Scottish Sports Hall of Fame

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The Scottish Sports Hall of Fame is the national sports hall of fame of Scotland, set up in 2002. [1] It is a joint project organised by sportscotland, the national governmental body for Scottish sport, and National Museums Scotland. [2] It is also funded by BBC Scotland and donations from the general public. The founding patrons were Anne, Princess Royal, a notable supporter of the Scotland national rugby union team; First Minister Jack McConnell; and Formula One legend Jackie Stewart. [3]

Sportscotland, formerly the Scottish Sports Council, is the national agency for sport in Scotland. Its stated aim is to build a world class sporting system for everyone in Scotland.

National Museums Scotland is an executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government. It runs the national museums of Scotland.

BBC Scotland Scottish division of the British Broadcasting Corporation

BBC Scotland is a division of the BBC and the main public broadcaster in Scotland.



As of 2015, there have been eight rounds of inductions into the Hall of Fame:

  1. 2002: initial 50 inductees. [4]
  2. 2003: 14 inductees. [5]
  3. 2004: 6 inductees. [6]
  4. 2007: 8 inductees. [7]
  5. 2008: 4 inductees. [8]
  6. 2010: 6 inductees. [9]
  7. 2012: 6 inductees. [10]
  8. 2015: 5 inductees. [11] [12]

Athletics and Highland games

Donald Dinnie Scottish highland games competitor

Donald Dinnie (1837–1916) was a Scottish strongman, born at Balnacraig, Birse, near Aboyne, Aberdeenshire. He has been recognized as "The Nineteenth Century's Greatest Athlete". Dinnie's athletic career spanned over 50 years, and over 11,000 successful competitions.

Wyndham Halswelle British athlete

Wyndham Halswelle was a British athlete. He won the controversial 400 m race at the 1908 Summer Olympics, becoming the only athlete to win an Olympic title by a walkover.

Eric Liddell Scottish athlete, sprinter, Olympian, Protestant missionary

Eric Henry Liddell was a Scottish Olympic Gold Medalist runner, rugby union international player, and Christian missionary.


Bobby Thomson hit one of the most famous walk-off home runs in baseball history, the 'Shot Heard Round the World'. Bobby Thomson 1951.jpg
Bobby Thomson hit one of the most famous walk-off home runs in baseball history, the 'Shot Heard Round the World'.


Richard Corsie MBE is a Scottish international outdoor and indoor bowls player, he is considered to be among the best bowls players of all time.

William "Willie" Wood MBE, is a Scottish professional bowls player, who has mainly competed in the outdoor or lawn form of the game. His list of achievements include two Commonwealth Games gold medals and two World Bowls Championship runner-up medals. He was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.


Ken Buchanan MBE is a Scottish retired professional boxer from Edinburgh and the former undisputed world lightweight champion.

Benny Lynch British boxer

Benjamin Lynch was a Scottish professional boxer who fought in the flyweight division. He is considered by some to be one of the finest boxers below the lightweight division in his era and has been described as the greatest fighter Scotland ever produced. The Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer rated Lynch as the No. 5 flyweight of all-time while his publication placed him 63rd in its 2002 list of the "Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years". Like Fleischer, both Statistical boxing website BoxRec and the International Boxing Research Organization also rank Lynch as the 5th greatest flyweight ever. He was elected to the Ring Magazine hall of fame in 1986 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1998.

Walter McGowan, MBE, was a Scottish boxer born in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire. He was known for having been the world flyweight champion.




Chris Hoy Scottish track cyclist

Sir Christopher Andrew Hoy, MBE is a Scottish racing driver and former track cyclist who represented Great Britain at the Olympics and World Championships and Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.

Graeme Obree Scottish racing cyclist

Graeme Obree, nicknamed The Flying Scotsman, is a Scottish racing cyclist who twice broke the world hour record, in July 1993 and April 1994, and was the individual pursuit world champion in 1993 and 1995. He was known for his unusual riding positions and for the Old Faithful bicycle he built which included parts from a washing machine. He joined a professional team in France but was fired before his first race.




Jim Baxter Scottish footballer

James Curran Baxter was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a left half. He is generally regarded as one of the country's greatest ever players. He was born, educated and started his career in Fife, but his peak playing years were in the early 1960s with the Glasgow club Rangers, whom he helped to win ten trophies between 1960 and 1965, and where he became known as "Slim Jim". However, he started drinking heavily during a four-month layoff caused by a leg fracture in December 1964, his fitness suffered, and he was transferred to Sunderland in summer 1965. In two and a half years at Sunderland he played 98 games and scored 12 goals, becoming known for drinking himself unconscious the night before a match and playing well the next day. At the end of 1967 Sunderland transferred him to Nottingham Forest, who gave him a free transfer back to Rangers in 1969 after 50 games. After a further year with Rangers Baxter retired from football in 1970, at the age of 31.

Billy Bremner Scottish association football player and manager

William John Bremner was a Scottish professional footballer and manager known for his strength, skills and compact constitution.

Matt Busby Scottish footballer and manager

Sir Alexander Matthew Busby, CBE, KCSG was a Scottish football player and manager, who managed Manchester United between 1945 and 1969 and again for the second half of the 1970–71 season. He was the first manager of an English team to win the European Cup and is widely regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time.


Tommy Armour, 'The Silver Scot' TommyArmour1927.jpg
Tommy Armour, 'The Silver Scot'

Horse racing



Jackie Stewart, 'The Flying Scot', at the Nurburgring with the Matra - Cosworth that took him to the Formula One World Championship title in 1969 StewartJackie19690801MatraFord.jpg
Jackie Stewart, 'The Flying Scot', at the Nürburgring with the Matra Cosworth that took him to the Formula One World Championship title in 1969

Mountaineering and Hillwalking

Captain Robert Barclay-Allardyce, the Celebrated Pedestrian, by Hill & Adamson. Captain Robert Barclay-Allardyce.jpg
Captain Robert Barclay-Allardyce, the Celebrated Pedestrian, by Hill & Adamson.


Rugby union





Table Tennis


Water polo


Multiple sports

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