Jimmy Johnstone

Read all the news about Lisbon Lion and Celtic Legend Celtic hero Jimmy Johnstone. 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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Evening Times · Jul 25

Was Rosenborg coach Rino Coolen having us on or does he really not know anything about Celtic?

RINI Coolen either sold a dummy the great Jimmy Johnstone would have been proud of or the Rosenborg caretaker coach doesn’t know even a small amount about Celtic...

Evening Times · Jul 25
The Celtic Star · Jun 22

The Jimmy Johnstone Academy with A Celtic State of Mind (Part 2/2)

Paul John Dykes and Kevin Graham are joined this week by two very special guests who are integral to the success of the Jimmy Johnstone Academy and Charitable Trust...

The Celtic Star · Jun 22

The Jimmy Johnstone Academy with A Celtic State of Mind (Part 2/2)

A Celtic State of Mind recently won the prestigious 2018 Football Blogging Award for the UK’s Best Podcast.Paul John Dykes and Kevin Graham are joined this week by two very special guests who are integral to the success of the Jimmy Johnstone Academy and Charitable Trust.In the second part of a two-part special, Jim Simonette and Simon Farrelly discuss the Greatest Ever Celt, the discovery of Darnell Fisher, Bertie Auld the boss, establishing the JJ Charitable Trust, and recording Dirty Old Town with Simp...

The Celtic Star · Jun 20

The Celtic Star Podcast – Remembering Jimmy Johnstone

THE CELTIC STAR PODCAST – A Celtic State of Mind recently won the prestigious 2018 Football Blogging Award for the UK’s Best Podcast.

The Celtic Star · Jun 20

The Jimmy Johnstone Academy with A Celtic State of Mind (Part 1/2)

A Celtic State of Mind recently won the prestigious 2018 Football Blogging Award for the UK’s Best Podcast.Paul John Dykes and Kevin Graham are joined this week by two very special guests who are integral to the success of the Jimmy Johnstone Academy and Charitable Trust.In the first part of a two-part special, Jim Simonette and Simon Farrelly discuss the Greatest Ever Celt, the birth of the Academy that bears Jinky’s name, and the Jimmy Johnstone Charitable Trust, which was established last year.A Celtic...

Evening Times · Jun 17

Living in the shadow of The Mighty Atom: Grandson Kevin on Celtic legend Patsy Gallacher, 65 years on from his death

SIXTY-FIVE years ago today, one of the select few who could justifiably lay claim to the title of Celtic’s greatest ever player, died...

Evening Times · Jun 17
Herald Scotland · Jun 17

Living in the shadow of The Mighty Atom: Grandson Kevin on Celtic legend Patsy Gallacher, 65 years on from his death

SIXTY-FIVE years ago today, one of the select few who could justifiably lay claim to the title of Celtic’s greatest ever player, died...

Herald Scotland · Jun 17

Jim Craig: The day Jinky was given a free transfer

Jimmy Johnstone – or ‘Jinky’, as he was popularly known – had joined Celtic from Blantyre Celtic in 1961 and did not take long to make an impression on everybody in Scottish football...

Watching Jimmy Johnstone, Celtic’s greatest Bhoy

Celtic’s greatest player has left us, and now he lives in heaven His name is Jimmy Johnstone from the team of 67 He’s playing for Gods eleven with other Celtic greats He wears the hoops in his Paradise with other Parkhead mates In the goal is Johny Thompson, with McGrory at the front Johnny Doyle...

Celtic TV · May 25

Celtic FC – 🦁 From one Lion to another.

In this interview from 2004, Jim Craig and Jimmy Johnstone remember that great day in Lisbon.

Celtic TV · May 25

Fantastic inaugural Jimmy Johnstone tournament contested by nine London CSCs

Down in sleepy Buckinghamshire on Saturday, May 12, Burnham FC’s Gore Stadium was turned green and white as nine local Celtic Supporters Clubs, hailing from Harrow, Maidenhead, Reading, Hayes, Swindon, Wimbledon, West London and Yardley, contested the inaugural Jimmy Johnstone six-a-side tournament...

The Celtic Star · Mar 27

Jimmy Johnstone’s debut was one of the most forgettable matches in Celtic’s history!

ON this day in 1963, there occurred one of the most memorable matches in the history of Celtic Football Club...

The Celtic Star · Mar 27
The Celtic Star · Mar 13

The greatest Celtic Star of them all was Jinky, the magical number 7

There’s a flash a turn and he spins away The greatest ever Celt a legend of his day A natural talent so hard to find Wee Jinky Johnstone, one of a kind...

The Celtic Star · Mar 13

Jimmy Johnstone Tribute

It’s twelve years to the day since Jimmy Johnstone sadly passed away and Celtic lost its greatest son...

Daily Record · Jan 25

Leigh Griffiths will stay at Celtic as striker reveals he wants to join 100 goal legends

Henrik Larsson, Kenny Dalglish and Jimmy Johnstone belong in that exclusive club and Griffiths is hellbent on becoming another...

Daily Record · Jan 25
VideoCelts · Nov 27, 2017

‘Wee Jinky Forrest’ Celtic fans share the love for Hampden hero

Brendan Rodgers had no concerns over awarding the Ayrshire bhoy a new deal at the start of last season with both parties delighted by the results...

VideoCelts · Nov 27, 2017
Scotzine · Nov 14, 2017

‘The Best Display I’Ve Ever Seen,’ What Rangers Legend Said To Jinky

LISBON LION Jim Craig was asked about the most unusual thing he had ever witnessed on the park while playing for Celtic, in an interview about his new book Right Back To 67 – The Lisbon Lion Diary in an interview on Celts Are Here this morning...

Scotzine · Nov 14, 2017
Daily Record · Aug 30, 2017

Celtic ace Patrick Roberts desperate to make his mark in famous No7 shirt like Henrik Larsson and Jinky

Loan star admits it’s an honour to be given the chance to wear the shirt worn by such big Parkhead legends and vows he won’t be fazed by the expectations placed on him...

Daily Record · Aug 30, 2017
VideoCelts · Jun 11

Iconic Jinky picture is brought to life

This picture of Jimmy Johnstone recently surfaced on line and has been transformed into colour highlighting the dominance of the Jock Stein days...

VideoCelts · Jun 11
The Celtic Star · Mar 13

Jimmy Johnstone: Like a Fire in the Glen

His flame-red curls like a fire in the glen, grace and poise juxtaposed with underdog victories...

The Celtic Star · Mar 13
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