Billy McNeill

Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero 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.

The Price of Loyalty: Why Paul Mcstay Said No to the Italian Job

AUTHOR Alex Gordon, whose fifteenth Celtic book, ‘Fifty Flags’, is due to be published this year, revealed some of his thoughts as he reflected on why Billy McNeill chose to remain at the club, despite lucrative offers elsewhere...

Glasgow Live · Apr 1

Celtic lead tributes after Billy McNeill’s grandson Matthew passes away

Matthew McCombe’s body was found in Amsterdam after going missing on Saturday March 14...

Body of Celtic legend Billy McNeill’s missing grandson found in Amsterdam

Matthew McCombe vanished on March 14 while on a holiday in Amsterdam to celebrate his 21st birthday...

Football legend’s grandson, 21, found dead in Amsterdam

The body of Matthew McCombe, the grandson of Celtic legend Billy McNeill, has been found after he went missing in Amsterdam on March 14, his family has confirmed...

Daily Mirror · Apr 1

Football legend’s grandson, 21, found dead in Amsterdam

The body of Matthew McCombe, the grandson of Celtic legend Billy McNeill, has been found after he went missing in Amsterdam on March 14, his family has confirmed...

An awful, devastating tragedy, RIP Matthew

Some truly terrible news today. A body has been found in Amsterdam in the search for the grandson of Celtic legend Billy McNeill and the family of 21-year-old Matthew McCombe have confirmed that his body was discovered this morning.

Tragedy As Body is Found

THE body of Celtic legend Billy McNeill’s missing grandson has been found.

The Difference Between KT and Caesar

KIERAN TIERNEY was asked if he could follow in the footsteps of loyal one-club men such as Billy McNeill and Paul McStay and answered: “Yeah, there is every chance – I hope.” It was November 2017 and the left-back had just penned a new six-year deal with Celtic and he made it clear he would...

Celts Are Here · Mar 30

Help Billy McNeil’s Daughter To Find Missing Son

The Celtic family is been asked to do all that it can to help trace the whereabouts of Matthew McCombe, a 21-year-old young man who has been missing since the 14th of March while he was on holiday in Amsterdam.

The Celtic Star · Mar 30

The Search For Billy McNeill’s Missing Grandson

Billy McNeill’s grandson, Matthew McCombe, has been missing since 14 March, when he vanished in Amsterdam.

Mcneill Grandson Missing: Urgent Appeal

CELTIC legend Billy McNeill’s daughter has issued an urgent and heartbroken plea more than a fortnight after her son Matthew went missing while on holiday in Amsterdam...

67HailHail · Mar 26

Athletic Bilbao pay social media tribute to Celtic icon Billy McNeill

Continue reading “Athletic Bilbao pay social media tribute to Celtic icon Billy McNeill” on 67HailHail.

Ban of Brothers

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Football Memories Scotland’s Robert Harvey with A Celtic State of Mind

A Celtic State of Mind was named as the UK’s Best Football Podcast at the prestigious Football Blogging Awards.In this latest episode, Paul John Dykes chats to Football Memories Scotland’s Robert Harvey, where they discuss:* Playing for Clyde under Billy McNeill;* Football Memories Scotland;* Dealing with isolation;* Writing a book on Bobby Murdoch;* Memories of Cathkin Park;* Dementia and football.A Celtic State of Mind has gone from strength-to-strength over the last couple of years, and there are many...

Glasgow Live · Mar 20

Celtic join appeal for Billy McNeill’s missing grandson Matthew McCombe

The 21-year-old was last seen on March 14 in the vicinity of Amstel train station between 6.40am and 7.30am...

Daily Star · Mar 20

Celtic great Billy McNeill’s grandson missing as club make online plea

Police are searching for Matthew McCombe, 21, who went missing in Amsterdam at the weekend with Celtic making an online plea to find the grandson of club legend Billy McNeill...

The Sun · Mar 20

Celtic legend Billy McNeill’s grandson aged 21 is missing having disappeared during Amsterdam trip six days ago

CELTIC have issued a desperate appeal to help trace the missing grandson of club legend Billy McNeill.

Daily Record · Mar 20

Pat Bonner on Celtic’s centenary Rangers win and Billy McNeill’s winning ethos

The former goalkeeper has fond memories of the title-clinching win in Celtic’s 100th year...

St Patrick’s Day Massacre

BILLY McNEILL beamed and said: “I think the fact it was St Patrick’s Day meant an awful lot to the fans...

Celtic legend’s grandson goes missing on Amsterdam trip

Celtic legend Billy McNeill’s grandson has been reported missing while on a trip to Amsterdam to celebrate his 21st birthday.

Celtic Am Billy Mcneill Special

SAT 07 March Malone’s Glasgow (FREE EVENT) Join us as we look back on the career of Lisbon Lion Legend, Billy McNeill who would have celebrated his 80th Birthday on March 02...

The Celtic Star of the Decade – 1960-1969 is Hail Cesar, Billy McNeill

LAST WEEK we started a new series. We asked club Historian and author of countless Celtic books, David Potter to select The Celtic Star of the Decade for each and every decade since 1888...

Brilliant Video – Celtic in 1980, interviews with Billy McNeill, Johnny Doyle and Bobby Lennox

OUTSTANDING feature today from the Archives of Irish broadcaster RTÉ when they visit Glasgow, the ‘Dirty Old Town’ in 1980, film Celtic training at Celtic Park ahead of a home game against Morton, and interview manager Billy McNeill and players including Bobby Lennox, Tommy Burns and Johnny Doyle...

Glasgow Live · Mar 2

Celtic legend Billy McNeill’s first, last and best games as they were reported

A look back at some memorable moments on what would have been Cesar’s 80th birthday...

ACSOM · Feb 22

Davie Provan with A Celtic State of Mind – When ten men won the league

Billy McNeill did really well to take over from Jock Stein at Celtic Park.

ACSOM · Feb 21

A Celtic State of Mind – Davie Provan’s baptism of fire from Neilly Mochan

The following is an excerpt from Paul John Dykes’ interview with Davie Provan: Billy McNeill and John Clark were manager and assistant manager when I signed for Celtic in 1978.

Larry Cafiero · Feb 21

Drawing conclusions

First things first: I wish I lived closer to Millbrae, where the San Francisco Celtic Supporters Club meets to watch Celtic games at an Irish pub called Fiddler’s Green...

Celtic Fanzine · Feb 14

Celtic’s Unsung Hero – Willie Loney

It is a self-evident commonplace that every team needs a good centre half.

The Celtic Star · Feb 12

1967 Video – Cesar and Jinky wear Basketball Boots as Celtic bounce Hearts

BILLY McNEILL and Jimmy Johnstone opted to wear basketball boots on the hard surface at Celtic Park on 9 December 1967.

ACSOM · Feb 4

A Celtic State of Mind – Further LIVE dates announced for 2020

Paul John Dykes has interviewed some of Celtic’s greatest icons over the years, including Kenny Dalglish, Danny McGrain, George Connelly, Bertie Auld, Billy McNeill, Sean Fallon, Bobby Lennox and Neil Lennon...

Celtic FC · Jan 30

McNeill Family launch dementia charity event in honour of Cesar

A new fund has been set up in memory of Celtic legend, Billy McNeill, by his family, with the aim of helping professional ex-footballers and their families who have been directly affected by dementia...

Billy Mcneill Fund is ‘Lovely’ Legacy, Says Liz

A BILLY McNEILL Fund will be set up to help former footballers affected by dementia.

Scotzine · Jan 16

New Bhoy Won’t Follow ‘Polish George Best’S’ Example

BILLY McNEILL was informed he had signed the “Polish George Best” when he introduced Jacki Dziekanowski to Celtic in 1989.

ACSOM · Jan 1

A Celtic State of Mind – The VHS Years: When Celtic entered the Video Age

Celtic announced the release of their first video – The Celtic Story – in the match programme for the league encounter against Morton on 27 December 1982...

VideoCelts · Dec 17, 2019

Amazing! Iconic Larsson and Burns images added to the ultimate Celtic sleeve

Earlier this year images of Billy McNeill, Paul McStay, Danny McGrain and Jimmy McGrory were etched onto a sleeve with Larsson and Burns adding to the memories...

The Celtic Star · Dec 11, 2019

Celtic in the 1990s – Liam Brady starts with a Seven goal Tannadice Thriller

OUR look at Celtic in the 1990s moves on to the next era with the club under new management as Celtic looked forward to the opening match of season 1991-92...

Celtic Quick News · Dec 11, 2019

1965 Cup Final Hero Young, 76, Passes Away

IAN YOUNG, who was at right-back in the Celtic team that won its first trophy under Jock Stein in April 1965, has passed away at the age of 76...

Celtic Underground · Dec 6, 2019

A Wet Day in Advent in 1982

Celtic and Rangers (Oldco) have actually met in one previous League Cup final in the month of December and that happened in 1982.

The Celtic Star · Nov 20, 2019

Paul Elliot was a rare commodity for Celtic in early 1990s – A top class defender

In our previous instalment of Celtic in the 1990’s we looked at Billy McNeill’s sacking at the hands of Chief Executive Terry Cassidy at the end of the 1990/91 season...

VideoCelts · Nov 18, 2019

Video: Maley and McNeill added to the greatest ever Celtic tattoo sleeve

Mark from Paisley, now in Queensland has just added iconic images of Willie Maley and Billy McNeill to his left arm- just above Jimmy McGrory, Paul McStay and Danny McGrain...

The Celtic Star · Nov 17, 2019

The Day Billy McNeill was sacked by Celtic Chief Executive Terry Cassidy

In the previous instalment of The Celtic Star’s look at the forgotten years of the 1990’s we covered Celtic semi-final exit from the Scottish Cup after a replay to Motherwell by four goals to two.

The Celtic Star · Nov 14, 2019

On and off the pitch Tommy Coyne had character in spades

As part of our look at Celtic in the early 1990’s this evening we are looking at today’s Birthday Bhoy Tommy Coyne.

The Dugout · Nov 8, 2019

BYRON: Gladiator Celts conquer Roman empire

Seven years to the day Celtic beat Barcelona 2-1, and now, they have overcome Italian giants Lazio.

67HailHail · Oct 27, 2019

‘No greater compliment’ – club legend sees a similarity between £7 million man and Celtic icon

Former Celtic boss Davie Hay has a paid a huge tribute to Celtic centre-back Christopher Jullien.

VideoCelts · Oct 24, 2019

Celtic Park Goes Mental! Watch incredible fan video as Jullien heads the winner against Lazio

When Ryan Christie flighted in a corner from the right Jullien rose in trademark Billy McNeill fashion to connect with the ball and send the ball into the back of the net...

67HailHail · Oct 10, 2019

“An iconic image” – New Celtic hero statue plans emerge

A proposed statue commemorating the late Billy McNeill will feature an iconic image of the legend in Lisbon, it has emerged...

The Celtic Star · Aug 27, 2019

‘Turning point for Billy McNeill’s Centenary Celts,’ If you know the history – Celtic at birth, 50 & 100: August 1988

If you know the history – Celtic at birth, 50 & 100: August 1988 Following their return from Viareggio, Celtic made their first appearance on home soil on Sunday, 7 August 1988, a Centenary Challenge match against the Brazilian side, Cruzeiro at Celtic Park...

VideoCelts · Aug 23, 2019

Artist unveils poignant fans tribute to Billy McNeill

Scarves and shirts were left around the statue at the bottom of the Celtic Way alongside a number of poignant personal messages from fans who felt a genuine sense of grief at the passing of an icon...

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