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  • John Fallon delighted to be reunited with European Cup medal

    John Fallon delighted to be reunited with European Cup medal

    By: Joe Donnelly on 29 Apr, 2019 20:01

  • SATURDAY’S win over Kilmarnock marked the perfect tribute to Billy McNeill, with Celtic’s current number 5, Jozo Simunovic, netting the game’s only goal on the 67th minute.

    It was an emotional day at Paradise, and away from the football, John Fallon was delighted to be reunited with his own European Cup winner’s medal.

    Thought to have been lost after the European Cup final in 1967, John Fallon’s medal was discovered by someone who recognised as it belonging to the Celtic goalkeeper, who was on the bench in Lisbon.

    The medal was donated back to the club, and the club in turn made sure the medal was returned to its rightful owner.  

    Speaking to Celtic TV, John Fallon said: “It feels great to be reunited with my medal, and I’ve got to thank Peter Lawwell and everyone at Celtic for going to all this effort and finding the medal that was lost. I did get a replica one at one point, but it didn’t seem the same. 

    “It was such a surprise, I got a phone call about a month ago from John Clark telling me that Peter wished to see me. He told me the story of how the medal had been found, so I was very proud to receive it and it adds to the collection.”

    Looking back, Lisbon Lion John described the mood at full-time following Celtic’s historic 2-1 win over Inter Milan as berserk, and said he’s as proud of that moment today as he was over 50 years ago in Portugal.  

    He added: “We were wading through scores of fans to get off the park and into the dressing-rooom. It’s such a great memory! We’ll never forget it, and it’s something everyone should be proud. For the Celtic supporters, we gave them something to look at that nobody else could." 

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