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Good man Crow cheers for that
TODAY, the Celtic Family said an emotional final farewell to Stevie Chalmers, the scorer of Celtic’s most famous goal, who passed away last week at the age of 83. The Funeral Requiem Mass was held at Saint Mary’s Church, Calton, the same parish out of which Celtic Football Club was founded on November 6, 1887.
In a packed church, Stevie’s family and friends gathered to mourn the loss of, and to remember a great man. Celtic directors and staff were in attendance, as was Neil Lennon and the Celtic first-team squad. Many supporters joined fellow mourners inside the church, and special mention was paid to Stevie’s team-mate and captain Billy McNeill, whose funeral was held at St Aloysius’ Church in Glasgow last Friday.
There were also many Celtic legends in attendance, most notably Billy’s friends and fellow Lisbon Lions, John Clark, Bertie Auld, Jim Craig, Bobby Lennox, John Fallon, John Hughes and Charlie Gallagher.
As were many other former Celts, including Danny McGrain, Paul McStay, Roy Aitken, Davie Hay, Tommy Callaghan, Tom Boyd, Tosh McKinlay, Gerry Britton and Andy Walker, among many others. There were many other names from world football in attendance to pay their respects, including Martin O’Neill, Sir Alex Ferguson and former Rangers goalkeeper Peter McCloy.
The Funeral Requiem Mass was celebrated by Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, along with a number of fellow priests, including Father William Boyd from St Mary’s in Irvine – Stevie’s local parish priest.
Throughout the service, condolences were expressed to Stevie’s wife, Sadie, and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, with the family having requested those attending the funeral wear something green, in celebration of Stevie’s connection to the club.
In his Homily, Father Boyd paid tribute to an unassuming, loving and proud family man, and recalled Stevie's illustrious Celtic career which saw him score 231 goals in 406 appearances for the club, to become its fourth highest scorer of all-time. His most famous goal, of course, was the matchwinner on that historic night in Lisbon on May 25, 1967, when he put Celtic 2-1 up against Inter Milan to become Champions of Europe.
Away from the church, thousands of supporters waited respectfully at Celtic Park, and there was warm applause as the funeral cortege made its way down the Celtic Way. The cortege then continued to the cremetorium for a private service.
The Celtic Family has said its final farewell to Stevie Chalmers, a Lisbon Lion legend, and scorer of the club’s greatest and most important goal. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Celtic Football Club continue to be with Stevie’s family at this very sad time.
The Chalmers family have said anyone wishing to make a donation to Alzheimer Scotland would be very welcome. This can be made at the following link: http://bit.ly/StevieChalmers
Thank you for sharing those moving pictures and words Notorious.
* bless you Stevie
Such an amazing achievement to come back from this.