John Fallon


After the European triumph, Celtic reached the final of the World Club Cup the same year. They were in a two-leg final against Racing Club of Argentina. While warming up for the second leg, a brick (Sir Robert Kelly says it was a “flat iron bar”) thrown or catapulted by a member of the crowd, struck Simpson on the head. With Simpson unable to play as a result, Fallon was called on to keep goal in a bad-tempered second leg, and an even more bad-tempered replay.

Although Celtic lost the return leg, and the subsequent play-off in Uruguay, amid accusations of extreme foul play from the Racing players (an accusation later backed by UEFA), Fallon distinguished himself with a string of saves which caused one commentator to remark: “If that’s the reserve keeper, what must the other guy be like?”

Honours with Celtic

European Cup
League Championship winner
1965-66, 1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70, 1970-71

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