List of Scotland Players Who Have Only Been Capped Once – Part Two
A list of Scotland football players who have only been capped once. Part two.
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When Scotland played host to England in the first ever international football match in 1872 no one could have predicted just how much football would grow! However, until the end of the Second World War, international matches for Scotland were few and far between, apart from the yearly matches against England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Due to the very nature of international matches being somewhat haphazard in the early days many players would only win the one cap for Scotland.
Since 1950 though international football has certainly become more and more, how shall I put it, international and even without qualifying for the major tournaments there can easily be 10 international matches a year. One could make the case then that it is now more rare for a player to only pick up one cap – the theory being that if they are good enough to play for Scotland once then they are good enough to play more than once, especially with the sheer number of games in a year. And yet there are a total of 60 players who, since 1950, have played once and once only for the Scotland national football team. The first 20 have already been covered HERE, so here are the next 20.
- Ronnie Glavin – Midfielder Ronnie Glavin made his name at Partick Thistle before moving to Celtic. On leaving Celtic Ronnie Glavin joined Barnsley in 1979 before leaving in 1984 to ply his trade at Potrugese team Belenenses but returned to Barnsley within the year. Ronnie Glavin then played for Stockport before finishing his playing career with Cowdenbeath. His one and only Scotland cap came during his time at Celtic when he played in a friendly against Sweden.
- Steven Hammell – Left back Steven Hammell first broke in to the Motherwell team in 1999 and stayed until 2006 when he joined Southend United. Within two years he was back at Motherwell where he still plays. His one and only Scotland cap came in 2004 in a match against Sweden when Tommy Burns was caretaker manager. Perhaps he might still add to his cap collection!
- Mike Haughney – Right back Mike Haughney played for Celtic between 1949 and 1957 and won his one and only Scotland cap in a match against England in 1954.
- Stewart Houston – Left back Stewart Houston started his career at Chelsea in 1967 before moving on to Brentford in 1972. A year later he signed for Manchester United where he stayed until 1980, playing over 200 league games. On leaving Manchester United Stewart Houston had spells at Sheffield United and Colchester United. His Scotland cap came in 1975 in a match against Denmark.
- Billy Hughes – Forward Billy Hughes spent the first 11 years of his footballing career at Sunderland, during which time he was selected by Scotland to play against Sweden in 1975. On leaving Sunderland he played at Derby County for one season before joining Leicester City. A loan deal at Carlisle United followed before he called time on his football career after playing a game for San Jose Earthquakes.
- Wilson Humphries – Inside forward Wilson Humphries spent the first decade of his career with Motherwell and his one and only cap for Scotland, in a match against Sweden, came on the back of Motherwell winning the Scottish Cup. On leaving Motherwell Wilson Humphries had spells at St Mirren, Dundee United and Hamilton Academical.
- Hugh Kelly – Defender Hugh Kelly spent his whole career at Blackpool, playing in a total of 428 league games. His one and only Scotland cap came in 1952 when he was selected to play against the United States.
- John Kennedy – Centre back John Kennedy was tipped for big massive things when he broke in to the Celtic team and he soon received a call up to the national team. He made his Scotland debut in 2004 in a match against Romania but was the victim of a tackle (assault) that severely injured him and eventually forced him to retire in 2009!
- John Little – Defender John Little started his career at Queen’s Park before moving on to Rangers in 1951. Over the next 11 years John Little played nearly 300 games for Rangers but somehow was only picked for Scotland once, in a match against Sweden in 1953. He moved from Rangers to Morton where he finished his playing career.
- Jimmy Logie – Inside forward Jimmy Logie played for Arsenal from 1939 until 1955, appearing in 296 league games and scoring 68 goals. His one and only Scotland cap came in 1952 in a match against Northern Ireland.
- Jamie McAllister – Defender Jamie McAllister started his career at Queen of the South before signing for Aberdeen. He then moved on to Livingston and was capped by Berti Vogts in a match against Trinidad & Tobago. Big things were tipped for Jamie McAllister at that point and he soon joined Hearts. Two year later he moved to Bristol City where he still plays but has not been near the Scotland set up!
- Alex MacDonald – Midfielder Alex MacDonald spent the first two years of his career at St Johnstone before signing on at Rangers in 1968. He stayed at Rangers untill 1980, playing 503 matches and scoring 94 goals – even winning the Cup Winners Cup. International honours though were rare! So rare in fact that he made only one appearance for Scotland in a match against Switzerland in 1976. He wound down his career playing for Hearts until 1985.
- Bobby McKean – If the injury to John Kennedy curtailed his Scotland career, spare a thought for midfielder Bobby McKean. After serving his apprenticeship at St Mirren he joined Rangers in 1974. In 1976 he played for Scotland in a 1-0 victory against Switzerland. In 1978, at the age of only 25, Bobby McKean died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Andy McLaren – Left winger Andy McLaren was a player of talent but never really fulfilled his potential. Starting at Dundee United his career took in spells at Reading, Livingston, Kilmarnock, Dundee United (again), Partick Thistle, Greenock Morton, Dundee and Ayr United. His one and only cap came in 2001, while he was a Kilmarnock player, in a match against Poland.
- Gordon Marshall – Goalkeeper Gordon Marshall started his career at Rangers but never made the first team. Spells at East Stirling, East Fife and Falkirk brought him to the attention of Celtic who bought him in 1991. A year later Gordon Marshall made his one and only Scotland appearance in a 1-0 victory against the USA. He left Celtic in 1998 for Kilmarnock before moving on to Motherwell in 2003. He finished his playing career at Hibs without playing any league games for them!
- John Martis – Centre half John Martis first broke in to the Motherwell first team in 1957 and played in just under 300 league games before leaving in 1969 to play for East Fife. His one and only Scotland cap came in 1960 in a match against Wales.
- David Mathers – Left half David Mathers spent over a decade at Partick Thistle before having spells at Oxford United and East Stirling. His one and only cap came in 1954 in a World Cup warm up match against Finland.
- Charlie Miller – Midfielder Charlie Miller started his career at Rangers in 1993 and left in 1999 to sign for Watford. He was soon back in Scotland though when Dundee United bought him in 2000. After leaving Dundee United 3 years later Charlie Miller had spells at SK Brann, Lierse, Brisbane Roar and Gold Coast United before returning to Scotland to finish his career at Clyde. His one and only cap came during his time at Dundee United in a match against Poland in 2001.
- Willie Moir – Forward Willie Moir played ten years at Bolton Wanderers before joining Stockport County in 1955. His one and only taste of international football came in 1950 when he was selected to play against England.
- Steve Murray – Midfielder Steve Murray played for Dundee, Aberdeen, Celtic and Dundee United in a 17 year career. The highlight of which was his one and only Scotland appearance while an Aberdeen player in a match against Belgium.