During my time at Celtic Park, there was never any doubt who was in charge. Jock Stein was The Boss and ran a very tight ship, which also meant that he was not the easiest man to deal with. So, while he was the ‘tough cop’, the role of ‘nice cop’ was played by Sean Fallon, a great favourite with all the players. There was, however, one great mystery about Sean which we never managed to work out. Just how old was he?
Sean had arrived at Celtic Park in March 1950 and apparently told everyone he was in his early 20s! He made his first-team debut a month later (scoring an O.G.) against Clyde. From that point on, for the ensuing eight years, Sean held his place in the team, mostly at fullback but occasionally at centre-forward.
He won a Scottish Cup winners medal in 1951, Celtic’s first victory in that competition for 14 years. He also scored twice in the final against Aberdeen as Celtic won the St Mungo Cup in that same year. A broken collarbone kept him out of the side which picked up the 1953/54 league title until mid-March but he then came back to play his part for the remainder of that ‘double’ season, scoring one of Celtic two goals in the 2-1 win, again over Aberdeen, in the 1954 final.
Sean Fallon – Front Row – Third From Right
Sean was at right-back when Celtic picked up the League Cup for the first time against Partick Thistle in 1956 and repeated the feat the following with the unforgettable 7-1 thrashing of Rangers.
On this day in 1958, Sean Fallon played his final match for Celtic in the 4-2 league victory over Airdrie. But he was not finished with his beloved club. A long career lay ahead, as coach, first-team coach, assistant manager and acting manager. An excellent CV, with only one grey area….just how old was he when he came to Celtic?