Video – ‘The Big Cup,’ Liam McGrandles’ new song tells the story of Lisbon

HAVE A LISTEN to the new song written and performed by Liam McGrandles, it’s titled “The Big Cup” and tells the story of Celtic becoming the first British club to win the European Cup in Lisbon on 25 May 1967.

The Celtic support’s enduring passion for all things related to Lisbon is remarkable, the further on from the triumph the more remarkable a story it appears and the tribute at last week’s Europa League win over Rennes was superb and made even better because the visiting ‘French Celts’ joined in with their own torchlight tribute to the Lisbon Lions on the 67th minute.

And it has to be noted that over in Rotterdam on the same evening, where the Rangers were playing Feyenoord, the visiting fans from Glasgow were also singing their own (disgraceful) songs about the Celtic team that beat Inter Milan to win the European Cup in 1967.

The significance of that triumph is there for all to see in the tributes at Celtic matches on the 67th minute, by musicians like Liam McGrandles penning new songs like ‘The Big Cup’ and the Lisbon Lions living to this day living ‘rent free’ in the heads of the Ibrox support. Green with envy right enough.

Please note that Liam is playing an Irish/Celtic folk gig in Stirling’s “The Venue FK8” (The old Arcade) on Friday 27 December where he will be playing songs from both of his albums as well as many classic ballads and songs. Might go along myself!

About Author

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

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