Thousands of fans have lined the Celtic Way to say goodbye to club legend Stevie Chalmers. The scorer of the club’s greatest ever goal died last week at the age of 83 following a battle with dementia.
His death came less than a week after his former teammate Billy McNeill also passed away. The Celtic support, along with Chalmers’ friends and family, were once again left mourning as his cortege passed the stadium.
Former teammate Jim Craig was one of those in attendance and he told the BBC: “It has been a difficult week, losing another teammate.
“Stevie was a popular guy amongst fans and players alike. My thoughts are with the family and we hope the public in general will remember him greatly, as they will with that goal in Lisbon.”
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A lasting legacy
Chalmers won’t be an easy person to forget. His goal in the dying minutes on that hot Lisbon day in 1967 is part of the very fabric of Celtic Football Club. It helped Jock Stein’s men become the first ever British side to lift the European Cup.
However, his legacy will be about more than that one goal. In total, he netted 236 times in 431 matches – making him the fifth highest scorer in Celtic’s history.
His greatest triumph, though, was surviving tuberculosis meningitis after he was diagnosed with the deadly illness at the age of 20.
Stevie Chalmers will never be forgotten.