Sean Fallon: Celtic's Iron Man

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Sean Fallon is one of British football's great untold stories. For the first time, the Celtic legend speaks candidly about his time as right-hand man to Jock Stein and how together they ruled Scottish football and conquered Europe with the Lisbon Lions. We learn how the Irishman shaped Celtic's glory era of the 1960s and 70s by signing not only the majority of the Lions, but also players such as Kenny Dalglish, Danny McGrain, Lou Macari, George Connelly, Davie Hay, Pat Bonner and Paul McStay. Fallon also reflects on his stellar playing career including the 7–1 League Cup final win over Rangers in 1957, the lean years of the early 1960s and the uneasy final stages of his and Stein's tenure at Celtic. His own, oft-underestimated role is illuminated by revealing interviews with the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Kenny Dalglish, current Celtic boss Neil Lennon, chief executive Peter Lawwell, Stein's son, George, Sean's family and former colleagues.
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About the author

A lifelong Celtic supporter, Stephen Sullivan has been an editor with FIFA.com since 2006. He previously spent seven years writing for the Celtic website and club magazine, and it was during this time that he first met and interviewed Sean Fallon. This, his first book, is based on interviews with Sean - plus family, friends and former colleagues - in the final year of the Celtic legend's life. 

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BackPage Press
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8 Oct 2013
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Pages
300
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9781909430129
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English
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Sports & Recreation / Football
Sports & Recreation / Soccer
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