An extremely pacy forward, who could also play as a winger, Kevin Gallacher began his highly successful career at Dundee United. He was still in the youth ranks when against expectations the club reached the Semi finals of the European Cup in 1984 and played his part in helping United reach the 1987 UEFA Cup Final (where they were beaten by IFK Gothenburg). In the run to the final he scored a memorable goal in the 1-0 1st leg Home win, that ultimately helped knock out a Barcelona team managed by Terry Venables and featuring the likes of Gary Lineker and Mark Hughes.
(Kevin Gallacher is pictured above in action at Ewood Park in our 2009 Blackburn Rovers match)
Kevin left United in 1990, moving to Coventry City for a fee of £950,000 and spent 3 years at the Sky Blues, where he was top scorer for two of his three seasons at the club despite often playing as a winger. He was then signed by Blackburn Rovers in 1993 for £1.5M, joining at a period of great success for the club. Despite often competing for a starting spot up front with the likes of Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton, Kevin made 146 appearances for the club, scoring a highly creditable 47 goals. He went on to become Sir Bobby Robson's 1st signing at Newcastle Utd, before short spells at Preston North End, Sheffield Wednesday & Huddersfield Town drew his playing career to an end in 2002.
Kevin also enjoyed a long and equally successful International career, playing for Scotland 53 times and scoring 9 goals. He played in the European Championship finals in 1992 & '96 and his goals were instrumental in helping Scotland qualify for the 1998 World Cup in France, where he played all 3 matches.
Now a radio and TV pundit for BBC Radio 5 Live amongst others, he's also written a semi autobiographical book entitled 'Tartan Turmoil: The Fall & Rise of Scottish Football'.
A true footballing hero but what would you expect from the grandson of legendary Celtic forward, Patsy Gallacher...
Despite his busy schedule, Kevin has always made time for Football Aid, relishing his role as playing Legend in the games at Ewood Park over the years. Much to the delight of Football Aid (and no doubt Rovers fans), he accepted the role as Ambassador in 2006.