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.

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Lisbon Lions: Missing Out: Davie Hay

Herald Scotland · Apr 15

Celtic great George Connelly on facing Leeds United in front of a European record crowd of 136,505 at 21

Evening Times · Apr 15

Celtic great George Connelly on facing Leeds United in front of a European record crowd of 136,505 at 21

Evening Times · Apr 1

Lisbon Lion Bertie Auld reflects on Celtic win over Leeds United

Lisbon Lion Bertie Auld reflects on Celtic win over Leeds United

ACSOM · Feb 4

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

ACSOM · Jan 7

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

ACSOM · Sep 29, 2019

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

The Celtic Star · Jul 27, 2019

Celtic ‘keeper Denis Connaghan’s Incredible Own Goal

Mark Nicholas · Jul 14, 2019

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

Celtic FC · Jun 19, 2019

On this day in history: George Connelly signs

Daily Record · Jun 6, 2019

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

Celtic FC · Mar 1, 2019

Happy 70th birthday to George Connelly

Into Football · Dec 19, 2018

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

The Celtic Star · Sep 20, 2018

Jim Craig – Happy Birthday Henrik Larsson

The Celtic Star · Jun 19, 2018

Jim Craig: The day Celtic sign George Connelly

The Celtic Star · Mar 1, 2018

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

Celtic Quick News · Jan 15, 2018

George Connelly, Our Fabulous Franz

History Bhoys Abroad · Oct 27, 2017

History Bhoys Abroad – 18 – George Connelly

The Shamrock · Jun 14, 2017

The Iron Man tells it like it!

Hail Hail Media · Dec 3, 2016

History Bhoys Abroad #18 – The Story of George Connelly

Celtic Quick News · Mar 30, 2016

George Connelly – Scotland’s Answer To Franz Beckenbauer

Celtic Underground · Jan 8, 2016

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

· Nov 30, 2015

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

Joseph Ruddy · Feb 3, 2014

The Quality Street Gang: Book Review

· Feb 3, 2014

The Quality Street Gang: Book Review

Jim Craig CSC · Sep 20, 2012

If You Know The History – 20th September Paul Wilson

The Sun · May 11, 2012

Gory glory hallelujah

Jim Craig CSC · Sep 20, 2011

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

Evening Times · Aug 16, 2011

Quantity Street is new youth focus

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