Another Lion joins the immortals

John Yogi Hughes was a legend of his era, receiving a medal for the triumph in Lisbon despite being injured as he had played enough games in qualifying to receive the honour.

As reported in The Sun.

He started the 1970 European Cup final defeat to Feyenoord and was only denied the chance to start the 1967 victory over Inter Milan in Lisbon by injury.

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A family statement read: “John ‘Yogi’ Hughes passed away peacefully in hospital today after a short illness. He was surrounded by is loving family.

“He was dearly loved and will be sorely missed. Always remembered and celebrated with love by his wife Theresa, his sons Kevin, Martin and John, his daughter Joanna, his six grandchildren and extended family.

“He now joins the ranks of those who will be immortal as long as there’s a Glasgow Celtic.

“The family ask for privacy at this terribly difficult time and will release details of his funeral arrangements in due course.”

Hughes won eight Scotland caps and also played for Crystal Palace and Sunderland as well as managing Stranraer.

But the larger than life frontman will always be best remembered for his dozen years in the Hoops.

He won seven titles, four Scottish Cups and five League Cups – and also was presented with a European Cup winner’s medal in ‘67 despite missing the final.

The Coatbridge-born star made his debut in a League Cup win over Shotts Bon Accord in 1960 and was a regular at Celtic Park over the next six decades.

Nicknamed after cartoon character Yogi Bear, he became a fans’ favourite at Celtic Park and was greeted by chants of ‘Feed The Bear’.

He was a key member of Jock Stein’s title-winning squad in 1967 but missed the final in Lisbon after an injury in one of the final league games of the season.

Hughes landed a medal after playing sufficient games on the run to Lisbon and is as warmly remembered by Celts fans as any who played in the final itself.

RIP Yogi.

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