One of the greatest stories of the weekend came in the form of John Fallon’s reunion with his 1967 winners’ medal.
The Lisbon Lion thought he had lost his medal after the European Cup final against Inter Milan. But, in a terrific gesture, it was donated back to the club by someone who recognised it as belonging to Celtic.
On Saturday, it was returned to Fallon. It was a highly emotional day on the pitch at Parkhead. The life of Billy McNeill was celebrated in tremendous fashion. But for Fallon, it will have been emotional off the pitch too with his medal reunion.
Speaking to the Celtic website after being reunited with it, the former Celtic goalkeeper said the following:
“It feels great to be reunited with my medal. I’ve got to thank Peter Lawwell and everyone at Celtic for going to all this effort and finding the medal that was lost.
“I did get a replica one at one point, but it didn’t seem the same. It was such a surprise, I got a phone call about a month ago from John Clark telling me that Peter wished to see me.
“He told me the story of how the medal had been found, so I was very proud to receive it and it adds to the collection.”
A tremendous occasion and a fitting story
The tributes on the park before the game on Saturday were tremendous. You could feel the emotion generating around Parkhead. Celtic therefore deserve huge credit for the show they put on to celebrate Cesar.
But there was also something fitting about Fallon being reunited with his winners’ medal on that day too. It all just feels right, and as a Lisbon Lion, his reunion makes it all the sweeter.
Fallon didn’t actually play in the cup final in Lisbon. He was an unused substitute on the day, and was actually the only player not to play on cup final day.
Fallon spent a highly successful 13 years at Celtic. He won six Scottish league titles, two Scottish Cups, and five League Cups. He made 184 appearances at Parkhead, and therefore remains a key part of Celtic’s history.
On the day Celtic celebrated the life of their greatest ever captain, one of his team-mates was reunited with his European Cup winners’ medal. What’s not to love about that?