Ronnie Simpson

Read all the news about Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero Ronnie Simpson. Ronnie Simpson was born in Glasgow on 11 October 1930. Died 19 April 2004, aged 73

Thought to be in the last throes of his career, Celtic signed Simpson as cover for John Fallon. This perception appeared to be confirmed when Jock Stein, who had let Simpson go as Hibernian manager, was appointed Celtic manager later in the 1964–65 season. Simpson became the first choice after Fallon was blamed for a defeat by Rangers in the 1964 Scottish League Cup Final. His sense of humour made Simpson a popular figure in the Celtic team, who nicknamed him “Faither”, on account of his relative old age. The highlight of his time at Celtic was winning the 1967 European Cup Final, as part of a clean sweep of trophies in the 1966–67 season. Apart from an early save with his knees from a Sandro Mazzola header, Simpson had little to do during the match. His fancy footwork when dealing with a backpass was one of the highlights.

Simpson continued to enjoy domestic success with Celtic after the European Cup win. In all, he won four league championships, three Scottish League Cups and one Scottish Cup with the club. Simpson suffered a dislocated shoulder in 1969. Trouble with this injury forced him to miss the 1970 European Cup Final and to retire as a player that year.

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The Celtic Star · Nov 18

Jim Craig – Ronnie Simpson’s Celtic debut, in the Camp Nou

Having reached the semi-final stage of the Cup-Winners’ Cup in season 1963/64, Celtic went into the Fairs Cities Cup of the following season with fans’ hopes really high.

The Celtic Star · Nov 18

Willie Wallace with A Celtic State of Mind

A Celtic State of Mind was recently named as the UK’s Best Football Podcast at the prestigious 2018 Football Blogging Awards.

13th November 1968: Celtic v Red Star Belgrade – European Cup 2nd Round First Leg

10th November 1968 After a very light training session at Celtic Park on the Sunday morning – more of a wind-down in reality – we all boarded the bus for the trip to Seamill, our usual haunt before a big game.

The Celtic Star · Oct 23

‘John Hughes who made the difference,’ Jim Craig

One year after losing to Rangers in the final of the league Cup in 1964, Celtic ran out at Hampden on this day a year later for the League Cup final of 1965, when the Light Blues were once again the opponents...

The Celtic Star · Oct 23
The Celtic Star · Oct 23

Jim Craig – It was outside-left John Hughes who made the difference

One year after losing to Rangers in the final of the league Cup in 1964, Celtic ran out at Hampden on this day a year later for the League Cup final of 1965, when the Light Blues were once again the opponents...

The Celtic Star · Oct 23
The Celtic Star · Oct 13

Jim Craig – The Honest Men and Ronnie Simpson’s dislocated shoulder

In the League Cup of 1969, Celtic had successfully negotiated a section involving Rangers, Airdrie and Raith Rovers with Willie Wallace getting 4 goals and both Harry Hood and John Hughes three each in the six-match total of 21...

The Celtic Star · Oct 13

2nd October 1968: Celtic v St Etienne – European Cup 1st Round Second Leg

30th September 1968 We all reported early that morning to Celtic Park and boarded the coach which would take us to Seamill, our haven before major matches.

The Celtic Star · Jun 18

Faither – Ronnie Simpson, Celtic’s greatest ever goalkeeper

Mike Maher recalls watching Ronnie Simpson, Celtic’s greatest ever goalkeeper I first saw Ronnie Simpson in February 1961 – playing for Hibs at Celtic Park.

The Celtic Star · Jun 18

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?

Daily Record · May 22, 2017

How good were Celtic’s Lisbon Lions? Bertie Auld gives his verdict on the legendary line up’s defence

Part one of our series hears from the Celtic great as he talks about Ronnie Simpson, Billy McNeill, John Clark, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig...

Daily Record · May 22, 2017

Celtic: the Awakening: Silver Service – Again

TODAY CQN brings you the eighth EXCLUSIVE extract from Alex Gordon’s book, ‘CELTIC: The Awakening’, which was published by Mainstream in 2013.

The Celtic Blog · Feb 8, 2013

Slow And Steady Wins The Race

Celtic have always been remembered for their terrific players going forward, but we’ve had our fair share terrific defensive players over the years.

The Celtic Blog · Feb 8, 2013

Jim Craig’s 7am start: Ronnie Simpson had an astonishing career

On this day in 1970, Ronnie Simpson finally retired as a player at the age of 39 years and 7 months after an astonishing career – 1)...

Celtic Quick News · Jun 19, 2016

Faither’s Day

RONNIE SIMPSON’S heart sank like a stone when he heard Jock Stein was about to take over as manager of Celtic...

Celtic Quick News · Jun 19, 2016
Celtic Quick News · Mar 1, 2017

LISBON, THE FINAL WHISTLE…”Hey Ronnie Simpson, son! Who are we? Who are we Ronnie? We are the greatest son, that is who we are! We are the greatest!” Bertie Auld

WHEN the Internationally respected Four Four Two Magazine ran a feature entitled “FFT’s Greatest Club Sides Ever” in which they assessed the merits of the great footballing club sides of the past and attempted the virtually impossible task of comparing them to one another, CQN’s very own BRTH wasn’t very happy...

Celtic Quick News · Mar 1, 2017
Celtic Quick News · Mar 1, 2017

LISBON, THE FINAL WHISTLE…”Hey Ronnie Simpson, son! Who are we? Who are we Ronnie? We are the greatest son, that is who we are! We are the greatest!” Bertie Auld

WHEN the Internationally respected Four Four Two Magazine ran a feature entitled “FFT’s Greatest Club Sides Ever” in which they assessed the merits of the great footballing club sides of the past and attempted the virtually impossible task of comparing them to one another, CQN’s very own BRTH wasn’t very happy...

Celtic Quick News · Mar 1, 2017
Celtic Quick News · Mar 1, 2017

LISBON, THE FINAL WHISTLE…”Hey Ronnie Simpson, son! Who are we? Who are we Ronnie? We are the greatest son, that is who we are! We are the greatest!” Bertie Auld

WHEN the Internationally respected Four Four Two Magazine ran a feature entitled “FFT’s Greatest Club Sides Ever” in which they assessed the merits of the great footballing club sides of the past and attempted the virtually impossible task of comparing them to one another, CQN’s very own BRTH wasn’t very happy...

Celtic Quick News · Mar 1, 2017
Celtic Underground · Nov 14, 2015

His Greatest Game – Ronnie Simpson – 1968 Rangers 0-2 Celtic

The opening game of the 1968-69 season saw Celtic travel to Ibrox for a League Cup sectional match on a warm summer’s afternoon...

Celtic Underground · Nov 14, 2015
Celtic FC · Oct 11, 2015

Ronnie Simpson the last Lion of defence

Continue reading “Ronnie Simpson the last Lion of defence” on Celtic FC.

Celtic FC · Oct 11, 2015

Indian Summers – Ronnie Simpson

When Ronnie Simpson arrived at Easter Road one morning in October 1964 he had no idea what awaited him and how it would change his life.

Celtic Quick News · Dec 19, 2016

“I Was Crying, I Couldn’t Stop Myself,” Simpson

RONNIE SIMPSON put it like this. ‘I was crying. I couldn’t stop myself...

Celtic Quick News · Dec 19, 2016
Not The View · Jul 28, 2016

The Lion of Lisbon Who Came of Age in London

Among the many achievements of Lisbon Lion Ronnie Simpson was representing Great Britain at the 1948 Olympic Games in London...

Not The View · Jul 28, 2016
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