Tommy Gemmell

Read all the news about Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero Tommy Gemmell. 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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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.

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

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...

The Celtic Star · Jul 19

Legend Insists on Hoops Clear-Out

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

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.

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.

Tommy Gemmell Remembered: Legend’s Haul of Fame

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

The Celtic Star · Feb 10

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.

The Celtic Star · Feb 10

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

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...

Celtic FC · Jan 5
The Celtic Star · Dec 15, 2018

Jim Craig – Dundee Captain Tommy Gemmell looked rather embarrassed

Due to the State of Emergency being in force, the League Cup final between Celtic and Dundee only attracted a crowd of just over 27,000 and kicked off at 1.30pm on this day in 1973...

The Celtic Star · Dec 15, 2018
The Celtic Star · Dec 2, 2018

Special, special times to be a Celtic supporter, enjoy every minute of it

We had what is becoming our usual Cup Final arrangements today when our bus parked up at the Ivory at Shawlands Cross, which is of course right in the middle of the Aberdeen ‘Beach’ End...

The Celtic Star · Dec 2, 2018
The Celtic Star · Oct 16, 2018

Jim Craig – Two of the greatest ever Celtic stars, Jimmy McGrory and Tommy Gemmell

By season 1937/38, the pressures of being the main man in the Celtic forward line were beginning to take their toll on Jimmy McGrory.

The Celtic Star · Oct 16, 2018
Celtic Quick News · Oct 5, 2018

‘Big Jock Didn’t Want Me to Play for Scotland,’ Lisbon Lion

CELTIC’S legendary manager Jock Stein was born on this day in Burnbank, south Lanarkshire, in 1922.

Celtic Quick News · Oct 5, 2018
The Celtic Star · Nov 11, 2018

TG: ‘My goal in the European Cup Final? Which one?’ Menga: ‘My head-butt on Ryan Christie? Which one?’

TOMMY GEMMELL used to answer when a supporter would inevitably ask him about that goal he scored in the European Cup Final, by saying “which one?

The Celtic Star · Nov 11, 2018
Jim Craig's Football50 · Nov 25, 2018

23rd November 1968: Partick Thistle v Celtic – League

18th November 1968 The guys who had played against Raith Rovers on the Saturday were given the day off.

Jim Craig's Football50 · Nov 25, 2018
Celtic Quick News · Sep 2, 2018

Exclusive! Part Two: ‘My O** F*** Memories,’ by Bertie Auld

THE fans up in the stands or on the terracings who roar their heads off and those who spit bile and venom from start to finish at O** F*** games would never believe it, but there were moments of levity among the swinging boots in these torrid encounters...

Celtic Quick News · Sep 2, 2018
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