Jimmy Johnstone

Lisbon Lion and Celtic Legend Celtic hero Jimmy Johnstone was born in Viewpark on 30 September 1944. Died 13 March 2006, aged 61

James Connolly “Jimmy” Johnstone, nicknamed “Jinky”, was a Scottish football player. Johnstone was best known for his time with Celtic, and was voted their best ever player by the club’s fans in 2002. He scored 129 goals for Celtic in 515 appearances.

Johnstone made his first team debut for Celtic on 27 March 1963 in a 6–0 defeat away against Kilmarnock in the league. His next appearance came a month later away against Hearts. He was again on the losing side, Celtic losing 4–3, but scored his first senior goal. Despite the defeats, Johnstone’s performances won him a place in the starting XI for the Scottish Cup Final on 4 May 1963 against Rangers. The young winger turned in a fine performance, helping Celtic to a credible 1–1 draw with his confident dribbling. He also scored a goal but it was disallowed due to a foul moments earlier by team-mate John Hughes. Inexplicably, Johnstone was dropped for the replay and Celtic were completely outclassed by Rangers who ran out comfortable 3–0 winners.

The following season saw Johnstone establish himself as a regular in the side. He played in 25 league games, scoring six goals. He also helped Celtic reach the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners’ Cup, scoring against FC Basel in a 5–0 win at Parkhead in the first round, and then scoring against MTK Budapest in a 3–0 win in the first leg of the semi-final. Celtic, however, lost 4–0 in the return match in Hungary and were knocked out on aggregate.

Celtic were struggling throughout the 1960s until Jock Stein arrived at the club in 1965. By this time Johnstone was struggling to hold down a regular spot in the first team. On arrival at Celtic, Stein had doubts about Johnstone, considering him to be too much of an individual player to the overall detriment of the team, and left him out of the team for the 1965 Scottish Cup Final. Johnstone soon won Stein round with his skill, and won his first winner’s medal on 23 October 1965 when he played in Celtic’s 2–1 win over Rangers in the Scottish League Cup Final. His 32 league appearances and nine goals over the course of the season helped Celtic to win their first league title in 12 years. Johnstone also helped Celtic reach their second European semi-final, scoring twice against Go Ahead Eagles en route, before losing 2–1 on aggregate to Liverpool in the Cup Winners’ Cup.

Johnstone was one of the “Lisbon Lions”, the team that won the then European Cup for Celtic in 1967. In an early round tie against Nantes, Johnstone’s trickery on the wing saw him dubbed “The Flying Flea” by the French press, whilst his performances over the course of the season saw him finish third in the European Footballer of the Year award.

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Burnham FC’s Gary Reeves with A Celtic State of Mind

90min.com · May 25

Remembering Celtic’s 1967 Lisbon Lions

Herald Scotland · May 21

Celtic’s James Forrest humbled as Lisbon Lion Bobby Lennox compares him to Jimmy Johnstone

Evening Times · May 21

Celtic’s James Forrest humbled as Lisbon Lion Bobby Lennox compares him to Jimmy Johnstone

Evening Times · May 21

James Forrest keen to add to nine successive Celtic league titles

Herald Scotland · May 21

James Forrest keen to add to nine successive Celtic league titles

James Forrest keen to add to nine successive Celtic league titles

Celtic FC · May 20

Forrest: to be spoken of with McNeill, Johnstone, Lennox is amazing

The Day Wee Jinky Broke My Heart,’ Tommy Gemmell’s Exclusive Story

Wee Jinky and Me: Tommy Gemmell’s Exclusive Memories

ACSOM · May 15

Martin Donaldson with Celtic’s 500 Club – Jimmy Johnstone: Greatest Ever Celt

Daily Record · May 3

How Celtic night of pain unfolded as Madrid legend reveals Jimmy Johnstone fear

VideoCelts · Apr 30

Brilliant plan emerges to paint Jimmy Johnstone silhouttes on Glasgow Gable Ends


That Season in Paradise: June: the Jimmy Johnstone Show

The Celtic Star · Apr 15

Green and White ribbons on the Cup – The night Celtic won a European semi-final 3-0

That Season in Paradise: May: ‘the Wee Man Was Different Class’

That Season in Paradise: May: the Sacrifice of a Showman

VideoCelts · Apr 8

Jimmy Johnstone Academy launches charity drive for NHS equipment

Edouard’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ Deal will mean he’s ‘Here For Ten-in-a-Row’

Celtic FC · Apr 4

Celtic View celebrates our greatest goalscorers – Jimmy Johnstone

That Season in Paradise: April: Celtic’s Wembley Wonders and Stalemate in Prague

Transfer Tavern · Mar 28

‘The start of something very special’, ‘Heart of a lion’ – Some Celtic fans love club post

A Celtic State Of Mind – What’s The Story with Colin Watt?

St Roch’s with A Celtic State of Mind

A Celtic State Of Mind – What’s The Story with Jim Orr?

Celtic FC · Mar 19

On This Day: Celts honour Jinky with League Cup Final win

A Celtic State Of Mind – What’s The Story with Declan McConville?

A Celtic State Of Mind – What’s The Story with Kevin Graham?

Jinky Tribute: the Lions Have Their Say

Jinky Tribute: Celtic Book Author Alex Gordon Pays His Respects

The Celtic Star · Mar 13

Jinky Remembered – ‘The pitch was my stage, the whistle meant it was showtime’

Celtic FC · Feb 25

Anita get Hoops career off to best possible start

The Celtic Star · Feb 12

1967 Video – Cesar and Jinky wear Basketball Boots as Celtic bounce Hearts

ACSOM · Dec 9, 2019

Martin Donaldson with A Celtic State of Mind – Jimmy Johnstone’s Legacy Can Be Found at Cathkin Park

ACSOM · Oct 15, 2019

Margot McCuaig with A Celtic State of Mind – The life and times of Jimmy Johnstone

FootballFanCast · Oct 15, 2019

Scott Brown names the one Celtic legend he wishes he could’ve played with

The Celtic Star · Sep 30, 2019

‘When Jinky played for San Jose,’ by Celtic’s American Blogger Larry Cafiero

ACSOM · Sep 30, 2019

Declan McConville with A Celtic State of Mind – Remembering Jimmy Johnstone: Born on this Day

The Celtic Star · Sep 30, 2019

Born on this day in 1944, Jimmy ‘Jinky’ Johnstone – The Greatest Ever Celt

Celts Are Here · Sep 18, 2019

RIP Fernando Ricksen

Evening Times · Jul 26, 2019

Frank Skinner on Lisbon Lions: Celtic was a big deal

A Celtic State of Mind · Jul 22, 2019

Ian McCallum with A Celtic State of Mind

The Celtic Star · Jul 21, 2019

Jimmy Johnstone – A Little Man with a Big Heart and a Huge Talent

Janefield Street · Jul 1, 2019

One of our own: In defence of Kieran Tierney

Football Scotland · May 6, 2019

Real Madrid legend who called Jimmy Johnstone “the best player of his era” dies

Celts Are Here · May 4, 2019

Celtic Fans Debut Hilarious New Steven Gerrard Song at Pittodrie

Evening Times · Apr 24, 2019

‘It’s like losing family’: Celtic fans reflect after death of great Billy McNeill

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