Jinky Remembered – ‘The pitch was my stage, the whistle meant it was showtime’

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On This Day in 2006 Celtic’s Greatest Ever Player Jimmy Johnstone sadly passed away.

“I was always an entertainer. The pitch was my stage, the whistle meant it was showtime,” said Jinky.

Below is an earlier tribute piece to Jinky written by Matt Corr which you might have missed previously. It’s a fine tribute to Jimmy Johnstone. Before that a poem written by Stephen McEwan from the Grangemouth No.1 CSC…

There’s a flash a turn and he spins away
The greatest ever Celt a legend of his day
A natural talent so hard to find
Wee Jinky Johnstone, one of a kind.

You were kicked and pulled all over the place
And played the game with style and grace
Small in stature but full of heart
You could play the full backs right off the park.

I was only a kid, back in the day
When in the Jungle the fans would sway
It’s Jinky they’d say he’s on the wing
And one and all the fans would sing.

And of Celtic’s all time greats
St Peters standing at the gates
Welcome Jinky we need you we are bang in trouble
We can’t let the Rangers get the double.

Now you’re up in heaven Jinky, and we miss you like mad
You were the greatest player that we ever had
Your part of god’s team and your playing up in heaven
We’ll never ever forget the magic number seven.

By Stephen McEwan from the Grangemouth No.1 CSC

‘Jinky – Planes, taxis and rowing boats,’ Matt Corr’s tribute is on the next page…

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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