George Connelly

Celtic hero George Connelly was born in Fife, Scotland on 1 March 1949 (age 71).

Born in Fife, Connelly was a technically accomplished footballer, who could play with distinction anywhere in the outfield, although his most common positions were left half and inside forward. He signed for Celtic from Tulliallan Juniors in June 1965 and as a teenager was noted for his fine ball control. This was first publicly displayed when he was sent out to entertain the crowd at Parkhead before a European tie later that year against Dynamo Kiev. He was considered by many to have the potential to be a world class player – as influential in British football as Beckenbauer was in the German game. Having broken into the first team in 1968, Connelly is remembered primarily for two goals. Just before half time in the 1969 Scottish Cup Final against Rangers, he coolly dispossessed John Greig on the edge of the box, evaded the Rangers’ skipper’s recovery attempt, rounded the goalkeeper before slipping the ball into the empty net. This goal made it 3–0 to Celtic and ended any hopes of a Rangers revival.

In 1970, in a game that was referred to by the contemporary media as the football “Battle of Britain”, he scored for Celtic in a 1–0 win against the English champions Leeds United. His first-minute strike in the first leg of the Champions’ Cup semi final at Elland Road helped Celtic progress to their second European Cup final, against Feyenoord.

Evening Times · Apr 1

Lisbon Lion Bertie Auld reflects on Celtic win over Leeds United

WHEN George Connelly fired Celtic ahead in the first minute of their European Cup semi-final against Leeds United at Elland Road on April 1, 1970, Bertie Auld was delighted but not surprised...

Lisbon Lion Bertie Auld reflects on Celtic win over Leeds United

WHEN George Connelly fired Celtic ahead in the first minute of their European Cup semi-final against Leeds United at Elland Road on April 1, 1970, Bertie Auld was delighted but not surprised...

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...

ACSOM · Sep 29, 2019

Paul John Dykes with A Celtic State of Mind – The night George Connelly became the King of Keepie-Uppies

The first signs that Jock Stein had a mélange of youthful prospects brimming under the surface at Barrowfield perhaps came to light before the European Cup-Winners’ Cup third round first-leg tie against Soviet Union side Dynamo Kyiv on 12 January 1966...

The Celtic Star · Jul 27, 2019

Celtic ‘keeper Denis Connaghan’s Incredible Own Goal

On This Day 1974 – Airdrie 2-4 Celtic, Drybrough Cup CELTIC started the first game of the new 1974/75 season resting Kenny Dalglish, George Connelly, Dixie Deans and Brian McLaughlin...

Mark Nicholas · Jul 14, 2019

An Alternate History of Celtic (Part 6): What if the Quality Street Gang had stayed together?

In the late 1960s/early 70s, Celtic had some of the best young footballers in Europe, including Kenny Dalglish, Lou Macari, Brian McLaughlin, Danny McGrain, George Connelly, Paul Wilson, Davie Hay, Vic Davidson and George Connelly...

Celtic FC · Jun 19, 2019

On this day in history: George Connelly signs

IT was on this day, 54 years ago, June 19, 1965 that George Connelly signed professional forms with Celtic and was among the first of the batch of young players who would become known as the Quality Street Gang...

Daily Record · Jun 6, 2019

George Connelly on his Celtic ‘guilt’, taming inner demons and his night of redemption

The former Hoops midfielder recalls his return to Parkhead in a Champions League tie against AC Milan over 12 years ago...

Celtic FC · Mar 1, 2019

Happy 70th birthday to George Connelly

GEORGE Connelly was born 70 years ago today on March 1, 1949...

Into Football · Dec 19, 2018

A Celtic State of Mind: George Connelly’s return to Paradise

It had been eight years since I last spoke to George Connelly...

The Celtic Star · Sep 20, 2018

Jim Craig – Happy Birthday Henrik Larsson

Paul Wilson came into Celtic Park in 1967 straight from school and started in the reserve side alongside Kenny Dalglish, Danny McGrain, Lou Macari and George Connelly...

The Celtic Star · Jun 19, 2018

Jim Craig: The day Celtic sign George Connelly

After his schooling at St Serf’s Primary in High Valleyfield and during his time at St Margaret’s Secondary School in Dunfermline, George Connelly joined junior club Tulliallan Thistle in 1963, at the age of 14...

The Celtic Star · Mar 1, 2018

‘Treacherous roads, The Victory Cup and happy birthday to George Connelly,’ Jim Craig

A shame that the Dundee match had to be cancelled but while the pitch may been quite playable – thanks to the under soil heating – the area surrounding the park would have been difficult to walk or drive on and the approach roads treacherous, so commonsense prevailed and the right decision was taken...

Celtic Quick News · Jan 15, 2018

George Connelly, Our Fabulous Franz

CELTIC’S George Connelly was the nearest Scottish football ever saw to a ‘Franz Beckenbauer’...

History Bhoys Abroad · Oct 27, 2017

History Bhoys Abroad – 18 – George Connelly

It’s been a quiet few weeks from us but we’re sure the general hilarity of Scottish football has kept you entertained...

The Shamrock · Jun 14, 2017

The Iron Man tells it like it!

In one memorable chapter in the excellent George Connelly biography Celtic’s Lost Legend, the great Fifer and his closest pals in the famed Quality Street Gang, Davie Cattenach and Davie Hay, reminisce about their playing days and the characters they met on and off the pitch...

Hail Hail Media · Dec 3, 2016

History Bhoys Abroad #18 – The Story of George Connelly

This week the bhoys are joined by David Connelly to discuss his dad – the Celtic legend, George Connelly...

Celtic Quick News · Mar 30, 2016

George Connelly – Scotland’s Answer To Franz Beckenbauer

One of the drawbacks of football – at any level – is the ever present risk of injury...

Celtic Underground · Jan 8, 2016

His Greatest Game – George Connelly – 1972 Celtic 3-1 Rangers

Celtic moved this league game to Hampden due to building work still to be completed on their newly built main stand at Celtic Park...

· Nov 30, 2015

Interview: Paul John Dykes on ‘Celtic’s Smiler’, his book and documentary about Celtic Legend Neilly Mochan

We got together with Paul John Dykes to talk about his forthcoming book and documentary about Celtic Legend Neilly ‘Smiler’ Mochan, and his 40 year odyssey as a Celtic player, trainer and kitman...

Joseph Ruddy · Feb 3, 2014

The Quality Street Gang: Book Review

Danny McGrain, David Cattanach, George Connelly, Kenny Dalglish, Vic Davidson, John Gorman, Lou Macari, Brian McLaughlin, Hugh McKellar, Pat McMahon, Bobby Wraith, Davie Hay, Jimmy Quinn, Paul Watson, Tom Lally, Jackie Clarke, Tony McBride, Billy Murdoch,...

· Feb 3, 2014

The Quality Street Gang: Book Review

Danny McGrain, David Cattanach, George Connelly, Kenny Dalglish, Vic Davidson, John Gorman, Lou Macari, Brian McLaughlin, Hugh McKellar, Pat McMahon, Bobby Wraith, Davie Hay, Jimmy Quinn, Paul Watson, Tom Lally, Jackie Clarke, Tony McBride, Billy Murdoch,...

Jim Craig CSC · Sep 20, 2012

If You Know The History – 20th September Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson came into Celtic Park in 1967 straight from school and started in the reserve side alongside Kenny Dalglish, Danny McGrain , Lou Macari and George Connelly. Paul made his first-team debut in 1970 and gradually made his presence felt in the fir...

The Sun · May 11, 2012

Gory glory hallelujah

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Jim Craig CSC · Sep 20, 2011

20th September: This day in Celtic history, by Jim Craig

Paul Wilson Paul Wilson came into Celtic Park in 1967 straight from school and started in the reserve side alongside Kenny Dalglish, Danny McGrain , Lou Macari and George Connelly Paul made his first-team debut in 1970 and gradually made his presence felt...

Evening Times · Aug 16, 2011

Quantity Street is new youth focus

Once there were the Quality Street kids. The likes of Danny McGrain, Lou Macari, George Connelly and Kenny Dalglish seemed to move smoothly into the Celtic first team, on a well-oiled conveyor belt as the swinging Sixties became the demanding Seventies...

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