On 25 May 1967 Inter were the most formidable team in history


Inter were an incredible side.  They were top of the Italian league and aiming for their fourth title win in five seasons.  The one time they lost was after a play-off.  The European Cup had become as much their domain as the Italian title.  Having won it in 1964 and 1965, they lost the previous season’s semi-final in controversial manner to Real Madrid after some debatable refereeing.  Reigning champions, Real, would suffer retribution, losing home and away to Inter in the ’67 quarter final. No team in European history had been so dominant.  Real won five European Cups in a row but could not combine that with the kind of domestic domination this Inter team enjoyed.

On the morning on 25 May 1967 they were truly the most formidable team in history.

The game has to be seen to be believed.   We won the European Cup, you know that, but HOW we won it is the most startling thing.  I was a teenager when the first ‘video recorded’ arrived in the house.  Soon thereafter a copy of The Celtic Story was purchased.  I knew the legend but nothing prepared me for the onslaught, I’d never seen a football team destroy opponents in this way.

A CQN’er kindly prepared the stats for us:

Total shots – Celtic 45, Inter 3
Shots on target – Celtic 16, Inter 3
Shots off target – Celtic 29 (3 against the woodwork), Inter 0
Possession – Celtic 64%, Inter 36%
Crosses into opponents box – Celtic 40, Inter 4
Corners – Celtic 10, Inter 0
Successful passes – Celtic 310, Inter 224
Misplaced passes – Celtic 49, Inter 79
Passbacks to goalkeeper – Celtic 7, Inter 20
Fouls Committed – Celtic 19, Inter 21
Offsides – Celtic 5, Inter 1

No prizes for guessing the top two passers, Bobby Murdoch (60) and Bertie Auld (51) but it surprised me that John Clark and Jim Craig came joint third with 43 each, considerably higher than Tommy Gemmell (27), next on the list.

Someone suggested to me that the European Champions tournament had been devalued by a team winning by ‘parking the bus’ in front of their own goal.  I disagree.  This is football, spoiling has always been part of the game and the Champions Final is not always pretty, which makes the special times all the more special.

Someone lifts that cup every year, but few have done so with such devastating style as the Lisbon Lions.

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  1. I was 15 at the time sadly too young to go to Lisbon (according to my mother) with my father and brother. But the music was great and so was the weather that year, the Summer of Love, and we were the Kings of Europe. You did feel anything was possible.

  2. We walked into the Lisbon sun


    And Inter thought they had it won



    But we showed the world how to play


    “And now it’s known as the Celtic way…”



    We passed that ball from side to side


    And Inter they all tried to hide



    Because we played the ball from front to back


    Attack! Attack!, Attack! Attack! Attack! Attack!



    ’67… In the heat of Lisbon


    The fans came in their thousands


    To see the bhoys become Champions of ‘67

  3. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    and dropping 6 places it´s Manfred Manns Earth Band with Ha Ha said the clown



    Ha ha said the clown


    as the king lost the crown


    he’s the knight being tight on romance


    ha ha said the clown


    is it bringing you down


    that you’ve lost your chance



    Feeling low got to go


    see a show in town


    hear the jokes have a smoke


    and a laugh at the clown


    in a whirl see a girl


    with a smile in her eyes


    never thought I’d be brought


    right down by her lies



    In a trance watch her dance


    to the beat of the drums


    faster now sweating brow


    and all my fingers are thumbs


    wonder why I hit the sky


    when she blows me a kiss


    in a while run a mile


    I’m regretting all this



    Ha ha said the clown


    as the king lost his crown


    he’s the knight being tight on romance


    ha ha said the clown


    is it bringing you down


    that you’ve lost your chance



    Time to go close the show


    wave the people good-bye


    grab my coat grab my hat


    look that girl in the eye


    where’s your home what’s your phone


    number stop fooling around


    could have died she replied


    “I’m the wife of the clown”



    Ha ha said the clown


    as the king lost his crown


    he’s the knight being tight on romance


    ha ha said the clown


    is it bringing you down


    that you’ve lost your chance



    Ha ha said the clown


    as the king lost his crown


    he’s the knight being tight on romance


    ha ha said the clown


    is it bringing you down


    that you’ve lost your chance

  4. How come Los Dufferos are still maladministrating?


    Didn’t someone,live on the visual valium just the other night,say that if they didn’t go voluntarily after being caught out in a major conflict of interest that they should be “forcibly removed”?


    waitingpatiently csc

  5. Tamlaghtduff Bhoy on

    ASonOfDan, thank you mate.


    Im singing it non stop at the moment, still working on the tune tho theres a few b-sharps in there!

  6. For all they are a great team I don’t even think Barca would have broken down that rock hard Inter defence…the Lions just had more variety in their attack…Gemmell, Murdoch, Auld all taking pot shots from distance…sometimes that’s what you need to do.

  7. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    tonight in Lisbon we await to see if Celtic can bring back the cup with the big ears ….. this artiste like Celtic is relatively unknown his name is Jeff Beck and this is for them ..but can they do it against the Italian stallions…we very much doubt it here in the capital




    You’re everywhere and no where, baby,


    thats where you’re at,


    Going down a bumpy hillside,


    In your hippy hat.


    Flying out across the country


    And getting fat


    Saying everything is groovy


    When your tyres are flat






    And its hi – ho silver lining


    and away you go now baby,


    I see your sun is shining


    But I wont make a fuss


    Though its obvious.



    Flies are in your pea soup baby,


    They’re waving at me


    Anything you want is yours now


    Only nothing is for free.


    Lies are gonna get you some day


    Just wait and see.


    So open up your beach umbrella


    While you are watching TV

  8. The Honest Mistake loves being first on

    Lhondondave on 25 May, 2012 at 11:56 said:


    Sounds good to me.


    I’ll let the rest of the bhoys know.


    Hail hail

  9. hoopeddreams on




    I agree it is very unlikely a judicial review will proceed. The administrators don’t have money to waste on such proceedings. however, there other matters to consider.



    The basis of such an application to the court is that no reasonable tribunal would have made the same decision. It will be a little difficult to persuade the Court of Session of this argument given that Lord Carloway was presiding when the appeal was heard. He is , of course, a senator of the College of Justice just like all the other Court of Session judges.



    I recall there was an argeument from Duff and Dufferererer that the tribunal did not have the power to impose the penalty particularly the signing ban. This too will be a difficult argument to make. I agree that the tribunal would have to impose some other penalty if the judicial review succeeded, although I am unsure as to what this could be. Hopefully by then the SPL investigation will be known and will make the chances of a judicial review succeeding vanishingly small.

  10. archdeaconsbench on

    Happy anniversay Bhoys!!!


    Apologies for going off topic, genuine question here…


    Can anyone tell me the significance of the Huns adopting the Roy Orbison song Penny Arcade into their ‘repetoire?’


    Was asking the auld man yesterday and he guessed that it was a reference to the biscuit tin days but I ventured ‘surely even they’re no that ignorant etc…’


    Seriously, anyone know?

  11. Whose cash is paying for Duff & Duffer’s multiple legal battles- from the SFA, Eric Bristow, the Beeb…who is paying?

  12. I see Jabba is hurting in the DR today



    His headline




    This from a guy who is employed by the BBC ???


    He comments


    ” Do the BBC believe all rangers fans are like sammy paterson” ( er um aye )


    ” Surely the BBC could have dredged up a proper newspaperman rather than the one who has no more than a vague idea of what this story is all about ”


    ” Mark Daley did his best”



    So Jabba you are employed by the beeb and they never asked your opinion ?. Says it all about you



    In his article he mentions D& F , Charles Green,David Grier, Discredited Craig Whyte, Ticketus but fails to even mention the biggest culprit in all this , his soul mate and lunch , dinner and fine wine provider for many years SDM.


    That is why the BBC never sought your opinion



    God Bless the Lisbon Lions.


    67 In the heat of Lisbon

  13. Son of Warsaw on 25 May, 2012 at 12:00 said:




    Magic! Pure dead brilliant..Magic!



  14. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    One’s called Ronald, one’s called Frank


    One’s got an EBT the other one’s a…

  15. CultsBhoy loves being 1st forever & ever on

    25/5/67 …


    My then 19 year old dad was 6 days from introducing me,his oldest son, in to the world.



    This combined with inevitable poverty of working as a scaffolder, having paid for a wedding a year previous (please note dates!) meant he did not get to Lisbon. However he did get to the pub and the tales he told me about the experience of watching the game in the White Horse in Dalmatnock were legend.


    Apparently TV cameras were in a Bridgeton pub documenting Hun reaction to on field events. My Da swore some of them were literally pulling their hair out of their heads in frustration…



    He said these wee among his favourite memories..chronologically Celtic won, I was born and then Rangers were defeated in an inferior Final. He never did say which gave him most satisfaction… And I never pressed him.. I would have been happy whatever he said.



    I miss my Da most days but particularly on days like today.



    He would have loved this past few months – perhaps a clue to his favourite event of 1967..?:>)

  16. St. Stivs posted up late last night that Traynor and Dallas had ebt’s from a Murray company.


    Is this a wind-up or a genyoowine story?


    doubtingthomas csc.

  17. Traynor did he haw to find a story but “Daley did his best”???????????



    Is Spiers not a proper newspaperman? does he have no more than a vague idea about the story?



    Traynor is a guy who the NUJ should kick out because there Union is for Journalists> Traynor is not even remotely a piss poor journalist, he must have just walked in and claimed a desk!

  18. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    To think Celtic won the big cup when Sergeant Pepper was released,Light My Fire and Cream at their peak,what a time to become kings.

  19. Spiers, who is slated in the Jabba column above, has just hit back on Twitter by saying “here is brilliant proper journalism on Craig Whyte by James Traynor” with a link to one of Jabba’s slabbering pieces on the Motherwell Billionaire. Touché!

  20. CultsBhoy loves being 1st forever & ever on 25 May, 2012 at 12:17 said:




    Aye….we were lucky to have such good yins for das.




    : )

  21. CultsBhoy loves being 1st forever & ever on

    Awe Naw



    Please… You’ll just get me started!

  22. The grass is cut, the digging done…….. Whits happening …… If I stay on the blog my addiction will be clear or should the Vmhan get out of here?


    Only non sensible replies please…. Thanks in advance….





  23. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail on

    hoopeddreams on 25 May, 2012 at 12:11 said:




  24. CultsBhoy loves being 1st forever & ever on




    you are most correct amigo!!



    Hail Hail




  25. Vmhan on 25 May, 2012 at 12:25 said:



    Get sewing machine oot,resize Jujitsu outfit.


    You and me gonna rumble.

  26. tobagostreet on

    hoops mccann on 25 May, 2012 at 11:22 said:



    Will there be a change of the guard . . .



    I’m with you Dr Wu!