If you know your history…15th December
1,331 years ago ….687 CE
St Sergius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Conon
130 years ago….1888
East Stirling welcome Celtic to Merchiston Park, Falkirk for this 6th Round Scottish Cup tie.
It seems our Bhoys learned that cup-ties are never over until the final whistle from our earliest days. 1-0 goal down from the first half, the team were met with a tough resistance and it took until the 87th minute for McCallum to level the scoring.
Ordinary teams would settle for a replay and the club treasurers must have been counting on another 9,000 crowd back in Glasgow, when McCallum struck again. There was no time for East Stirlingshire to reply and Celts ran out 2-1 winners.
Celts in the inaugural season were heading towards the Final of Scotland’s premier trophy.
East Stirlingshire:-Sharp, Keddie, Reid, Ritchie, Wilson, Jones, Kirkwood, Stewart, Dunn, McLachlan, Simpson.
Celtic:-Dunning, Collins, McKeown, Gallagher, Kelly, McLaren, McCallum,Dunbar, Groves, Coleman, T Maley.
In other news ….
Maxwell Anderson, American dramatist (Winter Set, High Tor) was born.
Dr. Tumblety, the American who was suspected of being the Whitechapel murderer and arrested in London not long ago, but soon after released, is a man with a singular history. Between 1860 and 1864 he was as well known on the streets of Brooklyn, where he posed as an Indian herb doctor, as he subsequently was in the corridors of the Fifth Avenue hotel, where he paraded as an Englishman of wealth and a physician of marked pretensions.
45 years ago………1973
Scottish League Cup Final – Dundee 1 V Celtic 0
I remember attending this game in the North Stand above the enclosure at Hampden. The kick-off had been brought forward to 1:30 as floodlights could not be used due to power cuts. With a 3-day week in full flow and freezing weather the attendance was severely reduced. Both teams wanted the game to be postponed due to a freezing pitch. In the end Dundee handled the conditions well and were deserved 1-0 winners. Tommy Gemmell was the Dundee captain and later confessed he felt awkward lifting the trophy in front of so many Celtic pals.
Another feature of the game was the experimental ‘offside zone’ that ran across the full 18 yards line.
Hunter, McGrain, Brogan, McCluskey, McNeill, Murray, Hood (Johnstone), Hay (Connelly), Wilson, Callaghan, Dalglish
Allan, R Wilson, Gemmell, Ford, Stewart, Philip, Duncan, Robinson, Wallace, J Scott, Lambie. Subs: Johnston, I Scott.
Goals: Wallace (76)
Referee: R H Davidson (Airdrie)
American Psychiatric Association declares homosexuality is not a mental illness. (Also, The earth is not flat and apples fall from trees in a downward manner…1973…good grief!!)
U.K. No1 single: MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY by Slade.
U.K. No1 Album: DREAMS ARE NUTHIN’ MORE THAN WISHES by David Cassidy
U.S. No1 Album: GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD by Elton John
5 years ago ….2013
Match Reports on the day after Celtic beat Terry Butchers visiting Hibs side 1-0 (Pukki 29mins)
Sly referencing by Tom English to The Defeat in Nou Camp by Barca (6-0) in the previous midweek.
No mention of undefeated Celts in domestic games.
Crowd 46,065 ( Aye!)
- 01 Forster 23 Lustig (Matthews – 73′ ) 03 Izaguirre Booked 06 Biton 04 Ambrose 05 van Dijk 08 Brown 16 Ledley 10 Stokes 15 Commons 20 Pukki (Samaras – 58′ Booked )
- 02 Matthews 09 Samaras 17 Baldé 24 Zaluska 37 Atajic 41 Fisher 53 Henderson
- Pukki 29′
- 01 Williams 23 Forster 03 McGivern 08 Robertson 05 Nelson 04 Hanlon 11 Cairney (Zoubir – 68′ ) 10 Craig 14 Collins 19 Handling (Cummings – 63′ ) 16 Stevenson (Thomson – 85′ )
- 17 Tudur Jones 18 Maybury 21 Murdoch 27 Zoubir 29 Caldwell 35 Cummings 38 Thomson
- Referee Bobby Madden
In other news…
China successfully lands its moon rover on the moon (if landed on Mars, would it handle an identity crises…)
Chip shop Mister Eaters is serving up battered Ferrero Rocher as a Christmas treat. Chippy owner and creator, John Clackson said: “They seem to be going down a treat, and everyone is loving them.” (Mars refuse to comment…)