The Official Celtic Opus
Born in Glasgow in 1934, Tom Campbell emigrated to Canada in 1956. After obtaining an Honours degree in English Literature from Ottawa’s Carleton University, he spent four years at St Paul’s in Alliston, southern Ontario as head teacher. He returned to Ottawa to become head of the English department at St Wilfred Laurier High School before taking on a similar post at the city’s largest high school, Glebe Collegiate. He has also taught in El Salvador.
Since returning to Scotland he has taught in various places on the east coast. He has combined his literary interest with a lifelong support of Celtic to become the author/co-author of 11 books on the history of the club, including The Glory and the Dream (with Pat Woods), Jock Stein: The Celtic Years (with David Potter), Tears for Argentina (a project which involved interviews in Buenos Aires with Racing Club players who took part in the infamous 1967 World Club Championship games) and the recently published Charlie Tully: Celtic’s Cheeky Chappie. He has also contributed to magazines such as The Celt and appeared on Celtic TV.
Tom Campbell contributed a profile on the Maley brothers and interviewed former Racing Club players.
As a professional footballer John Colquhoun played for 17 years for clubs including Hearts, Celtic, Millwall and Sunderland. A former chairman of the Scottish Professional Footballers’ Association, he has held a number of influential positions since his retirement from the game in 1997. John has an honorary degree awarded for his work as the Rector of Edinburgh University from 1997-2000 and served for two years as a member of the Scottish Sports Council. John co-founded the Key Sports Management agency in 1999, whose clients include Theo Walcott and David James, and he provides consultancy for a number of football clubs around Britain.
John Colquhoun reminisced on his short Celtic career in ‘I wore the Hoops’ and acted as a consultant/fixer for the Opus.
Jim Craig joined Celtic from Glasgow University’s football side in January 1965, halfway through the fourth year of a five-year degree course in dentistry. Over the following seven seasons – while qualifying as a dentist in October 1966 – he won seven League Championship medals, four Scottish Cup badges, three League Cups and was at right-back when Celtic became the first British team to win the European Cup in 1967. He was also capped by Scotland.
After leaving Celtic in 1972, Jim had spells with Hellenic in Cape Town and Sheffield Wednesday before returning to Glasgow, where he continued to juggle his work in dentistry with both writing and stints in TV and radio.
Jim has written two books: A Lion Looks Back, 1999, and Scotland’s Sporting Curiosities, 2003. Today, he hosts the Celtic web broadcast on matchdays and is a regular on Celtic TV.
Jim Craig was a member of the panel that selected the ‘Hall Of Fame’ inductees. He wrote ‘Dear Alexander’, ‘Secrets of the Lisbon Lions’ and ‘The Battle of Montevideo’. He also contributed a feature examining the evolution of training techniques and a short history of ‘The Huddle’ matchday ritual.
Paul Cuddihy has worked in journalism for almost 20 years, beginning at the Scottish Catholic Observer newspaper, before moving on to the Evening Times and then the Sunday Herald, where he was the sports production editor.
Paul has been the editor of the Celtic View since January 2001, joining ahead of the Treble-winning season, for which he takes absolutely no credit. Among the highlights of his time at the View are covering the 2002/03 ‘Seville season’, meeting and interviewing the late, great Tommy Burns, the Tannadice title triumph in May 2008, and commissioning Glasgow artist and writer, Alasdair Gray, to draw a special cover of the magazine to commemorate Celtic’s first appearance in the UEFA Champions League, an issue which remains one of the top sellers in the View’s history.
Paul Cuddihy co-wrote the Martin O’Neill interview and contributed a feature on the history of the Celtic View.
Tom Devine OBE
Tom Devine is the Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History and Palaeography and Head of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology in the University of Edinburgh. He was educated at Strathclyde University and then rose through the academic ranks at that institution from Assistant Lecturer until his appointment in 1993 as the Deputy Principal of the University. Between 1998 and 2005 he set up and developed the world’s first advanced research centre in Irish and Scottish Studies at Aberdeen University which was officially launched on St Andrew’s Day 1999 by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese. He was Glucksman Research Professor in Aberdeen until his move to Edinburgh.
Tom is the author or editor of some 30 books on Scottish history, Irish-Scottish studies and related subjects. His international bestseller, The Scottish Nation 1700 to 2007 (Second Edition, 2006), briefly outsold the adventures of Harry Potter in Scotland. His research achievements have been recognised by many prizes and awards including the OBE, four honorary doctorates and the Royal Gold Medal, Scotland’s supreme academic accolade. He has the unique distinction of having been elected to all three national academies in the British Isles – the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Irish Academy and the British Academy – the only UK-based historian to be so honoured.
The high point of his career was being invited to chair the proceedings when the statue of Brother Walfrid was unveiled at Celtic Park in 2007.
Tom Devine wrote ‘Birth of a Dream’ on Glasgow in 1888 and the true story of the Irish diaspora.
Lawrence Donegan was born in Stirling in 1961. He went to Glasgow University in 1979, graduated with an MA in politics and economics in 1983, and diversified to become the bass player with Scottish pop group The Bluebells, who had a number one single with the infuriatingly catchy Young at Heart. Lawrence later joined Lloyd Cole and the Commotions – once described by a gullible French journalist as ‘the most well-read group in the history of rock’ – before becoming a journalist in 1991. He is the author of a number of books, including the classic Four Iron in the Soul, tracking his season caddying on the European Tour, and is golf correspondent for The Guardian.
Lawrence Donegan interviewed Fergus McCann, ‘Dixie’ Deans and Brian McClair.
Glenn Gibbons has been covering Scottish football for more than 40 years, starting with D C Thomson & Co in Glasgow in January, 1967. He has since worked for the Daily Mail and as Scotland correspondent for The Guardian, The Observer and the Daily Telegraph, as well as contributing to a range of other newspapers and magazines. He took his present position as chief football writer of The Scotsman in 1999 and is a former Sports Journalist of the Year.
He has chronicled Celtic’s odysseys through Europe for almost four decades, his first foreign assignment being the trip to Lisbon in 1969 for the second-round tie with Benfica which was won, famously, on the toss of a coin after the teams had played out an aggregate 3-3 draw.
During his lengthy career, he has witnessed most of Celtic’s adventures – and occasional misadventures – under every manager since (and including) Jock Stein, in the process developing rewarding friendships with some of the most celebrated figures in the club’s history.
Glenn Gibbons wrote ‘Talent and Torment’, ‘The First Three Cups’, ‘The Road to Lisbon’, ‘Nine in a Row’, ‘Quality Street Gang’, ‘They Came to the East End Bearing Gifts’ and ‘The Celtic Carousel’. He also interviewed Pat Crerand, Billy McNeill, Bobby Lennox, and Sir Alex Ferguson.
Phil Gordon has been a football writer for over 20 years, cutting his teeth on the kids’ magazine Shoot – his own fave food is still scampi and chips – before broadening his horizons in England with the Northern Echo then moving home to the Evening Times, where he covered Celtic for five years in the Nineties. Scotland on Sunday then picked him up in a transfer swoop but for the last ten years he has been freelance, principally for The Times and The Independent, as well as serving a host of European magazines, including Germany’s prestigious Kicker.
He saw his first Celtic match at the age of six in December 1966, allowing him to witness the Lisbon Lions before they became famous. He has covered Celtic at home and abroad, everywhere from the back of a farm truck in a Dutch backwater on summer tour, to the vertiginous Nou Camp press box. As a writer, he was delighted to discover that his childhood hero, Bobby Lennox, did not have clay feet, and was privileged to witness the peerless Henrik Larsson.
Phil Gordon wrote ‘The Shadows of the Night’, ‘Seeing Red’, ‘European Gold’ and interviewed Murdo MacLeod, Lou Macari, Danny McGrain, Davie Provan, Roy Aitken, Paul Lambert, Shunsuke Nakamura and, last but not least, Tommy Burns, shortly before his death.
Tony Hamilton is the head of multi media at Celtic and has been at the club in various roles since the trauma of the season that was ‘Hampden’ in 1994/95. A lifelong Celtic supporter, he is involved in various aspects of the business including production of the club’s DVDs, commentary for Channel 67 (the ten-year-old portal which allows overseas supporters to watch every match live), the matchday experience, the official website and the production of various events such as Player of the Year and the club’s AGM.
Tony is the father of six unruly weans and the ‘nonno’ of one. Many of the children and his wife, Lynne, are season-ticket holders at Celtic Park too. Though, having just completed the Official History DVDs, two and the half years in the making, they’re not tired of looking at him…
Tony Hamilton wrote the Wim Jansen feature and interviewed George Connelly and Martin O’Neill.
Teddy Jamieson’s day job as staff writer on the Herald Magazine usually involves interviewing artists, actors, writers and film stars. But he has also managed to speak to the odd footballer. Over the years he has quizzed Frank McAvennie on cocaine and womanising and Paul Gascoigne on drinking and suicidal tendencies.
He can still find his way to Stark’s Park blindfold thanks to his days in the mid-1990s spent covering the lower reaches of Scottish football as a match reporter. More recently, he has been nominated for a few journalism awards but never won anything, which makes his trophy for winning the intermural five-a-side football contest at Stirling University in 1985 all the more cherished.
Teddy Jamieson interviewed Sandy Jardine.
Hugh MacDonald is chief sportswriter of The Herald. He was captain of the St Joseph’s Primary School, Clarkston, team of 1967 whose achievements were cruelly overlooked because of the success of a side from the East End in the same year. He has watched Celtic from the late 1950s onwards, having been taken to a game by his grandfather before he even started school – Hugh, that is, not his grandfather. His Celtic idols were Jimmy Johnstone and Bobby Murdoch. Still are. He has contributed to Celtic Minded.
Hugh MacDonald wrote ‘Dance to the Music of Time’, ‘Dreams and Songs to Sing’, ‘The Fall of La Grande Inter’ (with Pat Woods), ‘The Johnstone Mysteries’, ‘Bobby Murdoch and the Battle of Britain’, ‘Fantasy Football’, and several mini-features in the Statistics chapter. He also interviewed Artur Boruc and Aiden McGeady and co-wrote the Dixie Deans interview.
In a 17-year newspaper career Ron MacKenna has been the chief reporter of The Scotsman, political editor of the Daily Record and was for six years a news reporter on The Herald and Evening Times. To escape the madness of such occupations he sought solace as a season-ticket holder at Celtic Park where the glorious twists and turns of Tommy Burns’ managerial career burned themselves forever into his memory. He is currently a practising lawyer specialising in criminal law and writes columns on food and politics for The Herald and the Scottish Mirror. He has written two books: Keep The Faith, co-authored with Carlos Alba, and DNA.
He lives in Glasgow with his wife, Debbie, and two Celtic- daft children, Calum and Luca.
Ron MacKenna went behind the scenes on a UEFA Champions League night at Celtic Park to write ‘The Secret Army’.
James MacMillan CBE
James MacMillan is a composer whose music is played all over the world. He studied as an undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh, and completed his doctoral studies at the University of Durham. He has numerous honorary doctorates and fellowships from various British universities and colleges and was awarded a CBE in 2004.
James has a wide range of interests, some of which impact on his music. He is an outspoken commentator on political, cultural and religious topics and writes for various journals. He is contributing editor to the Catholic Herald and Scottish Catholic Observer. He has been a Celtic fan since the Lisbon Lions days – his first live game was the 1969 League Cup Final, when Celtic won 6-2 against Hibernian.
For the unveiling of the Brother Walfrid statue at Celtic Park in 2005, James wrote a commemorative work for the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann musicians of Coatbridge – Walfrid, On His Arrival at the Gates of Paradise.
James MacMillan presents his musical tribute to Brother Walfrid in the Opus.
Archie Macpherson first broadcast for the BBC in 1962. He was a school teacher at the time. His first foreign broadcast was in Lisbon at the 1967 European Cup Final, as co- commentator with the late Kenneth Wolstenholme. He then became principal presenter and commentator for Sportscene, BBC Scotland’s main football programme.
During this career he commentated on seven consecutive World Cups, starting in 1974 in Germany, and broadcast coverage of ten European football finals as well as reporting and commentating on four Olympic Games.
He left the BBC in 1990 to go freelance and has broadcast for Eurosport, Radio Clyde, Scottish Television and ESPN. In 1992, while with Radio Clyde, he won the Sony Gold Prize as Commentator of the Year. He has written four books including a post-war history of the Old Firm, a survey of his broadcasting career, an assessment of Scottish football over the past four decades, and a best-seller, Jock Stein, The Definitive Biography.
Archie Macpherson contributed a profile on his friend Jock Stein.
Willy Maley is Professor of English Literature at Glasgow University. Together with Ian Auld, Bertie’s brother, he wrote The Lions of Lisbon (1992), a play celebrating the silver anniversary of Celtic’s European Cup victory. Directed by Libby McArthur and starring Frank Gallagher, Gary Lewis and Martin McCardie, it played at theatres throughout Scotland. A season- ticket holder in the Lisbon Lions Stand, Willy was a columnist for the Celtic View during the 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons. He also contributed essays to Celtic Minded Volumes 1 and 2, and is in the squad for Volume 3. Although he’s not related to the one and only Willie Maley, Willy campaigns tirelessly – friends would say tediously – for a Willie Maley Stand at Celtic Park. One of nine children born to a father who was himself one of nine, Willy has celebrated and suffered through nine-in-a-row and is looking forward to ten and more.
Willy Maley wrote a poem in tribute to the late Tommy Burns.
Joan McAlpine’s career in journalism began on The Greenock Telegraph in 1987, her local newspaper. She went on to work as a feature writer and columnist for The Scotsman and The Sunday Times where she won the coveted title of Journalist of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards in 1999. More recently, she has been a newspaper executive, and was the first female deputy editor of The Herald (2001-06). She is currently assistant editor (features) of The Sunday Times in Scotland.
Joan’s columns are always lively and incisive, whether she is talking about the row over Artur Boruc’s blessing, or analysing the latest wrangle in the Scottish parliament. Joan has an Honours degree in history from Glasgow University, which she still finds useful in turning fact into cogent argument. She first visited Celtic Park at the invitation of Fergus McCann and was impressed by the club’s family-friendly nature. Since then she has attended regularly with her two daughters and female friends Margaret and Rosie.
Joan McAlpine interviewed Neil Lennon and John Reid.
Rob McCaffrey is a television presenter. He is most notable for presenting shows such as Goals On Sunday and You’re On Sky Sports and replacing Jeff Stelling as presenter of Soccer Special (the midweek version of Soccer Saturday).
Rob earned a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Liverpool and studied for a post-graduate degree in journalism at Lancashire Polytechnic. After working in radio for a few years, he graduated to the rank of news producer at BBC Radio Shropshire but left to begin a career in television in 1987 at Granada TV where he presented and reported on local programmes, including North-West football show Kick-Off. Rob was nominated for a Royal Television Society award for a 1994 documentary he produced during Liverpool’s pre-season tour to South Africa featuring John Barnes and an interview with Nelson Mandela.
Before joining Sky Sports as host of You’re On Sky Sports, Rob spent some time as a radio presenter at talkSPORT. In June 2007, he left Sky to join Showtime Arabia and present their English Premiership coverage.
Rob McCaffrey interviewed John Barnes and John Hartson.
Hugh McIlvanney OBE
Hugh McIlvanney OBE is widely regarded as the outstanding sportswriter of his generation. Winner of the two main British Sports Journalist of the Year awards a combined total of a dozen times, he is the only sports specialist to have been voted Journalist of the Year and the first foreign writer to be honoured by the Boxing Writers’ Association of America. In 2005 he was among the 40 journalists inducted at the founding of the British Newspaper Hall of Fame.
Born in Kilmarnock, Hugh began his career as a news reporter with the Kilmarnock Standard, the Daily Express and The Scotsman. In 1962 he joined The Observer in London, soon becoming the newspaper’s chief sports correspondent, a post he held (punctuated by a spell writing international news and features for the Daily Express) until 1993, when he moved to the Sunday Times as chief sportswriter. Having stepped down in 2002, he now writes a weekly column for the paper. Over the years Hugh has written and presented several television documentaries, including the highly acclaimed The Football Men. He has published collections of his work on boxing, football and horse racing and co-wrote Managing My Life, Sir Alex Ferguson’s bestselling autobiography. A long-standing member of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year judging panel, he is also chairman of the selection panel for the Scottish Football Hall of Fame, inaugurated in 2004.
Hugh McIlvanney wrote a profile of Jimmy Johnstone.
William McIlvanney is the greatest Scottish novelist of his generation. Born in Kilmarnock in 1936, he was employed for 15 years as a teacher before concentrating full-time on writing. Usually set in the west of Scotland, his novels are windows into the male psyche and illuminate parts of Scottish culture and society few dare contemplate. Docherty, published in 1975, brought him the Whitbread prize. Its eponymous hero may be a man small in stature but he is “too formidable to be patronised.” The same could said about many of McIlvanney’s characters, including Dan Scoular in The Big Man, which was filmed with Liam Neeson in the title role.
Long before it became fashionable, Willie portrayed crime in Glasgow through the eyes of his detective Jack Laidlaw, on whom many imitators have been modelled. Never one to get stuck in a rut, Willie has written poetry, essays and award- winning columns for newspapers, which value his trenchant views, sense of humour and nationalist integrity. His most recent novel is Weekend, which was published in 2006 to ecstatic reviews.
Willie McIlvanney wrote a profile on John Thomson.
Jack McLean is one of Scotland’s most gifted and well-known journalists. He is also an artist, broadcaster and author, whose latest book, The Compendium of Nosh (An A-Z of Food), was published to widespread critical acclaim. Jack was an art teacher at a Glasgow secondary school when he began to write wry columns for The Times Educational Supplement. Before long he was writing for the Glasgow Herald who soon realised that they had a rare writing talent on their hands and offered him a full-time job. His Friday columns for the paper soon became required reading for their elegance, razor-sharp wit and no little controversy, and were savoured by those who cherish the English language.
Jack, never shy to promote himself, is also a well-known Glasgow character with his trademark black fedora, bespoke suits and grand overcoats. His favourite drinking emporiums knew never to run out of his favourite blended whisky if they wanted to retain his custom. Jack was persuaded to move east to The Scotsman newspaper in 1998, but his lugubrious Glasgow humour did not travel well to Edinburgh and this proved to be a short-lived arrangement. He was soon back at his spiritual home at The Herald before leaving to concentrate on book projects.
Jack McLean wrote ‘My Dear Green Place’.
Andy Mitten, the great-nephew of 1940s Manchester United star Charlie Mitten, set up the independent fanzine United We Stand (which he still edits) in 1989, aged 15. He has seen United play in 34 countries, encompassing all six continents. He writes for The Independent and FourFourTwo magazine and has also worked for GQ, Esquire, The Guardian, MUTV and the BBC as well as magazines and newspapers in Japan, Ireland, Scandinavia, Germany, Spain and South Africa.
Andy has written or co-written numerous books, including the bestselling The Rough Guide to Manchester United and Pat Crerand’s autobiography, Never Turn the Other Cheek.
Andy Mitten co-wrote the Pat Crerand interview.
Sam Pilger is a freelance writer who interviews the great and the good of the sporting world for The Times magazine, FourFourTwo, Esquire, The Independent, Spin, Champions and Inside Sport. He was previously the deputy editor of both United magazine, and then Britain’s biggest-selling football magazine, FourFourTwo. Sam is also the author of several sporting books, including The Treasures of Manchester United, For Club and Country, The Ashes Match of My Life and Victory! The Battle for the Ashes 2005.
Sam Pilger interviewed Scott McDonald.
David W Potter
David William Potter was born in Forfar in 1948, and has supported Celtic all his life, a passion that he inherited from his father and grandfather. He first saw Celtic play at Dundee on a rainy day in 1958.
He was educated at Forfar Academy and won the Dux Medal in 1965 before going on to St Andrews University to study Latin and Greek. He taught at Glenrothes High School for 32 years between 1971 and 2003. He is now semi-retired and teaches part-time at Osborne House School, Dysart.
He has written several books about Celtic, including biographies of Willie Maley, Jock Stein (co-authored by Tom Campbell), Jimmy Quinn, Patsy Gallacher, Jimmy Delaney and Bobby Murdoch. He has also produced The Encyclopaedia of Scottish Football with Phil H Jones.
David W Potter wrote ‘The Joy Of Six’, ‘Rulers of the Empire’ and profiles on Jimmy Quinn, Dan Doyle, Jimmy McGrory and Patsy Gallacher.
Davie Provan is one of the finest wingers ever to play for Celtic. He was born in Gourock and first came to prominence as a professional footballer with Kilmarnock. He joined Celtic in 1978 for a club record fee of £120,000. He made an immediate impact as he helped Celtic to the title that season. Davie went on to win three more titles with Celtic and two Scottish Cups, plus ten caps for Scotland, before illness forced his premature retirement from the game in 1987.
He then carved out a new career for himself as one of Scotland’s sharpest radio and television football pundits. He has been broadcasting for Radio Clyde for more than 20 years and combines that with his duties as a match analyst on Sky Sports. Since 2007 he has also been writing a provocative but authoritative football column for the News of the World.
Davie Provan interviewed Charlie Nicholas and Frank McAvennie.
A former Sunday Times Scottish business editor and winner of four press awards as a freelance journalist, Francis Shennan’s work has appeared in The Herald, Scotland on Sunday, The Times, The Guardian, The Scotsman, Mail on Sunday and Independent on Sunday.
His subjects have included football finance, fraud, organised crime and terrorist racketeering, and involved accompanying official missions to Europe and the United States, making a midnight amphibious landing with the Royal Marines Reserve and spending a week aboard a Royal Navy nuclear submarine.
A graduate in law, Francis has taught Media Law at Napier, Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian Universities, and at Associated Newspapers and Johnston Press. His media and reputation management courses have been used by companies including Bank of Scotland, Scottish Widows and KPMG. He is the author of two books: Flesh and Bones: A Life of John Napier and Rebels in Paradise: The Story of the Celtic Buy-out.
Francis Shennan wrote ‘The Battle to Save Celtic’.
Andrew Smith has been a football writer on Scotland On Sunday for the past ten years and previously spent time at the Evening Times, these two posts allowing him to attend both World Cup and European Championship finals.
He began his career at Celtic’s club magazine the Celtic View in October 1989, and for the club’s sake it is just as well he left in January 1998. For in the intervening eight-and-a-bit years Celtic won a grand total of no league championships, a situation recitified within months of him leaving. In some quarters, he is still refered to as ‘Celtic’s Jonah’.
Andrew Smith interviewed Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell.
Graham Spiers is the most decorated Scottish sportswriter of his generation, having been honoured seven times at the Scottish Press Awards, including being voted Sportswriter of the Year on four occasions.
The son of a Baptist minister, who grew up a Rangers supporter, Graham began writing about sport after graduating in Divinity from St Andrews University in 1987. He has written for the Sunday Times, Scotland on Sunday, The Guardian and the Daily Telegraph. From 2001 to 2007 Spiers was the chief sportswriter of The Herald, where he wrote Paul Le Guen: Enigma, the book chronicling Le Guen’s six months as manager of Rangers. In January 2007 he resigned from The Herald to take up a position on The Times.
Graham regularly broadcasts on the BBC and STV, and in the summer of 2008 completed his fourth BBC radio series, Sons of the Manse, in which he interviewed a range of public people about their experience of being the offspring of clergy.
Graham Spiers interviewed Gordon Strachan.
Susan Swarbrick is an award-winning writer at The Herald in Glasgow, where she has worked for the past seven years. Prior to that she was on the staff at The National Post in Toronto, Canada. Swarbrick has been writing about sport since her teens when, in a decidedly less glamorous version of Almost Famous, she pestered the then sports editor of Scotland on Sunday to give her a job. If only for the peace and quiet, said editor dispatched her to do an investigation into inequality in Scottish golf. Within hours Swarbrick had managed to get herself ejected from all of the top clubs in St Andrews, including the prestigious Royal and Ancient.
Susan Swarbrick interviewed Celtic fans around the world for ‘We are Celtic Supporters’ and spent an afternoon with football’s ultimate WAGs – the wives of the Lisbon Lions.
Michael Tierney has been a journalist and writer for 15 years, the last ten of which were spent at The Herald newspaper in Glasgow. He has twice been named Feature Writer of the Year at the prestigious British Press Awards, and is three-time winner in succession of the Feature Writer of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards. He is currently Magazine Writer of the Year at the same awards. In 2007, he was the recipient of the coveted Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism and was awarded the Lorenzo Natali Prize for Journalism (Europe). Previously, he has been shortlisted for a Washington Post Fellowship. He is now editor of the Burj Khalifa Opus.
Michael has been a Celtic fan since childhood and one of his best memories is the first game he attended with his father, John – Celtic v Sporting Lisbon in November 1983. He wrote about this for the Celtic Opus and although his father, who had a major stroke in 2002, will never be able to read this piece Michael is comforted by the lessons he was taught back then about how to love Celtic. And about how to love family more.
Michael Tierney wrote the aforementioned ‘My First Game with Dad’, ‘The Ghost of Brother Walfrid’, ‘The Eternal Flame’, ‘We. Were. There’, ‘The Passing of Jock Stein’, The Prodigal Returns’, and ‘Kenny’, a profile of Kenny Dalglish. He also interviewed John Divers Jnr, John Hughes, Joe McBride, Jim Craig, Bertie Auld, Agnes Johnstone and Henrik Larsson.
Brian Wilson is currently a director of Celtic Plc and, in 1988, wrote the club’s official centenary history, Celtic – A Century with Honour. A native of Argyll, he was an award-winning journalist before becoming the Labour Member of Parliament for Cunninghame North in 1987, serving for 18 years. Brian held five Ministerial offices before leaving politics in 2005, when he was invited to join the Celtic board. He is married with three children and now lives on the Isle of Lewis.
Brian Wilson wrote the introductory essay to the Opus on the composition of Celtic’s ‘DNA’ and a profile of Michael Davitt.
Pat Woods was born in Bangor, North Wales, in June 1946, but has lived most of his life in Glasgow. Inducted into the folklore and unique appeal of Celtic by his father at an early age, he has watched the team for close on 55 years.
He has been the author/co-author of nine books on the history of the club, including: One Afternoon in Lisbon (1988, with Kevin McCarra), recalling Celtic’s momentous 1967 European Cup-winning campaign; The Glory and the Dream: A History of Celtic (1986, with Tom Campbell); and Oh, Hampden in the Sun (1997, with Peter Burns), the story of Celtic’s 7 – 1 victory over Rangers in the 1957 League Cup Final viewed in the social context of life in the West of Scotland at the time.
Pat has previously applied his vast knowledge of the club as a contributor/consultant to videos – The Official History of Celtic Football Club (1988) and Lionhearts: European Glory 1966/67 (1992) – and has contributed to Glasgow newspaper, the Evening Times, the official club magazine, the Celtic View, and The Celt fanzine.
Pat Woods collated the archive pieces that appeared in the Hall of Fame chapter, co-wrote ‘The Fall of La Grande Inter’ and contributed a brief history of ‘The Jungle’. He also checked all Opus text for historical accuracy.
Frank Hannaway was born in Viewpark in 1956 and has been a life-long supporter of Celtic. Frank’s interest in the history and statistics of the club started in the 1960s when he inherited a collection of Celtic Football Guides. This interest has developed over the years and resulted in many hours being spent in the Mitchell Library in Glasgow researching the newspaper archives for more historical details.
In the last few years, the work has expanded into researching archived footage of Celtic. This has involved confirming that footage existed at one time and establishing that it is still held by an existing media company. The results of this work has contributed to the Celtic: The Official History and Celtic: The Irish Connection productions.
Frank is now the club’s official statistician and is currently working on a database of results which will record available detail of all games played by the club, including minor cup ties, tour games and friendly matches. The ultimate goal is to give Celtic fans access to the most comprehensive look at Celtic’s results ever.
Frank Hannaway compiled the statistics summary in the ‘Hall of Fame’ chapter and the entire ‘Statistics’ chapter.
Scottish-born photojournalist Harry Benson arrived in America with The Beatles in 1964. Harry has photographed every US president from Dwight D Eisenhower to George W Bush; was just feet away from Bobby Kennedy the night he was assassinated; in the room with Richard Nixon when he resigned; on the Meredith march with Martin Luther King Jnr; next to Coretta Scott King at her husband’s funeral; on manoeuvres with the IRA; was there when the Berlin Wall went up and when it came down; and covered the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans.
Harry was honoured with a Doctor of Letters from the Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow University in 2007. Twice named NPPA Magazine Photographer of the Year, Harry received the 2005 Lucie Award for Lifetime Achievement in Portrait Photography; the 2005 American Photo Magazine Award for Achievement in Photography; the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Scottish Press Photographers Association; and has twice received the Leica Medal of Excellence. He has had 40 solo gallery exhibitions – including a major retrospective exhibition of his photographs at Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow, in 2008 – and 13 books of his photographs published.
Under contract to LIFE magazine from 1970 to 2000, Harry is presently contracted to Vanity Fair magazine, and he photographs for Architectural Digest, Newsweek and many other major magazines.
Harry lives in New York with his wife, Gigi, who works with him on his book and exhibition projects. Their two daughters, Wendy and Tessa, live and work in Los Angeles.
Personally selected photos from Harry Benson’s archive appear in the Opus.
Angela Catlin (http://www.angelacatlin.com) first came to notice as a young photographer with her book Natural Light, a collection of 49 portraits of Scottish authors. The book, critics said, set a benchmark for work of its type. She became a staff photographer with Scotland’s leading newspaper The Herald, winning many awards, before beginning a freelance career.
Her work has taken her to trouble spots all over the world including Syria, Rwanda, Gaza, Cambodia, Columbia, Guatemala and Haiti. She also covered the devastating impact of the tsunami in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. An exhibition of her work ‘Life After Iraq’, documenting the plight of Iraqi refugees has been running at the Museum of Religious Life in Glasgow.
Her love of football is in her genes – her grandfather Ted Catlin played for Sheffield Wednesday and England. And the team she supported growing up was Celtic so she enjoyed the opportunity to be a fly on the wall at the marvellous new training centre in Lennoxtown.
Angela Catlin shot ‘The Dream Factory’ photo essay.
Adam Elder took a degree in Photographic Arts from 1985 to 1988. And learned nothing! He subsequently worked as a photo-printer at Scotland on Sunday newspaper and then joined as a staff photographer, becoming the youngest ever winner of Sports Photographer of the Year in 1991. Several other awards for sports photography followed while working at the paper until 2000 when he left to run his picture agency, Scottish Viewpoint, which is the largest resource of Scottish- based photography in the world. He is now Official Photographer for the Scottish Parliament and teaches photography at Stevenson College in Edinburgh.
Adam Elder took the photographs for the title page and final page of the Opus, an exclusive picture inside ‘The Huddle’, insider photos for ‘The Secret Army’ and the Neil Lennon interview and the Celtic Park time sequence pictures.
After a two-year stint at art college, Sydney-based George Fetting worked in newspapers, but after a decade and a half got some sense and has freelanced ever since.
He specialises in portraits and travel and has won a number of national and international prizes, including the 2008 Australian Travel Photographer of the Year award. He has worked for Travel + Leisure, Time, The Sydney Morning Herald and a number of advertising clients. George’s favourite assignments are travel-related commissions, and one of his portraits taken in Cuba has been selected by National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize to hang in London in November 2008.
George Fetting photographed Celtic fan Linda Tully for ‘We are Celtic Supporters’.
David’s obsession with the black-and-white still image developed in his early teens observing the posters and photographs on the walls of the boxing clubs where he trained. Aged 16, he got fed up with being punched, but still loved the atmosphere and characters in the boxing world, so he returned to the clubs with a camera and started to take photographs.
In the late 1990s, David won a couple of local photographic competitions with his documentary street scenes of Glasgow life and began to secure regular commissions from several of Scotland’s leading broadsheet newspapers and magazines, whilst juggling his day job in the construction industry.
Through regular commissions, David further developed as a photographer and was able to quit his full-time employment in 1999 and devote all of his time and energy to long-term photographic projects which interest him. He has since won numerous honours including Photo Essay of the Year at the 2007 Scottish Press Photography Awards and the 2005 UNICEF Photo of the Year.
In September 2008, he was one of just three photographers selected from among 153 applicants from 26 countries to receive a $20,000 grant offered under the Getty Images Editorial Grant Programme to fund his latest project, focusing on the culture of violent knife crime in his home city, Glasgow.
David married Kirsty in 1999 and has two sons, Cameron Jack (aged six), and Brodie Mac (four).
David Gillanders shot the ‘The Road to Paradise’ photo essay.
Jeff Holmes began his photographic career while still at school… which didn’t always go down well with his teachers! After cutting his teeth on a local newspaper in the Home Counties, he moved across the border to work for a small press agency in Scotland. From there a spell of celebrity spotting beckoned as he spent a few years in the South of France with a press agency covering high-profile events such as the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix.
On his return to Scotland, Jeff linked up with former colleague and friend Jim McCann to form SNS Group, which is now the top independent sports and corporate photographic agency in Scotland covering events at home and abroad for a host of media clients and blue-chip companies.
Jeff Holmes photographed Celtic chairman John Reid and Hoopy the Huddle Hound.
Scott Hunter has an unusual view of life. When people are crowding around to shoot something important, you can bet he’s photographing them doing it, or facing the other way, looking at something everyone else has missed.
Images are his life. As a professional retoucher, his attention to detail helps when he’s behind the lens, fixing or moving things before shutter release that most people would leave to the “forgotten ones in the retouching studio”.
After qualifying as a graphic designer, a lengthy trail of photographing products, mock-ups and the odd stock shot replacement to keep costs down for whatever agency he was with, his love of images was rewarded when he joined O Hub Limited, the digital origination house for Opus Media Group PLC, allowing him to work with some of the best images around.
Scott Hunter shot the oblique views of Celtic Football Club that appear on the chapter title pages and the endpapers.
John Ingledew’s photographs have appeared in The Observer, The Times, The Sunday Times and The Mail on Sunday. He has worked for numerous magazines, newspapers, design groups and agencies and photographed everything from open-heart surgery to Oscar winners. The author of four photographic books – most recently, And Now You’re going to Believe us (2007) – John is course leader in Editorial and Advertising Photography at The University of Gloucestershire and a visiting Lecturer at The Dong Hau University in Shanghai, China.
John Ingledew photographed Gordon Strachan behind the scenes and Hoopy the Huddle Hound on the pitch at Celtic Park.
Richard Legge discovered photography during a trip to Germany at the age of ten to visit his uncle, an art teacher, on an army camp. His uncle showed him his camera, talked the youngster through the basics, and that was that.
After pursuing his interest at school and via a degree at Norwich School of Art, Richard began assisting in London, notably Saul Fletcher, the art photographer. His first big break came when he was asked to shoot a music portfolio for Vanity Fair, photographing, among others, So Solid Crew, Beth Orton and Ms Dynamite. He now does mainly portrait work in the fields of music, acting and sport.
Richard Legge photographed Dermot Desmond and Henrik Larsson.
Russell Lee was born and brought up in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, where he developed a love of photography in his teens. He studied photography and film at university before moving to London where he started to work as a music photographer. Picture agency Millennium Images took on his portfolio and his work was subsequently used to illustrate articles and features (as well as front covers) in New Scientist magazine, and various educational book covers.
Russell has also been commissioned to do shoots for publishers such as Random House and Faber while continuing to have his work published in various magazines such as Time Out and Kerrang!. A keen musician, Russell has travelled as far afield as Japan to perform at festivals, and never forgets to take his camera with him.
The Celtic Opus is the fourth Opus Russell has worked on.
Russell photographed Martin O’Neill, Jilli Blackwood, Lou Macari, John Colquhoun, and eight of the fans who appear in the ‘We are Celtic Supporters’.
Simon Murphy decided on a career in photography when, after leaving school and working as a postman, his boss approached a colleague with a tie to mark 25 years’ service. ‘25 years for a tie! I’m getting out before I get mine!’, he thought.
He specialises in portraits of actors, musicians and, now, footballers, his sitters including John Hurt, Gordon Ramsay, David Gray, Paolo Nutini, David Hasselhoff and Henrik Larsson. “Shooting for the Celtic Opus has been a fantastic experience,” Simon says. “Photographing the greats of past Celtic teams has been the highlight, especially the day I took my brother Stef along to a golf trip with the ‘Lisbon Lions’.
“Another highlight was the shoot with Charlie Nicholas and Frank McAvennie. I brought along a couple of bottles of champagne and glasses to get the party started. I shouldn’t have bothered with the glasses as the boys got tucked into the champagne straight from the bottles! That combined with Frank’s stories – I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard!”
Simon, 31, is married to Beth and lives in Glasgow.
Simon Murphy photographed all the living Lisbon Lions (including portraits for ‘Secrets of the Lisbon Lions’, the Lisbon Lions gatefold images and various interviews). His portraits of John Divers Jnr, John Hughes, Agnes Johnstone, Danny McGrain, Dixie Deans, Davie Provan, Charlie Nicholas & Frank McAvennie are also featured. Simon also photographed Gordon Strachan and various members of the current Celtic squad for the image that appears at the start of the ‘Modern Times’ chapter.
London-based photographer Chris Nash has been photographing dance professionally for the last 25 years, producing poster and publicity images for a long list of clients from the contemporary and classical dance worlds, as well as fashion and advertising assignments. Chris has exhibited across the globe and has built a reputation as ‘our most imaginative interpreter of Dance’ (The Guardian). He was recently given a prestigious NESTA Dreamtime award, in order to take time out from a busy career to concentrate on more personal projects.
Chris has been an ardent follower of football for many years and long ago made the association between moves made on the pitch and those made on the stage. His project for the Opus has been a great chance to translate that correlation into images, trying to capture that combination of grace and power common to both disciplines.
Chris Nash photographed the ‘Leap of Faith’ gatefold.
Brian Smith, of Boston MA divides his assignments between corporate work and editorial portraits. His work has been published in many of the largest consumer magazines such as Business Week, Forbes, Fortune, Time and Newsweek. He has produced several coffee-table books on American colleges showing the institutions in all aspects of their mission.
When not on assignment, Brian spends his free time in the summer sailing his catboat along the shores of Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
Brian Smith photographed Fergus McCann at his modest office in Boston for the Opus.
At the end of the Sixties, man set foot on the moon and Mrs Sutton-Hibbert gave birth to Jeremy in Scotland, where on his 13th birthday he received the gift of a camera. A few years later, Jeremy became a UK-based freelance photographer for editorial, corporate and NGO clients.
Fourteen winters on, deciding the Scottish light was too grey and the winters too dark, and wishing to bring colour into his life, he relocated to Tokyo, Japan.
He is best known for his multi-year project documenting life in a Roma gypsy camp in Romania, but undertakes assignments for many editorial clients, and travels worldwide photographing on expeditions for Greenpeace. His work has appeared in magazines such as Time, The Sunday Times Magazine and National Geographic, been exhibited in Europe, Asia and the USA, and can be seen at http://www.jeremysuttonhibbert.com
Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert’s archive pictures illustrate ‘The Battle to Save Celtic’ and his photo of Celtic fan Asuke Anan appears in ‘We Are Celtic Supporters’.
In 1996, Andrew Wu (http://www.andrewwuphotography.com) immigrated to Edinburgh with his family. Having taken pictures for over 25 years as a hobby, Andrew went back to college in 1998 and spent four years studying full time. He became a freelance photographer while he was still a student.
Andrew won the British Institute of Professional Photography Gold Award of National Print Awards of Scotland in 2001, and was admitted to Associateship of BIPP the following year.
Andrew takes pride in the high quality of his photography, using cutting-edge technology to shoot from all angles, high and low, near and far, to suit the environment and capture the special mood. His clients include: The Scottish Parliament, Coca-Cola, Orange Mobile, Nokia, John Menzies, Reader’s Digest, Hiya! magazine, Business in Scotland magazine, The Sunday Herald, The Scotsman and Scottish Life magazine.
Andrew Wu photographed memorabilia, trophies and medals.
Geoff Young (geoffreyyoung.co.uk) started taking photos with a very cool Polaroid Land camera his grandfather gave him for his birthday in 1970-something. Three decades later, having spent 14 of those years ‘doing something else’ (and a year whale-watching in the Atlantic), he retrained combining a degree in photography with assisting the great and the good in interiors (Chris Drake), lifestyle (Polly Wreford) and fashion/ celebrity portraits (Alex Reilly).
From there, his own photography career has embraced everything from shooting shoes on window sills to centenarian World War One veterans, children in India recovering from the tsunami to former prime minister’s wives, plus numerous celebrities and sportspeople including Ricky Tomlinson, Keith Allen, Dido, Henry Cooper and British NBA superstar Luol Deng.
Geoff Young photographed Scott McDonald.
Marisa Zanotti is filmmaker, choreographer and academic. Having worked extensively in contemporary dance she began directing drama in 2003 when she was invited to direct David Greig’s play San Diego, a work commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival and The Tron Theatre.
Marisa’s work in film has international standing and her first short drama At the End of the Sentence, received BAFTA and BIFA nominations and won a UK Film Council Audience Award, and best short at the Hamptons Film Festival. Her new short Being Norwegian is in post-production. Marisa is currently developing a feature script, Blackwaterside, with David Greig and Oxygen Films with funding from the UK Film Council. She is a senior lecturer at University of Chichester.
Marisa Zanotti choreographed the images that appear on the ‘Leap of Faith’ gatefold.
Having studied at Batley College of Art “so long ago that it was still the West Riding of Yorkshire”, Philip Bannister now lives in deepest Worcestershire from where he has worked as an illustrator for over 20 years.
Whether working for The Folio Society, The National Trust, Condé Nast or The Daily Telegraph, Philip still enjoys the spontaneous feel of making marks on ‘’old fashioned paper’’. Traditional illustration techniques in watercolour or ink remain, for him, the most impassioned and vivacious.
Philip Bannister’s illustrated ‘The Johnstone Mysteries’ feature.
Artist Jilli Blackwood (http://www.jilliblackwood.co.uk) created her trademark ‘slash and show’ tapestry technique while still a student at Glasgow School of Art (1982-86) and has been refining and developing it ever since.
A textile is expected to behave in a certain way, to be laid across a bed, to clothe and protect from the elements or to flutter in the sky proclaiming a nation’s existence. Jilli wants her fabrics to be looked at in contrast to their surroundings and to challenge the viewer to rethink their perceptions of the function of fabric, something she has certainly achieved with her exclusive commissioned work for the Celtic Opus.
Jilli Blackwood created ‘The Huddle’ tapestry.
After gaining a degree in illustration in Dundee, Scottish caricaturist Steven Carroll honed his skills in Majorca as editorial illustrator for two daily newspapers. Six days a week of deadlines gave him valuable experience which led to four years at The Scotsman in Edinburgh, where his weekly portraits and caricatures of the newsworthy were a popular feature. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery has five of his caricatures of politicians in its permanent collection. Specialising in pen and ink, colour pencil and scraperboard, his freelance work includes regular commissions for The Economist, Mojo, Reader’s Digest and The Independent on Sunday.
“To be asked to draw the ‘Quality Street Gang’ and the saviour of Celtic, Fergus McCann, was an exciting commission to fulfil,” he says. “The large pages allowed for greater attention to detail and after completing McCann’s portrait, I felt I knew his face better than he does himself!”
Steven Carroll produced illustrations of the ‘Quality Street Gang’ and Fergus McCann.
Iain Clark is attracting media attention and artistic recognition for his unique portraits of celebrities. The fact that many of these celebrities are also his friends has enabled him to adopt a relaxed and intimate approach. Such an approach has borne fruit: two of his portraits have gone into the permanent collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
It is, however, his passion for people that has led to his recent ascent as a much in-demand portrait artist. “I am fascinated by the human condition and the huge variety of faces that I see every day,” he says. “I believe that each and every one of us is unique and special. When I work on a portrait I strive to bring out something of the sitter’s soul.
“Many artists use cameras to create images; they have done so since photography came into existence. There is no better way to capture a true likeness. There are, however, also many limitations. My use of colour as a means of portraying my subjects is paramount to the way I work. All people have an aura but not everyone is aware of that. When I am working with my subjects I have to be able to pick up on that and translate it into my portraiture.”
Iain Clark’s created images in his unique style of James MacMillan CBE and George Connelly, and his conventional photographs of Tony Conroy and a group of student fans appear in the ‘We are Celtic Supporters’ feature.
Malky McCormick is Scotland’s best-known cartoonist and caricaturist. He was born in 1943 near Hampden Park, Scotland’s national football stadium. This immediately gave him a sense of the ridiculous!
After leaving the commercial art world in 1965, he illustrated comics for D C Thomson in Dundee then became a graphic designer with Scottish Television. In 1975, along with pal and fellow banjo player Billy Connolly, he devised and wrote a hugely successful comic strip for The Sunday Times. Simultaneously, he played with skiffle band ‘The Vindscreen Vipers’, gigging in Scotland, abroad and on television.
Malky has contributed to most major UK newspapers, including The Sun, Daily Record, Daily Express, the Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph and New Statesman, and his work has illustrated many major national advertising campaigns.
His skill at producing instant caricatures has seen him invited to corporate events in Jamaica, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Romania, Kuwait, India, Russia and New Zealand. For ten years, he was resident cartoonist on ITV quiz show Win, Lose or Draw.
He works from the Ayrshire village of Waterside and is very proud to be part of the Celtic Opus. Like ‘The Bhoys’, Malky McCormick always draws a big crowd!
Malky McCormack’s exclusive cartoon appears in the ‘Modern Times’ chapter.
Whilst at Art College, Kim McGillivray (http://www.kimfolio.com) dreamt of designing book covers. He has since provided cover illustrations to major publishers in the UK, North America and Europe, creating pieces to complement the works of Iain Banks, Peter Carey, Gil Scott Heron and Irvine Welsh among others. In addition, Kim has created covers, feature spreads and weekly spots for prominent newspapers and magazines. His commercial commissions have gained nominations for design and advertising awards and he is represented by agents in New York, London and Europe. Clients include Random House, Penguin, Time Warner, Condé Nast, The Independent, The Sunday Times, BBC Worldwide and BP.
Kim McGillivray’s illustrations appear with ‘The Ghost of Brother Walfrid’ and ‘The Battle of Montevideo’ features.
The Polaroid Team
Walter Iooss Jr
Walter Iooss Jr is one of the world’s foremost sports photographers. Born in Texas in 1943 and raised in New Jersey, Iooss undertook his first assignment for Sports Illustrated in 1961, and his photographs have since graced the cover of the celebrated American sports magazine more than 300 times. In the course of his illustrious career, Iooss has photographed almost every major sporting personality of the past 40 years, from Muhammad Ali to Björn Borg to Pele. He has had 13 books published, including Rare Air, his photo biography of Michael Jordan which reached number one in the New York Times bestseller list. In 2004 he won a Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports Photography at the prestigious Lucie Awards.
Graduating with honours in graphic design from Coventry University, Zenon Texeira formed Kraken Creative in 2005 with Howard Forrester and Karl Fowler. To date his studio has designed United Opus, Super Bowl XL Opus, Arsenal Opus and the Vivienne Westwood Opus. He has contributed photographically to various Opus editions, capturing sporting legends associated with Formula 1, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis tournament, and now Celtic, on the Polaroid 20 x 24 camera.
Jan Hnizdo, the owner and operator of the Polaroid 20 x 24, was born in 1945 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and was taught photography by his father. In 1982, Hnizdo emigrated to Germany, where he was employed by Polaroid as a curator of the International Polaroid Collection, moving on to become a Polaroid 20 x 24 photographer a year later. In 1993, he went freelance and opened a 20 x 24 studio in Prague.
He has been involved in several shoots for the Opus collection, including Formula One drivers and the Manchester United and Arsenal squads.