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Scotland manager Ally MacLeod left 'red-faced' as Ayrshire football legend recalls defining career moments

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They say you can judge a man by the company he keeps...if that’s the case then former football star Ian Fleming kept company with some of the best in the business.He played under three men who tasted success at European Cup/Champions League level, a World Cup winner; he was team-mates with two future Scotland managers, he played under another- and he was Britain’s top goal grabber with 36 back in season 1973/74.So it’s no surprise Ian’s been a smash hit on the Maybole community Facebook page, where he recently recalled the tales of his illustrious football career.It’s where Ian, now 70, was born and bred.The former Carrick Academy pupil said: “I played under three European Cup winners in Alex Ferguson, Billy McNeill and Tommy Gemmell, I played under one World Cup winner in Jack Charlton and one Scotland manager in Ally MacLeod, and I played with two Scottish managers Gordon Strachan and Alex McLeish.“And in 1973/74, I was leading goal-scorer in professional football in Britain with 36, although I thought it was 39, with Kilmarnock, so it’s not bad for a wee boy from Maybole!”His football career started in the school playground.The Ayrshire Live app is available to download now.Get all the local news in your area – plus features, football news and the latest on the coronavirus crisis – at your fingertips 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories while you can customise your page with the sections that matter to you.The Ayrshire Live app is available to download now on iOS and Android.Back in the day football scouts didn’t come to Maybole to view emerging talent, so striker Ian opted to join Craigmark and it was with the Dalmellington side that he did get picked up.Offered a trial under

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