Saturday, 19 December 2015

lisbon lions

On Friday I finished Lisbon Lions by Andy Dougan, an account of Celtic's European-Cup-winning season. It was a straightforward account, with obviously a lot of recourse to cuttings, and a few interviews. An odd final chapter about the travails and state of Celtic subsequently - it was published in 1997. Football was a very different industry at that time. Noteworthy how local the team were, all born within thirty miles of Celtic Park it's said. Jock Stein comes out as a less admirable figure than I'd always been given to believe. And of course the most notable thing for me is that on the day I was born Celtic drew their semi-final second leg 0-0 away at Dukla Prague, getting them into the final.