TOMMY Walker, OBE, one of Scotland's great footballers of the thirties
who went on to become Heart of Midlothian's most successful manager,
died yesterday in St Columba's Hospice, Edinburgh. He was 77.
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He served Hearts for more than 50 years as a player, manager, director
He joined the club in 1932 as a 17-year-old member of the ground
staff, yet rapidly made his mark to win the first of his 20 caps for
Scotland only three years later.
His most famous goal was probably his penalty for Scotland against
England in the 1-1 draw at Wembley in 1936. He refused to be unnerved
when the ball was blown from the spot three times, after which he placed
it in a rugby-style hole and scored.
The talented inside right eventually signed for Chelsea, but he
returned to his beloved Hearts for a second even more successful career
as manager, leading the club to their only two championship flags this
century. During his managerial reign from 1951 to 1966, the club also
won the Scottish Cup once and the League Cup four times.
This was the era of the three famous Hearts forwards, Willie Bauld,
Alfie Conn, and Jimmy Wardhaugh, known as the ''Terrible Trio''. Tommy
Walker once said that the trio gave himself and the supporters an
unbelievable amount of joy and satisfaction.
Even when his career as manager was over he continued to serve Hearts
as a director and then vice-chairman before resigning at the age of 65.
He is survived by a daughter and a son.