Chalmers, who was 83 when he passed, wrote himself into Hoops folklore and scored the most important goal in the club’s long and illustrious history when he found the back of the net to score the winning goal against Inter in 1967 in the European Cup Final.
Chalmers’ goal ensured Celtic became the first British team to win the continent’s premier football competition, and his sad passing comes a matter of days after the death of Billy McNeill, the captain of the Lisbon Lions.
As you’d expect, the great and the good of the footballing world have been lining-up to pay their respects to Chalmers – including the Italian side he helped defeat almost 52 years ago to the day.
Speaking via the official Celtic website, Neil Lennon said: “This is desperately sad news and the thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club are with Stevie’s wife, Sadie, and their family at this extremely difficult time for them.
“In Celtic’s long and illustrious history, we have scored over 12,000 competitive goals since 1888. It is an impressive total, with some memorable goals scored by great players down through the years.
“Yet, it’s easy to pick the best and most important goal out of all of them. It came on May 25, 1967, in Lisbon’s Estadio Nacional and was scored by Stevie Chalmers.
“It was the winning goal and ensured Celtic became the first British team to win the European Cup. It created the legend of the Lisbon Lions and ensured the legendary status of all of those players.
“However, all of them remained humble and modest about their incredible achievements, and Stevie Chalmers epitomised the humility of Jock Stein’s great team.
“Stevie was a brilliant goalscorer for Celtic, with 231 goals to his name, but he was always a quiet and unassuming man whenever I met him, and happiest spending time with his fellow Lions.
“Like the rest of the Lions, Stevie was a Celtic supporter first and foremost, and, as supporters, we are all grateful for everything he did for this wonderful football club we all love.
“We are already a club in mourning, with Billy McNeill’s passing last week, and now we mourn the loss of another Lisbon Lion in Stevie Chalmers, Billy’s friend and former team-mate.
“We keep Stevie’s family in our thoughts, and also his fellow Lions who will also be devastated at this terrible news.”
Meanwhile, Rangers, Inter and various other clubs and footballing personalities have paid tribute to Chalmers online:
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