George Connelly - Valleyfield's own football superstar

  • A young George Connelly running out for Celtic
  • George Connelly in action in a 4-2 win for Celtic over Basle in the quarter-finals of the European Cup (6-5 on aggregate) in March 1974
  • George with the Sportswriters' player of the year award 1973
  • George Connelly with some items from his career which were auctioned, including his 1973-74 Scotland cap

One of Valleyfield's most famous sons, George Connelly, played alongside some of Scottish football's greatest names including Kenny Dalglish, and won two Scotland caps - making his debut on a glorious night for the national side against Czechoslovakia at Hampden.

George Connelly was born in High Valleyfield, on 1st March, 1949. He was quickly marked out as rare talent, but his all-too-brief playing career was blighted by a series of disputes and difficulties with Celtic, which curtailed his potential.

He joined Celtic in 1966 from Tulliallan Juniors, and spent ten years at Parkhead with great success. He played at inside left or left half, and won four Scottish League championships from 1970/71 to 1973/74, and the Scottish Cup in 1971 and 1972.

He also appeared in the European Cup final of 1970, two losing Scottish Cup finals, and four Scottish League Cup finals.

George was named the Sportswriters' Player of the Year in 1973, but for various reasons he fell out with Celtic and, after a brief spell at Falkirk in 1976, continued to play with Sauchie Juniors. In nine years with the Glasgow club he made 254 first team appearances, and scored 13 goals.

He is remembered at Celtic for two of his goals, the first came just before half time in the 1969 Scottish Cup Final against Rangers, when he dispossessed John Greig on the edge of the box, evaded the Rangers' skipper's recovery attempt, rounded the goalkeeper before slipping the ball into the empty net. This goal made it 3-0 to Celtic and ended any hopes of a Rangers revival.

And in 1970, in a game that was referred to as the football "Battle of Britain", he scored the only goal for Celtic in a 1-0 win against the English champions Leeds United. His first-minute strike in the first leg of the Champions' Cup semi final at Elland Road helped Celtic progress to their second European Cup final, against Feyenoord.

George won just two Scotland caps, the first in the famous 2-1 win over Czechoslovakia in March 1973 which saw Scotland qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 12 years. His second and final cap came in a friendly against World Cup hosts West Germany, which ended in a 1-1 draw in November that same year.

In 2007 he sold many items from his playing career, including medals and his Scotland caps in an auction.

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