A group of cycling Celts are aiming to mark the 50th anniversary of the Lisbon Lions’ European Cup success by cycling from Paradise to the stadium where Billy McNeill lifted the giant trophy for the Hoops on May 25, 1967. The two pals met during a fundraising event for the brave Belfast toddler Oscar Knox, in which several Celtic fans cycled from their home towns to the Irish city on St Patrick’s weekend in 2013, raising thousands of pounds towards neuroblastoma research. Paul Muldoon, from Glasgow, and David Shearan from Newcastle agreed that the fiftieth anniversary of the Hoops’ triumph should be marked by a once in a lifetime event which could raise a large sum for charities closely attached to Celtic FC Foundation.
Since the idea of a charity cycle ride was established by the duo, work began on recruitment and how to encourage other adventure seekers and would-be cyclists to join them on their three week-long challenge this time next year. Vinny Martin from Fleetwood and Robert Campbell, an exiled Scot living near Oxford have since signed up having met Paul and David during previous charity cycle rides closely linked with Celtic.
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