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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The Scotsman · Oct 3

Jimmy Johnstone’s personalised car number plates up for auction

Collectors of Celtic memorabilia are in for a treat next week as two rare items take centre stage at an auction in 
Glasgow...

The Scotsman · Oct 3
Celtic FC · Sep 30

Jimmy Johnstone – the Greatest Ever Celt

IT was on this day in 1944 that the player who was voted the Greatest Ever Celt by supporters was born.

Celtic FC · Sep 30
The Celtic Star · Sep 30

Planes, taxis and rowing boats – there was only one Jimmy Johnstone

September is always a very poignant month for Celtic supporters, as we remember some of the greats whose anniversaries fall around this time, from John Thomson to Jock Stein...

The Celtic Star · Sep 30

Jim Craig – Jimmy Johnstone and Willie O’Neill share historic Celtic moment

On this day in 1966, there was a crowd of around 20,000 packed into Love Street, in Paisley, the home of St Mirren for the visit of Celtic in a League Cup tie...

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...

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

‘Wee Jinky,’ by the Lions

JIMMY JOHNSTONE, the Greatest-Ever Celtic Player, as voted by the Hoops supporters, was born on this day in 1944.

Into Football · Sep 21

Margot McCuaig with A Celtic State of Mind

Tonight marks the first broadcast of Purple TV’s much-anticipated documentary on the late Tommy Burns, ten years after the Celtic icon passed away...

Into Football · Sep 21
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