st team goals: 9
Other clubs: Motherwell, Leicester City, Leeds United, Coventry City, Liverpool, Coventry City (player-manager).
International caps while with Liverpool: None
International goals while with Liverpool:
Honours with Liverpool: Worthington Cup 2000-2001, FA Cup 2000-2001, UEFA Cup 2000-2001, FA Charity Shield 2001-2002, Super Cup 2001-2002


PROFILE
"My most inspirational signing," said Gerard Houllier about the capture of Gary McAllister who went on to be a Liverpool legend.
More than a few eyebrows were raised when Gerard Houllier captured veteran midfield schemer Gary McAllister on a free transfer during the summer of 2000.

The experienced Scottish international, who began his career with Motherwell, was originally a transfer target of the Reds during the managerial reign of Kenny Dalglish. When McAllister left his native Scotland it was to join Leicester City, whom he served with distinction for five years before making a £1 million switch to Leeds United in 1990.

At Elland Road he won a championship medal in 1992 and established himself as a regular in the Scottish national side. He captained the Scots in Euro 96 but is unfortunately best remembered for missing a vital penalty in the crucial group clash with the auld enemy England.

He left Leeds to sign for Coventry in a £3 million deal and during four years at Highfield Road played a prominent role in helping the Sky Blues maintain their top-flight status. At 36 he was considered surplus to requirements and allowed to leave on a Bosman. That is where Liverpool stepped in.

"It came out of the blue but it was a welcome surprise," he admits. "As soon as I knew of Liverpool's interest it was an easy decision and I had no hesitation in signing."

Despite being sent off on his full debut against Arsenal at Highbury, McAllister quickly won over the doubters who questioned the wisdom of signing a player so old. His intelligent midfield play has been a joy to watch, while his ability to get forward and score goals has proved an added bonus.

In February 2001 he was rewarded with a one-year extension to his contract and during an unforgettable climax to the season McAllister achieved cult-hero status among Liverpudlians with a succession of vital goals as an unprecedented cup treble and much-coveted place in the Champions League were secured.

'Gary Mac' won his first medal when he came on as a substitute in the Worthington Cup Final and scored a penalty in the shoot-out victory over Birmingham City.

The moment he will always be remembered for by all Liverpool fans was Monday, April 16th at Goodison Park. 94 minutes were on the clock, Liverpool had a free-kick and from 44-yards out McAllister struck a superb free-kick into the net to send the Red half of Merseyside into complete delirium. What a way to win the derby and many have said it was the turning point of that season.

Three days later McAllister was the hero again when his cool penalty secured a 1-0 win over Barcelona at Anfield to reach the final of the UEFA Cup.

The FA Cup Final was next on the agenda. McAllister came off the bench to set up the equaliser for Michael Owen and the rest as they say is history.

Wednesday, May 16th was a truly amazing evening as Liverpool beat Alaves 5-4 to win the UEFA Cup in Dortmund. Gary Mac scored a penalty and set up three others, including the free-kick that led to the golden goal winner.

He started season 2001-2002 off in the way he left off winning more silverware. This time Liverpool won the Charity Shield with McAllister scoring a penalty in a 2-1 win over Manchester United.

He played in the Super Cup 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in Monaco as the medals just kept on coming.

Gary Mac was awarded the MBE for his services to football in December 2001.

McAllister then left Anfield to take up the role of player-manager of Coventry City, and ended his Liverpool career with an emotional send-off with a substitute appearance in the 5-0 win over Ipswich. The whole ground stood and applauded a true Kop hero who will never be forgotten.

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