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LIFE AND TIMES OF TOMMY GEMMELL

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TOMMY GEMMELL was born in Craigneuk, North Lanarkshire, on October 16 1943 to proud parents Alfie and Margaret.
Remarkably, he started his career as an outside-right at Junior team Coltness United in 1959 before converting to full-back after joining Celtic in 1961.
Coincidentally, he signed for the Parkhead side on the same evening as Jimmy Johnstone. They shared a bus ride back home with the winger getting off at Uddingston.
Gemmell made his first team debut as a 19-year-old in the No.3 position in place of the more experienced Jim Kennedy against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on January 5, 1963. Celtic won 5-1.
In all, he made 418 appearances for the club and scored 64 goals – an astonishing tally for a defender.
Gemmell left for Nottingham Forest in a £40,000 deal on December 12 ,1971 and netted six times in 39 league appearances before returning to Scotland with Dundee.
He was made captain of the club and helped them a 1-0 League Cup Final success in 1973 over Celtic, of all teams!
The Dens Park outfit made him manager in 1977 after ex-Rangers boss Davie White was sacked.
He left in 1980 for a new career as a financial consultant in the city, but returned to football in a part-time capacity as Albion Rovers gaffer in 1986.
Gemmell lasted only a year with the Coatbridge club, but was persuaded to come back for another 12-month stint in 1993.
He made his Scotland international debut in a 4-3 defeat against England at Hampden in 1966.
In total, he made 18 appearances for his country and scored one goal, a penalty-kick in an 8-0 World Cup qualifier against Cyprus at Hampden in 1969.
 
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