Celtic's "Year of Triumph" - the Lisbon Lions & 1967


We did it by playing football. Pure, beautiful, inventive football. - Jock Stein, Lisbon, 1967.



25 May 1967.... Lisbon

On the 25 May 1967 at 7.15 pm in Lisbon's National Stadium, Glasgow Celtic defeated the famous Internazionale Milan 2-1 in the final of the European Champions Cup.

In doing so they became the first British club to win the championship and they did so with an all-out attacking style which at the time changed the face of of European football (in stark contrast to the Italian's beloved and ultra-defensive "catenaccio-system"). In addition, they accomplished all this with a team composed soley of Scottish nationals - a feat that will probably never again be repeated.

In season 1966/67, Celtic won every competition that they entered. As a small tribute I have scanned in a "Weekly News" Special which was published in 1967 to commemerate Celtic's "Year of Triumph". Since the magazine is now almost 30 years old I presume there are no copyright restrictions. I thank my dad for keeping this safe for 2 decades before I inherited it.

The set of ".gif" files are presented below (higher quality Postscript files are available for printing purposes - on request). These should not be used for commerical purposes.

I have also collected together a set of on-line videos and audio casts that relate to the Lisbon Lions (click and enjoy):

Celtic Gladiators

Best Day of Our Lives

Celtic v Inter Milan - Pathe News (this will take a few minutes to download...)

Celtic bring the big cup back to Parkhead, Glasgow (this will take a few minutes to download...)

Celtic - Walk on

BBC Radio Scotland Lisbon Lions interviews (MP3 podcast)


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Year of Triumph - 3 decades on....

I'm trying to collect peoples thoughts about the Lisbon Lions three decades on. If you have any recollections please send me an e-mail.

Stadio Du Nacional, Tuesday 15th May 2001. An account by Ian Latta and Andy Quigley on a fateful trip to Stadio Du Nacional. Here is the text that accompanies the photos.

Stadio Du Nacional, Tuesday 15th May 2001. An account by Ian Latta and Andy Quigley on a fateful trip to Stadio Du Nacional. Here is the text that accompanies the photos.

Stadio Du Nacional, September 2006. The original Lisbon Lions and many Celtic fans visit the old stadium - just before the European Champions match against Benfica.

Stadio Du Nacional, July 2004 . Photos taken during Brian Morrison's recent visit. Higher resolution images are available in PDF format.

Many Celtic fans go on pilgrimage to the stadium. Here are some brief directions to the stadium. If you have a better description please mail me with the details. Here is a map (click on it for a larger version) to help:

A collection of other e-mail responses w.r.t this site and the Lisbon Lions.

My daughter, Jasmin Garrett, playing in the green & white hoops of v.v. de Weide (NL):

A night with the Lisbon Lions


Other Lisbon Lion links include:

  • Celtic Programmes On-line (Lisbon Lions Page)

  • The Jock Stein Era 1965-78 (my favourite)

  • Manhattan # 1 C.S.C - check out their Lisbon Lion pages.

  • Glasgow Celtic European Cup Winners

  • The Lisbon Lions' Official website

  • The Lisbon Lions - a Norwegian site

  • The Lisbon Lions song.

  • Rochester NY CSC page

  • Willie Carson's Celtic Albums (including a Lisbon Lions section).


    "There is not a prouder man on God's Earth than me at this moment. Winning was important, aye, but it was the way that we have won that has filled me with satisfaction. We did it by playing football. Pure, beautiful, inventive football. There was not a negative thought in our heads. Inter played right into our hands; it's so sad to see such gifted players shackled by a system that restricts their freedom to think and to act. Our fans would never accept that sort of sterile approach. Our objective is always to try to win with style."

    - Jock Stein, 1967.


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