Colin Stein goes back to Linlithgow Academy

Famous footballer Colin Stein visits S1 granddaughter, Emma Fleming (11), after she wins a homework project based on him in the year 1968.  Pictured L-R: David MacKenzie (Head Teacher), Emma Flemming, Colin Stein.  Image by: Malcolm McCurrach
Famous footballer Colin Stein visits S1 granddaughter, Emma Fleming (11), after she wins a homework project based on him in the year 1968. Pictured L-R: David MacKenzie (Head Teacher), Emma Flemming, Colin Stein. Image by: Malcolm McCurrach

Memories of 1968 resurfaced at Linlithgow Academy this week with a young girl remembering her football hero grandad.

The new intake of S1 pupils inspired head teacher David MacKenzie to set a homework task for the year to choose an event from 1968, the year he started secondary school, and explain it was important.

Famous footballer Colin Stein visits S1 granddaughter, Emma Fleming (11), after she wins a homework project based on him in the year 1968.''Pictured L-R: David MacKenzie (Head Teacher), Emma Flemming, Colin Stein.''Image by: Malcolm McCurrach

Famous footballer Colin Stein visits S1 granddaughter, Emma Fleming (11), after she wins a homework project based on him in the year 1968.''Pictured L-R: David MacKenzie (Head Teacher), Emma Flemming, Colin Stein.''Image by: Malcolm McCurrach

He was impressed with the results which included the launch of the first class stamp, the assassination of Martin Luther King and military action in Vietnam, but there was one clear winner for the football-loving head teacher. S1 pupil Emma Fleming decided to choose her grandfather as her highlight of 1968 - none other than Colin Stein, former footballer with Hibs and Rangers, and who had a successful career playing for Scotland.

Emma (11) said: “When I was talking to my family about what I should choose, they suggested my grandad. I knew he had been a footballer but I didn’t know he was that good! So I was talking to him and he told me he was the first £100,000 transfer from Hibs to Rangers. It’s nice to have someone famous in the family!”

Colin Stein remains the last player to score a hat trick for Scotland, when he netted four goals against Cyprus in 1969, and in 1968 he was one of the country’s best.

Asked about his memories of the year, Colin said: “I remember playing my first game against Hibs after I’d signed for Rangers - I got a bit of stick in the tunnel but I scored a hat trick so that was fine! There used to be 80-90,000 at these games - it was a great atmosphere.”

Emma prefers dancing to football but she was glad to pick up her itunes prize all thanks to her grandad!