The programme was gifted to the Smith by Albion fan Jim Thomson, and before now, there has been nothing in the Smith collection to represent this great footballing hero. It is part of the exhibition on Stirling Albion’s ground breaking trip to Japan in 1966, when the team made history by being the first British footballers to play a match in Japan in the post war years. The exhibition continues until 31 July.
The late, great Scottish Champion football mid field player, Stirling man Billy Bremner (1942 – 1997).
His football career started in Govanhill United, and as a young man of 17 he was signed for Leeds United. He played for Leeds from 1959 – 1976, became captain of the team, and gave it a really successful time, winning a lot of silver. He was proclaimed Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers Association in 1970, and is Leeds United’s greatest player of all time. He served as Leeds Manager, (1985 – 1988), there is a statue of him outside the Leeds grounds.
Bremner was a footballing legend in every sense. He is included in the Football League 100 Legends and is a member of both the Scottish Football Hall of Fame and the English Football Hall of Fame. He won more than 50 caps for Scotland and is on the Scottish national football team Roll of Honour.