Ronnie Simpson

Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero Ronnie Simpson was born in Glasgow on 11 October 1930, and passed away on 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 · Oct 11

It’s Faither’s Day – Lisbon Lion Ronnie Simpson was born on this day in 1930

PETER LATCHFORD: GREAT UNCAPPED CELTS (Part Eleven)

The Celt · May 8

E.A.MacBride’s records [january-august 1936]

The Incredible Story of Ronnie Simpson

The Spirit of 67: the Remarkable Ronnie Simpson

The Celtic Star · Apr 19

Remembering Ronnie Simpson, Celtic’s greatest ever goalkeeper

That Season in Paradise: May: Ronnie Simpson: ‘the Players Weren’t in the Least Bit Worried About Inter Milan’

The Celtic Star · Oct 23, 2019

‘Parkhead erupted as it had never done so before,’ David Potter’s 7 Magnificently Random Celtic Stories

The Celtic Star · Oct 11, 2019

Today is Faither’s Day! Ronnie Simpson, Celtic’s European Cup winning goalkeeper

The Celtic Star · Jun 3, 2019

Ronnie Simpson, Celtic’s greatest ever goalkeeper

Celtic Quick News · May 28, 2019

The Spirit of 67: the Remarkable Ronnie Simpson

Celtic Underground · May 8, 2019

Stevie Chalmers Tribute

The Celtic Star · Apr 19, 2019

We lost Faither – Ronnie Simpson, Celtic’s greatest ever goalkeeper, 15 years ago today

The Celtic Star · Nov 18, 2018

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

Jim Craig's Football50 · Nov 13, 2018

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

A Celtic State of Mind · Oct 30, 2018

Willie Wallace with A Celtic State of Mind

The Celtic Star · Oct 23, 2018

‘John Hughes who made the difference,’ Jim Craig

The Celtic Star · Oct 23, 2018

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

The Celtic Star · Oct 13, 2018

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

Jim Craig's Football50 · Oct 2, 2018

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

Celtic Underground · Sep 22, 2018

Indian Summers – Ronnie Simpson

Celtic Quick News · Jul 7, 2018

Celtic: the Awakening: Silver Service – Again

The Celtic Star · Jun 18, 2018

Faither – Ronnie Simpson, Celtic’s greatest ever goalkeeper

Celtic Quick News · Jun 8, 2018

JOHN FALLON: GREAT UNCAPPED CELTS (Part Five)

The Celtic Star · May 7, 2018

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

Daily Record · May 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

Celtic Quick News · Dec 19, 2016

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

Not The View · Jul 28, 2016

The Lion of Lisbon Who Came of Age in London

Celtic Quick News · Jun 19, 2016

Faither’s Day

Celtic Underground · Nov 14, 2015

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

Celtic FC · Oct 11, 2015

Ronnie Simpson the last Lion of defence

· Jun 3, 2015

THE REMARKABLE RONNIE SIMPSON – (Part 2)

· Jun 3, 2015

THE REMARKABLE RONNIE SIMPSON (Part 1)

The Celtic Blog · Feb 8, 2013

Slow And Steady Wins The Race

ESPN Soccernet · Jan 15, 2013

Fraser Forster: You shall not pass!

Jim Craig CSC · May 4, 2012

If You Know The History: 5th May 1967 ​Ronnie Simpson elected Player of the Year

Jim Craig CSC · Dec 1, 2011

This day in Celtic history by Jim Craig: Evan Williams

Jim Craig CSC · Oct 31, 2011

If You Know The History – 1st November 1967 Racing Club 2 Celtic 1

Jim Craig CSC · Oct 13, 2011

This day in Celtic history: 14th October 1969

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