Bobby Dazzler inducted to SFA Hall of Fame
- 15 November 2010 11:18
- Posted by David Clayton/Will Unwin
Manchester City legend Bobby Johnstone was inducted into the Scottish FA’s Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Nicknamed ‘Bobby Dazzler’, Johnstone made 138 appearances for the Blues between 1955 and 1959, bagging 51 goals – two of which were scored in the 1955 and 1956 FA Cup finals which made him the first man to score in consecutive finals.
Johnstone is the final member of Hibernian’s ‘Famous Five’ to be inducted, with the Easter Road quintet the inspiration behind the Edinburgh side’s two championships triumphs in 1951 and 1952 before moving south to join City in 1955 for £22,000.
The Selkirk-born legend died in 2001, aged 71 but is fondly remembered by City fans that were lucky enough to see him play.
City’s Life President Bernard Halford, who knew Johnstone personally for many years, travelled to Scotland to induct Johnstone on Sunday and was honoured to be involved in the process.
“I was asked as his life-long friend to do the presentation, it will be one of the proudest moments of my life. He is my favourite player of all time,” said Mr Halford.
He will join the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Dennis Law and Matt Busby in the SFA Hall of Fame and he definitely won’t be out of place in there because he thoroughly deserves the recognition
“He was one the greatest exponents of the weighted pass. He was an exceptional player for City and played in one of the great teams in the history of the club.
“I knew him from my days at Oldham. He signed for the Latics and increased the gates by six times. He transformed that club and town in the early 60s.”
Halford still makes an annual visit to the town of Johnstone’s birth to show his respects to the great man.
He continued: “I go to his hometown of Selkirk. I see his sisters, his school, his grave, and the football club. I recently took up a montage of his City career and presented it to Selkirk Football Club.
“I will always remember him for his wizardry with the ball at his feet. He used to take penalties and they all went in off the post as he was so accurate.