George Connelly

Read all the news about Celtic hero George Connelly. George Connelly was born in Fife, Scotland on 1 March 1949 (age 69).

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.

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The Celtic Star · Sep 20

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 · Sep 20
The Celtic Star · Jun 19

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 · Jun 19
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...

Celtic Underground · Jan 8, 2016

George Connelly, Our Fabulous Franz

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

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...

The Shamrock · Jun 14, 2017
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...

Hail Hail Media · Dec 3, 2016
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...

Jim Craig CSC · Sep 20, 2012
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...

Jim Craig CSC · Sep 20, 2011
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...

History Bhoys Abroad · Oct 27, 2017
The Sun · May 11, 2012

Gory glory hallelujah

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The Sun · May 11, 2012
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...

Evening Times · Aug 16, 2011

‘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 · 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 Quick News · Mar 30, 2016
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,...

Joseph Ruddy · Feb 3, 2014
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