Joe McBride


Former Celtic striker, Joe McBride, died yesterday after suffering a stroke at the weekend.  Joe spent only three years at Celtic but was one of the most prolific strikers in the history of a club known for its prolific strikers.

Brought to the club by Jock Stein in 1965 Joe instantly became the star of the team as Celtic went on to win the league for the first time in eight years.  The following season, 66-67, would become the focal point of Celtic’s history as McBride scored a phenomenal 37 goals before injury ended his season prior to Christmas.  Five months later his team mates took to the field for the European Cup final in Lisbon without their most potent weapon.

Celtic scored twice to win the European Cup but with fans forever wondering what Joe would have been made of the 40 (literally) chances Celtic didn’t convert, if he had played.

Since that season Celtic players have had incredible goal scoring seasons, Charlie Nicholas in 1982-83, Brian McClair in 1986-87 and Henrik Larsson in 2000-01, each time Joe’s achievements in 1966 were our reference point.

I met Joe a few times, on each occasion he was ebullient and charming, but when talk got down to football, he retained his legendary focus.

Our thoughts and prayers to Joe’s family and friends, may he Rest in Peace.

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  1. blantyretim on 12 July, 2012 at 11:04 said:





    Big John Cushley also a lion





    Ditto Big Yogi !

  2. Kelvinbhoy at 10.53


    “Day 14 in Cala D’or still no sign of a RFCIA strip!”



    I’m just back from 10 days in France, and the final score for Scottish ‘tap trumps’ was:



    Scotland – 3


    Sellick – 2


    Oldco – 0


    Sevco -0

  3. Jack


    Thankfully big yogi still with us


    Now six lions departed




    Next week as I go on holiday 24 th

  4. kelvinbhoy on 12 July, 2012 at 10:53 said:


    Day 14 in Cala D’or still no sign of a RFCIA strip! However, overheard a Chelsea Top wearing Glaswegian this morning saying that Fergus McCann “liquidated” Celtic Football Club when he took over so “that mob” have lost their history as well. Had a wee chuckle to myself as I walked past.




    KB ‘ a wee chuckle’ you’ve let me down ,a kick in the haw maws would suffice.

  5. Quote of the day Doncaster would shove his granny off the bus to accommodate Sevco in Division One” <- true that

  6. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Nice day to be filming at Annan; Galabank resplendent in sunshine, the trees full of birdsong.

  7. The Prince of Goalkeepers on

    The Lizard King on 12 July, 2012 at 10:58 said:



    Resolution 1 also falls down because its not specific with regard to which League within the SFL the clubs would be admitting Sevco to. If it specified SFL3, the clubs could, if they wished, safely vote for that and reject resolution 2 and all the chicanery involved therein.

  8. So sorry to hear of Joe’s death. Thoughts are with his family and friends. Favourite memory for me was of the time Celtic came to play a friendly against Cumbernauld United at Ravenswood Stadium; might even have been the opening of the stadium in the mid 1960s. I was about 10 at the time and we all gathered around the changing rooms as the players came off at the end of the match. Joe actually patted me on the back of my neck – don’t think I washed it for a month!!!

  9. Hector Avocado. Silence is tacit consent. on

    I call on all decent footballing fans, Club Chairmen and other parties inclined to fairness and justice, to issue a warrant for the resignations of Reneging and Bawblaster for crimes against football.



    Sack them.



    Emergency EGM required forthwith.

  10. VP – Must be the sunny weather that has ‘dulled’ the natural Glaswegian reaction.

  11. My young sis in law and her man were in parkhead for a meal just before my birthday last year.


    When I opened my 50th birthday card from them inside was a photo signed to me by Joe McB, an absolute gent they said.


    Thoughts & prayers with the McBride family at this time YNWA

  12. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Johnny Clash -welcome back.


    You have been missed, and you have missed nothing.

  13. RIP Joe YNWA



    the bribe offered to sfl clubs sums up the drive to get newco into the first division at all costs, but i dont think it can work. if it does go through then the games will be lost to many thousands. i do want a restructure in scottish football;



    we do need a bigger league and a 16 team league does appeal



    we need play-offs (relegation & 1 european place)



    points system change: to tighten up league i.e. 3 points for win, 2 points score draw, 1 point no score draw, 0 points for loss.



    pyramid system so none-senior team can get in to the leagues



    scrap under-21 rules for first team duty – max squad sizes at 25 senior players i.e. over 22



    shared t.v / commercial income in a fairer manner, we also need more income from these sources (current deal is sh&t anyway) (scottish football t.v)



    winners of premeir league play best of the rest in season openning games at national stadium – income share 20/80 in favour of sfl income share



    50% gate share of away tickets sold by travelling supports in 20,000 crowds and over.



    50/50 of t.v/ participation income (after overheads) from european participation into central pot to share with between all top flight clubs including those that participate in europe



    home gate and commercial activities seperate.



    talk up the games, talk about our game, talk up access to games, talk up new model, talk up competition, talk up togetherness sell our game



    here’s the thing if its needed and most fans would agree it is, then we also need to do it as a stand alone thing rather than piggybacking newco onto it.



    we may never have the amount of income larger leagues generate. but we could certainly increase income significantly by making just about every game meaningful and competitive from the premier to the third division and by ensuring that more clubs can compete.



    without newco income might decrease but over the long term its the best thing to do as it holds onto supporters, but we need major fundamental changes to see fundamental changes to our game



    who knows maybe in 3 or 5 years we will no longer be a laughing stock and celtic, newco, aberdeen, hearts, hibs and dundee united will be in the mix for the league title with more interest and large numbers of supports willing to go to the game and to buy into scottish football television

  14. RIP Joe McBride



    Everything you did was Celtic class, not just on the field but off it as well.



    An unforgettable player, unique in talent I’m so glad you played for Celtic.



    I can see you running away to the crowd after you’ve scored, that leap into the air and that punch of the sky.



    Celtic legend hail hail Joe McBride.

  15. •-:¦:-•** -:¦:- sparkleghirl :¦:-.•**• -:¦:-• on

    The Prince of Goalkeepers on 12 July, 2012 at 11:20 said:



    Wouldn’t you think that given the urgency of the matter and the controversy surrounding it, they’d have taken the trouble to ensure that the propsals were formulated in clear, nonequivocal terms?



    Are they really so incompetent or are they trying to sow confusion and doubt?

  16. DBBIA is there no vultures or other scabby scruffulent hill Billy’s in Annan?


    Thems will be down you’re way the season after next, mind and lock up.


    Nae Huns in Blackpool.


    Prescription for life CSC

  17. The Prince of Goalkeepers on

    •-:¦:-•** -:¦:- sparkleghirl :¦:-.•**• -:¦:-• on 12 July, 2012 at 11:27 said:



    Sparklegirl, I don’t think for a minute its incompetence (for once!); its deliberate obsfuscation to give them as much leeway as possible to gerrymanger the result.

  18. For anyone who hasn’t seen this.



    10.30am hampden friday 13th demonstration.. spread the word.. their meeting starts at 11.00am… get this trending.. #No2Newco

  19. Lovely tribute Paul. Very sad to hear the news. Must admit to a wee tear in the eye.



    I was lucky enough to see him play and met him again at Celtic Park in the No 7 Restaurant on my birthday last year. He was going round the tables with Tom Boyd signing photos and having a blether with the fans.We had our picture taken together.I told him the story of when I was a ballboy at Hampden at the Celtic v Rangers League Cup Final (1966/1967?) 1-0 to us.


    I reminded him of the goal. Bertie Auld swung the ball over to the far post, Joe nodded it down to Bobby Lennox who hit it on the volley into the net. Do you remember it I asked? Certainly do he replied. Well, wait for it I said but I was the ball boy who kicked it back out from the net.


    Without missing a beat he said ” Was that you?”‘



    RIP Joe.

  20. Greatly saddened to hear about Joe’s passing.



    My father is the same age as Joe and although my father is not a Celtic supporter he always spoke in high regard of him as a player. I didn’t ever see Joe play but know that even in his short time at Celtic Park he gained legendary status.



    Injuries were cruel to him and I am sure we all would have a thought to what might have been had he stayed injury free.



    Rest In Peace Joe (Celtic Legend)

  21. DBBIA


    “Galabank resplendent in sunshine, the trees full of birdsong.”


    -For the sake of the birds, here’s hoping the ole turbines aren’t a-turnin’.



    How was BS in Manchester this time round?

  22. •-:¦:-•** -:¦:- sparkleghirl :¦:-.•**• -:¦:-• on

    The Prince of Goalkeepers on 12 July, 2012 at 11:33 said:



    I hope the league chairmen see it that way too and it backfires.

  23. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    DBBIA – why don’t you go and meet Tommo? – introduce yourself as CQN’s official correspondent in the region?

  24. Boltonbhoy


    Indeed Celtic did play at Cumbernauld to open their new stadium after they became Euro Champs. Funny thing is its a bit of a bluenose hideout these days.



    I have been in the clubhouse a few times and it is covered in football memorabilia mostly involving a no longer existant team. Very lttle of Celtic even playing there.



    I have also been to the new Falkirk stadium (nice it is and I wish they would put a stand up at the otherside of the pitch) and in the players area and community area there is a montage of games from early last century. Falkirk v Celtic is predominant and it looks as if we have beaten them.



    Must really hurt Gordon Waddell when he sees that!

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