Celtic FC Lisbon Lion legend and 1967 scorer Stevie Chalmers dies at 83

Former Celtic FC striker and Lisbon Lion Stevie Chalmers, the man who scored the most important goal in the Hoops’ history,  has died at 83 after long-term illness. The club has informed with great sadness that Chalmers passed away early this morning, April 29.

Tributes pour in as the legendary green and white striker had endured tough battles recently having been tackled his long-term illness “with much bravery and dignity”.

Special One Football Club Celtic FC family loses another Lisbon Lion barely days after Celtic’s greatest ever captain Billy Mcneill passing. Now it’s time for all the club’s supporters to mourn and pay tribute to the two people who captained the Lisbon Lions and scored the most important goal in the Scottish Football in 1967.

As the club’s statement says, Chalmers’ place in history “is assured as one of the famous Lisbon Lions who lifted the European Cup for Celtic in 1967 when Stevie scored the winning goal to defeat Inter Milan 2-1 in Portugal. He felt honoured and privileged to have played alongside the Lisbon Lions, and this camaraderie and friendship carried on long after their playing days as the team became lifelong friends.

Celtic was an integral part of Stevie’s life. He was adored by Celtic supporters in Scotland and around the world, especially for his passion, loyalty and integrity. He felt humbled and honoured when inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

Stevie was a role model for all, especially to his children growing up. In later years, he doted on his grandchildren and they, too, were a great source of love and laughter for Stevie.

A true gentleman, who will be sadly missed by so many, but will never be forgotten… The legend lives on.”

Stevie Chalmers was big member of the Lisbon Lions team that defeated Inter Milan becoming the first British club to lift the European most prestigious trophy.

The Scotland forward spent 12 seasons at Celtic, scoring 236 goals and also played for Morton and Partick Thistle.