Joe McBride

Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero Joe McBride was born in Govan, Glasgow on 10 June 1938. Died 11 July 2012, aged 74

McBride was Motherwell’s top goalscorer in three successive seasons, which attracted the attention of new Celtic manager Jock Stein, who signed him for a fee of £22,000 in 1965. Along with Alex Ferguson of Dunfermline, McBride was the top goalscorer in the 1965–66 Scottish League with 31 goals. He again scored prolifically during the 1966–67 season, but suffered a serious injury in December 1966. This injury meant that although McBride was part of the Lisbon Lions squad, he did not play in the 1967 European Cup Final.

He never regained a regular place in the Celtic side, and subsequently transferred to Hibernian in 1968. McBride quickly regained his goalscoring form with Hibs, scoring on his debut, against Rangers, a hat-trick in his second match, against Lokomotive Leipzig, and four goals in his third match, against Morton. He was Hibs’ top goalscorer in both the 1968–69 and 1969–70 seasons, and scored a second European hat-trick for Hibs, against Malmö FF.

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ACSOM · Oct 7, 2019

Declan McConville with A Celtic State of Mind – Jim Craig debuts to a backdrop of boos

Celtic were booed off the field on this day 54 years ago...

Celtic Fanzine · Aug 15, 2019

the Celtic Family Like Father Like Son

It is rare for fathers and sons to play for the same football team.

The Celtic Star · Mar 27, 2019

Motherwell striker catches Celtic manager’s eye

BY Saturday 27 March 1965 Celtic already had developed a new edge to their game under the new manager Jock Stein.

The Celtic Star · Feb 17, 2019

Celtic on This Day – Fifers run out of fight, Harry Hood bursts the net

WILLIE WALLACE had given Celtic the lead just before half-time in the Scottish Cup tie with Dunfermline on Saturday 13 February but a goal from ex-Celt Joe McBride meant that the sides would have to do it all again at East End Park on this day in 1971...

The Celtic Star · Aug 20, 2018

Jim Craig – Celtic went on the rampage, winning 8-2

Celtic had picked up a League/League Cup double in season 1965/66 and went into the following campaign hoping for more.

VideoCelts · Oct 30, 2017

Celtic fans turn on Michael Kelly over Lisbon Lions snub

Kelly claimed that the Lions consisted of 11 players while almost every fan recognises the part played in the success by players such as John Fallon, John Hughes, Joe McBride, Charlie Gallagher and Willie O’Neill...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Mar 8, 2017

8th March 1967: Celtic v Vojvodina European Cup – Part One

6th March ‘Joe McBride, of Celtic goes into Killearn Hospital on Wednesday and he will have his cartilage operation on Friday morning’...

Celtic Quick News · Dec 15, 2016

That Old Sinking Feeling; Rangers Thumped In Glasgow Cup Final (August 1966)

Joe McBride’s goalscoring run continued unabated in the next League Cup outing when he thrashed four beyond St Mirren keeper Jim Thorburn as Celtic romped their way to an enthralling 8-2 win...

Celts Are Here · Dec 14, 2016

Joe McBride- The Lion That Never Was

As most Celtic fans will be aware this past week has marked fifty years since the elimination of Nantes of France from the European Cup as the Lisbon Lions on an aggregate score of 6-2...

Celtic Quick News · Aug 14, 2016

Celtic Shoot-Out Odds

BOOKIES are taking odds on Leigh Griffiths, Moussa Dembele and Co shooting down legendary Celts such as Joe McBride and Stevie Chalmers...

Celtic Quick News · Mar 30, 2016


One of the drawbacks of football – at any level – is the ever present risk of injury...

Edinburgh Evening News · May 7, 2015

Young Hibs in contention for play-off berths

Joe McBride believes his young Hibs side not only have the carrot of a Hampden appearance dangling in front of them when they face Celtic in the semi-final of the SFA Youth Cup tonight – but the chance to force their way into boss Alan Stubbs’ thoughts as he prepares for the Premiership play-offs...

Daily Record · Jul 13, 2014

KR Reykjavik striker Gary Martin admits playing Celtic is a dream opportunity after Willie McStay helped rescue his career

THE PROLIFIC striker has Willie McStay and Joe McBride to thank for helping him rebuild his career after being axed from Middlesbrough by Gordon Strachan...

ETims · May 26, 2014

Celtic Diary Monday May 26

Speculation. Pontification. Hell, I should do rap music.

Celtic FC · Mar 11, 2014

Joe’s Paris Marathon tribute to his Grampa Joe McBride

NO less an authority than the great Jimmy McGrory once rated Joe McBride as the best Celtic centre-forward he had ever seen play, high praise indeed from Celtic’s all-time top goalscorer...

Celtic FC · Jul 24, 2012

Special tribute to Joe McBride at Inter Milan game

CELTIC’S game against Inter Milan this Saturday, July 28 (KO: 1.

Herald Scotland · Jul 19, 2012

Hundreds pay respects at McBride funeral

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Evening Times · Jul 18, 2012

Celtic legend Joe is laid to rest

MORE than 600 people crammed into St Dominic’s Church in Bishopbriggs today for the funeral of Celtic hero Joe McBride...

BBC · Jul 18, 2012

Funeral for Celtic legend McBride

Hundreds of people attend the funeral of former Celtic, Hibernian and Motherwell striker Joe McBride...

Celtic Trust · Jul 17, 2012

Joe McBride RIP

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