Anniversary of Big Jock (R.I.P)

Bridie Bhoy

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Man Utd's marketing team have probably tried to pinch half of these to attribute to Sir Matt Busby, but Jock had such a powerful way with words. He could really connect with your heart with his eloquent turn of phrase.

 

Digger

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The great man said,( We are yesterday's men in this business,and soon forgotten) thankfully this has turned out to be incorrect for as long as Celtic excist and beyond Jock Stein will be remembered and never be forgotten,what He gave to Celtic and football in general will live forever RIP BIG MAN
 

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Spherical Planet

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Sometimes forget how relatively young Big Jock was when he tragically passed, but like Boab's tribute that opens this thread - he packed a helluva lot into a short period of time.

Where would Celtic be without Jock Stein?

There is that old adage about how one-man does not make a team, but I sincerely believe that Jock Stein proves the exception to that rule. He was the glue that bound the whole thing together and without this force of nature, it is arguable that Celtic could have went another 10-years without a title.

No 9-in-a-row. No Lisbon. No European Cup.

Bill Shankly said it best: "John, you're immortal now".

Truer words never spoken, for Jock Stein is immortally beloved
 
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boab1916

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Sometimes forget how relatively young Big Jock was when he tragically passed, but like Boab's tribute that opens this thread - he packed a helluva lot into a short period of time.

Where would Celtic be without Jock Stein?

There is that old adage about how one-man does not make a team, but I sincerely believe that Jock Stein proves the exception to that rule. He was the glue that bound the whole thing together and without this force of nature, it is arguable that Celtic could have went another 10-years without a title.

No 9-in-a-row. No Lisbon. No European Cup.

Bill Shankly said it best: "John, you're immortal now".

Truer words never spoken, for Jock Stein is immortally beloved
Now up were it belongs today on behalf of all the Bhoys on the Noise

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Spherical Planet

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Just on another note........

Jock Stein should have been regarded as the single biggest unifying force in this divided country.

He denied his protestant privilege and realised that many of Scotland's social problems could be sourced to the scourge of bigotry and sectarianism.

By willingly crossing the divide, he defied his family and his birthright, but he never spited a protestant for how he himself was betrayed and ensured that both Celtic and Scotland would be represented by the finest that this country had to offer regardless of their religion or culture.

If successive governments took a leaf out of his book. If religious leaders attempted to understand his reasoning. If educators took his lesson and conveyed it in the classroom, then I would hazard that the deep ravines that still scar this country would have been narrowed and shallowed significantly.

If he was supported by the institutions that govern us, then Jock Stein may have forever altered the mindset of ignorance that still besets this country.

If only others had an ounce of his courage and intelligence, then we may live in a very different Scotland today.
 
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