John Fallon remains one of Celtic's great characters and is a lifelong supporter of the club. Now, for the first time, this Celtic legend tells the fascinating inside story of his career in football and his years with the club.
Fallon joined Celtic in the late 1950s when the club was struggling and saw a fair amount of the desperate days of 1963 and 1964 but was there at the start of the glory years when Celtic won the Scottish Cup in 1965. He shared in good and bad times with the club, was the substitute goalkeeper at the European Cup final in Lisbon in 1967 and was suddenly called into action in South America when Ronnie Simpson was felled by a missile – and performed brilliantly. He hit a low point in 1968 after one bad game against Rangers at the New Year, but fought back gloriously to play his part in the incredible month of April 1969 when Celtic won all three Scottish domestic trophies in one calendar month.
It is a career he is rightly proud of, and now John Fallon reveals the inside story and some brand-new insights into his relationship with Jock Stein and other members of the Lisbon Lions, which were not always straightforward. There are accounts of his dealings with opponents and the clashes with Rangers and European opposition in what was a fantastic era for the game in Scotland. He also shares his opinions on the art of goalkeeping, the state of Celtic at the moment and the future of the game in Scotland.
John Fallon ended his career with Motherwell and Morton, but his finest playing years were with Celtic Football Club, and Keeping in Paradise is a fascinating account of a fantastic football career from the golden years of Scottish football.