Celtic's Smiler: The Neilly Mochan Story


Celtic's Smiler: The Neilly Mochan Story


The magical story of Celtic Football Club reads like an elaborate fairytale, which has enraptured their worldwide fanbase for over 127 years. Throughout the club's illustrious history, no other figure has experienced as many triumphs as Neilly 'Smiler' Mochan. As player, trainer and kitman, Mochan was an integral figure in some of Celtic's greatest teams. A hero of the 1953 Coronation Cup winning side, top goal scorer in Celtic's 1954 league and cup double as well as scoring a brace in the record-breaking 7-1 cup final of 1957 against arch rivals Rangers.

Neilly went on to become a trusted lieutenant of Jock Stein after hanging up his shooting boots and was Celtic's first team trainer throughout the nine-in-a-row era when Celtic were feared throughout Europe, winning their most glittering prize in 1967 on an unforgettable afternoon in Lisbon. Neilly's successes continued into the 1970s, when 'ten men won the league' in 1979, and into the 1980s, when Celtic won an emphatic League and Scottish Cup double in their centenary year of 1988. From the pinnacle of European success to the depths of 1990s despair and the subsequent Fergus McCann takeover, 'Smiler' tells the unrivalled story of Neilly Mochan and his 40-year Celtic Park odyssey.

"well-judged, highly researched and resonant piece of work designed to prompt laughs and tears alike from the green and white faithful" - Scotland Now

"A MUST for any supporter who has even a passing interest in football history" - The Herald "A genuinely excellent documentary on Mochan" - The Evening Times

"This is a story told with great enthusiasm and affection which every Celtic fan will hugely enjoy, no matter what age you may be" - Celtic Underground

"This is simply a joy and I can't recommend it enough" - Celtic Wiki

"This is not your standard football documentary" - The Shamrock Magazine

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