20 Facts About Jimmy Johnstone


James Connolly Johnstone was a Scottish footballer who played as an outside right.


Jimmy Johnstone scored 129 goals for Celtic in 515 appearances and was voted the club's greatest ever player by fans in 2002.


Jimmy Johnstone finished third in voting for the 1967 Ballon d'Or, and was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame when it was inaugurated in 2004.


Jimmy Johnstone was the youngest of five children born to Matthew and Sarah Jimmy Johnstone.


Jimmy Johnstone grew up in the family home on Old Edinburgh Road in Viewpark, North Lanarkshire, and he was educated at St Columba's primary school in Viewpark and then at St John's secondary school in Uddingston.


On reading that Stanley Matthews used to walk to Blackpool's ground wearing heavy boots to strengthen his leg muscles, Jimmy Johnstone began wearing pit boots and would sprint and play football in them.


Jimmy Johnstone's ability caught the eye of the English giants but, upon his return to Scotland, Celtic scout John Higgins persuaded him to sign for Celtic; He signed youth terms on the same day as left-back Tommy Gemmell, who lived a few miles away and would have a long association with the club.

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Jimmy Johnstone was again on the losing side, but scored his first senior goal.


Jimmy Johnstone scored a goal but it was disallowed due to a foul moments earlier by teammate John Hughes.


Jimmy Johnstone played in 25 league games, scoring six goals.


Jimmy Johnstone was one of the "Lisbon Lions", the team that won the then European Cup for Celtic in 1967.


Jimmy Johnstone had a morbid fear of flying, which Jock Stein used to great effect on one occasion.


Jimmy Johnstone played another 207 times for them in the Scottish Cup, League Cup and in Europe, for an overall total of 515 matches.


Jimmy Johnstone received further Ballon d'Or nominations in 1968 and 1969 placing 24th and 23rd, respectively.


Jimmy Johnstone later played for the San Jose Earthquakes, Sheffield United, Dundee, Shelbourne and Elgin City.


Jimmy Johnstone made his international debut for the full Scottish international side on 3 October 1964 in a British Home Championship match against Wales, in place of Rangers winger Willie Henderson.


Jimmy Johnstone pulled back another goal for Scotland when he chased a floated ball towards goal from a Jim Baxter free kick and, from close range, scored with a powerful shot off the underside of the bar.


However, the boat had no rowlocks to take the oars and Jimmy Johnstone found himself being taken out to sea by the tide.


Jimmy Johnstone was part of the Scotland squad that travelled to West Germany for the World Cup in the summer of 1974, but he didn't play in their three games.


When he approached Glasgow businessman and Celtic fan Willie Haughey in 1992 offering his medals for sale, Jimmy Johnstone instead received support and guidance from Haughey in combatting his addictions, and the two men remained close friends thereafter.