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One of the few in the world to be signed by all eleven Lisbon Lions is a rare print of Billy McNeill holding the European Champions Cup aloft. In the name of Celtic legend, it is now going under the hammer to benefit a charity.
The print depicts the historic day when, after beating Inter Milan 2-1, Celtic became the first British team to win the European Cup on May 25, 1967.
The team that won the cup at a gala dinner in Glasgow in May 1998 signed some prints – said to be one of the last times the whole team was photographed together.
To raise money for the new Billy McNeill Fund, which supports former players suffering from dementia and will be officially launched at a major charity event in May, it is being auctioned on eBay.
Fund for Billy McNeill to support former players with dementia
After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease several years earlier, the Celtic legend died on 22 April last year.
The Billy McNeill Fund will be officially launched on May 29 at the Mar Hall charity golf tournament, organized by Dougie McCluskey and Lizzie Phinn’s Battle Against Dementia charity.
Perfect Memorabilia owner Brian Hamil acquired a series of prints from the man who organized the gala dinner and verified their veracity with Bertie Auld, the former Lisbon lion.
“He said, “Not only did Berti confirm that they were genuine autographs, but he could also remember that they were signed and that they were signed in that case.
“The next morning they were back in the car, along with every coin I could get my hands on, and we became the owners of the only commercially available, fully signed Lisbon Lions merchandise in the world,” he said.
“Our first copy went to Scott Brown for his testimonial dinner and, of course, he chose the number 8, which sold for a five-figure sum to support his good causes,” he said.
“To support the charitable aims of Billy’s foundation, we would like to put print number 1 up for auction, which will be sold on eBay over the course of a week to raise much needed funds and awareness for this great initiative.”
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Martyn, the son of Billy McNeill, said, “We were absolutely thrilled when we heard about Brian’s offer.”
“To have a print signed by all the Lisbon Lions is great. We can’t thank them enough.”
Among the sporting names that will be present are Celtic legends Kenny Dalglish, Neil Lennon, Ally McCoist, Walter Smith and Scott Brown. There are tickets available here,