FORMER Man United midfielder Jim McCalliog is chasing a very different kind of clean sheet these days as the owner of an Ayshire bed and breakfast.
The programme sees four B&B owners rate their stay at each other’s accommodation before paying what they believe it was worth.
McCalliog said: “After retiring from the game in 1991, I went into the pub and restaurant trade.
“I didn’t deliberately have plans to move back to Scotland but we love it where we are and it’s a pleasure to have people stay.”
After their appearance on national television, McCalliog became known for laying the table more than climbing it.
Wife Debbie said: “We were invited to a Scotland against England game and when we arrived, Sir Rod Stewart was in the room.
“Jim went over to speak to him and Sir Rod said: ‘You’re the couple who have the B&B’.”
McCalliog’s place, which he describes as “quirky”, has four bedrooms costing £80 per night including breakfast.
They have opted for a canine theme with a giant dog statue outside the front door, pooch-printed wallpaper and other ornaments.
McCalliog said: “Our key strengths are making sure the customer is okay.”
Debbie revealed that the couple never applied to be on the show.
McCalliog also played for Chelsea, Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton[/caption]
McCalliog aims for a very different kind of clean sheet these days at Langside B&B[/caption]
McCalliog and wife Debbie fended off competition to win Channel 4’s Four in a Bed[/caption]
She told the Daily Record: “They kept phoning us asking if we could block a fortnight off to do it.
“So I eventually made sure we were free for two weeks last September and we took part.”
Their three groups of guests were pleased with their hosts, apart from one who described McCalliog as “wooden”.
His Fenwick-based B&B is popular on rating website TripAdvisor, with the majority of visitors regarding Langside as “excellent.”
Their website lists Celtic, Rangers and Hampden football stadiums as places of interests, but McCalliog took his guests to Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park where he revealed his previous career.
It was over 43 years ago that he sent a defence-splitting pass through to Bobby Stokes in the FA Cup final to help land second-tier Southampton their first and only major trophy.
The creative star scored one of the goals when Scotland beat World Cup winners England 3-2 at Wembley in 1967.
A year earlier he netted in the FA Cup final for Sheffield Wednesday in their 3-2 defeat against Everton.
McCalliog spent the longest spell of his career at Wolves and had a season under Tommy Docherty at Man Utd in 1974-75.
He added: “It was an ambition realised to play at Old Trafford. I should have gone to Man Utd earlier in my career but for reasons out of my control it never happened.
“In those days a lot of the time you were just told you were staying put even if you wanted a move. There were no agents. But at least I had a season with United.”
McCalliog took his guests to Kilmarnock’s stadium where he revealed his former career[/caption]
McCalliog and wife Debbie beat off competition to be crowned Four in a Bed winners[/caption]
He added: “It’s hard to believe it’s over 43 years since Southampton won the FA Cup win.
“Saints had a 40-year reunion three years ago where they re-enacted the entire after-game schedule with bus-ride parade too.
“They even managed to get the bus driver who took us. But while we were delighted to have him there, he was far too old – and it would have been far too dangerous – for him to take the wheel!
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“Although we were a second tier team at the time, there were some great players in that side like Micky Channon, Peter Osgood, Peter Rodriguez and David Peach.
“Having lost the FA Cup final when I was with Sheffield Wednesday against Everton in 1966, I wanted to do everything I could to help the younger players in the Saints side to victory.
“Playing in an FA Cup final is great. But getting there and losing is not a good experience, so to have been underdogs in ’76 and won it was brilliant.”