in #KillieStories October 13, 2018
Eight new names entered the pantheon of Killie greats after being inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame at a dinner in The Park Hotel.
Willie Waddell, Bobby Williamson, Frank Beattie, Garry Hay, Ronnie Hamilton, Freddie Dindeleux, Paul Clarke and Derrick McDicken were recognised for their outstanding contribution to our great club.
Many of the inductees and guests travelled from across the globe, including Africa, Australia and France to enjoy a wonderful evening.
We’d like to say a special thanks to sponsors Precision Tooling and Anderson Stewart as well as the Kilmarnock FC Hall of Fame committee, who made the tough but fantastic choices over this year’s inductees.
A club legend, Frank Beattie was part of Kilmarnock’s Golden Era of the 1960s and was captain as we became champions of Scotland in 1964-65.
Born in Stirlingshire, Frank combined his football career with shifts down the pits before turning full time in 1959.
Frank made over 500 appearances for Killie and his legacy lives on at Rugby Park with the West Stand renamed in his honour in 2010.
Loyalty remains a rare quality in modern football but every now and again, a player will become synonymous with a single club.
A product of our fabled player pathway, Garry Hay made over 350 appearances over the course of his 14-year career at Rugby Park.
A member of the squad which brought home the League Cup for the first time in the club’s history in 2012, ‘Hooky’ deserves his place among Killie’s greatest names.
At 16 years and 50 days, Ronnie Hamilton remains the youngest man ever to play a first-team match for Killie, scoring twice in a 4-3 win over St Mirren.
Another famous double would follow in that sensational comeback against Eintracht Frankfurt while Ronnie also hit 15 goals during our Championship winning season.
Ronnie served Killie as a coach and scout before becoming chairman as we lifted the Scottish Cup in 1997.
One of our most successful and popular foreign signings, Freddie Dindeleux oozed flair and class at the centre of the Killie defence between 1999 and 2005.
Just like fellow inductee Garry Hay, Freddie may his Killie debut at Ibrox and earned his place in the hearts of fans as the club regularly qualified for Europe.
The second recipient of our ‘International Award’ after Manuel Pascali, it is fantastic to see the French defender back at Rugby Park once again.
Born in Ardrossan and raised in Saltcoats, Paul Clarke rose through the ranks to make 436 appearances for the men in blue and white.
One half of a formidable defensive partnership Paul’s main job was to ensure we didn’t concede many goals but he was also handy in the opposition box, finding the net 31 times for Killie.
After a spell as a police officer, Paul returned to serve Killie as a youth coach and now watches from the stand as his brother Steve takes charge of the first team.
A powerful, talented old-school central defender, Derrick McDicken remains affectionately known as ‘Big D’ to Kilmarnock supporters.
Playing alongside Paul Clarke in defence, Derrick was also adept in midfield and scored 40 times in 437 first-team matches.
He represented the club with distinction for 13 years and his place as a Killie hero is more than secured.
A managerial giant, Willie Waddell was in charge of Kilmarnock FC’s greatest ever triumph as we became the best team in Scotland in 1964-65.
During his tenure Killie finished runners up on seven occasions in domestic competitions between 1960 and 1964 as well as in the prestigious New York Tournament in 1960.
Willie Waddell was always ahead of the curve and while it may be inconceivable now, he left football management to return to his career as a journalist before being tempted back into the game with Rangers.
An inspirational figure, Willie Waddell’s name will forever be held in the highest esteem in this part of Ayrshire.
The man who ended our 68-year wait for a Scottish Cup win, Bobby Williamson’s Killie story began as a player in 1990 before helping the club to Premier League promotion in 1992/93.
His goals played a big part in the early 90s feelgood factor at Rugby Park before he stepped in following Alex Totten’s departure in December 1996.
Six months later and he was holding the Scottish Cup aloft at a sun-kissed Ibrox to kickstart another wonderful period for Killie full of European adventures.
Rapturous applause greeted Bobby’s return to Rugby Park in August 2018 as he took in our match against Hearts, an indication of how much he means to Killie supporters of all ages.