John Fallon

Read all the news about Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero John Fallon. John Fallon was born in Cambuslang, Scotland on 16 August 1940 (age 79). Follow @sligotim on Twitter.

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Fallon signed for Celtic from junior football team Fauldhouse United in 1959 to understudy for Frank Haffey and made his debut that same year against Clyde. He replaced Haffey as first choice goalkeeper in 1963 and played his part in the UEFA Cup Winners Cup run of 1964, where they lost out to the Hungarian team MTK Budapest 4–3 in the semi-finals, after holding a 3–0 lead from the first leg at Celtic Park. He remained first choice goalkeeper until the signing of veteran keeper Ronnie Simpson from Hibernian in 1965.

Fallon became the only Lisbon Lion not to play in Celtic’s win in the 1967 European Cup Final against Inter Milan, as he was the (unused) substitute goalkeeper. At that time the only substitute permitted was for the goalkeeping position. As a result of winning the European Cup, Celtic entered the Intercontinental Cup later that year, a two-leg match against Racing Club of Argentina. While warming up for the second leg, a brick (Sir Robert Kelly says it was a “flat iron bar”) thrown or catapulted by a member of the crowd, struck Ronnie Simpson on the head.

With Simpson unable to play, Fallon was called on to keep goal in a bad-tempered second leg, and an even more bad-tempered play-off. Although Celtic lost the return leg, and the subsequent play-off in Uruguay, amid accusations of extreme foul play from the Racing players, Fallon distinguished himself with a string of saves which caused one commentator to remark: “If that’s the reserve keeper, what must the other guy be like?” According to Sir Robert Kelly in his book Celtic, when Celtic tried to get the second leg declared void because of the Simpson incident, Racing Club used Fallon’s heroic performance as their counter argument, and the result stood. Fallon also played in the team that won the Alfredo di Stefano Trophy, a testimonial for the Real Madrid player.

After Simpson’s retirement, Fallon took over as first choice at Celtic. He lost his place to Evan Williams due to a long illness, sitting out the 1970 European Cup Final. He later played for Motherwell and Morton before retiring from senior football.

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Celtic Fanzine · May 17

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Celtic Fanzine · May 17
Evening Times · May 1

Lisbon Lion reunited with lost European Cup medal

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Evening Times · May 1

Fallon Gets Medal – 52 Years On

CELTIC hero John Fallon has been reunited with his European Cup medal after a wait of FIFTY-TWO years – thanks to chief executive Peter Lawwell.

67HailHail · Apr 30

Celtic hero given emotional reunion

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67HailHail · Apr 30
The Celtic Star · Apr 29

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The Celtic Star · Apr 29
The Celtic Star · Dec 15, 2018

Jim Craig – Essie Fallon Tribute

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The Celtic Star · Dec 15, 2018
The Celtic Star · Dec 14, 2018

Esther Fallon RIP

Those of us who knew her will be sorry to hear of the passing early this morning of Esther Fallon, wife of John Fallon, goalkeeper of Celtic FC from 1958 until 1972, and still a supporter.

The Celtic Star · Dec 14, 2018
The Celtic Star · Nov 26, 2018

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The Celtic Star · Nov 26, 2018
The Celtic Star · Nov 11, 2018

Jim Craig – A young man from Blantyre called John Fallon signed for Celtic

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The Celtic Star · Nov 11, 2018
Celtic Quick News · Jun 8, 2018

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Celtic Quick News · Jun 8, 2018
Football Insider · Apr 21, 2018

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Football Insider · Apr 21, 2018
Celtic Quick News · Jan 22, 2018

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Celtic Quick News · Jan 22, 2018
A Celtic State of Mind · Jan 22, 2018

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Celtic Fanzone · Nov 28, 2017

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Celtic Fanzone · Nov 28, 2017
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Celtic Fanzone · Nov 28, 2017
VideoCelts · Oct 30, 2017

Celtic fans turn on Michael Kelly over Lisbon Lions snub

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VideoCelts · Oct 30, 2017
Celtic Quick News · Oct 6, 2017

New CQN Podcast Tonight – Interviews With Lennox, Fallon, Callaghan And Dalglish

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Celtic Quick News · Oct 6, 2017
Celtic Quick News · May 24, 2017

These Celtic Legends Are Lisbon Lions Too

JOHN FALLON is UEFA’s History Man – the first ever player to win a European Cup Medal and as substitute!

Celtic Quick News · May 24, 2017
Hail Hail Media · Feb 25, 2017

CGS Joseph Cullen

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Hail Hail Media · Feb 25, 2017
The Celtic Star · Dec 19, 2018

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The Celtic Star · Dec 19, 2018
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