Jim Craig

Read all the news about Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero Jim Craig. Jim Craig was born in Govan, Glasgow on 30 April 1943 (age 75).

Craig joined Celtic in 1963, on amateur terms, so as to allow him to complete his studies and having done so, signed as a full professional in January 1965.

Craig’s abilities and style of play matched manager Jock Stein’s tactical philosophy and he soon displaced Willie O’Neill and Ian Young as Celtic’s regular right back. Stein encouraged his fullbacks to overlap the side’s midfield to provide additional support to the forwards, in the style of the modern wing-back role, and in Craig and left back Tommy Gemmell he found willing protagonists.

During his tenure at Parkhead, Craig collected 14 domestic honours as well as a European Cup medal in 1967. He made 231 appearances for Celtic scoring 6 goals. He won one cap for the Scotland national side.

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Jim Craig – An earlier 6-0 away day victory for Celtic

At this time of season 1960-61, Celtic were lying 11th in the league table, having lost four and drawn one of their first six matches...

The Celtic Star · Oct 10

Jim Craig – Joe Dodds made 378 appearances for Celtic scoring 78 goals

Left-back Joe Dodds was 21 when he signed for Celtic, making his debut only a few months later against Dundee in a league match at Parkhead on this day in 1908...

The Celtic Star · Oct 10
The Celtic Star · Oct 13

Jim Craig – The Honest Men and Ronnie Simpson’s dislocated shoulder

In the League Cup of 1969, Celtic had successfully negotiated a section involving Rangers, Airdrie and Raith Rovers with Willie Wallace getting 4 goals and both Harry Hood and John Hughes three each in the six-match total of 21...

The Celtic Star · Oct 13
The Celtic Star · Oct 12

Jim Craig – This result helped drive Celtic towards our 3rd Championship

After winning successive championships in 1892/93 and 1893/94, Celtic finished second to Hearts in 1894/95.

The Celtic Star · Oct 12
The Celtic Star · Oct 11

Jim Craig – Yours Truly was on a Hampden Hat-Trick as Celtic hit Morton for Seven

Ten of the Celtic team which had won the European Cup in Lisbon took to the field at Hampden on this day in 1967 for a league cup semi-final tie against Morton, with former Celt Jim Kennedy among the ranks of the men from Greenock who were at that time in the top six in...

The Celtic Star · Oct 11

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 – Liam Brady resigned as Celtic manager

When Billy McNeill left the club after his second spell as manager, Liam Brady came into Celtic Park in a blaze of publicity in June 1991 and immediately brought in some new players, taking Tony Cascarino from Aston Villa for the sum of £1.1million and also Gary Gillespie from Liverpool for a fee of £950,000...

‘Celtic 4 Honved 0 – on this day in 1988,’ Jim Craig

After completing a ‘double’ in the Centenary Season of 1987/88, Celtic’s fans were hopeful of a good run in the European Cup the following season...

Jim Craig – On this day in 1988, Celtic 4 Honved 0

After completing a ‘double’ in the Centenary Season of 1987/88, Celtic’s fans were hopeful of a good run in the European Cup the following season...

Jim Craig – ‘Happy Feet’ Charlie Napier scored 92 goals for Celtic

Charlie Napier, born on this day in 1910, made his debut for Celtic against Queen’s Park in 1929 and at the beginning of the decade of the 1930s, had established himself in the first-team, where his cultured play and good control earned him the nickname of ‘Happy Feet’...

Jim Craig – Pat Crerand, Celtic’s loss was Man Utd’s gain

On this day in 1958, Pat Crerand made his first-team debut as Celtic beat Queen of the South 3-1 in a League Cup match at Parkhead; just over a year later, he was joined in the side by his first cousin Charlie Gallagher...

Jim Craig – Peter Johnstone’s last match for Celtic

Peter Johnstone was at left-half when Celtic beat Clyde in the Scottish Cup Final in April 1912 but had moved to centre-half when they again beat Clyde, this time in the Charity Cup final in May of that same year...

Jim Craig – Celtic 4 St Etienne 0, and Yours Truly got the second goal!

On this day in 1968, a Celtic side ran out at Parkhead to take on the Champions of France – St Etienne – in the second leg of a first-round tie in the European Cup...

Jim Craig – On this day in 1975, Celtic 7 Valur 0

A crowd of around 16,000 was at Celtic Park on the evening of this day in 1975 to see the second leg of the Cup-Winners’ Cup first-round tie between the hosts and Valur of Iceland...

The Celtic Star · Sep 30

Jim Craig – Celtic goalkeeper forced to retire

After war was declared on 3 September 1939, football, like other forms of mass entertainment, was abandoned by the authorities.

The Celtic Star · Sep 30
The Celtic Star · Sep 29

Jim Craig – Ajax 1 Celtic 2

After suffering the indignity of seeing their heroes beaten in the second round of the Cup Winners’ Cup of 1980 by a little-known Romanian side called Politechnica Timisoara, then watching them lose 2-1 to Juventus in the first round of the European Cup in 1981, Celtic fans were hoping for better luck in 1982...

The Celtic Star · Sep 29
The Celtic Star · Sep 28

Jim Craig – Celtic in War-time Cup success over Rangers

War-time or not, the Glasgow Cup went ahead and on this day in 1940, a Celtic team made up of the old and the new met Rangers in that season’s final...

The Celtic Star · Sep 28
The Celtic Star · Sep 27

Jim Craig – Celtic 5 Partizan Belgrade 4

Billy McNeill was still in charge as Celtic went into season 1989/90, with the Scottish Cup in the trophy cabinet after the 1-0 victory over Rangers in May...

The Celtic Star · Sep 27
The Celtic Star · Sep 26

‘Bobby Collins, the Wee Barra slotted the 3 penalties home,’ Jim Craig

On this day in 1953, a Celtic eleven ran out at Parkhead to take on Aberdeen in their fourth league match of the season, having already beaten Hamilton and Clyde and drawn with Rangers...

The Celtic Star · Sep 26
The Celtic Star · Sep 26

Jim Craig – Bobby Collins, the Wee Barra slotted the 3 penalties home

On this day in 1953, a Celtic eleven ran out at Parkhead to take on Aberdeen in their fourth league match of the season, having already beaten Hamilton and Clyde and drawn with Rangers...

The Celtic Star · Sep 26
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