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13 Mar 2021 15:18:14
It's 15 years ago today that James Connolly Johnstone (Jinky) passed away at only 61 years of age.

I'm sure a few of the more senior bhoys on this site will seen him play back in the day and could tell a story or two about the magic he possessed in those boots.

Never forgotten.

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13 Mar 2021 15:43:19
I was too young to remember him playing but my granda used to tell me about him, although he did rate Charlie Tully more.

13 Mar 2021 15:56:58
Jinky is my dad’s all-time favourite player.
His statue and the garden area is still well maintained in Viewpark.

13 Mar 2021 16:07:48
Same here LAW, I would have been about 3 when he left Celtic.

13 Mar 2021 16:15:16
Buzz, my Sister-in-law teaches at JPII in Viewpark.

13 Mar 2021 16:16:32
I wasn't even born.

13 Mar 2021 16:29:52
Aye, your just showing off now Paul (LOL)

13 Mar 2021 16:46:28
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 PEDRO.

13 Mar 2021 16:50:34
Went to watch his Statue getting unveiled in Viewpark. You could clearly tell the locals were very proud of Jinky. Seemed the whole town was out for it. Celtic's best ever player.

13 Mar 2021 17:02:10

I was leaning a place in Coatbridge one night and the young team were gathered around a bonfire wearing the hoops and enjoying the local drink. They spotted wee Jimmy and starting singing ‘Jimmy Johnstone on the Wing’. A guy asked Jimmy ‘Do you want us to take you out the back door? ’ ‘Naw’ came the reply. Five minutes later Jimmy was signing all the laddies Celtic jerseys.

He knew he’d never be safer than he was that night and he had no need or desire to leave by the back door.

He was among his own.


13 Mar 2021 17:32:26
Jinky was a character.
Years ago he made our Supporters Club’s dance a brilliant night when we staged it in the Jock Stein lounge.
He also apologised to our members, when our Player of the year left after only a couple of minutes.
He picked up his expensive award and left.
Wee Jinky was raging.

13 Mar 2021 17:37:34
Met him outside a boozer, I was 'off school' and out with my dad when he used to fill fag machines on pubs (much more interesting n he always got me s chippy on the way home) . Anyway my dad said that's jinky n I'm like no way, sends me out to ask for his autograph n he was like aye son nae bother, could not have been nicer. Then I went back to my dad in the van, couldn't wipe the smile off my face as jinky disappeared inside the boozer at 11 in the morning lol.

13 Mar 2021 17:42:01
Saw him play the greatest hh.

13 Mar 2021 17:55:29
My Grandad used to say he knew jinky. And said he used to talk to him as he ran around a park in Birkenshaw. My grandad was a complete bullr though lol. But everytime I see Jinky's name it always gives me a feeling of melancholy. My fathers gravestone is very close to his and noticed this at his funeral. Those who know will know exactly where that is. My old man never drank a drop in his life because his dad was a mad drunk but his love of ciggies ended everything just as he retired with lung cancer. I think Cork Paul has got me all sentimental lol.

13 Mar 2021 18:05:41
The only Celtic great I ever had the pleasure of meeting was Lenny in his heyday playing days. He was home in Lurgan and I knew a couple of his extended but not immediate family. It was a brief meeting in fairness but I really felt like I was in the company of a star and I was a bit star struck to be honest. Also, my dad (who's still alive) was a second cousin of the great George Best but I never met him. MY dad said he did meet him a few times when they were both kids and long before George became a footballer. HH.

13 Mar 2021 18:08:40

I think Cork Paul has got us all melancholic and sentimental tonight.

Ma auld man is away 20 years and I think about him every day. I was up in the cemetery earlier putting flowers on the grave for Mother’s Day. I never had a mother though I had a mammy. God rest them both.

13 Mar 2021 18:27:14
Lovely touch JFP mate.

13 Mar 2021 18:35:07
I think you're right JFP.

Cork Paul's story brings together lots of stories and memories that we all have.

Memories that take us back to a place in time that are as fresh in our hearts and minds today, as if they took place yesterday.

I love reading the stories and experiences of the Bhoys on here, in our wee community, especially given everything that's going on in the world right now.

God bless you all and may God bless Glasgow Celtic.

13 Mar 2021 18:47:55
OAB 👍.

13 Mar 2021 19:02:59
Lost ma da last year fkn heartbreaking. 1st Sevconians game we went to he said he was never taking me again think he saw a different side to me 😂.

13 Mar 2021 19:35:46
Welshy88, were you a wee bit mouthy? lol HH.

13 Mar 2021 19:42:22

Sorry to hear about yir da it’s a sore one eh?

That mob bring out the worst in the best of us.

13 Mar 2021 20:01:29
Jfp was that in st pats hall? I might have been one of the young team your talking about 😂😂😂.

13 Mar 2021 21:24:03
First saw Jinky in a reserve Celtic v Rangers match in the days when that would attract a 30,000 crowd. I’d heard rumours about him, but he was just a wee skelf! The left back for Rangers that day was a big burly defender called Doug Baillie who was in the twilight of his career. ( His son Lex later played for Celtic ) .
It was an annihilation and a harbinger of many such performances. I saw it up close from the front of the jungle that day and I can see it still! Film footage does him no justice: he took your breath away with the things he could do with a ball!

{Ed007's Note - Doug Baillie the journalist? His Mrs was Grotbags headmistress at Low Waters and owned the house just as you turned into Silvertonhill at Glen James(?) Motors - a tattooist now maybe(?). Didn't Lex become a copper?}



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