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FINAL FAREWELL TO STEVIE CHALMERS

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CELTIC fans will bid farewell to another Hoops legend when Stevie Chalmers’ funeral cortege passes by Parkhead this afternoon.

Supporters are expected to gather in their numbers five days after thousands turned out to pay their last respects to the European Cup-winning goalscorer’s Lisbon Lions’ team-mate Billy McNeill.

It was the unassuming Chalmers who netted the historic goal that beat Inter Milan in the Portuguese capital on May 25 1967 as Jock Stein’s side became the first UK club to conquer Europe.

A funeral mass will take place this morning for the Celtic great who died aged 83 last week after losing his brave battle against dementia.

The service will take place at 11.30am at St Mary’s Church in Calton.

The cortege will pass through the Celtic Way about 12.45pm before going on to a private family cremation.

A statement on the Celtic website read: “The Chalmers family would be delighted if those attending the funeral wear something green, in celebration of Stevie’s connection to the club.

“The family have, with respect, requested family flowers only at the funeral.

“However, anyone wishing to make a donation to Alzheimer Scotland would be very welcome.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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