Sean Fallon Celtic’s Iron Man

Stephen Sullivan

Magnificent... an important and eloquent account of arguably the greatest talent-spotter in British football history — Tony Barrett, The Times

Sean Fallon is one of British football’s great untold stories. For the first time, the Celtic legend speaks candidly about his time as right-hand man to Jock Stein and how together they ruled Scottish football and conquered Europe with the Lisbon Lions. We learn how the Irishman shaped Celtic’s glory era of the 1960s and 70s by signing not only the majority of the Lions, but also players such as Kenny Dalglish, Danny McGrain, Lou Macari, George Connelly, Davie Hay, Pat Bonner and Paul McStay. Fallon also reflects on his stellar playing career including the 7-1 League Cup final win over Rangers in 1957, the lean years of the early 1960s and the uneasy final stages of his and Stein’s tenure at Celtic. His own, oft-underestimated role is illuminated by revealing interviews with the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Kenny Dalglish, current Celtic boss Neil Lennon, chief executive Peter Lawwell, Stein’s son, George, Sean’s family and former colleagues.

Stephen Sullivan has been an editor with FIFA.com since 2006. He previously spent seven years writing for the Celtic website and club magazine, and it was during this time that he first met and interviewed Sean Fallon. This, his first book, is based on interviews with Sean – plus family, friends and former colleagues – in the final year of the Celtic legend’s life.

Praise for Sean Fallon

A remarkable redefining of a true giant of the game– John McGarry, Daily Mail
If you are going to read one football book this year, this should be it. Beautifully written, an incredible story– Gregor Kyle, Daily Record
Wonderful... a fitting tribute to the remarkable life and career of Sean Fallon. There can be no stronger recommendation– The Celtic Wiki
An amazing story about an amazing man. A must read– Matthew Lindsay, Evening Times
A tale well told, lovingly so, about the most hard working, humble and modest man who ever served Celtic and their supporters. It is thoroughly recommended. Every Celtic household should have a copy– Celtic Underground
Brilliant... When you get yourself a copy, don't lend it to your mate. You ll never get it back– ETims.net
An affectionate yet also well-balanced biography of a man who was an integral element of Jock Stein s success as Celtic manager– The Scotsman