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  • Celtic unveil statue in memory of the great Jock Stein

    Celtic unveil statue in memory of the great Jock Stein

    By: Newsroom Staff on 05 Mar, 2011 13:39

  • CELTIC Football Club is delighted to announce the unveiling of a bronze sculpture in memory of the great Jock Stein before Saturday's match with Hamilton.
     
    Produced by sculptor John McKenna, the statue is made in bronze and weighs 450kg. It is based on a 1967 image of Jock stepping off the team bus at Celtic Park on his return from Lisbon, clutching the famous European Cup.
     
    The granite base of the statue features the years of Jock’s life, his achievements as a Celtic player and Manager and his famous quote, 'Football without the fans is nothing'.
     
    Dignitaries at the unveiling ceremony included Jock Stein’s grandson, John Gartland, Celtic Chairman, John Reid, former Celtic Chairman, Fergus McCann, Celtic’s greatest ever captain, Billy McNeill, and members of the Lisbon Lions, along with other former players who had played in Stein's Celtic teams.
     
    Chairman John Reid said: “It gives the Club immense pleasure to unveil this statue in memory of the magnificent Jock Stein.
     
    “Jock will undoubtedly be remembered as one of world football’s greatest ever managers - a man of immense stature and someone who gave so much to Celtic, Scotland and the game of football in general.
     
    “As a player, and as a manager, when he lifted a remarkable 25 trophies, Jock Stein did the lot. Of course, to take our great club to the pinnacle of European glory in 1967 is something which will be forever the Club’s finest moment, an achievement which will always be Jock’s and always be Celtic’s.
     
    “Already Jock’s great name graces the famous ’Celtic End’ at Celtic Park, and the board of directors felt it was important that Jock now took his rightful place at the gates of Celtic Park.
     
    “He now stands at the steps of Paradise together with the club’s founder, Brother Walfrid, Jimmy Johnstone, the man voted Celtic’s greatest ever player and, of course, the wonderful Tommy Burns – a quartet of true Celtic greats.
     
    "'Football is nothing without the fans' – Jock’s famous words which now adorn this statue. A statue which our fans can now come and view as they pay tribute to this brilliant man."
     
    Lisbon Lions Captain and Celtic ambassador, Billy McNeill, added: “Jock Stein is a true great within the world of football and it is magnificent that we are now honouring him. I'm sure Jock’s family will be extremely proud.
     
    "He was one of the finest men and the greatest manager I ever worked with. He made us what we were as a team and he was the major factor in the Club’s success during his reign as manager – without him, absolutely none of it would have been possible.
     
    “Every Celtic supporter held Jock Stein in high esteem and Jock in return knew exactly what they contributed to the Club, that they were and are, the lifeblood of Celtic. I know our supporters will be delighted that he now stands at Celtic Park and is remembered in this way.”

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