Tommy Gemmell

Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero Tommy Gemmell was born in Motherwell, Scotland on 16 October 1943. Died 2 March 2017, aged 73

In October 1961, Gemmell joined Celtic from Coltness United. He was one of the ‘Lisbon Lions’ who won the 1967 European Cup Final, in which Gemmell scored a spectacular equalising goal. Ironically, Gemmell should not have been in position to score the goal, as he had ignored team orders for one full-back to stay in defence at all times. He also scored in the 1970 European Cup Final against Feyenoord and is currently one of only two British footballers to score in two different European Cup Finals, the other being Phil Neal of Liverpool. He made 418 appearances for Celtic and scored 64 goals. This total comprised 247 league (37 goals), 43 cup (5 goals), 74 league cup (10 goals) and 54 European (12 goals) appearances. His record for penalties was 34 goals from 37 attempts. In his book, Lion Heart, Gemmell revealed that during his time at Celtic he was on the receiving end of sectarian abuse from fellow Celtic players. Gemmell stated that he and team-mate Ian Young had been the target of colleagues who had wanted an all-Catholic team.

Tommy Gemmell passed away on 2 March 2017 after a long illness.

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Tommy Gemmell: the Start of Something Good

CELTIC legend Tommy Gemmell made his Hoops debut exactly FIFTY-SEVEN YEARS ago when he was introduced at left-back for a First Division game against Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

Celtic Quick News · Dec 26, 2019

Ex-Hoops Skipper Passes Away

FORMER Celtic defender Dunky MacKay has passed away at the age of 82.

The Celtic Star · Nov 13, 2019

Tommy Gemmell to be Honoured with Statue

Lisbon Lion Tommy Gemmell is to be honoured with a statue in his hometown of Craigneuk.

Celtic Quick News · Nov 13, 2019

Gemmell to Be Honoured by Statue

LISBON Lion Tommy Gemmell is to have a statue erected in his honour in Craigneuk.

The Celtic Star · Nov 4, 2019

The Battle of Montevideo: Tommy Gemmell, ‘A South American Liberty’

CELTIC legend Tommy Gemmell wrote his first book, The Big Shot, when he was at the height of his career as a professional footballer.

The Celtic Star · Oct 27, 2019

Tommy Gemmell’s Debut, Aberdeen 1 Celtic 5 – ‘Shall My Soul Pass Through Old Ireland?’

As we set off for the North East this morning (or at least a few of us do while the rest settle down to BT Sport) my mind goes back to my strangest visit to Pittodrie.

The Celtic Star · Oct 22, 2019

‘Broony, he’s Nails!’ The Celtic Star’s Fan of the Week is Back!

The Celtic Star’s Fan of the Week is back and first up is Gerry F from the Tommy Gemmell CSC in Dunblane...

Celtic Underground · Aug 17, 2019

Sound Thrashings 1978 Celtic 7-1 Dundee

Tommy Gemmell was already a football legend when he brought his Dundee team to Celtic Park for a Scottish Cup tie in February 1978.

67HailHail · Aug 9, 2019

Former Celtic boss believes that £25 million man is as good as legendary Lisbon Lion

Former Celtic boss Davie Hay has some extremely high praise for Kieran Tierney.

The Celtic Star · Aug 9, 2019

Celtic Ambassador rates Tierney as good as Gemmell and McGrain

DAVIE HAY played with Lisbon Lion Tommy Gemmell and one-club legend Danny McGrain and the former Celtic manager has no hesitation in ranking Kieran Tierney alongside these Celtic greats as being among the greatest full-backs Celtic has ever produced.

The Celtic Star · Jul 19, 2019

Why Celtic must bring Tommy Gemmell’s Boots Back to Paradise

TOMMY GEMMELL is a Celtic legend for many reasons. So many you could write a trilogy on the great man’s achievements...

Celtic Quick News · May 21, 2019

Legend Insists on Hoops Clear-Out

LISBON LION Jim Craig insists Celtic need a massive player clear-out in the summer.

Celtic Quick News · May 15, 2019

Bobby Murdoch Tributes: What the Lions Said

BOBBY MURDOCH passed away on this date 18 years ago at the all-too-young age of 56.

The Celtic Star · Mar 2, 2019

Tommy Gemmell’s last night out with the Celtic supporters

THE TOMMY GEMMELL CSC DUNBLANE celebrated its 20th Anniversary in April 2016 in at the Stirling Rugby Club.

Celtic Quick News · Mar 2, 2019

Tommy Gemmell Remembered: Tg, Jimmy Johnstone and Rod Stewart

CELTIC legend Jimmy Johnstone was one of Tommy Gemmell’s best mates, on and off the pitch.

Celtic Quick News · Mar 2, 2019

Tommy Gemmell Remembered: Legend’s Haul of Fame

TOMMY GEMMELL won 15 medals in a spectacular silverware sweep during a glittering career.

Celtic Quick News · Mar 2, 2019

Tommy Gemmell Remembered: ‘Eff Off, Jock!’

LISBON LION Tommy Gemmell passed away two years ago today at the age of 73.

The Celtic Star · Feb 10, 2019

Jim Craig – Dundee’s captain Tommy Gemmell, got a great reception from The Celtic support

At the beginning of February 1974, Celtic were top of the table, some ten points ahead of Rangers and heading for their 9th consecutive League title.

Celtic Quick News · Jan 5, 2019

Tommy Gemmell: the Start of Something Good

CELTIC legend Tommy Gemmell made his Hoops debut exactly FIFTY-SIX YEARS ago when he was introduced at left-back for a First Division game against Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

Celtic FC · Jan 5, 2019

Tommy Gemmell kicked off impressive Celtic career with debut win

TODAY, January 5, is the 56th anniversary of Tommy Gemmell’s Celtic debut, which came in a 5-1 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie at the age of 19...

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