Football legends attend funeral of Stevie Chalmers

The Lisbon Lion scored the winning goal for Celtic in the 1967 European Cup final.

Chalmers: Scored winner in European Cup final.
Chalmers: Scored winner in European Cup final.

The funeral of Celtic legend Stevie Chalmers has taken place in Glasgow.

Supporters gathered in the rain to say a final farewell to the former striker, who scored 228 goals in his 11-year spell at Celtic Park.

The goal-scoring hero of the club’s famous European Cup-winning side, known as the Lisbon Lions, died last week aged 83 after suffering from dementia in recent years.

The funeral order of service. SNS

A service was held at St Mary’s Church in Calton, where Celtic Football Club was first established during a meeting in 1887.

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A cortege then passed through the Celtic Way at around 12.45pm before going on to a private family cremation.

Mourning: Sir Alex Ferguson. SNS

Among the mourners in attendance were former Aberdeen and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Chalmers’ Lisbon Lions team mates.

Former Celtic manager Martin O’Neill was also in attendance as was the club’s chief executive Peter Lawwell.

Other Celtic legends from past and present including Paul McStay, Danny McGrain, Davie Hay and Roy Aitken also paid their respects along with the current squad led by captain Scott Brown and manager Neil Lennon.

Lisbon Lion: Jim Craig arriving at funeral.
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Chalmers scored the most important goal in Celtic’s history when he turned the ball beyond the Inter Milan goalkeeper after a shot from Bobby Murdoch in the 1967 final.

Before the funeral mass Jim Craig, who played at right-back in the famous 2-1 win in Portugal, spoke of a testing time for everyone connected to Celtic as his thoughts went out to Chalmers’ wife, Sadie, and her family. 

He said: “It has been a difficult week to lose another team-mate. Stevie was a very popular guy with everybody, fans and players alike, and at this time our thoughts are with Sadie and the family. 

“We hope the public in general will remember him greatly as they will with that goal in Lisbon. 

“First and foremost, he was a nice guy, great fun to be with and we all enjoyed his company and he worked hard for Celtic both as a player and later in his job there as well.” 

Also among the mourners was former Rangers player, keeper Peter McCloy, who was also a golfing buddy of the Hoops striker.

He said: “He was a great player, one of those like a Duracell battery, he kept on running all day. 

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“A great team man. More importantly, he was a lovely man. We played a lot of golf together and he beat me at that too.”

Farewell: Fans line the streets in the rain. SNS

His strike completed a remarkable comeback for the Hoops and made sure the famous trophy was heading for Glasgow.

His funeral comes just five days after that of another Celtic great and former team-mate of Chalmers, Billy McNeill, who captained the legendary side to Lisbon glory 52 years ago.


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