If You Know Your History – Sunday 11th November
If you know your history…..
308 C.E. The Congress of Carnuntum: Attempting to keep peace within the Roman Empire, the leaders of the Tetrarchy declare Maxentius and Licinius to be Augusti, while rival contender Constantine I is declared Caesar of Britain and Gaul.
130 years ago…1888
A host of newspapers reporting on the previous day’s ‘friendly’ game between Celtic and Renton at Celtic Park in front of 8,000 with £800 proceeds being donated to Saint Vincent de Paul Society.
Huge interest as game, generally, seen as a ‘marker’ for the forthcoming season Scottish Cup.
Celtic ran out 1-0 victors with a goal from McLaren.
The Birmingham Daily Post (again?) reporting on a Celtic game, and clearly scouting Villa’s future goalkeeper, Neil Dunning. Also, The Nottingham Evening Post described “a brilliant game” with other reports from Aberdeen Press & Journal; Dundee Courier and the usual from The Herald and Scotsman.
In their inaugural season Celts were capturing the imagination of the Sporting Press ( how things change..)and still staying true to their founding principles of providing funds for the tables of the poor.
In other news… a small crowd gathered in Edinburgh to commemorate the 1st Anniversary of Anarchist Haymarket Martyrs August Spies (b. 1855), Albert Parsons (b. 1848), Adolph Fischer (b. 1858) and George Engel (b. 1836).
40 years ago today …1978
Due to reconstruction work at Ibrox, Billy McNeill took his Celtic team to Hampden for a lunchtime league encounter with Rangers. Attended by 52,330.
Recent signing Murdo McLeod makes his debut versus Rangers, as a replacement for injured Ronnie Glavin. Tom McAdam also making his debut v Rangers played as a lone striker. Celtic played with wingers Provan and the recalled Doyle. Celts opened the scoring when McLeod found Andy Lynch clear in the box, to steer the ball past the despairing ( was he ever anything else?) McCoy, in 52 mins. (Andy liked a goal at Hampden)
Tam Forsyth equalised 4 mins later from the spot, as Edvaldsson had punched a long range shot over Baines’ bar. (From distant memory, that shot was going over anyway..doh!)
Other notable absentees for Celtic were Latchford and McGrain, who both played in the reserves match (a 1-3 reverse.)
Teams at Hampden:
Celtic: Baines, Filippi, Lynch, Aitken, MacDonald, Edvaldsson, Provan, McLeod, Burns, McAdam and Doyle. Subs: Lennox, Casey.
Rangers: McCloy, Jardine, A.Forsyth, T. Forsyth, Johnstone, MacDonald, McLean, Russell, Millar, Watson and Smith. Subs: Parlane, Cooper.
Press opine both teams were content with a point each.
( newspeak for … only one team was actually ‘content’!)
In other news…
John Travolta and Olivia Newton John spend their last Summer Night at No1 in U.K. Charts, having stayed there for 7 weeks (they previously displaced the excellent 10cc’s Dreadlock Holiday)
‘Tomorrow’ Bob Geldof’s Boomtown Rats will take Rat Trap to the new No1 slot.
Soon to be followed over the festive period by Rodster’s Da Ya Think I’m Sexy then, Mary’s Boy Child/Oh my Lord and Y.M.C.A….
(Reasons why young people started drinking, heavily, are clearly established…)
13 years ago ….1995
Murdo McLeod’s Partick Thistle entertain Tommy Burns’ Celtic at Firhill on league business.
Some decent footage of two good goals by Big Pierre:
(Check out eejit Commentator offering pearls of wisdom on Peter Grant’s boots…)
A sublime trademark McStay pass (initially missed by the super-observant commentator) to Johnny Collins, who then delivers a perfect cross to the back post for Pierre to score on the half-volley.
Thistle levelled after a good distance shot from Stephen Docherty, which somehow travelled straight through Gordon Marshall’s jersey.
Then in second half a delicate Andy Thom free-kick drops onto the Flying Dutchman’s head as he sealed the points.
(Speaking of jerseys, after the game Macnamara and Donnelly managed to find the two cleanest Thistle strips to swap..)
In other news …
A judge in Sydney’s supreme court has rejected an application by an Australian tobacco company, W D and H O Wills, that a former smoker cannot seek damages in the consumer claims tribunal. Justice Ireland ruled last month that Dr Sarah Hodson could proceed with her claim to the tribunal for compensation of $A1000 (£500), which she estimates represents the costs she has borne in seeking help to stop smoking. (What’s that Skippy.. the Executive fella just filled his shorts with horrible pongy stuff?)
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