Jimmy Johnstone

Lisbon Lion and Celtic Legend Celtic hero Jimmy Johnstone was born in Viewpark on 30 September 1944, and passed away on 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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The Celt · Feb 25

E.A.MacBride’s Celtic Diaries [January-June 1968]

The Celt · Feb 25

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MacBride’s Celtic Diaries [August-December 1964]

Celtic Fanzine · Feb 11

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The Celtic Star · Jan 27

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The Celtic Star · Nov 13, 2020

13 November 1968, Celtic 5:1 Red Star Brigade – “Johnstone The Tornado”

The Celtic Star · Nov 3, 2020

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The Celtic Star · Sep 30, 2020

Jimmy Johnstone on the Wing – The Greatest Ever Celtic Star

Celtic Quick News · Sep 30, 2020

‘Wee Jinky,’ by the Lions

The Celtic Star · Sep 28, 2020

Video: The Legacy Of Celtic’s Greatest Ever Player, At Cathkin Park

Don't Let it Be Forgot · Sep 11, 2020

Thanks Jock

The Cynic · Sep 4, 2020

Jimmy Johnstone and the Scotland National Team

A Celtic State of Mind · Aug 29, 2020

The Jimmy Johnstone Academy & Charitable Trust with A Celtic State of Mind

A Celtic State of Mind · Aug 3, 2020

Matchday reaction with A Celtic State of Mind – Celtic 5 Hamilton 1

The Celtic Star · Jul 21, 2020

Voted Celtic’s Greatest Ever Player, Jimmy Johnstone – The wee man with a huge talent

Celtic Quick News · Jul 16, 2020

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ACSOM · Jul 4, 2020

“It was brilliant, especially as a winger, being coached by Jimmy Johnstone and Davie Provan.” – David Elliot with A Celtic State of Mind

A Celtic State of Mind · Jul 4, 2020

David Elliot with A Celtic State of Mind

A Celtic State of Mind · Jun 28, 2020

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A Celtic State of Mind · Jun 27, 2020

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The Celt · Jun 26, 2020

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A Celtic State of Mind · Jun 23, 2020

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The Celtic Star · Jun 19, 2020

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Daily Record · Jun 11, 2020

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Celtic Now And Forever · Jun 8, 2020

Video | When A Celtic Legend Met A God-Like Figure

The Celtic Star · Jun 7, 2020

Video – After Tearing Apart Real Madrid, Jinky Got A Taxi To Benidorm

ACSOM · Jun 3, 2020

The Jimmy Johnstone Academy – How the community will benefit from a £32,000 investment at Cathkin Park

The Celtic Star · May 31, 2020

Photos: Great work from these Celtic fans as they tidy Jimmy Johnstone’s memorial garden

A Celtic State of Mind · May 28, 2020

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90min.com · May 25, 2020

Remembering Celtic’s 1967 Lisbon Lions

Herald Scotland · May 21, 2020

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

Evening Times · May 21, 2020

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

Evening Times · May 21, 2020

James Forrest keen to add to nine successive Celtic league titles

Herald Scotland · May 21, 2020

James Forrest keen to add to nine successive Celtic league titles

Football Paradise · May 20, 2020

James Forrest keen to add to nine successive Celtic league titles

Celtic FC · May 20, 2020

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

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