Billy McNeill

Read all the news about Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero Billy McNeill. Billy McNeill was born in Bellshill on 2 March 1940. Died 22 April 2019, aged 79

McNeill, nicknamed Cesar, was voted the greatest ever captain of Celtic by the club’s fans in 2002. He was signed by Celtic from nearby junior team, Blantyre Victoria, in 1957 as a defender. As captain he won nine Scottish League championships, seven Scottish Cups, and six Scottish League Cups. He also led the team to victory in the European Cup in 1967, as part of the “Lisbon Lions”, and was the first British footballer to hold aloft the European Cup. He retired as a player in 1975 after 790 appearances for Celtic, in which he played every minute, never having been substituted. He won 29 caps for Scotland. McNeill also represented the Scottish League XI.

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Mark McGhee believes Billy McNeill can inspire present-day Celtic like class of ‘88

THE Celtic team of 1988, Double-winners in the club’s centenary year, will always hold a special place in the hearts of their supporters...

Mark McGhee believes Billy McNeill can inspire present-day Celtic like class of ‘88

THE Celtic team of 1988, Double-winners in the club’s centenary year, will always hold a special place in the hearts of their supporters...

67HailHail · 12h

“Fixed wall of colour” – what will the Green Brigade’s display be?

The Green Brigade have promised to deliver a display commemorating both Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers at this weekend’s Scottish Cup final.

67HailHail · 12h
The Celtic Star · May 21

‘Ten Men Won the League’ team meet up to reminisce about the 4-2 Game

CELTIC’S class of 1979 met up this evening in Glasgow to reminisce about a game they won exactly 40 years ago this evening.

The Celtic Star · May 21
Daily Record · May 20

Green Brigade announce special Celtic tifo tribute for Lisbon Lions during Scottish Cup Final

The ultras are planning a display to remember Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers before the game against Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final on Saturday...

Daily Record · May 20
Celtic FC · May 20

Billy McNeill remembered and celebrated in House of Commons

CELTIC Football Club has today been informed that there will be a special ‘adjournment debate’ in the House of Commons tonight, Monday, May 20, to discuss the great Billy McNeill, a true Celtic legend and our greatest ever captain, who sadly passed away in recent weeks...

Celtic FC · May 20

Celtic’s Hampden Tribute to Lions

CELTIC will honour Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers with a special tribute at the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden a week on Saturday.

Bobby Murdoch Tributes: What the Lions Said

BOBBY MURDOCH passed away on this date 18 years ago at the all-too-young age of 56.

Celtic TV · May 14

Athletic Club de Bilbao honour Billy McNeill with #OneClubManAward

🏆 Billy McNeill’s daughter, Susan Chalmers, and Lisbon Lion John Clark travelled to Bilbao to accept Athletic Club’s #OneClubManAward on behalf of #CelticFC’s legendary captain 🔴⚪️🍀 Watch exclusive player and manager interviews, full-match replays and go behind the scenes of Celtic FC ONLY on Celtic TV...

Celtic TV · May 14
The Celtic Star · May 14

No’s 5 and 9 on Celtic shorts, what dignity and honour mean in the Basque Country

THE Celtic family have recently witnessed the sad passing of our Club’s greatest ever Captain, the man who lifted and raised the European Cup above his head in the Estadio Nacional in Lisbon in May 1967 after we beat Inter Milan, Billy McNeill...

The Celtic Star · May 14
67HailHail · 15h

A football fairytale: looking back at a previous Celtic-Hearts Hampden showdown

With Celtic set to face Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final, we thought we’d take a look back at one of Celtic’s previous Hampden Park encounters with the Tynecastle side, the 1988 Scottish Cup semi-final.

67HailHail · 15h

Celtic to pay tribute to Lisbon Lions McNeill and Chalmers at Scottish Cup final

Celtic will pay a joint tribute to Lisbon Lions Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers during the William Hill Scottish Cup final...

Sky Sports · May 14

Celtic plan McNeill, Chalmers tribute

Celtic will pay a special tribute to Lisbon Lions Billy McNeill and Steve Chalmers at the Scottish Cup final...

Sky Sports · May 14
Into Football · May 22

David Sleight with A Celtic State of Mind – Kindred Spirits and a Glimpse of the Future

The Penalty Spot Blog – Kindred Spirits and a Glimpse of the Future It was moving and gratifying in equal measure to witness the scenes at Athletic Bilbao’s San Mamés stadium as the Basque club bestowed upon Billy McNeill the fifth (appropriately enough) of its “One Club...

Into Football · May 22
Herald Scotland · May 14

Celtic will wear the numbers of Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers in the Scottish Cup final

CELTIC players will wear numbers five and nine on their shorts at this season’s Scottish Cup final in honour of club legends Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers...

Herald Scotland · May 14
Evening Times · May 14

Celtic will wear the numbers of Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers in the Scottish Cup final

CELTIC players will wear numbers five and nine on their shorts at this season’s Scottish Cup final in honour of club legends Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers...

Evening Times · May 14
Daily Record · May 14

Celtic reveal special Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers tribute plan for Scottish Cup Final

The Lisbon Lions passed away last month and Celtic will remember their heroes during the Hampden showpiece...

Daily Record · May 14
Celtic FC · May 14

Scottish Cup final tribute to Lisbon Lion legends

CELTIC will pay a special tribute to Lisbon Lions, Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers, at this season’s Scottish Cup final, with the players wearing both the No.5 and the No.9 on their shorts for the two Celtic legends...

Celtic FC · May 14
Celtic FC · May 13

Athletic Club de Bilbao honour Cesar with emotional presentation

IT was a special day in Bilbao yesterday (Sunday) as Athletic Club de Bilbao honoured Celtic’s greatest ever captain, Billy McNeill...

Celtic FC · May 13
The Celtic Star · May 15

‘I will take winning the League over losing a game to Rangers,’ Lisbon Lion’s Perfect Put Down

WILLIE WALLACE has let us know that he is now safely back home in Australia after the saddest of journeys back home to attend the funeral of his two great friends and fellow Lisbon Lions Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers...

The Celtic Star · May 15
Read Celtic · May 13

Spanish giants show their class with emotional tribute to Billy McNeill

During the half time interval of Athletic Bilbao’s 3-1 win over Celta Vigo, the former awarded their prestigious award called “One man club award” to the late great Billy McNeill...

Read Celtic · May 13
Into Football · May 15

A Celtic State of Mind’s Cult Heroes XI – Centre-Half

Having recently lost our greatest centre-back and captain in Billy McNeill, the central defensive position is one which holds a special place within the Celtic family...

Into Football · May 15
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