Monday, September 30, 2013

30 September 1944 - The Best Bhoy

On 30 September 1944, winger Jimmy Johnstonevoted by supporters as Celtic's greatest playerwas born outside Glasgow.

Only five feet, four inches tall but possessing a balance of speed and control that earned him the nickname "Jinky," Johnstone joined Celtic in 1961 at the age of sixteen and made his first-team debut the following year. In all, he spent thirteen seasons with Celtic, scoring 129 goals in 515 appearances.

In 1967, he helped the team to a record-setting quintuple by winning four domestic trophiesthe league, the Scottish Cup, the Scottish League Cup, and the Glasgow Cupand becoming the first British team to lift the European Cup. For his part, he finished third in voting for that year's Ballon d'Or. While at Celtic, he also won eight more league titles, three more Scottish Cups, four more League Cups and returned to the European Cup final in 1971.

He suffered from alcoholism, which impaired his career and led to frequent battles with Celtic manager Jock Stein. Johnstone left the club in 1975 and spent the next four years making a handful of appearances for clubs in the United States, England, Scotland, and Ireland before retiring in 1979.

In 2001, he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, which eventually claimed his life in March 2006 at the age of 61.

1 comment:

  1. That was so amzing. meanwhile, the football shirt at that time is also nice. Celtic football shirt always continue the traditional style. I also get the latest one http://www.wysjg.com/celtic-c-1_72/

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