A film defining the Greatest Time, CQN brings the Lisbon Lions to Greenock


The screen opens on 26th May, 1967.  Scenes from early evening on Kerrydale Street as crowds gather.  Then to the tarmac at Abbotsinch Airport.  First Sir Robert Kelly and Jock Stein walk off the aeroplane steps, then a group of men, all you see of them are their team blazers, as they carry a large box.  Someone within range of the microphone utters in a dulcet Glasgow tone, “That’s the cup in that box”.

Contemporary commentary then begins, “The bus begins its trip from the airport to Celtic Park”.

That’s the first 11 seconds of an hour long programme but the viewer is already captivated.  Later we return to now-familiar images from the day The Trophy came to these shores for the very first time, and to the proceeding day, in Lisbon and in Glasgow.

CQN’ers you have read for many years are soon on screen sharing the most important memories of a lifetime.  You’re told by the narrator, “As boys, these players beat impoverishment, illness and intolerance”.  We hear from some Lions, and Lions’ wives.  Their tone is occasionally celebratory, but more often it is deeply personal.  It’s often what they’ve hidden, in that peculiarly Scottish manner, all their lives.

Be clear: the Lions’ contribution to Glasgow 1967: The Lisbon Lions, which transmits across the UK tomorrow (24th) on BBC1 (at 9pm in Scotland, 10:45pm rest of UK), was brilliant.  Bobby Lennox, Jim Craig, Willie Wallace, John Clark and Bertie Auld took us back in their own words, sometimes to childhood.  Collecting his Higher Degree for Understatement, Willie Wallace said, “I was lucky enough to score a couple of goals”.  Kathleen Murdoch affirmed that most of us knew her husband Bobby was a great player, adding, “He was also a good man”.  The word “good”, was invested with gravitas.  Having watched plenty of Lions-related footage I didn’t expect to be brought this close, this personal, to the people involved.

Bobby Lennox in Saltcoats

If you have an ounce of spare hydration in you, you’ll shed a tear.  Lions did, on camera.  You will also smile, laugh and have endorphins rush through your body.  The film is all for you, until the final few minutes, when we cut to “In the heat of Lisbon”, chanting through Celtic Park in 2017, with the light display on the 67th minute.

Narration stops for this, almost as though it demands viewers measure the impact of Lisbon for themselves.  If ever a film evangelised a football movement, this is it.

Watch it, but not after the event.  Do so before the Great Anniversary on Thursday.  Context for what we are about to celebrate is difficult to grasp.  This film will help us all correctly define its importance.

CQN presents Lisbon Lions and wives, Greenock Celtic Supporters’ Club, Friday 26 May 2017

The Lions were paraded on a coal lorry when they reached Celtic Park on 26 May 1967.  We have a coal lorry, we have the Lions. This will be an incredible event.  There’s also a live band.

Admission by ticket only, get yours here.  They will be posted until tomorrow or collected at the door thereafter.



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  1. A Stor Mha Chroi on





    Their ‘now’ caliphate is all but dust and all the dollars they tried to grab for themselves (in some cases with justification) are once again flowing west, and their medieval doctrine (imo (non-religious but based on simple human rights)) that underpinned the legitimacy of their perception of governance has been proved most unpopular with the majority of their kin.

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    A Stor Mha Chroi on 23rd May 2017 12:18 pm



    Agreed; but, very sadly, they have pretty much brainwashed (or terrorized) a significant number of young men and women who are still willing to die for their cause.



    That may yet prove to be the greatest tragedy!





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    We are back to live tweets from James Doleman. Donald Findlay is making Mclean (a lawyer) look a complete fool at the moment!



    McLean says if a mistake is made it may be possible to withdraw from a contract



    DF “Surely your job as a lawyer is to make sure there aren’t any mistakes?



    Findlay: a contract should reflect the views of both parties


    “What is the point if both sides lawyers start arguing over what it means?”



    McLean “That wouldn’t be very efficient”



    McLean agrees he was one of the “principle drafters” of the Share Purchase Agreement.




  4. Link for tickets working now.



    Here it is.






    On the Jock Stein Lisbon 67 t-shirts we made an extra 100 to make sure everyone who wanted one was sorted. We have the remaining sizes left which if they aren’t sold on CQN this week will be available at Greenock.



    Small – 1 left


    Medium – 2 left


    Large – 5 left


    XL – 14 left


    XXL – 4 left



    These are available at cqnbookstore.com



    Also CQN will have a new banner at Hampden on Saturday. It’s a cracker!

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    Findlay asks witness what was meant in agreement when it started “third party funding?”



    McLean it’s talking about where the funds are coming from


    Findlay “What else could it mean?”



    Findlay​ “If you don’t want third party funding you don’t put it in the contract?”



    Findlay “Could you omit references to third party funders?”


    McLean “In discussions, yes”



    Findlay shows what he says is an early draft of the Share Purchase Agreement, notes no reference to third party funding.



    McLean cant recall it



    Findlay “When were the words third party funding added?”


    McLean says he can’t recall


    Findlay “Who wanted then added?”



    McLean says he does not think it was him but not sure exactly.





  6. 50 years gone in the flash of an eye.


    Yet the memories of that day are still vivid.


    I can still remember the disappointment at half time


    as my mates and I gathered round the back court for a catch up, and


    the euphoria of that final whistle.


    People pouring into the streets, cheering and singing.


    My da and the neighbours heading for the casbah, the local watering hole, with a borrowed ten bob note.


    Coming home the worse for wear, with the money still intact, as the drinks were on the house.


    Friday, gathering at Celtic Park and the cheer as the players came into the ground and did the tour on the lorry. the marching ‘Flute’ band in full cry.


    Bumping into my uncle, at our usual spot in the jungle to discover, he decided at the last minute to pay the princely sum of £40 for a 3 day trip and ticket to the Estadio Nacional.


    The feeling that day was one of jubilation and belonging. It was the catalyst for everything else that followed in our great clubs history.



    We may never reach that pinnacle again, but in that squad of player we call the Lions, we had Champions of Europe. I owe them a great debt of gratitude, for the joy and happiness they have brought me.



    Hail Hail

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    ISIS claim Manchester attack



    ‘With guidance from Allah, and by His grace, and in revenge for the religion of Allah, Glorified and Exalted be He, and in order to terrorize the polytheists, and in response to their transgressions against the homes of the Muslims, one of the soldiers of the Caliphate was able to place explosive devices amidst a gathering of Crusaders in the British city of Manchester. He detonated the devices in an arena for a profligate concert, which resulted in killing nearly 30 Crusaders and wounding 70 others. What is coming is tougher and worse for the worshippers of the Cross and their helpers, Allah permitting. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.’

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    Word of the day





    noun: profligate; plural noun: profligates




    a licentious, dissolute person.


    synonyms: libertine, debauchee, degenerate, dissolute, roué, rake, sybarite, voluptuary


    “he was an out-and-out profligate”



    I think they mean she in their statement

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    Findlay asks if Third party funding added “you would have asked for an explanation?”


    Adds he cannot remember getting an explanation.McLean “I would likely have asked



    Findlay “immediately available” means money will be transferred at “first available opportunity?”


    McLean, “I’m not sure if that’s true”



    Findlay “If I sign a contract at 6pm on a Friday night, unless I’ve come from Mars, I know funds won’t be transferred until Monday morning”


    Adds “How much more immediate do you want?”



    McLean “That depends on what the seller wants”



    Findlay “Where does it say that the agreement is only completed when £33m is in the buyers bank account?”


    McLean “I don’t recognise figure”



    Findlay “By the Monday the bank had been paid off..how much more immediate do you want than that”



    Lady Stacey “If you both talk at once we can’t hear either of you” suggests adjourning for lunch



    VFR: It’s getting a wee bit heated!





  10. Someone kindly listed all the TV programmes about the Lions – is there any chance they could do it again as I want to tape as many as possible.

  11. This is my first, and in all likelihood, will be my only post.



    I’ve been a lurker/reader since 2003/04 and I’ve loved the forum throughout but never felt the need to add my 2 cents.



    However, that article made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Bravo Paul67.



    Winning the Big Cup happened a full 13 years and 4 days before I was born, but the impact it has had on later generations is a testament to what those men achieved in the heat of Lisbon. This indeed, is what it feels to be Celtic.



    This has been an incredible week to cap an unbelievable season. Lets add to it on Saturday.



    Anyway, just wanted to say thanks to Paul67 and all of the administrators and contributors for the role you play in my Celtic supporting life.



    Hail Hail,




  12. May all the victims of violence find comfort and succour and at this very sad time our thoughts are with the people of Manchester.



    Mans inhumanity to man seems to know no bounds.

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