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L Day -2: 23rd May 1967

 It was a fairly excited group of players who met at Celtic Park before boarding the bus to take us to the airport for the trip to Portugal. There were 20 in the playing squad;

Simpson, Fallon, Craig, Gemmell, O’Neill, Murdoch, McNeill, Clark, Gallagher, Auld, Johnstone, Wallace, Chalmers, Hughes, Lennox, Cushley, McBride, Young, Brogan and Cattenach. Read More →


L Day -4: 21st May 1967

I got up early on the Sunday morning and went for a walk round the local park, as it was a beautiful day and I had learned that my body works better if I keep it exercising. There were few people about and I thoroughly enjoyed the peace and quiet. Read More →


L Day -5: 20th May 1967

Estadio Nacional and Inter await us in 5 days

There was one final workout at the Inverclyde Centre, a light lunch back at the Hydro then it was back up the road to Celtic Park to pick up the cars before heading home. Read More →


L Day -6: 19th May 1967

Last day at Seamill, so we set out to enjoy it. The routine was similar to yesterday, breakfast, chat among ourselves, training, lunch, a quick few holes on the golf course, back in to the swimming pool, baths and showers then changed into ‘proper’ clothes for dinner. Read More →


L Day -7: 18th May 1967


Another trip to the Inverclyde Physical Training Centre in the morning, where we put in a good stint, concentrating on moves down the flanks and then balls into the middle for the strikers. Very much, in fact, like the move which would lead to the second goal in Lisbon.

Variations from corners were also on the cards and then some shooting practice. All in all, it was quite hard work but we were in a nice setting and the weather was fine so we had no complaints. Read More →


L Day -8: 17th May 1967

The Boss: ‘This is it!’

When the press had been writing about the fact that players would be going down to Seamill before the European Cup final, the articles almost it seem that a holiday camp atmosphere would be the norm. Nothing could have been further from the truth, as the Boss pointed out to the assembled journalists just before we boarded a bus to take us from the Hydro to the Inverclyde Recreational Centre at Largs; Read More →


15th May 1967: Celtic v Kilmarnock – League

8th May

On the Monday after the Rangers match, the press was quite unanimous in their reporting of Celtic’s season thus far;

Celtic’s silver season

‘Celtic are the kings of Scottish football today – and on 25th May, when they met Inter Milan in Lisbon, they may well be the emperors of Europe too.

At Ibrox Stadium on Saturday , 76,000 fans, soaked to the skin but half of them deliriously happy, were witnesses of the most historic occasion in Scottish football.

They saw Celtic win the League Championship and complete a season the like of which has never been seen before – and cannot possibly be bettered in the future.

Guided, cajoled, encouraged, inspired and sometimes bullied by Jock Stein and his backroom staff at Parkhead, CELTIC HAVE WON EVERY TOURNEMENT THERE IS TO WIN IN SCOTLAND THIS SEASON’


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6th May 1967 Rangers v Celtic League


4th May

A headline in one of the dailies after the loss to Dundee United summed up the situation precisely and succinctly;

Vital  Points Surrendered by Celtic

And that summed up the feeling running through players, management, directors and fans; the loss to the Tangerines was a real blow to the guts.

In another paper, though, the result was considered from another aspect;

A Kiss of Life For The League Race

As you can probably realize, the atmosphere in the dressing-room the following morning was low. Nobody felt like talking and we just got ready for training as quickly as possible, instead of taking time while we chatted, as was the norm. Read More →


3rd May 1967: Celtic v Dundee United League

Following the Scottish Cup Final

We did not come into training on the Sunday morning, as the Boss had just been winding us up about the Dundee United match. We only found this out on the trip back to Celtic Park from Hampden after the final, which was something special. The streets from the National Stadium to Celtic Park were lined with fans and they gave us a wonderful reception. Then when we arrived at Parkhead, the noise level increased and we almost took a bow on the front step as we made our way inside. Read More →