What is a hero? In my view a hero is someone that you admire. You may
admirer them for their achievements, outlooks in life or maybe just
because they are famous. In this case I admire my hero for his courage
and his determination all through his personal life and his career.
This story begins in Bellshill near Glasgow 24th September 1962 where
a Glaswegian boy was born. His parents Alexander and May called their
miracle Alistair Murdoch McCoist. If only his parents had known the
difference this baby boy would make to Scottish football in years to
At the age of 16 Ally left His High School Hunter high to take up a
career in football after his chemistry teacher Archie Robertson
noticed him and took him to the St Johnstone Boys Club trials.
Unfortunately Mr Robertson died and did not see ally make it to the
professional football stage in his career. This is one of Ally's
biggest regrets in life.
On the 1st December 1978 Ally started his career at St Johnstone FC
from their Boys Club. During his first season he appears on the pitch
4 times, though he fails to score a goal but how it changed in the
later stages of his football career. Then in 1981 he was transferred
to Sunderland for two seasons but still gets no motivation. During his
time playing for Sunderland he marries a girl named Allison who to
this day is still his wife. Finally in 1983 after three attempts
Ally's dream finally comes true when John Greig buys him for £200,000
and is transferred to Rangers FC almost immediately. This is just the
beginning of the success story of Ally Mc Coist.
In the early years of his career wearing a number 9 shirt on his back
at his new club he is not a popular player with the fans at all....
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... is for Scotland to win the World Cup but he accepts
this will never happen, as it would help if they qualified first. He
would also like to see one of his boys follow in their "daddy's"
footsteps and become a professional footballer.
Some general information about my hero is that his perfect happiness
would be a Sunday lunch with his family. His greatest fear is his son
Argylle. His idol is Robert the Bruce and he admires his son Mitchell
the most. Finally his happiest time is when he is on a football pitch
kicking a ball around.
Overall I chose Alistair Mc Coist as my hero because I admire him for
his determination throughout his career as a footballer and also the
trials in his personal life that he has overcome including him having
the will to save his marriage. Everyday life for me is meeting my hero
at the shops and I feel privileged to do so.
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