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Plaque commemorating Jock Stein 'moving to Celtic FC'

Plaque honouring Jock Stein
The plaque was removed when demolition work started at Ninian Park

A memorial plaque commemorating ex-Scotland manager Jock Stein's death in Cardiff is due to be relocated to his former club, Celtic.

Stein, 63, died in 1985 at the end of a World Cup qualifier between Wales and Scotland at Cardiff City's former home, Ninian Park.

A plaque was later erected at Ninian Park marking his death but the ground is in the process of being demolished.

Stein led Celtic to the first European Cup win by a British team.

The plaque was taken down from Ninian Park and was temporarily put up at the gates of Cardiff City's new stadium.

Jock Stein
He's a legend - not only a Celtic legend but a Scotland legend
Gerry McGonagle, Celtic supporter

It has now been taken down ready to be moved to Celtic Park but will be replaced by a new plaque bearing the same inscription.

Gerry McGonagle, of Celtic Dragons - a south Wales-based Celtic supporters' club, said: "It's more of a remembrance to Jock Stein than anything - it was tribute to the man's memory.

"He's a legend - not only a Celtic legend but a Scotland legend."

On the night of his death, Stein's side achieved a 1-1 draw against Wales, which helped Scotland secure a place in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

He suffered a heart attack in the wake of his side's late penalty equaliser, with many celebrating Scotland fans unaware of the tragedy.

Welsh connection

Stein is a celebrated figure in Scottish football after leading Celtic to the European Cup in 1967, and winning nine Scottish league titles in a row with the Glasgow giants.

He also had a Welsh connection, having played for Llanelli for two years from 1950.

Cardiff City stadium manager Wayne Nash said: "The plaque was on the inside of the stadium [Ninian Park] and we took it down when we moved stadium.

"We put it up for the Celtic game [to open Cardiff's new stadium] and put it up for a few weeks either side of the Wales-Scotland fixture [in November].

"We've taken it down and it will be taken to Celtic Park and will go in the club museum."

He said the new plaque replacing it would go next to the entrance gates at Cardiff City's new ground.

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