Celtic FC’s 1967 Lisbon Lions: Why the European Cup victory of the first club from Britain was a defining moment for the Irish diaspora in Scotland

John Kelly, Joseph M Bradley

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Abstract

In 1967, in Lisbon, Celtic Football Club, won the European Cup becoming the first club outside of Portugal, Spain and Italy to win it. The win was and is totemic for the Irish Catholic immigrant community in Scotland that has historically supported Celtic. We suggest the significance of the win reveals intersections of ethnicity, religion, nationalism, and the politics of ‘sectarianism’ in Scotland. During a period of discriminatory practices and attitudes towards Irish descended Catholics in Scotland, this iconic win for a Scottish based club born of Irish Catholics personified for this diaspora that (on one level) their day had arrived. This article explores the socio-cultural significance and legacy of ‘Lisbon 67ʹ for insider and outsider groups in Scotland. We reveal that soccer remains a central component of group memory connecting the past, present and future. We suggest Celtic’s win offered confidence and hope to a marginalized group within Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1041-1055
Number of pages15
JournalSoccer and Society
Volume20
Issue number7-8
Early online date20 Oct 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2019

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