Photo Of The Day: The 1967 Coaching Staff

Today’s photo of the day shows the coaching staff at Celtic Park in 1967. Jock Stein was of course the leader of that iconic team, and his assistant was Sean Fallon. However, it is often forgotten that Neilly Mochan played a massive part in the team’s success.

Stein said that fitness was the most important aspect of his team achieving greatness. It was Mochan who took the fitness training and often lead from the front in mountain runs, despite being 15 years older than some players. As such, he had a very fundamental role in the club. Moreover, Mochan was nicknamed “Smiler” because of his great sense of humour and he was key to lifting the dressing room.

Stein, Mochan, Fallon, and Rooney were great friends. Together, they made Celtic a great place to be. Stein was the disciplinarian, Rooney the physio, but Fallon and Mochan were like the go between for the players and manager.

Their longevity of service to the club, and the impact they made as players, mean that they are bonified Celtic legends. What a fabulous management team.

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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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