Passes away days after Billy McNeill
Celtic mourn death of Lisbon Lion Stevie Chalmers
Celtic hero: Stevie Chalmers (pic: SNS Group)
Celtic Football Club is mourning the death of another club legend following the passing of Lisbon Lion Stevie Chalmers, scorer of the winning goal in the 1967 European Cup Final.
Chalmers, who was 83, had been battling dementia for some time and passed away just days after team-mate and good friend Billy McNeill.
With 231 goals in 406 appearances for Celtic between 1959 and 1971, he is the club’s fourth top scorer of all-time with only Henrik Larsson (242), Bobby Lennox (277) and Jimmy McGrory (468) having netted more goals for the Hoops.
During his Parkhead career, he won four league titles, three Scottish Cups, four League Cups and the European Cup.
Paying tribute, Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said: “This is such terrible news, and on behalf of the club, I would first of all like to pass on my condolences to Stevie’s wife, Sadie, their children, Stephen, Carol, Paul, Ann, Martin, Clare, and their grandchildren.
“Stevie was a much-loved husband, father and grandfather, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this desperately sad time.
“This is a particularly devastating time for the Celtic family, with the passing of Stevie Chalmers coming so soon after his friend and former team-mate, Billy McNeill. My condolences also go to the Lisbon Lions, already mourning the loss of their captain, and now grieving the death of another one of their own.
“Stevie Chalmers was a Celtic legend, and one of the greatest goalscorers this club has ever seen.
“However, there is only one man who is able to lay claim to having scored the most important goal in Celtic’s 131-year history, and that man is Stevie Chalmers.
“When Stevie steered the ball home with just five minutes of the game remaining in Lisbon’s Estadio Nacional to put Celtic 2-1 ahead of Inter Milan, he ensured that Celtic created football history as the first British team to win the European Cup.
“It also guaranteed his place amongst the pantheon of Celtic greats, forever loved and revered by supporters of all generations.
“Yet, whenever I was lucky enough to meet Stevie over the years, his humility gave little indication of his incredible accomplishments as a player. Like his team-mates, he remained a quiet, humble man, happiest in the company of his fellow-Lions and his fellow-Celtic supporters.
“These are the saddest of days for Celtic supporters, and the wider football world.”