TOM Boyd chalked up hundreds of miles in his career as a footballer, relentlessly racing up and down the flanks in 407 games for Celtic over an impressive 11-year period. In more recent years he has also hit the heights for the Hoops off the pitch, climbing Ben Nevis for Celtic FC Foundation.
Now the Celtic legend, who is also a club ambassador, will dust down the football boots again for Celtic FC Foundation’s Henrik’s Heroes versus Lubo’s Legends charity match at Paradise on Sunday, May 28 (KO: 2pm).
And as someone who commits so much time to supporting the Foundation’s work, he’s delighted to be part of this special event, which will see him meet up with many of his former Hoops team-mates.
“I’m looking forward to it though I do not know how much is left in the legs,” said the captain of the team that won the league title in 1998 and stopped the 10.
“But I am delighted to be taking part because the Foundation is at the heart of the club. I feel the charity aspect of Celtic has been re-energised in recent years with so many good people working behind the scenes.
“The fans are at the centre of this. They know the history of the club, what it was set up for, and already it seems they will turn out in great numbers for this match.”
This history, of course, has as its highlight Lisbon 1967 and Boyd is delighted that the match will also celebrate the heroes of Celtic’s greatest day.
“It is an honour to have played with the same team as them and to have known them,” he said.
Having joined the club he has always supported back in 1992, Tom Boyd was captain and one of the key figures in the Celtic squad by the time Henrik Larsson and Lubo Moravcik joined the Hoops.
And like the rest of his team-mates, he remains full of admiration for both players and their respective contributions to the club.
“I always kid Henrik on about that famous first pass that cost us a goal at Hibs, but what a wonderful player he was for the club,” said Boyd. “It was not just the goals he scored, though they were so important, but the way he carried himself on the field and off. The fans cannot be kidded and they have recognised him as a legend. He was and is all of that.”
And his praise for Lubo is equally fulsome, explaining: “You could see immediately Lubo was a technically very gifted player. He could play it off either foot and his delivery was outstanding.
“There is plenty of footage of both of them in the Hoops and they offer a master-class in what it means to be a top-class footballer.”
Henrik’s Heroes versus Lubo’s Legends will take place at Celtic Park on Sunday, May 28, 2017, with a 2pm KO.
Tickets are on general sale, on a first come first served basis – maximum of 10 per person – priced at £12 for adults and £6 for concessions*.
Tickets are available to purchase online at www.celticfc.net, by calling 0871 226 1888** or by visiting the Celtic Ticket Office. Rail Seating does not apply to this match.
Premium tickets (£30) and corporate packages (£135) are also available by calling 0871 226 1888** (Option 4) or emailing [email protected]
Net proceeds of the game will be devoted to Celtic FC Foundation, a charity aiming to uphold and promote the founding principles of our football club. The four priorities are to improve health, promote equality, encourage learning and tackle poverty and the Foundation have a strong track record of delivering successful community-based projects. There will be detailed projects in relation to proceeds from this match in due course.
* Concessions 65+/Under 16s.
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