These 11 men will forever be known as the ‘Lisbon Lions’. They achieved the highest feat for a club footballer and were the trailblazers for future British success in Europe. But what happened to them after they won the European Cup. A loss to Feyenoord in 1970 deprived many of the squad of a second winner’s medal but they have had an eventful time since their glory days.
Ronnie Simpson (GK) – 1930-2004 – Was voted into the Celtics Greatest ever team in 2002. After retiring he had a short managerial stint at Hamilton Academical, before time working on the Football Pools and as a Conservative Councillor in Edinburgh.
Jim Craig (RB) – 1943 – Present – A qualified dentist Craig had a career waiting for him after retiring. Despite short tenures in South Africa and at Sheffield Wednesday Craig soon retired from football in 1975. He is currently the host of Channel67, a subscription internet and TV channel offering streaming of Celtic matches.
Billy McNeill (CB) – 1940-Present – Captained the side to the European Cup, and was a one club man racking up nearly 800 appearances. Had a 21 year managerial career at Clyde, Aberdeen, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Hibernian and two successful stints at Celtic. He stood unsuccessfully for election to Scottish Parliament in 2003 and received an honorary degree in 2008 from Glasgow University for his outstanding achievement in football.
John Clark (CB) 1941-Present – Nicknamed ‘The Brush’ as he was so adept in his sweeper role. He left Celtic for Morton in 1971 retiring in 1973. Had an 8 year managerial career in the Scottish lower leagues.
Tommy Gemmell (LB) – 1943-Present – Scored the equaliser in the final, and had a fantastic record from the penalty spot throughout his career. In 1971 he left to Nottingham Forest before later returning to Scotland with Dundee. He later managed Dundee for 3 years and had two short spell as manager at Albion Rovers.
Jimmy Johnstone (Outside Right) 1944-2006 – The star winger left Celtic in 1975 heading to the San Jose Earthquakes. He quickly returned to the UK where h played for Sheffield United, Dundee and Elgin City before retiring in 1979. Diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2001, Johnstone set about raising money for charity and to raise awareness of the disease. To this aim he released a cover of the song ‘Dirty Old Town’ with Simple Minds. When he died in 2006 thousands of Celtic, and some Rangers, fans paid tribute to the legendary player. A statute of Johnstone outside Celtic Park was unveiled in 2008, and a soccer school in his name was established in 2009.
Bobby Murdoch (CM) 1944-2001 – Moved to Middlesbrough in 1973 where he had a successful stint as a player and a less successful one as manager. Became a publican and he later became involved in Celtic’s match day hospitality.
Bertie Auld (CM) 1938-Present – Auld left Celtic in 1971 playing his final two seasons for Hibernian. Managed four different clubs including Hibernian and Partick Thistle. He is now seen on the official Celtic TV channel occasionally providing insight into the issues of the day at Parkhead.
Bobby Lennox (Outside Left) 1943-Present – Lennox was also voted into the Greatest ever Celtic team in 2002. He left Celtic for a season in 1978 to play for Houston Hurricane before returning to Celtic and retiring in 1980. He was Celtic 2nd highest ever goal scorer. Since retiring Lennox has remained a Celtic man doing some coaching in the 1980’s and now he helps host some of the hospitality at the club.
Willie Wallace (FW) 1940-Present – Won the European Cup in his first season at Celtic. After 4 more successful seasons Wallace left for Crystal Palace and eventually spent two seasons APIA Leichhardt Tigers (Sydney Tigers) FC. After retiring in 1977 Wallace moved permanently to Sydney, as a coach and then setting up his own sports shop. Recently he has helped arrange the Tommy Burns memorial match and a friendly between Celtic and Brisbane Roar in his adopted country.
Stevie Chalmers (FW) 1936-Present – Scored the winner in the Final against Inter Milan. Is regarded as a Celtic great and is the clubs 4th highest goal scorer. Left Celtic for Morton and Partick Thistle before retiring in 1975.
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