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Jinky: The Biography of Jimmy Johnstone
by Jim Black
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Jimmy Johnstone is a Scottish football legend. Nicknamed ?Jinky ? because of his ability to tie opponents in knots, his footballing skills and natural charisma made him a household favourite. In just fifteen years he won medals in nine League Championships, four Scottish Cups and five League Cups. In 1967 he was a member of the Lisbon Lions, Celtic ?s remarkable European Cup-winning team that defeated Inter Milan. The fans have voted Jinky as the greatest Celtic player of all time. But behind this incredible sporting career, Jinky battled serious personal problems: he lost money through failed business ventures and began to rely heavily on alcohol as an escape. However, with the support of his loving family, he worked hard to put his life back together. It was only then that he discovered his biggest challenge yet: he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Jinky fought the disease for five years, tirelessly raising money for charity. Sadly, he died in March 2006, but he kept his smile to the very end and will be remembered as one of football ?s most talented and naturally gifted entertainers
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