Elton John remembered Celtic legend Billy McNeill

By Connor Gordon

April 24, 2019

Celtic legend Billy McNeill was remembered by popstar Elton John many years ago.

The former Hoops captain was lost at Watford FC while on a scouting mission with John Clark.

He may have wrote ‘Captain Fantastic’ but Elton was the one to help Celtic’s Captain Fantastic.

Not only did he direct the pair to Vicarage Road, but he also gave them the best seats in the house.

Elton John recognises Billy McNeill

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Fellow Lisbon Lion Clark tells the story of the pair going to Watford as part of Aberdeen’s management team.

Bertie Auld and John Clark lay down a wreath at Billy McNeill’s statue. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Somehow, the duo got lost close to the stadium and without a map or a hope, they were lost.

Clark told the Daily Record: “We had driven down and it was a really long drive but we couldn’t figure how to get into the Watford ground.

“We were going around a corner and who comes out of his car but Elton John and he instantly recognised Billy.

Elton John at Watford’s Vicarage Road. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

“So there was Elton John showing the two of us where to park and then rolling out the red carpet treatment because the two of us hadn’t a clue where we were going and he knew who Billy was! I couldn’t believe it.”

Billy McNeill remembered fondly

Elton John isn’t the only big star to remember McNeill.

Stars of the small screen including celeb fans such as Frankie Boyle paid tribute.


Even England legendary goalkeeper Peter Shilton paid tribute to the former Celtic captain.

Clubs from all over the world sent their condolences to the club showing just how much of an affect Billy had.

McNeill played over 800 times for Celtic between 1957 and 1975.

Billy McNeill in Scotland colours at Hampden Park. (Photo by Don Morley/Getty Images)

He earned 29 Scotland caps in that time and captained the side on many occasions.

As Hoops manager, he led the club to trophies and helped bleed through many heroes the Celtic way.

The world has lost a real icon and to be one you have to be recognised by others like you.

Billy had that and the world is worse off without him.