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Jimmy Johnstone Dead 2006-03-13

Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Glasgow, Health, In Memoriam, Intolerance, Scotland.

‘Glasgow Celtic FC’ legend Jimmy Johnstone has died at the age of 61 after a long battle with ‘Motor Neurone Disease’ (‘MND’).

Mr.Johnstone was a member of the ‘Celtic FC’ ‘Lisbon Lions’ team, that became the first British side to win ‘The European Cup’ when they beat ‘Inter Milan FC’ in 1967. Mr.Johnstone scored over 100 goals for ‘Glasgow Celtic FC’, won 23 caps for ‘Scotland’ and in 2002 was voted the club’s greatest player by supporters of ‘Glasgow Celtic FC’. He was diagnosed with the motor neurone condition in 2001-11. His son Mr.James Johnstone, 35, said:

‘My dad passed away at 06:00 this morning. It hasn’t even begun to sink in yet for the family.’

Mr.Johnstone’s family later released a statement on ‘Glasgow Celtic FC’s’ website. It said:

‘Although Jimmy was one of the finest footballers ever, he was also a great man off the field as a husband, father and grandfather.

‘Despite serious illness, the courage, strength and appetite for life which Jimmy showed was an inspiration to everyone who met him.

Jimmy will be sadly missed by so many people but the memories he gave us all will live on forever.’

Born in Viewpark, Lanarkshire, Mr.Johnstone made his debut for the Scottish Association Football team ‘Glasgow Celtic FC’ in 1963. His dazzling ‘dribbles’ earned him the nickname ‘Jinky’ and he became part of the team that won nine consecutive ‘Scottish League’ titles between 1965 and 1974. The highlight of his career came when ‘Glasgow Celtic FC’ came from a goal behind to defeat ‘Inter Milan FC’ in ‘The European Cup’ final. His manager Mr.Jock Stein, who died of a heart attack in 1985, said Mr.Johnstone — with whom he had several ‘run-ins’ — was ‘better than Stanley Matthews‘.

After leaving ‘Glasgow Celtic FC’, he played for ‘San Jose Earthquakes FC’, ‘Sheffield United FC’, ‘Dundee FC’, Shelbourne FC’ and ‘Elgin City FC’ before retiring from soccer. Mr.Johnstone became an active campaigner for stem cell research after he was diagnosed with the condition. ‘Motor Neurone Disease’ (‘MND’) affects the nerve cells that send electrical signals from the brain, causing the muscles to waste away. About 1 200 people/year are diagnosed in the UK and sufferers have a life expectancy of two to five years.



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