Pride of Paradise

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Celtic’s triumph in Lisbon, we gave 17 lucky Celtic fans who shared a surname with one of the famous 1967 Lisbon Lions the chance to take to the hallowed turf of Paradise.

Fans with the surname Lennox, Simpson, Auld – or any of the famous 1967 team – claimed the ultimate bragging rights, bagging a spot on the Magners Pride of Paradise team sheet for our one-off match on Tuesday 23rd May.

The Pride of Paradise Celtic squad received some motivational words from Lisbon Lion, Jim Craig, who shared Jock Stein’s pre-match talk to him and his team-mates before they ran out onto the Estadio Nacional pitch in the Lisbon sunshine fifty years ago this week; “Just get out there and enjoy it”.

“Jock was pretty straight to the point before the game,” said Craig. “He told us that, above all else, we needed to throw ourselves into the 90 minutes that lay ahead – that this was a wonderful experience no other Scottish team had ever been given the opportunity to enjoy. It was a big moment, in a big stadium – exactly what the guys who played tonight got.”

The advice paid off – the eponymous Lions were triumphant again, winning 7-6 against an Inter Milan team made up by members of the sports media from throughout the UK. The Lions fought their way back from a 3-0 deficit to snatch a victory, with Michael Wallace slotting five past the Inter goalkeeper.

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