CELTIC PARK was bathed in kaleidoscopic splendour as sunshine gaily bounced around the famous old ground on the Saturday afternoon of August 6 1966. At precisely three o’clock, the pre-match frenetic atmosphere generated by sixty thousand eager supporters was punctured by a shrill from referee Bill Anderson’s whistle which set in motion the most epic season in the history of Celtic Football Club.
Those in attendance that day could never in their wildest dreams have imagined how the following ten months would develop; how a glorious jigsaw would come together with such extraordinary perfection.
The sheer preposterousness of Celtic winning the most glittering prize European football had to offer would not have been entertained or the ludicruous thought voiced by anyone with a double digit IQ.
Manchester United, the most glamorous of all English teams, provided the opposition and on show were three of the most flamboyant performers to grace the beautiful game. There was strutting, stylish Scotsman Denis Law, the aptly-named George Best, a rare combination of Irish guile and grit, and the dashing, debonair Bobby Charlton, winner of a World Cup medal with England only the previous week.
And so begins Alex Gordon’s ‘That Season In Paradise’, the latest Celtic book from CQN. The entire historic 1966/67 campaign is highlighted in glorious detail, every game scrutinised as Jock Stein’s unforgettable team conquered Europe and won every domestic honour, the League Championship, the Scottish Cup, the League Cup and the Glasgow Cup.
It kicked off with a 4-1 thumping of Manchester United and the curtain was brought down on ten months of Celtic heaven with a 1-0 victory over Real Madrid in the Spanish capital. It was a breathtaking rollercoaster ride towards football’s Hall of Fame.
‘That Season In Paradise’ is available to order now at CQNbookstore.com and will be on sale at the Celtic superstore before this afternoon’s Premiership encounter against Kilmarnock. Don’t miss out on the legend and relive the glory!
This is a very special Celtic book about the most special of Celtic seasons.