Willie Wallace

Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero Willie Wallace was born in Kirkintilloch on 23 June 1940 (age 79).

Willie Wallace · Photo: Wikimedia

Willie Wallace joined Celtic in 1966 from Hearts for £30,000. Within 6 months he was to attain Scottish footballing immortality, as one of the Lisbon Lions, the famous Celtic team who won the European Cup in 1967. He also won the league championship in each season he was at the club, the Scottish Cup in 1967, 1969 and 1971 and the League Cup in 1968 and 1969 during an era widely considered the greatest in the club’s history. In total, he scored 135 goals in 234 games. The only blemish was a disappointing 2–1 defeat to Feyenoord in the 1970 European Cup final.

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The Celtic Star · Dec 6, 2019

‘Sitting in the dressing room, there was an air of calm and confidence,’ Willie Wallace on Lisbon

WILLIE WALLACE signed for Celtic from Hearts on this day in 1966 and while no-one knew it at the time, Jock Stein had just completed the final piece in the jigsaw that would take his team all the way to the glory of winning the European Cup in Lisbon just under six months later...

The Celtic Star · Oct 24, 2019

Celtic 2 Lazio 1 – Déjà-Vu all over again for Willie Wallace

WILLIE WALLACE has seen it all before. He looked the most relaxed man inside Celtic Park when he appeared to help in the Paradise Windfall draw.

The Celtic Star · Aug 5, 2019

‘It was simply superb, scintillating stuff,’ The Celtic team of 1969 was Something Special

IN SUMMER 1968 Celtic found themselves drawn with Rangers for the second year in a row in the League Cup...

The Celtic Star · May 15, 2019

‘I will take winning the League over losing a game to Rangers,’ Lisbon Lion’s Perfect Put Down

WILLIE WALLACE has let us know that he is now safely back home in Australia after the saddest of journeys back home to attend the funeral of his two great friends and fellow Lisbon Lions Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers...

The Celtic Star · May 3, 2019

Listen to Archie Macpherson’s Lisbon Lion interview with Clark, Craig, Lennox, Auld and Wallace

DO yourself a favour and listen to this. Archie Macpherson in conversation last night with John Clark, Bobby Lennox, Bertie Auld, Jim Craig and having just arrived in Scotland from his home Australia, Willie Wallace...

The Celtic Star · Apr 30, 2019

Happy 76th Birthday to Lisbon Lion Jim Craig

BIRTHDAY wishes go out this morning to Lisbon Lion Jim Craig who is 76 today.

The Celtic Star · Apr 28, 2019

‘A fantastic day for Billy and for the Club,’ Willie Wallace

WILLIE WALLACE might not have been at Celtic Park yesterday with the other Lions who gathered to pay their respects to Cesar but he was watching at his home in Gold Coast and was moved by the wonderful tribute that the day was for his friend and Captain, Billy McNeill...

The Celtic Star · Apr 26, 2019

‘It was an honour playing in the team with Billy as captain,’ Willie Wallace

WILLIE WALLACE has paid an emotional tribute to his “great friend” Billy McNeill...

The Celtic Star · Apr 12, 2019

The Celtic Star Editor talking to Lisbon Lion, Willie Wallace

WILLIE WALLACE made his European debut for Celtic 52 years ago tonight and certainly made his mark by scoring two fabulous second half goals that would ultimately propel Celtic onto glory in Lisbon.

The Celtic Star · Apr 12, 2019

‘Dukla were a very fine side but Willie Wallace made the difference,’ Archie Macpherson

When I went to Celtic Park for the first-leg of that European Cup semi-final on 12 April 1967 it was for a radio commentary, with George Davidson my colleague on the television platform...

The Celtic Star · Apr 5, 2019

50 Years Ago today, ‘Celtic’s best performance in the Jock Stein era’ David Potter

In summer 1968 Celtic found themselves drawn with Rangers for the second year in a row in the League Cup...

History Bhoys Abroad · Mar 15, 2019

History Bhoys Abroad – 52 – Willie Wallace

On this episode of the History Bhoys Abroad we zip back to the 60’s for a player that made a remarkable impact at Celtic during our most fruitful time.

Jim Craig's Football50 · Mar 5, 2019

5th March 1969: Celtic v Arbroath – League

3rd March 1969 There was an eye-catching headline in one of the morning dailies – Stein Fixed Cup Saints Before Match This was a reference to Jock Stein’s late tactical switch which was only announced just before the start of the match, with Bobby Lennox at outside-right, Willie Wallace at centre-forward and John Hughes...

The Celtic Star · Feb 20, 2019

The Valencia file (Part 9) – In the heat of Lisbon, the pupils become the masters

Four days after the victory in Prague, Celtic took another huge step towards an unique, historic season, defeating Aberdeen at Hampden, in the Scottish Cup Final, in front of 126,000 fans.

The Celtic Star · Feb 17, 2019

Celtic on This Day – Fifers run out of fight, Harry Hood bursts the net

WILLIE WALLACE had given Celtic the lead just before half-time in the Scottish Cup tie with Dunfermline on Saturday 13 February but a goal from ex-Celt Joe McBride meant that the sides would have to do it all again at East End Park on this day in 1971...

The Celtic Star · Dec 27, 2018

Jim Craig’s Festive Moments – Willie Wallace’s 100th goal for Celtic

On this day in 1969, Celtic were sitting at the top of the table, two points ahead of Hibs.

The Celtic Star · Dec 12, 2018

Celtic v Salzburg: ‘A full house roaring us on for the win,’ Celtic Star

LEIGH GRIFFITHS with his late winning goal against Rosenborg which kick-started Celtic’s faltering European campaign this season, jumped to joint fifth spot in the club’s all-time European goal-scorers list...

The Celtic Star · Nov 27, 2018

Celtic’s League Cup Wins, No.6: Simply superb, scintillating stuff from Celtic

In summer 1968 Celtic found themselves drawn with Rangers for the second year in a row in the League Cup...

The Celtic Star · Nov 25, 2018

Jim Craig – Tam Gemmell and Willie Wallace scored to give Celtic the points

The autumn of 1967 had been a bit of the good and the bad for Celtic Football Club.

VideoCelts · Nov 17, 2018

Australian fans honour four Celtic and 449 goals

From Lisbon to Seville, through the 9-in-a-row days and the 4-2 match the greatest days in the last 50 years will be recalled in the company of Willie Wallace, Dixie Deans, Murdo MacLeod and John Hartson...

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