‘To Lisbon and back on a Fiver,’ Jerry Woods

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NEXT UP in our revived Celtic Supporter’s Q&A is veteran Celtic supporter Jerry Woods, who has also shared some wonderful imagery with us from Celtic’s finest hour and a half in May 1967.

If you would like to take part in the Q&A simply email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk and we’ll send you over the questions. You then need to email back your answers and send a few of your personal Celtic related photographs for us to use. Look forward to hearing from you.

Now enjoy Jerry’s Q&A…

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am 74 married with 3 children; Pauline, Kevin and Geraldine and have 6 Grandchildren; Conor, Cara, Niamh, Liam, Brogan and Morven.

What does Celtic mean to you?

Celtic – a football team with no equals ever since their foundation by Brother Walfrid also my son in law Dominic Schiavone was on Celtics books for 3 years and played in the BP youth final against Aberdeen.

How long have you been supporting Celtic and can you remember much about your first ever game?

I’ve been supporting Celtic since 1951 – my first game was against East Fife at old Bayview (Charlie Tully scored). Bayview was a fortress in the 1950s!

Who were your early Celtic heroes?

Charlie Tully, Willie Fernie, John Higgins, Sean Fallon, Bobby Collins and Bobby Evans.

What’s your favourite Celtic song and why?

The 4 Leaf Clover – because it honours Fergus McCann.

How often to do you get along to the games these days and what’s your match day routine?

I am no longer able to attend any games – even though the Celtic are on the television – I still prefer to listen on the radio with family viewing the telly.

Have you traveled to an away day in Europe to see Celtic? If so can you tell us about your experiences?

25 May 1967 – age 23 only driver – drove from Methil to Lisbon and back in a 1957 series 3 Morris Oxford with 2 cousins and their 2 friends. I am in the process of writing a book about my Lisbon experience that I hope to title To Lisbon and back on a Fiver.

If Celtic could have one Lisbon Lion in his prime playing for us now, which Lion would you choose to play?

The full 11 plus John Hughes and Joe McBride – but if pushed it would have to be Bertie Auld for his undying attitude to Celtic.

Other than being at the game, what else do you enjoy about a trip to see Celtic?

I’m unable to attend any game – but if I did the Celtic must wear the Hoops!

How do you think this season has gone so far and are you confident that it will be a successful one for the Bhoys?

So far so good – hopefully the team has a great season – if not it’s not the end of world. Why? Because Celtic are Celtic.

How do you think Brendan Rodgers compares to the former Celtic bosses you have seen manage the team?

Brendan is up there with the best and history shall prove this.

Finally can you tell us a funny story about your time supporting the Hoops?

The week before the Lisbon trip – the Sunday Post had a story about a Lisbon Church of Scotland minister called the Rev Kenneth Tyson who wrote that anyone requiring help was to get in touch.

On day of final we required monetary help and decided to visit the Church of Scotland – only to find we could not get near the Church for hundreds of Celtic fans. This story was reported in newspapers.

*You could only take a small amount of currency out of the UK in 1967 and many Celtic fans were caught short, mostly due to their expenditure in the bars and cafes of Lisbon!

Remember, if you would like to take part in the Q&A simply email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk and we’ll send you over the questions. You then need to email back your answers and send a few of your personal Celtic related photographs for us to use. Look forward to hearing from you. This is open to Celtic supporters of all ages!

Also on The Celtic Star today…and please note that clicking on a few of these other stories makes a BIG difference to the success of this site. Go on, click on a few of these…

Jim Craig on the game at Hampden when he was looking for a hat-trick!…read HERE.

There’s been some devastating news for the Hacks…see HERE.

And we take a trip back to supporting Celtic in the early 1960s…see HERE.

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