1966–67 Celtic F.C. season

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Celtic
1966–67 season
Manager Jock Stein
Scottish First Division 1st
Scottish Cup Winners
Scottish League Cup Winners
European Cup Winners
Glasgow Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League:
Stevie Chalmers (21)[2]

All:
Joe McBride (35)[1]
Average home league attendance 31,082[3]
Home colours
Away colours

Celtic competed in five tournaments in the 1966–67 season. They won all five competitions and completed the Quintuple.[4] Over the course of the season, Celtic scored a world record 196 goals in the major competitions they took part in.[5]

The team from this season are commonly known as the Lisbon Lions, because the European Cup final was held in Lisbon.

Season overview[edit]

Season 1966–67 is considered Celtic's annus mirabilis. The club won every competition they entered: the Scottish League, the Scottish Cup, the Scottish League Cup, the Glasgow Cup, and the European Cup; scoring a world record total of 196 goals in the process.[5]

The League Cup was the first trophy to be won that season, courtesy of a 1–0 win on 29 October 1966 over Rangers in the final.[6] The Glasgow Cup was secured a week later when Celtic beat Partick Thistle 4–0.[7] Celtic's progression to the Scottish Cup was relatively straightforward aside from being taken to replay in the semi-final by Clyde.[8] On 6 April 1967 Celtic met Aberdeen in the final, and two Willie Wallace goals eased Celtic to a 2–0 win.[8] Celtic's league campaign proved to be a more tightly contested affair as, despite only losing twice, with two games remaining Rangers were still in contention. Celtic's penultimate league fixture was against Rangers at Ibrox, with a draw required to clinch the title. A brace by Jimmy Johnstone gave Celtic a 2–2 draw and the championship.[8]

Celtic's European Cup campaign in 1966–67 was their first ever participation in Europe's premier club tournament. FC Zurich and Nantes were comfortably disposed of in the first two rounds (5–0 and 6–2 on aggregate respectively).[9] The quarter final in March 1967 pitched Celtic against the Yugoslav champions, Vojvodina. The Yugoslav side won the first leg in Novi Sad 1–0. The return match in Glasgow proved to be a fraught affair. The Yugoslavs defended resolutely and threatened on the counter-attack, but Celtic levelled the tie on aggregate in the second half with a goal by Stevie Chalmers.[10] Celtic pressed for a winner, but Vojvodina defended well and the tie looked like a play-off in neutral Rotterdam would be required. However, in the final minute Billy McNeill headed in a Charlie Gallacher cross to see Celtic progress to the semi-final. Celtic now faced Czechoslovakian side, Dukla Prague. This time the first leg of the tie took place in Glasgow, with Celtic winning 3–1 courtesy of goals from Jimmy Johnstone and a Willie Wallace brace.[11] In respect of his opponents' quality, manager Jock Stein set up Celtic to be ultra-defensive for the second leg and forsake - temporarily - their philosophy of attacking football.[12] The tactics worked as Celtic secured a 0–0 draw to put them in the final. However, Stein was almost apologetic about the manner of Celtic's success in that game and he felt uncomfortable in later years discussing the matter.[13][14]

The final saw Celtic play Inter Milan, with the match taking place at the Estádio Nacional on the outskirts of Lisbon on 25 May 1967. Celtic fell a goal behind after only seven minutes, Jim Craig adjudged to have fouled Renato Cappellini in the penalty box and Sandro Mazzola converting the resultant penalty.[15] Celtic swept into constant attack after that but found Inter goalkeeper Giuliano Sarti in outstanding form.[15] With 63 minutes played, after incessant pressure, Celtic finally equalised when Tommy Gemmell scored with a powerful 25-yard shot.[15] The balance of play remained the same with Inter defending deeply against sustained Celtic attacking. With about five minutes remaining, a long-range shot from Bobby Murdoch was diverted by Stevie Chalmers past a wrong-footed Sarti.[16] It proved to be the winning goal and thus Celtic became the first British team, and the first from outside Spain, Portugal or Italy to win the competition.[15]

Jock Stein commented after the match,

Celtic are one of only two clubs to have won the trophy with a team composed entirely of players from the club's home country; all of the players in the side were born within 30 miles of Celtic Park in Glasgow, and they subsequently became known as the 'Lisbon Lions'.[18] The entire east stand at Celtic Park is dedicated to The Lisbon Lions,[19] and the west stand to Jock Stein.[20] The sight of captain Billy McNeill holding aloft the European Cup in the Estádio Nacional has become one of the iconic images of Scottish football, immortalized in a bronze statue of McNeill outside Parkhead stadium in 2015, created by John McKenna (sculptor).[21][22][23]

Two weeks later, on 7 June 1967, Celtic played Real Madrid in a testimonial match for the now retired Alfredo Di Stefano. In front of over 100,000 fans at the Bernabéu Stadium, the sides engaged in a keenly fought contest which saw Bertie Auld and Real Madrid's Amancio sent off. Di Stefano played for the first 15 minutes, but it was Jimmy Johnstone who stole the show with an exhilarating performance that had even the Spanish supporters chanting "Olé!" throughout the game in appreciation of his skill. Johnstone capped an outstanding performance by playing the pass to Bobby Lennox for the only goal in a 1–0 win for Celtic.[24][25][26]

Results and fixtures[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Scottish First Division[edit]

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Scottish Cup[edit]

Glasgow Cup[edit]

European Cup[edit]

Squad and statistics[edit]

First team squad[edit]

[27] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Scotland GK Ronnie Simpson
Scotland GK John Fallon
Northern Ireland GK Jack Kennedy
Denmark GK Bent Martin
Scotland DF Jim Craig
Scotland DF Billy McNeill
Scotland DF John Clark
Scotland DF Tommy Gemmell
Scotland DF Jim Brogan
Scotland DF Willie O'Neill
Scotland DF Ian Young
Scotland DF John Cushley
No. Position Player
Scotland DF Frank McCarron
Scotland DF Davie Cattenach
Scotland MF Bobby Murdoch
Scotland MF Bertie Auld
Republic of Ireland MF Charlie Gallacher
Scotland MF Sammy Henderson
Scotland FW Jimmy Johnstone
Scotland FW Bobby Lennox
Scotland FW Willie Wallace
Scotland FW Stevie Chalmers
Scotland FW Joe McBride
Scotland FW John Hughes

Starting XI[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Scotland GK Ronnie Simpson
2 Scotland DF Jim Craig
3 Scotland DF Tommy Gemmell
4 Scotland MF Bobby Murdoch
5 Scotland DF Billy McNeill (Captain)
6 Scotland DF John Clark
7 Scotland FW Jimmy Johnstone
8 Scotland FW Willie Wallace
9 Scotland FW Stevie Chalmers
10 Scotland MF Bertie Auld
11 Scotland FW Bobby Lennox
 
Celtic's lineup in Lisbon

League table[edit]

[28]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Celtic 34 26 6 2 111 33 78 58
2 Rangers 34 24 7 3 92 31 61 55
3 Clyde 34 20 6 8 64 48 16 46
4 Aberdeen 34 17 8 9 72 38 34 42
5 Hibernian 34 19 4 11 72 49 23 42
6 Dundee 34 16 9 9 74 51 23 41
7 Kilmarnock 34 16 8 10 59 46 13 40
8 Dunfermline Athletic 34 14 10 10 72 52 20 38
9 Dundee United 34 14 9 11 68 62 6 37
10 Motherwell 34 10 11 13 59 60 −1 31
11 Heart of Midlothian 34 11 8 15 39 48 −9 30
12 Partick Thistle 34 9 12 13 49 68 −19 30
13 Airdrieonians 34 11 6 17 41 53 −12 28
14 Falkirk 34 11 4 19 33 70 −37 26
15 St Johnstone 34 10 5 19 53 73 −20 25
16 Stirling Albion 34 5 9 20 31 85 −54 19
17 St Mirren 34 4 7 23 25 81 −56 15
18 Ayr United 34 1 7 26 20 86 −66 9

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Scotland - List of Topscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Average Attendance - Season-by-Season". The Celtic wiki. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
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  5. ^ a b "World Record and Statistics". Worlf Football Historic Center. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Celtic fight in final". The Times. 31 October 1966. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Edwards, Glyn (8 November 1966). "Thistle no match for Celtic in Glasgow Cup Final". The Glasgow Herald. p. 6. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c Wilson 1988, p. 134
  9. ^ "Season 1966-67". European Cup History. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  10. ^ Campbell & Woods 1987, p. 235
  11. ^ Wilson 1988, p. 136
  12. ^ Wilson 1988, pp. 136–137
  13. ^ Wilson 1988, p. 137
  14. ^ Campbell & Woods 1987, p. 236
  15. ^ a b c d Barham, Albert (26 May 1967). "Relentless attack captures European Cup". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Forsyth, Roddy (15 May 2001). "Murdoch the true Lionheart". The Telegraph. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "25 May - 1967: Celtic win European Cup". BBC On This Day. 25 May 1967. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  18. ^ Doug Lennox (2009). Now You Know Soccer. Dundurn Press. p. 143. ISBN 978-1-55488-416-2. 
  19. ^ Reynolds, Jim (28 January 2000). "Fans will now roar from the Lisbon Lions Stand". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  20. ^ Buckland, Simon (9 August 1998). "Leonhardsen too smart for Celtic". The Independent. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "The 50 Greatest Scottish Footballers - Billy McNeill". Herald Online. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  22. ^ Burns, Scott (14 November 2013). "Time to build a statue for Hoops legend McNeill". Scottish Express. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  23. ^ "The Lisbon Lions 50 years later: still the greatest story ever told in Scottish sport". Guardian. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  24. ^ McMillan, Anna (16 November 2005). "The Alfredo Di Stefano Trophy". The Celtic View. 
  25. ^ "The Full Story: 1967, Alfredo Di Stéfano's Testimonial". STV The Football Years. 12 February 2011. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  26. ^ "967-06-07: Real Madrid 0-1 Celtic, Testimonial - Alfredo Di Stefano". The Celtic Wiki. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
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  28. ^ "1966-67 Division One". Scottish Football Archive. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
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