Bobby Lennox

Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero Bobby Lennox was born in Saltcoats, Ayrshire on 30 August 1943 (age 76).

Bobby Lennox

Celtic signed Lennox from Scottish Junior team Ardeer Recreation on provisional forms in 1961 at the age of 18, and he made his first team debut the following March. He went on to score 273 goals in all competitions, second only to Celtic’s all time top scorer Jimmy McGrory’s total of 468 goals. Of his 273 goals, 167 were scored in the Scottish league, making him the fifth top league scorer in Celtic. He won eleven League medals, eight Scottish Cup medals, and five League Cup medals (scoring 63 goals in the competition) and was a member of the 1967 European Cup winning Celtic team, known as the Lisbon Lions, who defeated Inter Milan 2–1 in the Estádio Nacional stadium in Lisbon, Portugal.

He scored in 13 consecutive league games (21 goals) between 2nd March 1968 and 7th September 1968, a record only beaten by Evelyn Morrison of Falkirk in the 1928/1929 season, who scored in 14 consecutive league games and equalled by Finn Dossing of Dundee United in the 1964/1965 season.

He played in a second European Cup final with Celtic in 1970, losing 2–1 after extra time to Feyenoord Rotterdam of the Netherlands at the San Siro stadium, Milan. He was an extremely fast winger and was known by fans as ‘Buzz Bomb’ or ‘Lemon’ as they thought he made defenders look like ‘suckers’. He left Celtic in March 1978, and moved to the United States to play for Houston Hurricane in their debut season in the NASL. After a disappointing 3 goals in 30 games for a struggling team, he got a surprise offer to rejoin Celtic in September 1978. It was a good move, as Celtic took the League Championship that year and the Scottish Cup in 1980. He was the last Lisbon Lion to retire as a player when he joined Celtic’s coaching staff in November 1980.

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...

ACSOM · Jan 7

A Celtic State of Mind – LIVE dates for 2020 including Martin O’Neill, Brian McClair, Chris Sutton, John Hartson & Danny McGrain

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

A Celtic State of Mind – Acoustic Sessions: Volume 2

A Celtic State of Mind was named as the UK’s Best Football Podcast at the prestigious Football Blogging Awards.

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...

67HailHail · Nov 4, 2019

Celtic star could break Lisbon Lion’s 50 year old record against Rangers

James Forrest could become the first Celtic player to score in four winning Scottish League Cup finals, when we play Rangers at Hampden in December.

Celtic Quick News · Sep 15, 2019

In Pictures: Hamilton Accies 0 Celtic 1

EXACTLY fifty-one years and three days before the Premiership visit to Hamilton yesterday, Celtic scored TEN goals against Accies in a League Cup quart-final romp at Parkhead, as CQN reported.

Celtic Quick News · Sep 11, 2019

Night Celtic Won 10-0: Did Big Jock Make a Fuss? ‘Not a Chance,’ Answered 5-Goal Hero

CELTIC scored a landslide TEN goals in a League Cup quarter-final annihilation of unfortunate Hamilton Accies exactly FIFTY-ONE years ago.

Evening Times · Sep 9, 2019

Craig Brown recalls smashing Bobby Lennox with elbow on Celtic debut leaving him drenched in blood

Ex-Scotland boss Craig Brown has recalled smashing Lisbon Lion Bobby Lennox with an elbow on his Celtic debut – leaving him covered in blood...

Celtic Fanzine · Sep 3, 2019

Potters Players Bobby Lennox

Last week Bobby Lennox celebrated his 76th birthday, David Potter looks back at his career and legacy “Little Lennoxie” as he was affectionately named by an adoring fan was a star.

A Celtic State of Mind · Aug 18, 2019

Eddie Clarke with A Celtic State of Mind

A Celtic State of Mind was named as the UK’s Best Football Podcast at the prestigious 2018 Football Blogging Awards.

Celtic Fanzine · Aug 15, 2019

the Celtic Family Like Father Like Son

It is rare for fathers and sons to play for the same football team.

Celtic Quick News · Jun 14, 2019

Billy Remembered: Bobby Lennox

IT’S Day Fourteen of CQN’s tribute to Celtic legend Billy McNeill.

The Celtic Star · May 16, 2019

Celtic’s 50 Flags – Bobby Lennox scored, after 12 long years, Celtic were Champions

The vital game was at Morton on 30 April 1966 only a few days after the depressing Scottish Cup final defeat.

The Celtic Star · May 3, 2019

Listen to Archie Macpherson’s Lisbon Lion interview with Clark, Craig, Lennox, Auld and Wallace

DO yourself a favour and listen to this. Archie Macpherson in conversation last night with John Clark, Bobby Lennox, Bertie Auld, Jim Craig and having just arrived in Scotland from his home Australia, Willie Wallace...

Celtic Quick News · May 1, 2019

Yogi Clears Up Lions Mystery

CELTIC fans were puzzled at the non-appearance of John Hughes – known to the supporters as “Yogi” – during the tribute to club legend Billy McNeill before Saturday’s 1-0 win over Kilmarnock at Parkhead on Saturday...

VideoCelts · Apr 29, 2019

Brian McClair’s touching tribute to Lisbon Lion Stevie Chalmers

In 393 Celtic appearances he scored 228 goals making him the fourth highest scorer in the club’s history with only Jimmy McGrory, Bobby Lennox and Henrik Larsson scoring more...

Don't Let it Be Forgot · Apr 27, 2019

Farewell to the King

What can you say about Billy McNeill that hasn’t already been written? He was a leader, the alpha male of a pride of magnificent Lions who mauled all comers in Scottish football for a decade and led Celtic to a place among the most feared teams in European football.

VideoCelts · Apr 26, 2019

Fifty years ago today Billy McNeill enjoyed one of his greatest Hampden moments

At Hampden the stage was set for a classic Scottish Cup Final, it wasn’t a contest but a demonstration as Celtic won 4-0 with McNeill, Bobby Lennox, George Connolly and Stevie Chalmers providing the goals...

The Celtic Star · Mar 13, 2019

What Jock Stein growled after his second game in charge of Celtic

ON this day in 1971, Celtic travelled to Central Park, Cowdenbeath to beat the home side 5-1 with two goals from Harry Hood (one of them a penalty), and one each from John Hughes, Billy McNeill and Bobby Lennox...

Celtic Quick News · Mar 9, 2019

The Day Big Jock Returned to Paradise

ON JANUARY 30 1965, John Hughes ran amok as he thumped in five goals during a ruthless 8-0 destruction of Aberdeen at Parkhead.

Jim Craig's Football50 · Mar 5, 2019

5th March 1969: Celtic v Arbroath – League

3rd March 1969 There was an eye-catching headline in one of the morning dailies – Stein Fixed Cup Saints Before Match This was a reference to Jock Stein’s late tactical switch which was only announced just before the start of the match, with Bobby Lennox at outside-right, Willie Wallace at centre-forward and John Hughes...

The Celtic Star · Feb 10, 2019

Jim Craig – Dundee’s captain Tommy Gemmell, got a great reception from The Celtic support

At the beginning of February 1974, Celtic were top of the table, some ten points ahead of Rangers and heading for their 9th consecutive League title.

A Celtic State of Mind · Jan 20, 2019

Gerry McCulloch with A Celtic State of Mind

A Celtic State of Mind was named as the UK’s Best Football Podcast at the prestigious 2018 Football Blogging Awards.

90 Minute Cynic · Jan 1, 2019

Bobby Lennox: Celtic Legend | Honoured and Reimagined

This article is from Edition Nine of The Cynical, our free online magazine...

Celtic FC Foundation · Dec 14, 2018

Lisbon Lions visit Glasgow’s new Hospice

THIS week, Celtic FC Foundation were honoured to accompany John Clark, Bobby Lennox and Jim Craig to visit the new Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park...

Celtic TV · Nov 19, 2018

Celtic FC – Bobby Lennox statue

🦁 A statue honouring Lisbon Lion Bobby Lennox was unveiled in his hometown of Saltcoats yesterday...

Transfer Tavern · Nov 19, 2018

‘Terrific tribute to a legend’ – Loads of Celtic fans delighted to see club great honoured

When you ask a Celtic fan to name their club’s greatest ever player, a lot of them will jump straight to Bobby Lennox.

The Celtic Star · Nov 18, 2018

‘Bobby Lennox scored, after 12 long years, Celtic were champions of Scotland,’ David Potter

The vital game was at Morton on 30 April 1966 only a few days after the depressing Scottish Cup final defeat.

VideoCelts · Nov 18, 2018

Manchester United legend sends special tribute to Bobby Lennox

Manchester United followed Celtic by winning the European Cup in 1968 with a special friendly rivalry between the two managers, Matt Busby and Jock Stein...

BBC · Nov 18, 2018

Bobby Lennox ‘a true legend’ – John Clark

John Clark says Bobby Lennox is “a true legend”, as a statue of the Celtic hero is unveiled in his hometown of Saltcoats...

Celtic FC · Nov 18, 2018

Bobby Lennox statue unveiled, a fitting tribute to a true great

SALTCOATS honoured one of its favourite and most famous sons today when a statue of Bobby Lennox was unveiled in the centre of the town where the Celtic legend and his wife, Catherine, have stayed their whole lives...

Evening Times · Nov 18, 2018

Big Interview: Celtic legend Bobby Lennox on his statue, Saltcoats and why being known as a good guy is all you can ask for

THE living room door bursts open and in walks one of Scotland’s greatest sporting sons...

Daily Record · Nov 18, 2018

Celtic legend Bobby Lennox honoured by statue in hometown

The 75-year-old was present as the statue was unveiled in Saltcoats...

The Celtic Star · Nov 18, 2018

It’s Bobby Lennox Day! The men who gave us The Celtic Star

The men who put the star above the crest The history of Celtic is littered with the great From Patsy through to Henrik, we’ve watched them celebrate But in our hearts there is a team, standing out above the rest The eleven Lions of Lisbon, who put the star above the crest...

Celtic FC · Nov 18, 2018

Saltcoats to honour its most famous Bhoy with statue unveiling

BOBBY Lennox is one of Celtic’s greatest players, part of Jock Stein’s famous Lisbon Lions side that won the European Cup in 1967...

Celtic Quick News · Nov 18, 2018

Bertie and Bobby: Why Auld Will Never Forget His First Game with Lennox

BERTIE AULD admits he will never forget the first time he played alongside fellow-Lisbon Lion Bobby Lennox.

The Celtic Star · Nov 18, 2018

‘Room 107! A wee story about Bobby Lennox on his big day,’ Cairney

This is a big day in the life of Bobby Lennox, as a statue of him in action is being unveiled in his home town of Saltcoats.

Daily Record · Nov 10, 2018

Celtic legend Bobby Lennox on defying Jock Stein and why he’s ‘embarrassed’ by hometown statue

The Lisbon Lion is set to have a permanent tribute unveiled in his hometown of Saltcoats...

The Celtic Star · Nov 7, 2018

‘It was like big Roy Aitken had killed the guy and they were putting a sheet over him,’ Dougie McGuire

A few months back Scott Alcroft met up with former Celtic player Dougie McGuire for The Celtic Star.

A Celtic State of Mind · Nov 3, 2018

The Bobby Lennox Statue Fundraisers with A Celtic State of Mind

A Celtic State of Mind was recently named as the UK’s Best Football Podcast at the prestigious 2018 Football Blogging Awards...

The Celtic Star · Oct 29, 2018

Jim Craig – Bobby Lennox wins the League Cup for Celtic

Celtic had been very impressive as they made their way through the early rounds of the League Cup in 1966.

The Celtic Star · Oct 9, 2018

Jim Craig – The lowest attendance for a European match at Celtic Park

Celtic had started their European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign of 1963/64 in superb fashion with a 5-1 demolition of Swiss side Basle in the Stadion St Jakob, the goals coming from John Divers, Bobby Lennox and John Hughes, who notched a hat-trick...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Oct 2, 2018

2nd October 1968: Celtic v St Etienne – European Cup 1st Round Second Leg

30th September 1968 We all reported early that morning to Celtic Park and boarded the coach which would take us to Seamill, our haven before major matches.

Don't Let it Be Forgot · Sep 29, 2018

Jumping the Dyke

I got talking to a chap from Fife in the Chadwick stand at Rugby Park last week and he was telling me that he’d been following Celtic for over 40 years despite his old man dragging him to Ibrox as a boy.

Celtic Quick News · Sep 15, 2018

Celtic Icon Lennox Honoured

LISBON LION Bobby Lennox is to be honoured with a statue in his home town of Saltcoats.

Celtic Quick News · Jul 27, 2018

‘Scary Being Euro Star,’ Forrest

JAMES FORREST has made 71 appearances for Celtic in European competition – two more than Hoops legends Billy McNeill and Bobby Lennox.

Evening Times · Jul 27, 2018

James Forrest: Edging ahead of Celtic greats Billy McNeill and Bobby Lennox in European appearance list is scary

JAMES Forrest has revealed he is determined to play in more European games for Celtic despite edging ahead of all-time Parkhead greats Bobby Lennox and Billy McNeill in the continental competition appearance table...

Celtic FC · Jul 26, 2018

James Forrest: Every Euro game with Celtic is a highlight for me

HAVING surpassed Billy McNeill and Bobby Lennox in terms of European appearances for Celtic when he played against Alashkert last week, James Forrest added to his impressive tally with his 71st Euro appearance in Wednesday night’s 3-1 win over Rosenborg...

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