One title missing

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:09 PM ET

He has a Premier League trophy under his belt but Kevin Gallacher is still looking for a Masters football title in Canada.

The Scottish striker/forward is in Calgary for today's Legends of Soccer event (Saddledome, 1:30 p.m.,) featuring all-star teams from England, Scotland, Vancouver and Calgary.

In Vancouver Friday night for the first round-robin tournament, the Scots -- making their Canadian debut -- were beaten by the Stampede City squad 3-2 in the final.

Gallacher's been on many winning clubs, including the Blackburn Rovers, who captured the 1995 Premier League championship, a highlight for the native of Clydebank, Scotland.

"At the time, Manchester United was dominant. That year we kind of came up from the rear, managed to get a couple of signings and things all came together for us," said Gallacher yesterday at a press conference to introduce the clubs for today's tourney.

Amazingly, Blackburn captured the title after moving into the Premiership only three seasons before and on the heels of finishing runner-up to Man U the previous year.

"We had some money and could buy some players. We were trying to challenge at the top and I think we did it a little quicker than some expected," said Gallacher.

He toiled with the Rovers from 1993-99 after starting out with Dundee and Coventry.

Unlike the New York Rangers of the last few NHL seasons, who brought in top talent and didn't get anywhere, the Rovers found chemistry in a short time.

"It only takes one or two games. We seemed to gel right away and we worked hard, got some goals going in at the right times," the 39-year-old said.

As a member of Dundee, Gallacher appeared in the 1987 UEFA Cup final but the Scottish club lost on aggregate to IFK Goteborg.

His first cap for Scotland came that same year and Gallacher represented his country in the 1992 and 1996 European Cup and the 1998 World Cup. He scored nine goals for his country.

"It's fantastic now to actually sit down and look back at it all,"said Gallacher with a laugh.

And what about plying his trade in soccer-mad England, where someone can go from hero to goat in the blink of an eye?

"We take it with a pinch of salt, really. We're to do a job and do it the best we can," he said.


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