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.

External links

Tommy Gemmell in the news

Read all the latest Celtic FC news mentioning Tommy Gemmell.

Gemmell to Be Honoured by Statue

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

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

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 27
The Celtic Star · Oct 22

‘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...

The Celtic Star · Oct 22

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.

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 · Nov 13

Tommy Gemmell to be Honoured with Statue

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

The Celtic Star · Nov 13
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
Load More That's All Folks!
View the latest Celtic FC news
or browse the Celtic FC news archive