Mark I'Anson

Jimmy Johnstone, 1944-2006. Footballer

About this artwork

As a child Jimmy Johnstone lived football, and he was soon noticed by Celtic, who first signed him as a ball boy aged 13. Known affectionately as ‘Wee Jinky’, under manager Jock Stein he entered Celtic’s first team, performing outstandingly on the right wing. He went on to win nine championships, four Scottish Cups and five League Cups with the side. Jinky was never far from the news, as proved by the famous incident at Largs in 1974, when he jumped into a leaking rowing boat without oars, and was pushed off into the darkness. Although an extremely talented player, his suspensions and injuries often made him unavailable for the Scottish side. His temperament also restricted his selection; he was once left out of the team because he had refused to act as a linesman during a practice game.

  • title:
    Jimmy Johnstone, 1944-2006. Footballer
  • accession number:
    PG 3342
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  • materials:
    Mixed media on paper
  • date created:
    2003
  • measurements:
    140.00 x 115.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Commissioned 2003
  • copyright:
    © MARK I’ANSON

Mark I'Anson

Mark I'Anson