Glasgow & West Scotland

Funeral held for Celtic legend Sean Fallon

Sean Fallon
Image caption Fallon played for Celtic during the 1950s and later assisted Jock Stein

Scottish sporting greats have joined hundreds of mourners at the funeral of Celtic legend Sean Fallon, who died last week aged 90.

The Sligo-born defender made more than 250 appearances in the 1950s and was assistant manager to Jock Stein when Celtic won the European Cup in 1967.

His requiem mass was held on Wednesday morning at Christ the King Church, in King's Park, Glasgow.

One of the eulogies was read by Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Manchester United manager told the congregation that he was there to pay tribute to "a great man".

'Touch of greatness'

He said: "I think it's very difficult for people who are successful to remain humble, it's a touch of greatness. Sean always had that greatness.

"Through his background, his upbringing, his Irishness, that breeds humility and also loyalty, he would never let you down."

Although Sir Alex was a supporter of rival Glasgow side, Rangers, he formed a strong friendship with Fallon as he built his career as a coach and a manager.

Image caption Sir Alex Ferguson said it was "a privilege" for him to attend

He praised him for his role as assistant manager to Stein and said he was talented in the position, which required him to "get to the heart of the dressing room, make sure you know what's going on and you can help the way that the manager sometimes cannot help".

Sir Alex also spoke of Fallon's skill in developing young talent and working with Stein to create arguably the greatest Celtic team of all time.

He said: "That was the structure that I think helped Celtic become great and to become the first club in Britain the lift the European Cup."

The Old Trafford manager also shared some personal insight into how well the pair knew each other.

He said: "Over these years he became a great friend of mine and a great supporter of me. He had great observation, which I must say only (his wife) Cathy's got.

'Fantastic man'

"He said he could tell, watching me on the telly, when I'm angry and when I'm happy. I thought I was always angry.

"What a fantastic man and it's a privilege for me to be here."

Among the mourners were other Celtic legends including Kenny Dalglish and Lisbon Lions Billy McNeill, Bobby Lennox, Tommy Gemmell, Bertie Auld, John Clark and Stevie Chalmers.

Current players present at the service included captain Scott Brown, Tony Watt, Adam Matthews and Georgios Samaras.

Fallon leaves behind his wife Myra, five daughters and a son. His grandchildren, in turn, paid their tributes to their "Papa".

One said: "Our papa said he realised his dreams. He'd a family he loved, a job he loved. May we all be so blessed."

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