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Charlie Gallagher dies at 80 years old
Charlie Gallagher Dies at 80

Charlie Gallagher, a member of the Celtic team that won the European Cup in 1967, died at the age of 80.
Gallagher made 171 appearances for the club between 1958 and 1970, scoring 32 goals.

In the 1965 Scottish Cup final against Dunfermline, his corner brought up Billy McNeill’s winner, giving Celtic their first of many championships under Jock Stein.

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Two years later, when Stein’s team beat Vojvodina in the European Cup quarter-finals en way to the Lisbon final against Inter Milan, the same two players combined for the game-winning goal.

“He celebrated that triumph with his team-mates and has always been appropriately regarded as part of the Lisbon Lions group,” Celtic wrote in a statement on their official website on Sunday, despite Gallagher not being in the starting XI for the 2-1 win over Inter.

Gallagher won a clean sweep of Scottish honours with the club, including three league titles, and was the first Scottish-born player in history to play for the Republic of Ireland, winning two caps.

Celtic said: “Everyone at Celtic Football Club is extremely sad to hear of the death of Charlie Gallagher, who has passed away at the age of 80, and the thoughts and prayers of the whole Celtic family are with Charlie’s wife, Mary, his children and grandchildren, and all his family and friends.

“Over the course of 12 years, Charlie made a significant contribution to his beloved Celtic. [He] was a tremendously loved character among Celtic fans, who saw him as one of their own at all times.

His numerous accomplishments for Celtic Football Club will be remembered for the rest of his life.”

Celtic’s players will wear black armbands against Bristol City on Wednesday as a show of respect for Gallagher.

Gallagher went on to play for Dumbarton after leaving Glasgow, collecting 40 goals in 95 games before retiring in 1973.

“Everyone at Dumbarton FC is thinking of Charlie’s family and friends at this extremely sad time,” the club said in a statement on their official website.

 

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