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Special magazine marks 50 years since historic sporting triumph

Two sister dailies commemorated 50 years since one of their patch’s biggest sporting achievements with a souvenir magazine.

The Glasgow Evening Times and The Herald marked half a century since Celtic became the first British Club to win the European Cup with the 24-page magazine, which was published today.

Celtic achieved the historic victory when they beat Inter Milan 2-1 in Lisbon, remarkably with a team who were all born within 30 miles of the club’s Celtic Park home ground.

The magazine includes interviews with members of the ‘Lisbon Lions’ team, the original match report, tributes from current players as well as fans looking back on their European odyssey from Glasgow to Lisbon to watch the famous match.

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Evening Times assistant sports editor Ken McNab, who produced the magazine, said: “This was a benchmark occasion for Scottish and British football. The Lisbon Lions were a bunch of footballers who all lived with a 50-mile radius of Celtic Park.

“They were moulded together by manager Jock Stein into the top team in Europe and have quite rightly gone down in history as one of Britain’s best-ever club sides.

“We thought it highly appropriate to mark the occasion with a special souvenir.

“Glasgow is a football-mad city and we owed it to those readers who are Celtic fans, as well as the wider football community, to remind everyone just how special this team was and how highly this amazing achievement is still regarded five decades down the line.”

Evening Times editor Graham Shields added: “The story of the Lisbon Lions is incredible, and we are lucky to have a sports journalist of Ken McNab’s quality to help us tell it to our readers.”