Jackie McInally

In July 2016 Killie lost another of it's 1964-65 League Championship Winning Hero's!

The following is am interview with Jackie from 1998... ...

Winning the league championship with Kilmarnock was a major highlight in the career of Rugby Park star Jackie McInally. 

But it was not the pinnacle of his 16 years in football. 

The one that topped the famous win for Willie Waddell's men at Tynecastle in 1965 was when Killie achieved European glory against German cracks Entracht Frankfurt on a September night in 1964. 

Jackie, now manager of a national paint company's depot in Ayrshire, said: "Winning the league title was fantastic and we are proud Killie are the only side apart from Aberdeen who have broken the Old Firm monopoly for many years. 

"But for me the night we beat Entracht was even better. 

"It was in the old Fair Cities Cup and we had lost the first leg 3-0 away from home. 

"Then to make matters very much worse they scored a fourth goal in the second minute at Rugby Park and we thought we were in for a hammering. 

"But it seemed the whole of Ayrshire was crammed into the ground that night, not just Killie fans and they gave us incredible backing. 

"The excitement was unbelievable, the whole ground was in a frenzy as we began to break them down. 

"Ronnie Hamilton got the first goal, Brian McIlroy got the next, Jim McFadzean got the third and I got the equaliser before Ronnie made it 5-4 for us on aggregate." 

The tall, gangling inside forward played with some great players in those days after coming into the game at a relatively late age of 22.  

Tommy McLean was a youngster in the team that boasted such talented professionals as Eric Murray, Pat O'Connor, Davie Sneddon and Andy Kerr. 

They not only won the league but also finished second three times in a five year spell. 

They lost in three Cup finals, however,twice to Rangers and once to Hearts. 

Jackie thoroughly enjoyed his eight year spell with Killie before moving on to Motherwell and finally hanging up his boots with Hamilton at the age of 38. 

He said: "The Killie days were great. As well as playing against top sides in Europe we also went regularly to America to play in a prestigious tournament in New York against some of Europe's elite such as Bayern Munich. 

"I remember going to Munich many times when my son Alan played for Bayern and I took my old programmes to show coach Uli Hoeness the great German players we had faced in the USA. 

"There was nothing better than talking with Uli about those great days. 

"I was always delighted to go to Germany and was immensely pleased to see how well Alan had settled there. 

"But it only came home to me later how much he was thought of when were on holiday in Florida a few years ago and bumped into Uli at one of the Disney theme parks. 

"Alan (pictured right) was with his kids and Hoeness was so genuinely pleased to meet him again and talk of their time together in Munich. 

"That made me very proud of the big lad for it showed me he had obviously made his mark in German football and been a really popular figure there." 

Jackie does not see much of the modern game but he was delighted when his old side Kilmarnock, under manager Bobby Williamson, won the Scottish Cup last season. 

Said Jackie "The whole scene changed when Alf Ramsey's England side won the World Cup playing without wingers but thankfully we seemed to be getting back to playing wide men again which is more like the formations I was used to."

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