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  Photographs & memories of the famous GLASGOW CELTIC

Manager Jock Stein CBE

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Jock Stein  Cetic Index Page1 - Page2


Born in Burnbank, South Lanarkshire, Jock Stein saw football as his escape from the Lanarkshire coal mines. In 1937 he left Greenfield school in Hamilton and after a short time working in a carpet factory went down the pits to become a miner. The next year he joined Blantyre Victoria junior football club.

He started out as a professional player with Albion Rovers in 1942 and continued to work as a miner during the week, while playing as centre-half on Saturday. He made a name for himself as a no nonsense centre-half and went on to make over 200 appearances for the Coatbridge club, which also included a brief loan spell to Dundee United in 1943. Rovers won promotion to the First Division in 1948.

In 1950 Jock Stein signed for non-league Welsh club Llanelli Town. For the first time in his career, he became a full-time professional footballer on the sum of 12 per week.

He was soon desperate to return to Scotland as he had left his wife and young daughter behind and his house had been broken into twice in his absence. In 1951, on the recommendation of Celtic F.C. reserve team trainer Jimmy Gribben, Celtic bought him for 1200


Jock Stein, Celtic FC's greatest manager. During his career as manager he won
the European Cup + 10 Scottish League Championships + 6 League Cups

On 9 March 1965, Jock returned to Celtic as their first non-Catholic manager. Following a barren period of 8 years without a trophy for Celtic, he revitalised the team and just six weeks after becoming manager, led Celtic to Scottish Cup success in a 3-2 victory over his old club Dunfermline. The next year Celtic were crowned Scottish champions for the first time since 1954; they also reached the semi-finals of the European Cup-Winners-Cup only to be knocked out on away goals by Liverpool. Quite a start to his managerial career.

He managed Celtic to a domestic treble for the first time in the Club's history and won the European Cup, the first British team to conquer Europe's most prestigious trophy.

He also became the first manager of the first club
          in history to win all competitions entered.                      

 A Legend, 'The Big Man'. 
He was appointed

Commander of the Order of the British Empire
(CBE) in 1970.

This portrait of Jock Stein hangs in Celtic Park
I took these photos March 2007

Jock Stein Lounge, Celtic Park

(John 'Jock' Stein, born 5 October 1922 - died 10 September 1985)


Jock Stein
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