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Hughie Gallacher

Hughie Gallacher
Personal information
Full nameHugh Kilpatrick Gallacher
Date of birth2 February 1903
Place of birthBellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland
Date of death11 June 1957(age 54)
Place of deathGateshead, England
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing positionCentre forward

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Hugh Kilpatrick "Hughie" Gallacher (2 February 1903 11 June 1957) was a Scottish football player in the 1920s and 1930s. In 624 senior games, Gallacher scored 463 times.

Gallacher lacked height and weight. However, he had excellent ball control, guile and instinct, being able to go past opposing defenders with ease. Although a mere 5' 5", he was a handful for any defence as he possessed awesome strike power. Gallacher could shoot with either foot, dribble with the ball, head, tackle and forage. There were four occasions when he scored five goals in a game. He also made chances for other players.

He is one of the Scotland national football team's most prolific goalscorers with 23 goals from his 20 internationals, a remarkable strike rate of more than a goal a game. Gallacher was one of the Wembley Wizards who beat England 5 1 at Wembley Stadium in 1928.

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