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 78). 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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Jim Craig – Essie Fallon Tribute

On behalf of the all players at Celtic Park in the 1960s and early 1970s, may I take this opportunity to express our sincere condolences to John Fallon on the loss of his wife Esther...

The Celtic Star · Dec 14

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
Celtic Underground · Mar 4, 2016

Celtic Underground No273 – Forthright Fallon’s Explosive Chat

This week St Anthony is joined by John Fallon and his guest doesn’t miss and hit the wall when discussing all things Celtic!

Celtic Underground · Mar 4, 2016
The Celtic Star · Nov 26

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

HAVE A listen to ‘A Club Where All Belong’ which is the brilliant new Celtic song from Blantyre Bhoy Toy Tin Soldier...

The Celtic Star · Nov 26
The Celtic Star · Nov 11

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

After the death of John Thomson in 1931, Celtic tried out two local keepers before Joe Kennaway was brought over from Canada as a replacement and held the position for the remainder of the 1930s...

The Celtic Star · Nov 11

JOHN FALLON: GREAT UNCAPPED CELTS (Part Five)

JOHN FALLON will always be the subject of one of the all-time bizarre sporting questions: Who won a European Cup medal with Celtic in 1967 and never touched the ball?

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

John Fallon, member of Celtic’s legendary 1967 European Cup winners the ‘Lisbon Lions’, has expressed his anger on social media at comments made by the Hoops majority shareholder Dermot Desmond...

New CQN Podcast Out Tonight with the Original Holy Goalie, John Fallon

A Celtic State of Mind presents its 31st instalment of insightful discussion around the culture of Celtic Football Club, the city of Glasgow, and fans of the reigning treble-winning Scottish champions...

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

A Celtic State of Mind presents its 31st instalment of insightful discussion around the culture of Celtic Football Club, the city of Glasgow, and fans of the reigning treble-winning Scottish champions...

Celtic Fanzone · Nov 28, 2017

Craig Gordon Following In John Fallon’s Footsteps…

Craig Gordon equalled a record standing nearly fifty years when he kept goal for a winning Celtic in Sunday’s BetFred Cup Final against Motherwell...

Celtic Fanzone · Nov 28, 2017
Celtic Quick News · Oct 24, 2015

‘Keeping In Paradise’ – Meet a Lisbon Lion Tomorrow!

LISBON LION John Fallon will always be the subject of one of the all-time bizarre sporting questions: Who won a European Cup medal with Celtic in 1967 and never touched the ball?

Celtic Quick News · Oct 24, 2015
Celtic Fanzone · Nov 28, 2017

Craig Gordon Following In John Fallon’s Footsteps…

Craig Gordon equalled a record standing nearly fifty years when he kept goal for a winning Celtic in Sunday’s BetFred Cup Final against Motherwell...

Celtic Fanzone · Nov 28, 2017
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...

VideoCelts · Oct 30, 2017
ARCSC · Oct 23, 2015

John Fallon Book Signing This Sunday

John Fallon, will be signing copies of his book, “Keeping In Paradise”, at the Celtic Supporters’ Club on London Road on Sunday from 12:30...

ARCSC · Oct 23, 2015
Celtic Quick News · Oct 6, 2017

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

A NEW CQN Podcast is posted tonight featuring interviews with Celtic legends Bobby Lennox, John Fallon, Tommy Callaghan and Kenny Dalglish...

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

The Celtic Graves Society are proud to announce a ceremony to commemorate the final resting place of JOSEPH CULLEN At St Kentigerns RC Cemetery, 951 Balmore Road, Glasgow On Saturday 25th February 2017 at 12 noon (Prior to the Hamilton Academical game) Speakers at the event shall include: Jim Craig, Lisbon Lion and Celtic Graves Society Patron John Fallon, Lisbon Lion and former Celtic Goalkeeper Tony Hamilton, Chief Executive of Celtic FC Foundation Celtic Historian A blessing of the grave will be con...

Hail Hail Media · Feb 25, 2017

Celtic Underground No273 – Forthright Fallon’s Explosive Chat

This week St Anthony is joined by John Fallon and his guest doesn’t miss and hit the wall when discussing all things Celtic!

Celtic Underground No273 – Forthright Fallon’s Explosive Chat

This week St Anthony is joined by John Fallon and his guest doesn’t miss and hit the wall when discussing all things Celtic!

Celtic Fanzone · Oct 21, 2015

John Fallon Book Signing At The London Road Celtic Social Club..

Come Along And Meet a Lion If your Dad or Mum for that matter, is a Celtic supporter, then there’s nothing he or she would like better than a signed copy of Lisbon Lion John Fallon’s autobiography ‘Keeping in Paradise’!

Celtic Fanzone · Oct 21, 2015
ARCSC · Nov 25, 2015

Return Of The Bampots!

This Friday sees “The Return Of The Bampots Q&A” with Phil MacGiollabhain, Paul Brennan from CQN and Lisbon Lion John Fallon...

ARCSC · Nov 25, 2015
Celtic Fanzone · Oct 1, 2015

John Fallon – a Man of Many European Nights!

And You Can Read All About Them It’s European night in Paradise and one man who knows what it’s like to play in them is The Original Holy Goalie, John Fallon...

Celtic Fanzone · Oct 1, 2015
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