Former Scotland Boss Signs On With ColorFlash

Key signing for ColorFlash

In the wake of Craig Thomson’s appointment to the Advisory Board of ColorFlash it is with undisguised delight that we can reveal a second recruit to the team. We are excited to announce that the next Advisory Board member to join ColorFlash is Scottish football great, Alex McLeish. 

Alex began his first-team playing career with Aberdeen FC in 1978, going on to win every major honour in the Scottish game in a 16-year career with the club. But it was not only domestic glory that beckoned. In 1983 Alex was part of the Aberdeen team which defeated Real Madrid in the final of the European Cup Winners Cup and then went on to overcome FC Hamburg to claim the European Super Cup that same year. From 1980 he became a regular in the Scotland national team and over 13 years made 77 appearances which sees him as the fourth most capped Scottish player of all time and an inductee to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

Following his time with Aberdeen, he became player-manager at Motherwell in 1994 and that was the start of a magnificent career in management which has taken in spells with Hibernian, Rangers, Birmingham City, Aston Villa, KRC Genk (Belgium) and Zamalek (Egypt). Before making the move to Birmingham he spent 4 years as Scotland national manager, a role he held again in 2018 and 2019. 

His managerial career saw a host of trophies come his way, much like in his playing days. His first league title was gained with Hibs in 1999 when he took them back up to the top level in Scotland but when Rangers came calling in 2001 it did not take long for Alex to start collecting top honours. Two League Championships, two Scottish Cups and three League Cups in a five-year term were banked for the Ibrox club. Maybe one of the most unlikely triumphs of his managerial career was the English League Cup victory with Birmingham City in 2010/11 season as the club ultimately fought an unsuccessful rearguard action against relegation from the Premier League.

Alex offers his 40+ years of experience at the top of professional football to assist the development of ColorFlash in the pursuit of our stated aim – to rid the game of the insidious intentional pull on the shirt. 

Both Alex McLeish and Craig Thomson enjoy excellent reputations at the highest level of football in Scotland, in the UK, in Europe and beyond. They are both committed to leveraging their extensive networks to promote ColorFlash within the footballing industry and before long we expect to welcome further luminaries of the game to our Advisory Board. The next weeks and months will surely be very interesting!




  • Scottish Premier Division: 1979–80, 1983–84, 1984–85
  • Scottish Cup: 1981–82, 1982–83,1983–84, 1985–86, 1989–90;runner-up: 1992–93
  • Scottish League Cup: 1985–86, 1989–90; runner-up: 5 times
  • European Cup Winners' Cup: 1982–83
  • European Super Cup: 1983


  • Scotland national football team roll of honour: 1987
  • SFWA Footballer of the Year: 1990



  • Scottish Premier League runner-up: 1994–95


  • Scottish First Division: 1998–99
  • Scottish Cup runner-up: 2000–01


  • Scottish Premier League: 2002–03, 2004–05; runner-up: 2001–02, 2003–04
  • Scottish Cup: 2001–02, 2002–03
  • Scottish League Cup: 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05

Birmingham City

  • Football League Championship runner-up: 2008–09
  • Football League Cup: 2010–11


  • Scottish Football Hall of Fame: inducted 2005
  • Scottish Premier League Manager of the Month: October 2000, February 2002, September 2002, February 2003, August 2003, September 2003, November 2004, February 2005, January 2006
  • Premier League Manager of the Month: December 2009

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