A Year and a Day: How the Lisbon Lions Conquered Europe
By (author) Graham McColl
Nowadays it would be unthinkable: a team of local lads, all born within 30 miles of the ground, challenging one of the world’s superpowers, Inter Milan, for the biggest club trophy of the lot – and winning. But that’s exactly what Celtic achieved in 1967, thanks to the inspirational management of Jock Stein. In the process they became the first British side to win the European Cup, and they remain the only Scottish side ever to do so. The contrast couldn’t have been more vivid when the teams lined up at the start of the European Cup final in Lisbon: while several of the Celtic players searched for a place to leave their false teeth ahead of kick-off, the Inter stars seemed to tower above them, tanned and confident as they prepared for their surely inevitable victory. But it didn’t work out like that, as goals from Tommy Gemmell and Stevie Chalmers secured the 2-1 victory for the Glasgow outfit. Graham McColl has interviewed all the players from the Lisbon Lions as well as many of their opponents from their European campaign. They help reveal how Stein blended the very different personalities and playing styles into one formidable unit that was capable of taking on and beating the best Europe had to offer. A Year and a Day is a wonderful celebration of a unique achievement.