The Celtic Rising. 1965: The Year Jock Stein Changed Everything

From the earliest days of Celtic Football Club, it has been defying the odds, and often logic, to deliver incredible moments which we as supporters will never tire of recounting or reliving. The fairytale club.

Perhaps for the first time but definitely not for the last, Billy McNeill himself is a key figure in this latest Celtic fairytale of which he spoke many years later.

Hampden in the Sun

Since Willie Fernie’s man-of-the-match display at Hampden in the Sun back in October 1957, the Parkhead cupboard had been bare in terms of major honours. Seasons came and went but still those at the helm of our club could not find a way to write the next chapter of Celtic success.

By the end of 1964, those with green blood flowing through their veins could see no end to the dominance of the club in the south-west of the city, and indeed could only look on as teams from Edinburgh, Dundee and Dunfermline were providing the main challenge.

Magical ingredients

Like all fairytales, The Celtic Rising needed some magical ingredients to spark it off, and they would duly follow as the Hogmanay Bells sounded the end of one era and the beginning of something so special no-one could possibly have foreseen.

The Celtic Rising author David Potter was one of those long-suffering Celtic diehards who dreamed of the glories to come, and then witnessed the change which delivered those dreams…and then some.

Dominant force

Like so many of our triumphs of the past, it was as unexpected as it was thrilling, a wonderful old club rising from the depths of so many heart-breaking defeats and false dawns to once again become the dominant force in Scotland and position itself for an even greater adventure to follow.

In The Celtic Rising David will take you with him every step of the way of that journey through 1965, each emotion, each setback, then each of the fabulous, joyous moments which are now Celtic folklore. There is no one better placed to do so.

The Celtic Rising was published in autumn 2022, completely sold out before being re-printed. Again that second print-run sold out. However this wonderful Celtic book is available on Amazon kindle for half price, just £3.49. And it includes all the photographs in the hardback version. If you have a copy of that, congratulations, it’s going to be a collectors item in years to come.

Tragic loss 

Sadly David Potter passed away last summer, leaving behind a wonderful legacy of around two dozen Celtic books published. His last Celtic project was on Celtic in the 1980s and that will be published by Celtic Star Books, date to be confirmed.

Meanwhile here’s your chance to enjoy The Celtic Rising on your kindle for just £3.49.

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