Willie Fernie

Celtic hero Willie Fernie was born in Kinglassie (Scotland) on 22 November 1928. Died 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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Celtic FC · Jun 18, 2019

On This day in history: Willie Fernie returns as coach

IT was on this day in history 52 years ago, June 18, 1967 that Willie Fernie returned to the club where has had his greatest days...

The Celtic Star · Jan 17, 2019

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

The close-season of 1962 provided some much-needed hope and promise for the long-suffering supporters of Celtic...

The Celtic Star · Jun 18, 2018

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

Willie Fernie had an excellent playing career at Celtic Park...

ARCSC · May 3, 2016


CHARLIE GALLAGHER was invited on to Celtic Quick News on Monday evening to answer questions from Celtic supporters...

Celtic Quick News · May 3, 2016

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

CHARLIE GALLAGHER was invited on to Celtic Quick News on Monday evening to answer questions from Celtic supporters...

Celtic Underground · Mar 28, 2015

Celtic Underground Podcast No242 – My Celtic Life: Charlie Gallagher

With it being an international week our listeners will be thirsty for Celtic content and this week St Anthony returns with another My Celtic Life.

Jim Craig CSC · Sep 28, 2011

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

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Daily Record · Jul 1, 2011

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

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Goal.com · Mar 19, 2011

Scottish League Cup Preview: Celtic – Rangers

Celtic destroyed the Ibrox side in the first O** F*** League Cup final meeting, when a hat-trick of headers by Billy McPhail, a double from Neil Mochan and goals from Sammy Wilson and Willie Fernie secured a 7-1 win for the Bhoys during the 1957-58 season...

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