Lisbon Lion’s 1967 European Cup winner’s medal to go under hammer

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The family of one of the Lisbon Lions is to auction off his archive of historic sporting items – including his 1967 European Cup winner’s medal.

Stevie Chalmers scored the 85th-minute winning goal in Portugal as Celtic beat Inter Milan to become the first British team to lift the trophy.

His medal from the victory is part of a collection with an estimate by McTear’s Auctioneers of £150,000-£250,000.

It includes medals from the League Cup, Glasgow Cup, Scottish Cup, Scottish First Division and 66/67 season Commemoration Medal.

Other items in the auction include the match-worn jersey of Inter Milan midfielder Gianfranco Bedin from the European Cup final, which Chalmers swapped at the end of the match.

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Match-worn shirts by Inter Milan’s Gianfranco Bedin and Brazil’s Pele (Wave/PA)

It has an estimate of £50,000 to £100,000.

The former Celtic striker died aged 83 in April last year just days after fellow Lisbon Lion and captain Billy McNeill.

Chalmers’ son Paul said it was a family decision to allow the collection to be sold with the blessing of his mother Sadie.

“It was a tight match and when dad scored the winner the house erupted.

“The team were all good friends and the Lions remained very close after they all retired.”

He added: “The Brazil game was a real highlight for my dad. He was surprised but very proud when Pele came over to swap jerseys at the end of the 1-1 draw at Hampden.

“From 2016 to his passing in 2019 was a very difficult time for the family and the experience put a lot of things into perspective.

“Dad’s medals and other memorabilia are with his six children and their families, and with mum’s blessing we all decided that the time was right to let another football fan become custodian of the archive.

“We will still have a million memories to share and that is what’s important.”

The 1967 European Cup winner’s medal is considered one of the most important pieces of British football memorabilia ever to come to auction (Wave/PA)

Also featuring in the auction along with Chalmers shirts, boots and various match programmes are Jimmy Johnstone’s “J777 NKY” car registration plate and a Llardo porcelain model of the Fifa World Cup trophy.

Brian Clements, managing director at McTear’s, said: “This is an incredibly important archive that tells a fascinating story of one of Scotland’s most famous footballers.

“Stevie Chalmers was a huge figure in the game and gained immortality with Celtic fans when he scored the winning goal in the 1967 European Cup final.

“It is extremely rare to find anything associated with the 1967 final appear at auction, but to see the match winner’s medal is quite remarkable.

“This is one of, if not the, most important pieces of Celtic memorabilia ever to come to auction and we expect there will be considerable interest from football fans and sports historians across the globe.”

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