Tommy Gemmell: “They’re all great goals”


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The first time I met Tommy Gemmell was back in the 90s. I made a comment that some recent goal was “a great goal”. Tommy replied, “Every goal is a great goal.

“It didn’t matter who I scored against or how inconsequential the goal was, every time I put the ball in the net was a great moment.”

Tommy couldn’t hide the joy he got from doing what he did.

Some tremendous photos surfaced online yesterday, including this one (above), taken 49 years and 11 months ago, a moment after Celtic’s 0-0 draw away to Dukla Prague in the second leg of the European Cup semi-final, a result that saw Celtic progress to the final 3-1 on aggregate.

This photo took pride of place on Tommy’s memento wall at his Dunblane home. It was framed but had clearly fallen, as there was a crack in the glass. But still, its prominence outranked images from Lisbon.

For Tommy, this image captured some of the things he treasured most. His face displays sheer joy; the team have already achieved more than any other British side in reaching the final of the Continent’s top tournament.

He’s carrying his great pal, Jimmy Johnstone, like a child, on his hip. It defines their achievement, friendship and an unfettered happiness.  If you ever had a photo like this of yourself, it would be on your wall too.

I’m pleased our next game is at Celtic Park. Many of us want to be there.

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  1. weebobbycollins on

    Sincere condolences to family and friends of EDB…he will be missed and remembered on here…RIP

  2. Gutted tonight to read of the very sad passing of EDB, had the pleasure of his company on several occasions and kept in contact since our first meet.


    My condolences to his girls, whom he never stopped talking about and rightly so proud of them he was.


    His beloved Moira whom whilst not talking about his girls, Moira would never be far from his lips.


    And we’ll like us all a great Celtic man who will be missed very much by me.



    Requiescat in Pace



    Ayrshire is Green and White

  3. I love the CQN gatherings, I haven’t made them all but if I can, I get there. The common bond is Celtic…what’s not to like? And it’s great to put faces to blog names although I find that difficult with the volume of monikers and real names. HT put it eloquently last night that some of us may have differences but we have the most important thing in common. EDB was a gent that I met at a Hoot or two and his passing feels like a loss in the family.




  4. Will be making one of my rare visits from Germany to Glasgow 9 – 13 March to visit my daughter who will, God willing, make me first time grandfather later on this year. I’ll be 68, so have waited a wee while:)



    Will be based in Pond Hotel, Great Western Road and would be happy to have a scoop or 2 with CQNRs while I’m in town. Don’t have a ticket for the game but would like recommendations about where is a safe pub to watch it on TV.







  5. Just logged on to read the posts about the very sad passing of El Diego Bhoy. He was one of the stalwarts of CQN. I’m happy for him that he’ll be reunited with his wife but so sad for his two girls who it was obvious he adored, who have lost both their mum and dad. RIP.



    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord ….



    It’s been a very sad week.

  6. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Art of War, thanks . More guys know loads more about our team and history than me .



    Even though I never had the good fortune of meeting Tommy but I feel a sense of loss of a man not only big in stature but big of heart.



    The sense of just being guys doing their job from Tommy and others in our best team and squad after reaching the pinnacle of european club football still amazes me . We have lost Tommy, Jimmy, Ronnie , Bobby , Jock and Sean but their legacy will take some beating.

  7. Gerrybhoy



    I’d suggest heading up to one of the pubs on the Gallowgate, at least that way you’ll be safe mate.



    Good luck to your daughter.



    Roy C



    Without the CQN gatherings there certainly wouldn’t have been the huge outpouring of grief that we’ve witnessed today.

  8. Mr Z – that would be a fine thing if you and the good lady coukd make it over. Let me know.



    Gerrybhoy- will stand you a pint in the Esquire while you are here if you fancy it. 2 minutes fae the Pond and it’s a Wotherspoons.



    Dallas- how’s the bhoys football education coming along?

  9. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Just heard Nir & Brendan commenting on Celtic & Scottish football, we have a gem in Brendan, Brendan also spoke of Tommy Gemmell like a fan would……the TV picture then goes to training and every player has the long sleeves on apart from Broony & Tierney…… When you run about as much as those two bhoys short sleeves are more than enough, pretty sure Tommy Gemmell wouldn’t have had a long sleeved top under his bib

  10. Breaking a Lenten promise…..



    1 King Billy…..sad, sad news



    Tommy Gemmell……Lionheart RIP



    EDB…..a gentleman Celt…..thoughts with his family and friends at this most difficult of times…..

  11. Apologies if this has been covered earlier. I recorded tonight’s La Ligament game between Real Betis and Real Sociedad. The coverage started with a lovely pitch side presentation to the family of Patrick O’Connell who played for Betis in the early 1930s and managed the Club to their only league win in 1935. One of the family, an elderly lady, stood in front of an Irish tricolour holding a Celtic jersey in her hands. At her side stood Irish Rugby legend, Willie John McBride whom I’d always thought was one of the other side.



    A nice way for the game to start.

  12. Delaneys Dunky on




    Smiddy Partick or Wintergills Great Western Rd will be good Tim pubs to watch the tribute act match. Almost equidistant fae the Pond. 10 minutes in taxi. Half hour hike.



  13. GERRYBHOY on 3RD MARCH 2017 11:00 PM



    The Pond is 5 mins walk from Hyndland station, take the train from there to High Street (4 stops), the Gallowgate is a short walk down the hill.

  14. COLOUR BLIND BHOY on 3RD MARCH 2017 10:41 PM


    Don’t post very often but felt I had to tonight.






    and a beautiful post on its own.



    we followed the story of Moira from Jim. a hard read,



    cant type an appropriate comment,



    hard time all round

  15. Good evening friends.



    Dont think I ever met EDB in the flesh but, like so many others, I feel I did know him through the wonderful medium of CQN. May he rest in peace.



    It’s been the saddest of weeks as we all know. A by product of the grief has been that CQN has been back to its finest standards and hopefully this will continue in the days and weeks to come. Noting a lot of the old gang who have resurfaced this week to post their thoughts and respect has been wonderful. You should all post more often.

  16. Wife and daughter in Sheffield this weekend, daughter has dancing show so me and my boy here, can’t beat a father and son bonding time.


    He’s not into football but wants to since he started high school, his new pals talk football and Celtic.


    Said to me yesterday, dad, Celtic are playing on Sunday, the girls are away, fancy going?


    Cyber pint for the 1st correct answer!!! :-)

  17. For many of us connected to the Celtic family the news of our captain’s illness was no surprise. The deterioration of the brain is the cruelest of illnesses. However in this year of our 50th celebration Billy’s condition had to be announced. In no way is Billy able to make public appearances and his privacy should be respected. For me it is hugely upsetting that our captain will not be able to appreciate the magnitude of his teams achievements on May 25th. Hh

  18. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Roy, thanks again for some great photos .



    In the young bhoys one, Brian Setzer of the Stay Cats would be proud of Tommy’s hairstyle ,



    Murty’s gymnastics the other week reminded me of the picture you have posted of McLoy on his head after Frank getting our third goal in the 4 2 game at Ibrox.



    The Green Brigade have produced a new Lisbon scarf which is a cracker.

  19. Delaneys Dunky on




    You were not who I thought you were fae school, when I met you. :) Realised who you were and the big family you were from like me from Knightswood. We said hi or nodded to each other for years in the ‘Squire, CQN got us talking. Keep Talking :)

  20. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Roy C 11.15pm



    I commented to Dallas today, probably my first memory of Tommy Gemmell was as the Rovers manager before my father put me right and explained how famous the Rovers manager was, cracking photo, was that Vic Kasule at the back of the photo, watched many a Rovers game from the Hill

  21. Since im on tonight and not posted for a good while so for all you yougsters to try and post a link on here used to be murder. There used to be a link creator we had to cut and paste the link into to get it able to to be visible on the blog… I wont go into Heraldos original stuff.. But a song I used to post regular on a Friday night whcih in respect to Jim I think is worth a re post