Celtic strode majestically into the history books in 1967 as the first British club to conquer Europe, and the iconic photograph of captain Billy McNeill holding aloft the glittering European Cup in the Lisbon sunshine is the defining image of that footballing era. Yet at the start of the decade, Celtic were a team plagued by defeats and in disarray both on and off the field. What brought about their remarkable transformation?
In Celtic: The Awakening, Alex Gordon enters uncharted territory to investigate the story of Celtic in the 1960s, an extraordinary decade in the club's roller-coaster 125-year history. Players of the era, good, bad and indifferent, are interviewed in depth in an attempt to unravel one of football’s greatest mysteries.
Sweeping through the ’60s and beyond, Celtic: The Awakening details the previously untold story of how a proud club rose from grief to glory, from dismay to delight.
This book is as close as you’ll ever get to being in the Celtic dressing-room in the ’60s.
Celtic: The Awakening highlights the utterly remarkable and welcome transformation of Celtic in the ’60s. It really took me back . . . I’ll never tire of reading about that European Cup win!
It was an unforgettable era for Celtic and all the players involved. For the supporters who missed those years, all I can say is read this and add your imagination. You’ll be there with us.
It was wonderful to be taken back in time to rekindle the greatest period in my playing career.