If you know your history…1st December


130 years ago today.1888

Port Glasgow hosted a friendly versus Celtic at Clunes Park.
A strong Celtic team won 5-2 with a brace from Tommy Maley, the other three scorers are not recorded.

Port Glasgow Athletic:-
Tobin, P. Dowling, McManus, Middleton, Gourlay, McGarry, T. Hunter, McFarlane, Ferguson, Graham, Neil

Goals:- Ferguson, Unknown.(Saint Stivs?)

Dunning, McLaughlin, McKeown, Gallagher, Kelly, McLaren, McCallum, Dunbar, Groves, Coleman, T. Maley.

Goals:- T. Maley (2), Unknown, Unknown, Unknown.

Att:-not recorded

In other news…

Reports from London say Body parts from ‘Ripper murders are being sold on the Black Market…

50 years ago…1968

Celtic travelled to Edinburgh to face a strong Hibernian team. An early penalty by Gemmell was soon cancelled out by ex-Celt Joe McBride, and by the 78th minute it was looking like a dull day in Leith for the travelling Hoops fans as they fell behind in the ’74th minute, to a Davis penalty. 2-1.
Then the Hoops turned up the volume, bass, treble and class, scoring 4 goals in a 5 minute period to shatter Hibees and run out 5-2 winners. Celts stay 2 points clear of Dundee Utd at the top of the League. 6 clear points ahead of Rangers, who are toiling in 6th (Sixth) place.

Lovely, lovely Biscuits…

Wilson Shevlane Davis Cousin Stanton O’Rourke Scott Quinn McBride Cormack Stevenson
Scorers: McBride (23) Davis (pen 74).

Fallon, Craig, Gemmell, Murdoch, McNeill, Brogan, Johnstone, Callaghan, Wallace (Chalmers), Lennox, Hughes
Scorers: Gemmell (pen 8), McNeill (79), Hughes 2 (80, 84), Lennox (82)

Referee: R C Greenlees (Lochgelly)
Attendance: 34,988

The press are describing Celtic as the best team of all time ( no, really…)

Meanwhile the reserves were playing Hibees reserves at Parkhead with: Wraith, McGrain, Gorman, Dalglish, Connelly, J Clark, Macari, McMahon, Quinn, Hay, Auld. They won 1-0 with Davie Hay getting the goal.

In other news…

Ink is drying on the Trade Descriptions Act which has somehow managed to precede Equal Pay, Race Relations and HASAW (not that any of it would have made one bit of difference to a club from Edminston Drive…)

5 years ago…2013

Celtic provide the perfect tonic to a 3-0 midweek defeat to Milan, by annihilating Hearts 7 ( seven) 0 (zero) at Tynecastle in the Scottish Cup.
Neil Lennon describes it as his teams’ best ever performance as Celtic manager…( he surveys the, now completely empty, main stand at Gorgie Rd….visibly grinning from ear to ear)


Kerrydale Street report “The biggest victory we’ve had over Hearts in our entire history.

Also, it’s jointly the worst result in Hearts history (alongside a 7-0 defeat to Hibs in the 70’s).

For a man who was once attacked on the touchline at Tynecastle, Neil Lennon has got to be enjoying that more than anyone. ”

Heart of Midlothian
* 01 MacDonald30 McGhee03 McHattie02 Hamill (King – 79′ )05 McGowan04 Wilson08 Robinson Booked17 Smith McKay – 45′ )12 Paterson07 Stevenson (Carrick – 68′ )14 Walker
* 16 McKay18 Carrick19 King20 Tapping21 Hamilton26 King29 Oliver
* 01 Forster 23 Lustig (Fisher – 73′ )03 Izaguirre06 Biton04 Ambrose05 van Dijk08 Brown16 Ledley10 Stokes15 Commons (Boerrigter – 77′ )21 Mulgrew Booked (Pukki – 59′ )
* 09 Samaras, 11 Boerrigte, 17 Baldé, 18 Rogic, 20 Pukki, 24 Zaluska, 41 Fisher
* Commons 3′, 21′, 59′ (pen)
* Brown 34′, 75′
* Ledley 42′
* PC Lustig 44′

Ref: William Collum SJ (…too soon?)
Att: 10,000, (9,000, 8,000,6,000,5,000,4,000,3,000,2,000 hehehehehehehe)

In other news…

Latest reports of 9 people dead, and 30 injured after a police helicopter crashed onto roof at the busy Clutha Vaults pub, temper celebrations back in Glasgow.

Note: The very excellent Celtic Wiki site is the font of knowledge on all things Celtic. Most of the Celtic stuff above is from that site ( not c&p tho’ ). The guys who set it up and painstakingly keep it updated; deserve no end of credit, praise and thanks. Dedication of the highest order and a treasure trove for Celtic fans, young and old – and new- there are, literally, days of enjoyment, free to view, and only a click away.
Respect Bhoys!

Compiled by Turkish correspondent, Saltires en Sevilla happily stoatin’ about on cheap local gin.

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big packy
December 1, 2018 8:11 am

HI SALTIRES IN SEVILLA was at that hibs game in 1968, was my first ever away game as a 15 year old, also remember the helicopter crash, was watching all the developments on sky news harrowing stuff, makes you think about the Leicester crash very sad.hh.

December 1, 2018 9:06 am

Yes, we do indeed have a wonderful history – we have also had some almost unbearable patches – the fifties through to 1965 was a barren time, with one, or, two, exceptions – Coronation Cup & 7:1. Then there was the nineties, when apart from results on the park being dire, we had a board of directors who, but for the intervention of John Keene and Fergus McCann, would have run our club ‘into the ground’

Happily we are now in the midst of the second-most successful period in our history and, as we move into December, we have the chance to further enhance this success – let’s start off with a resounding cup-final win tomorrow.

Now for something completely different – The Gerrard effect at Ibrox.

It seems to me that he could not have been employed for his managerial capabilities – for he had none and indeed is still deficient in his coaching licence certification.

He was signed basically as a non-playing captain – someone who’d had a stellar career and who players would look up to. I am sure that all the players he has signed, except for those who he brought from Liverpool, were ‘wetting themselves’ at the prospect of sharing a dressing-room with him – those from Liverpool having had time to ‘dry out’ prior to coming to Ibrox.

There is no doubt that these players are playing for him at the moment, straining every sinew in every game. I must admit to being surprised at some of the results they are getting. Against Villareal, albeit one of the most inept Spanish sides that have ever visited this country, even with ten men for half of the match, there was a determination, almost a desperation, not to lose a goal.

These players are driven, not in a ‘playing for the jersey’ way, or, indeed in the usual way that a player looks to impress a manager – no this bunch of journeymen players craving approbation from their idol.





approval or praise.

“a term of approbation”

Synonyms:approval, acceptance, assent, endorsement, encouragement, recognition, appreciation, support, respect, admiration, commendation.
This is a temporary phenomenon, it happens when people meet their idols – however familiarity breeds contempt, and over time Gerrard’s lack of management and tactical skills will become apparent to them.

Brendan will be aware of this and no doubt Celtics’s slow & ponderous start to the season hasn’t helped. However now is the time to ‘kick on’ and take nothing for granted – the Ibrox slump will ‘kick-in’ as the SG stardust fades, of that I am sure.

December 1, 2018 11:46 am


Did Joe Baker play for us? He was certainly some striker and his brother was no mug either.

I don’t think his face would have fitted at the Celtic we had at that time-Hibs transferred him for asking for a pay rise!!!

Good research as ever,old bean. If I’m ever looking for a decent gin in Turkey,I know who to ask(!)

Saltires en Sevilla
Reply to  big packy
December 1, 2018 12:14 pm


You wee due some happy memories buddy


Saltires en Sevilla
Reply to  Gold
December 1, 2018 12:16 pm


It’s looking a bit better now and hopefully tomorrow we really kick on.

Hope you are right about Gerard. He certainly has the luck needed.


The Exiled Tim
December 1, 2018 12:18 pm

Great stuff SeS, love the on this day posts.
Anyways, been thinking about what glibby said in court yesterday re organised crime and money laundering, to say such a thing he, the concert party, the board at the bigot dome must have know long before now about the above criminality, which begs the question……What did they do about it ?
Money laundering is a serious crime as is organised crime, any law abiding citizen-s would have informed the authorities asap would they not, the sfa would have been informed and taken appropriate action would they not, the mere fact we have not heard anything about this suggests to me that as usual nothing is gonna happen to them, they will continue to break and bend the rules to suit with the help of the police, the judiciary, the government, the football authorities and the media in scotland, an amazing organised crime syndicate is the cabal.

Saltires en Sevilla
Reply to  majoc
December 1, 2018 12:22 pm


Well spotted, my complete arse of that – not even sure it qualifies as a typo tbh.

Never Joe Baker doh!

I had previously mentioned the Great Joe MvBride moving to Hibees ( as a replacement for Colin Stein going to Rangers)

I’m just a choob and blaming it on the late nite post and lots of cheap gin.

If you can edit – appreciated. Or, I’ll do it later ?


Saltires en Sevilla
Reply to  The Exiled Tim
December 1, 2018 12:39 pm


Cheers buddy.

They have licence to do whatever the hell they please.

There is no-one with big enough baws to ever deal with these guys.

It reaches all the way to the ‘top’ and bottom.

The Exiled Tim
Reply to  Saltires en Sevilla
December 1, 2018 12:44 pm

Aye, scotland in 2018, some society.

Reply to  Saltires en Sevilla
December 1, 2018 1:07 pm


It’s not set up on my phone,mate. Only my iPad. And can’t remember the log-in details!

Must rectify that when I get home. In That London sampling their Guinness wi my nephew.

Reply to  Saltires en Sevilla
December 1, 2018 1:09 pm

When reality batters them over the head,they will turn on him like never before.

It will be very ugly…oh,wait!

Saltires en Sevilla
Reply to  majoc
December 1, 2018 1:46 pm

Hope you enjoy The Smoke buddy.

I’ll fix it soon ?

Reply to  majoc
December 1, 2018 2:34 pm


The Baker brothers…..I seem to recall that Joe was English and Gerry was American?

Did Joe go to Italy around the same time as Denis Law?

Not sure of any of that.


Reply to  Rebus67
December 1, 2018 3:07 pm


I had to google that,all you say is correct. Including the bit about Joe and Denis. Just stayed in their flat

Margaret McGill
Reply to  The Exiled Tim
December 1, 2018 3:58 pm

Donald Trump has been laundering Russian crime syndicate money for 30 years.and became president. What do you think is going to happen?

Margaret McGill
Reply to  Gold
December 1, 2018 5:31 pm

A wee study this morning using Ublock origin popup ad blocker count.
result is average per double reload on 10 diff pages per site:

BBC Sports 11
etims 9
sporting life 13 (classified as a gambling site)
sentinel celts 2
John James 4
CQN 51
Celtic fc 8

tells a story there. Well done mahe and majoc.

Margaret McGill
Reply to  Margaret McGill
December 1, 2018 5:43 pm

Rangers will go top of the league tomorrow on points and goal difference. No bad for a dead team.

big packy
Reply to  Margaret McGill
December 1, 2018 6:06 pm

mags, where is the money coming from to pay the players. coz they wont be playing for nothing.hh.

The Exiled Tim
Reply to  Margaret McGill
December 1, 2018 6:11 pm

I know nothing is gonna happen to them, glibby is playing them like a fiddle and they are allowing him to, got to look after their own, esp if they are in charge of the queens eleven.

big packy
Reply to  The Exiled Tim
December 1, 2018 6:37 pm

THE EXILED TIM, we both know them bassas wont stop until the queens eleven are on top of the league again, and shoving the get to the back of the bus timmy in our faces, im proud to be Scottish but ashamed at the same time,hh.

The Exiled Tim
Reply to  big packy
December 1, 2018 7:07 pm

That makes two of us, our ancestors will be turning in their graves, today we have all the info yet we do nothing, I include myself in this, had I been twenty years younger and known what we now know, I wouldn’t just be sitting at a keyboard bitchin about it.

Fairhill Bhoy
Reply to  The Exiled Tim
December 1, 2018 7:11 pm

TET-only the twenty ??

The Exiled Tim
Reply to  Fairhill Bhoy
December 1, 2018 7:19 pm

Maybes ten then 😉

Mike in toronto
Reply to  big packy
December 1, 2018 8:37 pm

There are rumours of loyalist funds. But I suspect that, if they are getting money from Ireland, It is from the Republic, specifically shrewsbury Road, Dublin. The proprietor there wants them alive, and he has a history of dodgy loans. and they don’t come much more dodgy than Sevco.?

Reply to  Mike in toronto
December 2, 2018 12:10 am

Tell me more…

Margaret McGill
Reply to  Margaret McGill
December 2, 2018 1:24 am

Must be hard these days to maintain your Catholic faith growing up in Scotland no?
Betrayed by science and education
Betrayed by the church
Betrayed by Celtic.
I can only say thank God there was a Judas.
Something to aspire to.

Hail Hail KTF

Margaret McGill
December 2, 2018 3:09 am

League Cup final tomorrow
Come on Brendan we all love you!
7 in a row of Scottish titles!
Come on Come on
Ive got my dope smoking jacket
Ive got my dope smoking jacket
my dope smoking jaaaaaaaaaacket
Ive got my dope smoking facket!
I got my dope smoking jacket
you only sing when youre winning
you only sing when youre winning
I got my dope smoking jacket

Mike in toronto
Reply to  majoc
December 2, 2018 5:26 am


I was joking … Dermott recently bought that property.

December 2, 2018 7:19 am

New Article Posted!