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Celtic star scored in final

Lisbon Lion Gemmell dies, aged 73

Tommy GemmellLisbon Lion Tommy Gemmell has died a the age of 73 after a long illness.

Gemmell scored Celtic’s equaliser as Jock Stein’s team went on to beat Inter Milan 2-1 in May 1967 and lift the European Cup, the first British team to do so.

He was also one of the few players to have scored in more than one European Cup final, scoring again three years later in the 1970 final against Feyenoord in Milan’s San Siro Stadium.

Born in Motherwell, he spent 10 years at the club, between 1961 and ’71, making 418 appearances and scoring 63 goals. He made his first-team debut on 5 January 1963.

He sold his 1967 league and European Cup medals for £88,000 in 1994. He said: “My attitude was I’d worked my backside off for them, and to boost my pension by selling them, what’s wrong with that?”

He made his debut for Scotland in April 1966, losing 4-3 to England at Hampden. He won 18 international caps (scoring once) but perhaps gained more notoriety for his sending off (the first of his career) in October 1969 against West Germany in a crucial qualifying match which the Scots lost 3-2.

After leaving Celtic in December 1971, Gemmell spent two years at Nottingham Forest, playing alongside future Celtic manager Martin O’Neill and future Celtic coach John Robertson. He then spent three years at Dundee from 1973 to 1976, captaining the Dens Park side to a 1-0 win over Celtic in the League Cup final of December, 1973.

He managed Dundee from 1977 until 1980. After being sacked by Dundee, he managed Albion Rovers, and later totally abandoned all football management moving into insurance sales.

 

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