IF YOU KNOW THE HISTORY…John ‘Yogi’ Hughes and Alex Gordon, author of the tribute book to Celtic’s Greatest-Ever Captain, ‘Billy McNeill: In Praise of Caesar’.
CELTIC legend John Hughes – the original Yogi – is going to read all about it in Alex Gordon’s tribute book to a genuine Celtic icon, ‘Billy McNeill: In Praise of Caesar’.
Yogi played alongside the club’s Greatest-Ever Captain, as voted by the fans, for many years and has contributed a very interesting chapter in the book.
Celtic’s seventh-highest scorer in the club’s history with 189 goals has selected what he believes is one of Billy McNeill’s most magnificent performances for the club – and received very little praise for his efforts!
“I won’t spoil the story,” said Yogi, “but the display I recall didn’t hit the headlines – they were reserved for me after I scored the winner. However, if it hadn’t been for a heroic show from my big mate at the heart of the defence it would merely have been a consolation effort.”
Yogi has some good company in his walk down memory lane with the likes of Bertie Auld and fellow-Lisbon Lions Jim Craig, John Clark, Willie Wallace and Bobby Lennox also providing some very interesting anecdotes.
Celtic chairman Peter Lawwell provided the Foreword and manager Brendan Rodgers also talked of his boyhood reminisces of the club.
Author Alex Gordon interviewed over forty personalities who played a significant role in Billy’s career, either as a team-mate or a rival. Among those who gave their views are Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Kenny Dalglish, Davie Hay, Gordon, Strachan, Roy Aitken, Paul McStay, Frank McAvennie, Frank McGarvey, Charlie Nicholas, Pat Bonner and many others.
There will be a launch of the book in the upstairs lounge at the Iron Horse pub, West Nile Street, Glasgow on Tuesday, October 2 with a 7pm kick-off. All are welcome and it’s bound to be a fabulous night.
Celtic greats Davie Hay and Bertie Auld will be there and Jim McCalliog, who scored Scotland’s winning goal in the 3-2 triumph over the-then world champions England at Wembley in 1967, is also promising to come along.
If you can’t make it on the night, the book is now on sale at CQN Bookstore. Here is the link: