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Simpson, Craig, Gemmell, Murdoch, McNeill, Clark, Johnstone, Wallace, Chalmers, Auld, Lennox.

Over and Over, not the stirring Celtic song but the names of 11 men who became immortals of a football club in Scotland that I was born into. Before I could recite my catholic prayers these 11 names rolled off my tongue and it made me money plenty of times. My aul bhoy had me like a trained monkey, stood there, in front of family or fellow hoops and rhyming the European cup winners of 1967 without a breath taken. It was his moment of pride. This is not just a rarity that happened to me as I’m sure many hoops fans played out the same scenario. We also had the beautiful emerald green wall mat or commemorative tea towels and mugs all positioned proudly around the home and just in case we left one of the Lions out.

The names that always struck...
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The Celtic family mourned for Billy McNeill last week, and this week begins with the further tragedy as we learn that Stevie Chalmers - scorer of the winning goal in our European Cup win in 1967 - has passed away.

Thomas Stephen "Stevie" Chalmers - a native of the Garngad area in Glasgow's East End (also home to Celtic legend Jimmy McGrory) was born on December 26th 1935, and attended the local RC school St. Roch's.

He began his footballing career with Junior's side Ashfield, and also represented Scotland at Junior's level in the same time.

In Stevie's early years - like so many in Glasgow's over-populated areas at the time, he unfortunately developed the killer Tuberculosis Meningitis - and was given only 3 weeks left to live by doctors. But, as so many of us will have watched in last week's Lisbon Lions documentary, it was only at the intervention of a...
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An emotional day at CP for today's league clash v Kilmarnock as the home crowd prepared to show their appreciation for recently deceased Captain, Leader, Legend....Billy McNeill.

A large gathering outside the Lisbon Lion's statue at the beginning of the "Celtic Way" saw additional flowers and scarves being laid before kick off. Billy's fellow Lions appeared dressed in official "Lisbon Lion" attire to pay tribute to their friend and colleague, before The McNeill family - led by wife Liz - arrived to much applause and respect.





Shortly after, the Celtic players arrived by bus, greeted from the gathered crowd. Manager Neil Lennon and Captain Scott Brown approached the now shrine-like statue to lay a wreath on behalf of the players and club in a rather poignant moment as silence then befell the gathering....
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I have read much today on people’s perceptions of Billy McNeill. His prowess as a player and a captain, his appearances on the pitch and his humility off it – and every word of it is true and fitting. He was a legend in every way!!


Unfortunately I was too young to know Billy the player. It is with deep regret that I never saw the Lisbon Lions play their way to the top of the European game. I would have given anything to see Celtic play Inter Milan in Lisbon, but I wasn’t to be born until 1969. My first footballing memories were from the mid to late 70’s.

My Dad was fortunate enough to have been born in the halcyon times of Celtic’s great history. He passed away a few years ago, and he too had dementia - remembering things that had happened in recent years was a blur, but his memory of his youth was crystal clear. He had been in the crowd when Celtic won the league Cup in 1957...
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The Celtic family and the footballing world has woken today to the devastating news that our Legendary captain, one-club player, former manager and honourary Club Ambassador - William "Billy" McNeill - has passed away after a lengthy period of ill health at the age of 79.

Tributes are pouring in from across the globe as we mourn of the loss of someone who wasn't simply a player, but embodied everything that Celtic was, and who gave the majority of his life in service to this club and to it's people.

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As a life-long supporter, Billy began his professional association with the club in 1957 as a player and remained at the club until he retired in 1975, having made 790 appearances for the Hoops - none of which came as a substitute!...