Tthe 78-year-(as of 2014) old received the accolade for his services to the Kilmarnock community and Kilmarnock Football Club, where he spent time as a player and manager – leading them to the Tennent Caledonian Cup in 1979.
Sneddon originally signed for Preston in 1959 from Scottish First Division side Dundee for a fee of £12,000 and made his debut for the Lilywhites against Tottenham Hotspur in a 2-2 draw.
The Scotland U23 international was a busy, stylish inside-forward and was brought in to supersede Jimmy Baxter.
He played in 40 games in what was Sir Tom Finney’s last season, chipping in with 14 goals.
Sneddon played in 45 league and cup games the following season, North End’s last in the top flight, knowing the Club had a ready-made, up-and-coming replacement coming through the system in Alan Spavin.
So with 18 games of the campaign gone, North End sold Sneddon, who made 105 appearances for the Club, to Kilmarnock for a club record fee of £17,000.
With Killie he became a legend, playing around 170 games for the club, winning the league championship and playing against the likes of Real Madrid in the European Cup competition.
After a spell with Raith Rovers he re-joined Kilmarnock, initially as coach, and then became their manager.
Nowadays Sneddon still attends all the Kilmarnock home games in an ambassador capacity and was in Preston not long ago, to attend the funeral of his former North End team mate, Sir Tom Finney.
Everyone at KillieFC.Com would like to congratulate Davie on his achievement.
Sneddon Recalls 24/4/65 the day Killie beacame Scottish Champions.....
I can remember that we left Kilmarnock about 11am and then picked up the non-Ayrshire based players in Glasgow where we had lunch.
We arrived at Tynecastle about two o’clock and in the pre-match talk from the manager, he told us in to “get out there and get stuck into them” with a few expletives included.
Said Davy: “The players were confident that they could get a result, for that was the way we approached every game.
“We weren’t a great side, but we were hard to beat.”
It was Sneddon who opened the scoring for Killie at Tynecastle....with a header!
Signed from Preston North End for £17,000 in November 1961, the cultured inside forward played 152 matches for Killie and scored 21 goals.
But it’s the one in the final game of the league winning season that he’ll always be remembered for.
“I think that was the only header I ever scored,” he continued, “for I was very rarely inside the penalty box.”
Although the greatest day in the club’s history is over 45 years past, he can still remember the scenes when the team returned to Kilmarnock.
He said: “The people were out in their thousands, from the moment we reached Rowallan Creamery all the way into the town.”
Davy hopped off the team bus before it reached Rugby Park. He made his way to Barbadoes Road, where he stayed at the time, to pick up his wife Rena and family, but they had already left for the ground, so he had to sprint over to meet up with them.
Then the celebrations began in earnest. A night he’ll never forget.
Dec 24th 2020: It is with great sadness KillieFC announces the passing of True Killie Legend the one and only Davie Sneddon... RIP!
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