CQN today pays tribute to Stevie Chalmers who sadly passed away a year ago today at the age of 83.
We are publishing the memories of 12 months ago as Celtic greats honoured the man who scored the most heralded and feted goal in the club’s history, the European Cup winner against Inter Milan in Lisbon on May 25 1967.
CHIEF executive Peter Lawwell paid his respects and said: “Stevie Chalmers was a Celtic legend and one of the greatest goalscorers this club has ever seen. Indeed, only three other legends in Jimmy McGrory, Henrik Larsson and Stevie’s close friend, Bobby Lennox, have scored more goals.
“However, there is only one man who is able to lay claim to having scored the most important goal in Celtic’s 131-year history – and that man is Stevie Chalmers.
“When Stevie steered the ball home with just five minutes of the game remaining in Lisbon’s Estadio Nacional to put Celtic 2-1 ahead of Inter Milan, he ensured that Celtic created football history as the first British team to win the European Cup.
“It also guaranteed his place amongst the pantheon of Celtic greats, forever loved and revered by supporters of all generations.
“Yet, whenever I was lucky enough to meet Stevie over the years, his humility gave little indication of his incredible accomplishments as a player, which saw him win four league titles, three Scottish Cups, four League Cups and, of course, the European Cup, in the course of scoring 231 goals in 403 appearances in the green and white Hoops.
“Like his team-mates, he remained a quiet, humble man, happiest in the company of his fellow-Lions and his fellow-Celtic supporters.”