Willie Fernie

Celtic hero Willie Fernie was born in Kinglassie (Scotland) on 22 November 1928, and passed away on 1 July 2011, aged 82.

Fernie, who was born in Kinglassie, Fife, joined Celtic from his local Kinglassie Hearts side in 1948. He had to wait until March 1950, however, to make his first team debut. Fernie became a regular first team player in 1952–53, and set up both of the Celtic goals in their 2–0 win against Hibs in the Coronation Cup Final.

A renowned dribbler, he also displayed a remarkable versatility which saw the club deploy him as a right half, inside forward and outside left as the need arose. He was part of Celtic’s 1953–54 Double-winning team and also collected two League Cup winners medals, in 1956 and 1957. In the 1957 Scottish League Cup Final, Fernie played in the deeper position of right half, influencing the play and scoring the last Celtic goal as they defeated rivals Rangers 7–1.

Fernie’s efforts in Celtic’s double-winning side earned him promotion to the full Scotland team, having previously represented the B team and the Scottish League. He made his debut against Finland and was selected in the squad for the 1954 FIFA World Cup. He played in both matches in Switzerland, but Scotland suffered a 7–0 defeat by Uruguay. Despite this infamous defeat, Fernie remained part of the national team and in October 1956 he scored his only Scotland goal, against Wales. and was selected for the 1958 World Cup. He played only one match in the tournament, a 3–2 defeat by Paraguay, which proved to be his final appearance for Scotland.

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The Celtic Star · Feb 22

The Valencia File – Celtic’s European Adventure Begins

Those of us who saw Willie Fernie play saw a Genius

The Celt · Jan 7

E.A.MacBride’s Celtic Diaries [Jan-May 1955]

The Celt · Jan 6

E.A.MacBride’s Celtic Diaries [Aug-Dec 1954]

The Celt · Dec 28, 2020

Eugene MacBride’s Celtic Diaries [ Aug-Dec 1953]

The Celtic Star · Sep 26, 2020

Celtic’s remarkable European Adventure began 58 Years Ago tonight in Valencia

The Celtic Star · Sep 10, 2020

Celtic on the Road to Hampden but it’s Jock Stein’s Dunfermline who lift the Scottish Cup

The Celt · Aug 14, 2020

The stats of 1950/51

The Celtic Star · Jun 21, 2020

‘Those of us who saw Willie Fernie play for Celtic saw a genius,’ David Potter

The Celt · Jun 20, 2020

Willie Fernie ; Fife’s Greatest Footballer

ACSOM · May 1, 2020

Tom Campbell with A Celtic State of Mind – Those legends I have met: Jimmy Quinn, Willie Fernie, Bobby Evans, Billy McNeill…

Celtic FC · Jun 18, 2019

On This day in history: Willie Fernie returns as coach

The Celtic Star · Jan 17, 2019

The Valencia file (Part 1) – Celtic’s European adventure begins

The Celtic Star · Jun 18, 2018

On this day in 1967, Willie Fernie returned to Celtic Park

· May 10, 2017

Tom Campbell’s unique exhibition celebrates the history of Celtic in art

ARCSC · May 3, 2016


Celtic Quick News · May 3, 2016

Willie Fernie, Bobby Murdoch, Jock Stein, Referees…Charlie Gallagher Q&A Highlights

Celtic Underground · Mar 28, 2015

Celtic Underground Podcast No242 – My Celtic Life: Charlie Gallagher

Jim Craig CSC · Sep 28, 2011

Willie Fernie in the early 70’s alongside someone involved in the redevlopment of the South Stand.

· Jul 2, 2011

Celtic hero Fernie dies at the age of 82

· Jul 2, 2011

Scottish football mourns the death of Willie Fernie, 82, a Celtic legend

Daily Record · Jul 1, 2011

Billy McNeil pays tribute to ‘inspirational’ Celtic forward Willie Fernie who died, aged 82

· Jul 1, 2011

Celtic hero Willie Fernie passes away

· Jul 1, 2011

Willie Fernie dies aged 82

· Jul 1, 2011

Celtic great Willie Fernie passed away

Goal.com · Mar 19, 2011

Scottish League Cup Preview: Celtic – Rangers

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