Billy McNeill

Greatest Celtic Captain Ever

Voted Celtic’s greatest ever club captain by fans in 2002, Billy McNeill enjoyed a career spanning 18 years with the side. Joining Celtic in 1957 as a defender, Billy would go on to become captain of the club as well as becoming the first British player to hold the European Cup aloft. An intriguing football speaker, Billy understands key elements for success in elite sport that are attributable to business and social environments alike.

Winning nine Scottish League Championships, seven Scottish Cups and six Scottish League Cups, one of Billy’s most memorable moments of his career was the role he played as part of the Lisbon Lions, side of 1967, winning the European Cup. Retiring in 1975 after representing his national side 29 times, Billy moved into management, starting out at Clyde in 1977.

Discussing topics such as peak performance and overcoming adversity as a football speaker, McNeill is an engaging character in front of an audience. Billy managed Manchester City from 1983, securing promotion for the club as well as overseeing their survival in their first season back in the top-flight. After a spell at Aston Villa, Billy returned to Celtic to play his role off the pitch this time. In his first season alone, Celtic won the double of the League Championship and the Scottish Cup.

With a career in professional football both as a player and manager stretching over four decades, Billy is a hugely knowledgeable within the footballing world, proving his credentials as a leading sports speaker and ensuring guests have any questions answered in detail.

To book Billy McNeill as the football speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When he’s at corporate events, Billy is known to cover the following topics:

  • Football Speaker
  • Sports Speaker
  • Peak Performance
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Realising Ambitions
  • European Football
  • Scottish Football