Guest blog by Tommy Gemmell


Today, we have the small matter of a guest blog by Lisbon Lion, right back, left back, dominator of play, years ahead of his time, scorer of two of our three most important goals, a truly modern player and one of Europe’s finest…….. Tommy Gemmell.

Tommy has spent the last few years ‘getting it all down on paper’, and this year CQN is publishing the definitive autobiography of a remarkable football player, icon and man.  It’s not his first book (which predicted we would win the European Cup in 1969), and it’s not his second, but it is a book with enormous sincerity and insight on the days when Scotland produced giants of the world game.

Inspirational people can inspire with little effort.  I described a goal to Tommy as “a great goal”, he gave me a half smile and said, “Every goal is a great goal”.  Tommy knows what it means to score goals so valuable they will live in legend as long as the game is played, but he was able to convince me that knocking the ball over the line for Celtic in a relatively meaningless game against vastly inferior opposition was, for him, indescribable, although he did a good job of describing it in the book.

Legends are made quickly these days but 40 years on, his contribution still towers.  He has really enjoyed working on the book and is looking forward to getting the final copy in his hands, and most of all, the interactions it will bring with the Celtic support.

He has put some words down for us in today’s blog, including an opportunity to ask him some questions – for inclusion in a special section of the book.  Hope you enjoy it………..


I am absolutely delighted Celtic Quick News is publishing my book ‘All The Best’ in the near future. The title is a bit of a giveaway as to what to expect within the pages of what I hope is an entertaining and insightful read.

I’ve gone through all the Celtic teams I’ve played in to come up with my eleven from heaven. Obviously, the Lisbon Lions are in a class of their own, so I haven’t touched them. Simpson, Craig and Yours Truly; Murdoch, McNeill and Clark; Johnstone, Wallace, Chalmers, Auld and Lennox. That’s about as close to perfection you’ll ever see in a football team.

We all had different strengths, but we really gelled as a formation. If that lot could keep Jock Stein satisfied, then who am I to change that line-up?

But there will be a few surprises along the way with my many selections. I’ve dipped into the international scene, too, and there are some great tales about Denis Law, Alan Gilzean and others. And, of course, I could never ignore the one and only Jinky,.I still miss that little rascal, but what a player!

I hope the book is interesting and enjoyable for many reasons because I really reveled in looking through the past. I relished ‘Heart Of A Lion: The Willie Wallace Story’ by my old pal. If my own memoirs are as appreciated as those of Willie, I’ll be well satisfied.

I have never before spoken at length about my friendship with George Best, for instance. Bestie and I had a good relationship and I would often look him up when I was in London on business. Well, what would you prefer? A boring old seminar about the world of finance or a couple of beers with Bestie? Thought so!

And there were also meetings with Brian Clough when I was at Nottingham Forest and he was manager at Derby County. Our paths crossed several times and I have to say he was a completely one-off individual. Not sure if I could have played for him, though!

And, of course, I could never ignore what Jock Stein did for me as a Celtic player. We may not always have seen eye-to-eye, but you can’t take away what he achieved at Celtic. He completely turned the club upside down. Mind you, he could be ruthless and I know what I’m talking about because I was on the receiving end a few times.

Without warning, he dropped me from the line-up for the League Cup Final against St.Johnstone in 1969. I was so livid that I asked for a transfer the following day. And yet Jock knew I never wanted to leave Celtic. Who in their right mind would? I was heart broken at the time, but I’ll tell you more in ‘All The Best’. All will be revealed, as they say.

I am going to try something different for the book.  Today, Celtic Quick News is open for you to send me questions on the blog.  I will take the questions and answer them in a hardback small run of the book, all of which will be signed.  So, don’t hesitate – get writing and I’ll be only too delighted to reply. If you have anything you’d like to ask me about my career in football, or anything else for that matter, please post on CQN today and the guys will forward me on the questions. I’ll do the rest!

I have always loved the interaction with the Celtic support. Even today I’ll get stopped in the street and fans will ask me about my European Cup Final goal. Mischievously, I’ll always respond with, ‘Which one?’ People seem to have forgotten that I scored in TWO European Cup Finals – against Inter Milan and Feyenoord. Most folk, though, don’t want to talk about the latter. Understandable, I suppose.

So, please send in your questions and I promise to answer every single one. And I will give it to you straight. I have also been promised my own account on CQN so when I am signing your books I am going to log in to CQN and have a chat with everyone. Paul will let you know when this is happening.

That’s the great part of ‘All The Best’. I’ve been able to tell it like it is and I hope the supporters appreciate the sentiments.

I am delighted Celtic Quick News guys are publishing the book, it’s an exciting adventure for us all, and I do hope you get as much enjoyment reading the book as I did putting it together.

All the best!

Tommy Gemmell

We’re so lucky to have these guys. They have been a gift beyond all recognition.

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  1. Celticrollercoaster supports the Dambhoys on

    “CQteN Dream Team”



    Now is your chance to select your CQteN dream from the last decade




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    So you will need:



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    and of course….



    1 manager.




    Each player on the list below has made at least 10 starting appearances from July 2004 to date during the CQteN decade.



    So no Henrik, then!



    When you are selecting the players, you should ideally base your selection on their performances during the CQteN decade, but then again that is your choice.



    Send your selection to us by email to with your CQN blog name (if you do not have one, then you need to get thinking as well)



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    The closing date for entries is 3pm Sunday 9th March 2014



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  2. Yet another on about the ” dramatically decreasing crowds” at Celtic Park. If crowds were falling as often ,as dramatically and for as long as some claim, there would be no one at the games at all. Negative nonsense.


    Good night all




  3. Eddie good luck on Friday mate. I’m please a few of the CQNers enjoy it and have a laugh along the way too.



    Can I have Raspberries: Working on a Friday! yuk.

  4. Hi Tommy



    If you were a poster on here would you be a mineshafter or a happyclapper ?



    Plus did you find playing in England with Nottingham Forrest a much tougher league football wise than here in Scotland




  5. Have met TG on two occasions and on one asked him about the “perceived” bias towards the now died team and in particular the banning of ref Callaghan following an incident following a game at CP in if memory serves 1966. He would not be drawn on it and I suspect this will still be the same.



    BCW..haven’t walked yet but I run a bus and can guarantee many have. Doubtful if bus will see the season out.



    JJ. Only being realistic.

  6. The Lady of the Lake pub Bridge of Allan summer of 1981



    Margaret McGill: Nice party! Thanks for a great time. My friend here wants to take some of the party decor home he’s a bit drunk …is that ok? like this blue balloon here. Later!


    Tommy Gemmell (For it is he the publican): Heh..where you going w/that Rangers player?

  7. eddieinkirkmichael



    21:27 on 12 February, 2014



    The Bruce’s heart was indeed taken on Crusade, but to Spain, not the Holy Land.


    Black Douglas took it, he also brought it back and it is now buried in ?Melrose Abbey?

  8. Eddieinkm


    My late brother, John, worked in Stornoway in the 60’s . Very few RCs there.


    He worked in the hospital as a registrar. A lovely singer and musician, and afficionado of Matt McGinn.


    When half cut he boasted about his role in the first choir at midnight Mass there.


    He also spoke highly of McDonald’s black pudding.


    When he emigrated to Canada my dear mother would take some out in her suitcase, God bless her !




    My wee Maw also warned us about the dangers of a skeletal midfield, so she did !

  9. sixoclockatthechapel on

    Just caught a glimpse of our former chairman there on ITN -Wee Brian Quinn-never knew he was a Professor?!

  10. buick makane


    17:18 on


    12 February, 2014


    Palacio67 at 15.10


    Brilliant,not heard that in years,used to be the party piece of a member of a now defunct supporters bus I used to travel on,a great bus,you weren’t allowed on unless you had a kerry oot,happy days:-)





    Which bus did you travel on, always thought of that song as a Port/Greenock Tune….





  11. eddieinkirkmichael on




    22:04 on



    The friday night quiz is something I look forward to, when I first lurked on CQN there was one and I never took part for fear of being embarassed, now I just hope I don’t finish last and enjoy the banter that usually goes with the quiz.



    Still can’t believe I forgot The Great Wall was English, from a question about goalkeepers a few weeks ago, even the wife got that one lol

  12. eddieinkirkmichael TG has pondered long and hard about your question and I can exclusively reveal that the winner was Macleod&Macleod Church Street Stornoway. “Better than a week in Lisbon” You can read the full story in his new book!!!!! Hail Hail Hebcelt

  13. It seems that the £ isn’t a British asset. It is English/Welsh/Irish.



    I think I’ll now be voting YES.



    Scotland should go for the USD.

  14. BCW



    Cheers mate. Will try and participate. Must admit the goings on over the last few years are still eating away at me and has def effected my attitude towards Scottish Football. Cant see it getting any better!

  15. eddieinkirkmichael on







    I have a wee soft spot for that particular place as my wife is a Mackay from Upper bayble(hope I spelt that right as she lurks on here)

  16. the exiled tim



    22:33 on 12 February, 2014





    “Is the quiz the morra and not friday ?”



    Thursday is the new Friday

  17. sixoclockatthechapel on




    He was on the main ITN News for a minute-financial piece re main UK parties saying Scotland could no longer use the £ STG as its currency as an Independent country.

  18. Celticrollercoaster supports the Dambhoys on

    TG-what was your best European goal scored? Milan, Lisbon or another?







  19. Celticrollercoaster supports the Dambhoys on

    Doc is Neil Lennon



    22:18 on



    12 February, 2014



    Can you rub VP’s team off the list? :-)







  20. Cowiebhoy supporting the Celtic to 3 in a row on

    anyone any idea what time CQteN will finish at ?



    and No Black pudin for me



    Hail Hail

  21. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    Good night all


    Mr Gemmell again thank you.


    Your exploits in May 1967 was the major reason thems died


    Sleep well all