Yesterday saw the Ibrox launch of The Penalty King, the autobiography of Rangers’ 50s star Johnny Hubbard – and the Scottish media were out in force to cover the story.
With the support of former team-mate Harold Davis (left); Martyn Waghorn, Rangers modern-day ‘Penalty King’, and book collaborator David Mason, Rangers’ official historian (right), Johnny made the headlines all over again, some 60 years after his skills first lit up Ibrox.
‘Penalty King’s got one over me, I need to practise mine all the time,’ runs the huge headline in today’s Daily Record. ‘Waghorn admits he’s put in the shade compared with Ibrox legend Johnny’s incredible heroics’.
‘HERE’S HOW IT’S DONE WAGS,’ says the Scottish Sun, with a pic of Johnny knocking one in from the spot. ‘JOHNNY STILL PENALTY KING’.
‘Rangers is perfect spot for Martyn to improve,’ reckons the Scottish Daily Express, which features some timely advice from Hubbard to Waghorn.The Scottish Daily Mail, the Herald and the Evening Times also weighed in with spot-kick pics and lengthy stories.
And finally… ‘Don’t take any advice,’ Penalty King Hubbard advises Waghorn in The Scotsman.
Thanks to Carol Patton and her colleagues in the Rangers Press Office for making possible yesterday’s very special event.
One of the last surviving members of Bill Struth’s great side of the 50s, Johnny Hubbard’s is a story that was born on Pretoria’s Orange River, flowing all the way to the River Clyde.
Looking back on his life and career, Johnny:
- Describes moving across continents aged just 18 to play the game he loved, adapting to a new style of football and a new way of life
- Talks fondly of the man he calls simply ‘The Boss’ – Rangers manager Bill Struth, who became a father figure to the young South African.
- Recalls his differing relationships with some of the biggest stars of the time, including Waddell, Young, Gillick, Shaw and Thornton
- Looks back on the change of manager that was to signal his Ibrox exit. ‘I left Scot Symon’, he says, ‘not Rangers!’
- Recalls his coaching classes which benefitted thousands of youngsters in a variety of sports, culminating in an MBE
- Maintains his ties and affection with Rangers – a Hall of Fame inductee who still attends almost every home game
Click here for more information, or to read a sample from The Penalty King: The Autobiography of Johnny Hubbard, Rangers' Star of the 1950s