John Fallon

Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero John Fallon was born in Cambuslang, Scotland on 16 August 1940 (age 80). Follow @sligotim on Twitter.

John Fallon · Photo: Wikimedia

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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The Celt · Feb 11

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The Celt · Jan 18

E.A.MacBride’s Celtic Diaries [aug-dec 1957]

67HailHail · Nov 12, 2020

John Fallon comes to the defence of Celtic’s Vasilis Barkas; unimpressed with player’s critics

The Celtic Star · Nov 3, 2020

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Celtic Fanzine TV · Oct 23, 2020

Celtic Soul Podcast Episode 35 Steve Finan

Celtic Soul · Oct 23, 2020

Celtic Soul Podcast Episode 35 Steve Finan

Celtic Fanzine TV · Sep 6, 2020

Celtic Soul Episode 23 John Fallon Part 2

Celtic Fanzine TV · Sep 6, 2020

Celtic Soul Podcast Episode 22 John Fallon

Celtic Fanzine TV · Sep 5, 2020

Celtic Soul Podcast Episode 2

Celtic Fanzine · Aug 25, 2020

Love & Pride – John Fallon’s Celtic Story

Celtic Soul · Aug 25, 2020

Celtic Soul Episode 23 John Fallon Part 2

Celtic Fanzine · Aug 21, 2020

A Celtic Life Less Ordinary

Celtic Soul · Aug 21, 2020

Celtic Soul Podcast Episode 22 John Fallon

The Celtic Star · Aug 16, 2020

Happy Birthday John Fallon – The Lisbon Lion is 80 today

Celtic Fanzine · Aug 16, 2020

The Original Holy Goalie – John Fallon at 80

The Celtic Star · Aug 15, 2020

Happy Birthday John Fallon -The Lisbon Lion is 80 today

The Celt · Aug 14, 2020

The stats of 1950/51

ACSOM · Jun 18, 2020

Declan McConville with A Celtic State of Mind – The Masterclass in Madrid

Celtic Quick News · Jun 14, 2020


Celtic Fanzine · Jun 2, 2020

Talking Celtic with John Fallon & Frank Noelkenbockhoff

Celtic Soul · Jun 2, 2020

Celtic Soul Podcast Episode 2

The Celtic Star · Apr 25, 2020

So who was Celtic’s Greatest Goalkeeper? – David Potter narrows it down to two

Celtic Fanzine · Apr 22, 2020

Billy McNeill My Captain – John Fallon a Personal Tribute

Celtic Fanzine · Apr 15, 2020

Lockdown Chat with John Fallon – The Original Holy Goalie

A Celtic State of Mind · Mar 25, 2020

Documentary Maker Luke Massey with A Celtic State of Mind

ACSOM · Feb 4, 2020

A Celtic State of Mind – Further LIVE dates announced for 2020

Not The View · Dec 30, 2019

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ACSOM · Nov 6, 2019

John Fallon with A Celtic State of Mind – My Greatest XI of the 1950s

Celtic Quick News · Aug 23, 2019

The Birth of a Legend: Billy Mcneill: Part Four: John Fallon Remembers

Celtic Fanzine · Jul 9, 2019

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Janefield Street · Jun 25, 2019

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A Celtic State of Mind · May 20, 2019

Sean Fallon with A Celtic State of Mind

Celtic Fanzine · May 17, 2019

Celtic AM Tribute to Billy & Stevie

Evening Times · May 1, 2019

Lisbon Lion reunited with lost European Cup medal

Celtic Quick News · Apr 30, 2019

Fallon Gets Medal – 52 Years On

67HailHail · Apr 30, 2019

Celtic hero given emotional reunion

The Celtic Star · Apr 29, 2019

Time for a Happy Lisbon Lion Story in the Saddest of Weeks

The Celtic Star · Dec 19, 2018

“Flying high with the Angels,” as Lisbon Lion posts emotional farewell to his beloved wife

The Celtic Star · Dec 15, 2018

Jim Craig – Essie Fallon Tribute

The Celtic Star · Dec 14, 2018

Esther Fallon RIP

The Celtic Star · Nov 26, 2018

‘A Club Where All Belong,’ Toy Tin Soldier’s Celtic song for Foundation’s Christmas Appeal

The Celtic Star · Nov 11, 2018

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

Celtic Quick News · Jun 8, 2018


Football Insider · Apr 21, 2018

‘I was angry’ – John Fallon slams Celtic chief after controversial comments

Celtic Quick News · Jan 22, 2018

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A Celtic State of Mind · Jan 22, 2018

The CQN Podcast: A Celtic State of Mind (EP30) with Lisbon Lion, John Fallon

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