Honouring Pure Beautiful Inventive Football
Some of the multitudes who were there are still around to tell the tale. Others have learned it as part of their growth into The Celtic Family. Still more have discovered it quite simply thanks to the modern wonders of instant communication,YouTube and a love of football.
And now BT Sports have made it official. The Lisbon Lions are The Greatest Club Football Team of the Last Celtury.
(I know,childish spelling error. I should care)
Those lads,homegrown one and all,with only Bobby Lennox born much more than a corner kick from Celtic Park,and only Auld Faither and Willie Wallace who didn’t come through the ranks,had some tough opposition to overcome. But “We’ve done it before and we’ll do it again” springs to mind. If these lads could overcome the hatred and bile exhibited by those neutral decision makers like Davidson, Wharton,Foote,etc then the great teams of the past,like Honved,Bayern,Ajax,Real knew that they needn’t have bothered turning up.
Although in fairness it can be said that Barcelona and Real Madrid did indeed make a gallant bid,the former fielding their unbelievable side from around a dozen years ago. And still came off second best. Still,it wouldn’t be every day that they’ve come up against some real legends like The Lisbon Lions.
Simpson,Craig and Gemmell. Murdoch,McNeill and Clark. Johnstone,Wallace. Chalmers,Auld and Lennox.
These words were being rhymed off by me before I could rhyme off my Two Times Table. And I never got them wrong either! They are names which are engraved in the memory of every Celtic fan,and emblazoned across our heart,that one which we wear on our sleeve. Each of them was,and is,revered to this day-along with the five who helped us along the way to the final but didn’t make the cut on the great day. Willie O’Neill,Charlie Gallacher,John Fallon-who actually stripped on the day-John Hughes and Joe McBride missed out for various reasons but their contribution too will always be remembered.
And then,of course,there is Jock Stein.
There can be little doubt,surely,that Lisbon would never have happened had the great man not been managing this previously ragtag bunch of players,many played beforehand in alien positions. Some of them,in fact,were looking at the exit door before his arrival. Bobby Murdoch planned to move to Australia,Bobby Lennox was slated to move to bloody Falkirk and even Billy McNeill was looking at pastures new. Bertie Auld had settled in at Birmingham over the last few years and had no intentions of rejoining,while the thought of playing for Celtic pre-Jock would probably have been viewed by Willie Wallace and Joe McBride as a step down,even if the latter was Celtic daft.
Not so after Jock walked through the door. On hearing the news of his arrival,Billy said-“Oh,that’s great news. We’ll see some changes around here now!”
Never were truer words spoken.
Along with Brother Walfrid and possibly Fergus McCann,there has never been a more important group of men to our beloved football club than those who have rightly been honoured by BT Sports. And…
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Above article by BMCUWP. Get cracking with the offerings for Article of the Day,folks. This lockdown thing looks like it ain’t ending anytime soon.
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