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May 15th of this year (2019) marked the 11th anniversary of the death of one of Celtic's much loved sons. A local lad from the Calton who lived the dream and played for his beloved team. As Tommy put it, he was simply a "supporter who got lucky".

Thomas "Tommy" Burns was born on the 16th of December 1956 in Soho Street of the Calton area in Glasgow's East End, only roughly 1 mile from Celtic Park. As most of those with historical knowledge will know, the Celtic and the Calton are synonymous to each other, with St. Mary's Chapel being widely regarded as the "birthplace" of Celtic Football Club, under the guidance of Brother Walfrid and others who are not as widely recognised.

Born to a Catholic father and a Protestant mother, there was no signs of any religious tensions in this mixed household, so it was no surprise that Tommy would attend local St. Mary's R.C school (also...
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Aberdeen vs Celtic
It's been a tough couple of weeks off the park for Celtic with the deaths of Stevie Chalmers & Billy McNeill, both players being a big part of Celtic's history and of course members of the famous Lisbon Lions, they will be missed.

On the park Celtic had a job to do as they looked to finally seal the title away to Aberdeen, Celtic who went into the game 9 points clear with 3 games remaining knew that anything but a loss would secure the 8th title in a row for the Hoops. Aberdeen went into the game in third position knowing that 3 points would all but seal third spot, Steve Clarke's impressive Kilmarnock are breathing behind their necks so Aberdeen were not going to...
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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....