The Number 5 and the Magic of 67


Celtic know how to put us through the wringer,eh? We expected it to be an emotional occasion,and it was. But we then ran the full gamut of emotions as we toiled in the match itself.

Frustration was to the fore for the first hour and more,replaced by joy at a marvellous goal to break the deadlock. This in turn gave way to floods of wonder as we realised who had scored,and when,with utter relief the order of the day at the final whistle.

A packed stadium celebrated the life and the contributions made to Celtic FC of Billy McNeill. Bittersweet for sure,but the right tone was struck throughout,with a huge hoooooped 5 bedecking the centre circle,a beautifully raucous and respectful 67 seconds of applause by the entire crowd,players and management,and an excellent tifo display in The Standing Section. Only the match itself could mar a day like this-and it came mighty close!

Willie Collum may have been a tad quick with his whistle on occasion,certainly in the first half. A scrappy affair though with plenty of attempts at goal. No score at half-time reflected the paucity of quality on display from each side,though again we had Scott Bain to thank for that.

This is becoming a recurring theme since Brendan left. In fact,we have played eight league matches in that time,five wins and three no score draws yielding only eight goals for and two against. That is not title winning material over a season in Scotland,as Tommy Burns team of 96 might recall. Things have to improve for the alternative is unthinkable.

The second half followed the template of the first,with only THAT moment separating the teams. A Callum McGregor cross from the right was met by Jozo who directed it into the net in a manner most of us have seen plenty of times in the past. As we were frantically celebrating,the wonder of it all hit us-our No 5 had scored,and with 67 on the clock!

Magical things happen at Celtic Park,indeed…

The game became a non-event after that,if I’m honest. Both teams continued to try hard,but honest endeavour won’t get you far at the top level. And anyway,the headlines were already written.

It was all about a certain No 5 and the magic of 67.
Above review by BMCUWP. REBUS67 also offers his thoughts on the match,with a little more detail,for which our grateful thanks!
“Sometimes I dream about reality,
Sometimes I feel so gone.”

So said Manu Chao in his song, Mr Bobby, a tribute to Bob Marley.Yesterday at Celtic Park dreams became reality. Once again, the numbers 5 and 67 combined to create another moment in history for our club. As if this was not enough to define fate, the combination of 5 and 67 resulted in a header at the back post that ended up winning the game. How many times has Paradise seen that happen as Billy rose at the back post to power a header into that net? That 67th minute produced
the symmetry that Billyʼs career deserved. When that header went in, the game became secondary. However, that one moment
made the game legendary! It also made Jozo a Celtic immortal. To discuss any other events in the game seems trite but letʼs return to the reality of the efforts of mere mortals. Firstly, it takes two teams to make a game and Killie certainly showed up for this one. Although Celtic dominated, Killie created almost as many chances. It could be argued that some of their chances were more clear cut.Kilmarnock were superbly briefed on our shortcomings…….the slowness of our FBs and our tendency to play through our widemen. Long balls down both wings frequently caught Lustig and Izzy either out of position, or back peddling rather than tackling their man. A modest 4-4-2 frustrated Celtic to distraction. Amazingly, although Killie mainly played eight defenders, they still managed to get three or four forwards into our box. On the other hand, our wingmen were frustrated by blocks of three defenders on each wing who forced us to play horizontally across the Killie defence.
At its darkest moments, the game cried out for a second striker to enter the fray. In fact, it is arguable if we had any strikers on the park. Edouard is a withdrawn or secondary striker, or even a winger, not a traditional striker. This is one of NLʼs weaknesses. He can rarely make effective changes that determine the outcome of a game. His response to the hole in the middle was to bring on a traditional wide player, Hayes and another holding midfielder, Ntcham. Why not put Burke on to support Eddy? We were playing at home, after all.

There is no doubting that some players are tired and looking forward to the end of the season. However, there can be no doubting of their effort and their desire to win.Their reaction after the goal was evidence of that! So the players try their best and
are usually superior to the opposition. Then why are so many players and fans feeling high levels of frustration? The answer has to be the coaching. Once again NL was outcoached on the park. Only the God of Irony saved the day.

However, the most important thing yesterday was the occasion and what a send off for Billy it turned out to be.

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Go on,you know you want to!

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April 29, 2019 6:02 am

As you all probably know,it takes me a bit of time to type these articles out,especially as I haven’t got my iPad back yet. Seems I caught poor oul TWISTSNTURNS out,as he posted while I was typing. Here it is…
45 minutes gone on Saturday and I was more than a little concerned. I said to my twins at half time that not only was I thinking we were not going to win, but it was very likely we would lose 1-0. Changes were badly needed at half but I had no confidence it would happen. Just for clarity, there’s no rule that subs can only appear after the 60 minute mark is there?

In no particular order Izzy, Lustig, Rogic, Eddie, Jamesie, were awful.

Bain my man of the match and I guess that says it all.

Hey ho. The 3 points were very much needed and leaves us needing one point. Aberdeen away? Hmmm. Huns away…. double hmmmm. My blood pressure might not allow me to attend a final day home title decider. Just do it this week please Celtic.
We all need the close season.

On the Neil Lennon debate. Not for me. 5 season books in the household. None of them being renewed if he gets the gig was the status . 3 e mails from Celtic recently. Reminders I’ve now two weeks left to renew. Clever stuff eh. Renew before you know who’ll be managing the team.

These e mails follow the announcement that there is a 10,000 waiting list for season books. Even cleverer.

So decision time. Give up the seat after a long number of years? I’m 80/20 for giving it up at present. Given there won’t be an announcement on the manager pre deadline, I think it’s time up for me .

April 29, 2019 5:24 am

April 29, 2019 6:04 am


You’re up early! New venture starting today? If so,my best wishes for all concerned.

Remember,you’re the boss-that means delegating so you can have some time for other things!

Twists n turns
April 29, 2019 6:22 am

Not sleeping very well these days I’m afraid. Up at 3-30 this morning, which is an hour more than I got yesterday!

Setting up the new company only partly responsible though. My wife’s mother very ill now. Been struggling for a while. No idea what’s keeping her alive to be honest. She’s less than 5 stones now. They’ve given her 2 months at best now. It’s been going on for a year plus now and as I say, I’m amazed she’s still alive.
Can’t get her out of my head. Every minute I’m not doing anything she’s in my thoughts. The biggest problem I find is that her mind is perfectly strong. She knows she’s dying, and sits and talks about her funeral, what she wants, what she doesn’t want. I’m chicken hearted I’m afraid and struggle with death. She’s in terrible pain and I so wish she wasn’t. Needs constant care which puts my wife under tremendous emotional strain. It’s taken over our lives.
Everyone needs some relief from the stress and pain, and the heartache, especially my mum in law.
Next two months will be awfully difficult. We’re lucky though. Very caring family all rallying round to try and let us have some time away from the worry.

The new company set up came at a bad time. I’m actually in Queen Street at 11am today to sign the new lease on the property. Phone on standby as ever.

April 29, 2019 6:52 am


Good grief,that’s dreadful. Seems that all you can do is be there for your wife and her Mum.

My best wishes to you all at a terrible time,and I’m sure I speak for many of us.


Twists n turns
April 29, 2019 7:22 am

Thanks Bobby
Kind words

Celtic – and the impact they have on our lives.

As I alluded to, personal issues, illness, consumes all all our lives at some point. Life’s cycle of course and we all experience the same things pretty much.
Births , baptisms, weddings, and sadly but inevitably illnesses and death.

Interspersed amongst it all ? Celtic. What is it that allows 11 men kicking a ball around to play such an important part in our lives? You wake up. Your thoughts turn to pressing family / personal issues.

Inevitably waiting next in the contemplation queue? Celtic. Why is that? I’m thinking it’s a childhood thing. Born into the Celtic family. A second religion. Some drift away from their faith. Very few drift from their love of Celtic.
There’s me thinking for the past few weeks I’ve had enough of this. Lawell doesn’t get it. Lenny not the bhoy. I’m not renewing. Neither are my kids. I posted that earlier didn’t I!

Who am I kidding. Myself for one. The wife told me “ ouch you’ll renew your book, you know you will”

Naw naw. Enough is enough. Need to make a stand.

“ what you going to do when you’re not at the football?”

I’ll find something else

“ what?”

I don’t know yet. Something

So what will it be then? What else is there? Truth be told there’s nothing out there that I’ll ever get passionate about or I can connect with in the same way as Celtic. So actually, Lawell’s biggest strength is my biggest weakness. He doesn’t need me if truth be told. I need Celtic

End of. He wins. It shall always be thus eh! Even if we get relegated. We’ll still be there.

So that earlier post I made? 80/20 towards not renewing. Drivel. I’ll be renewing.

Why? It’s what I’ve done since childhood. It’s what I’ve done through marriage and it’s what I’ll do until I die.

Don’t tell the wife though. Can’t stand the thought of her being right again.

April 29, 2019 7:27 am

Twists n turns,

Sounds like you need Celtic more than ever just now.
Prayers will be said for your mother in law, you and your wife and family.

Good luck today and on going with your new venture.

Twists n turns
April 29, 2019 7:33 am

Bhoys, has Stevie Chalmers passed away or is it a dreadful rumour ? I’ve had 2 messages asking if I’ve heard anything? Hopefully a sick or misguided rumour

Twists n turns
April 29, 2019 7:34 am

Thanks Jim
Appreciated. Better get moving actually

big packy
April 29, 2019 8:02 am

BOBBY AND TWISTS AND TURNS, both great articles very emotional day which only celtic could provide we obviously need to strengthen the team but we already have 4 players already coming in will peter open the biscuit tin im not so sure and as much as I admire and love neil he is not the man to take us forward.hh,

big packy
April 29, 2019 8:06 am

TWISTS AND TURNS,sorry to hear about your mother in law, good luck with your new venture. p.s.. I knew you would renew.?.hh.

Twists n turns
April 29, 2019 8:15 am

Morning BP

Thank you

Yeah I probably knew myself I’d renew ?

April 29, 2019 8:16 am

Morning Packy. I’ve got a fun week ahead. Getting two teeth pulled tomorrow morning, back two days later for a filling and scrub & polish. What can you do? Lie back and think of Celtic! 🙁

Awe Naw
April 29, 2019 8:27 am

I have yet to hear or read any concrete alternative proposals to Neil Lennon. I did suggest and gave my reasons yesterday on why I think the PLC will go for David Moyes.

NEEDLESS TO SAY … no alternatives offered.

So lets be hearing some out of the box thinking ?

April 29, 2019 8:33 am


A mutual friend of ours decided not to renew a few years back in a personal protest against where PL was taking the club.

He and I were on a train to Glasgow for a hootenanny one day,and I asked him whether he was gonna renew the following season.

I should add that I pointed out that little or nothing would stop me going if I had the chance,that boards are transient but being a Celtic supporter is forever,no matter how much I agreed with his reasoning.

No,he replied. No can do,got my principles and my pride.

Now,I took that to mean that it was bloody purgatory for him,but no way out of that mess!

I suggested that he just buy the bloody ticket,and tell the troops it was a birthday present from his kids. Who’s gonna question that?

He’s still got principles,and no ticket. And I still respect and admire his decision. But I can’t say I would do the same.

Good luck at 11am,and with so much else.

April 29, 2019 8:34 am

Awe Naw, On the assumption the board won’t splash the cash – Gordon Strachan?

Twists n turns
April 29, 2019 8:42 am

Awe Naw
I think, and hope, you’re incorrect re Moyes, though, I’m a gambler and wouldn’t bet on you being wrong such is the positive reasons that will exist in Lawell’s mind to sanction such a move.

Me? I’d be looking to try and attract Eddie Howe, but Celtic won’t.

It’ll be Neil or perhaps Clarke, or as you say perhaps Moyes.

April 29, 2019 8:43 am


I’m not sure Neil wants the job. I mentioned Rafa in an article soon after BR left,but I know we have no chance there-his stock is still very high elsewhere.

I can’t see a top up and coming man being headhunted,and I also doubt even PL would be pigheaded enough to go for Moyes in the face of almost unanimous opposition.

My worry is that he will appoint John Kennedy,explaining that he has over a decade of coaching and learning under the managers in that time.

Your question re no replies? The answer is obvious-none of us is prepared to even look into the barrel that PL is going to scrape. His chance to be the highest earner at the club again,and not one that he is likely to pass up.

How’s the bros?

Awe Naw
April 29, 2019 8:43 am

After WGS offering his opinions on Eugenics and Paedophilia the board will not go near him. Also the exciting brand of football that he delivered would be too much for their dicky hearts

big packy
April 29, 2019 8:48 am

JIM, best of luck.hh,

Awe Naw
April 29, 2019 8:51 am

Rafa will not leave a safe EPL Newcastle due to “being unable to compete in the top ten” for the no spend gig at Celtic Park where his nearest competitor will be against a team where the third top scorer in the league with 14 goals are all penalties. That might be enough of an illusion being conjured up there to shift EPL priced ST´s where you get to see two matches on a Saturday afternoon but a safely ensconced EPL manager. It´s not going to happen.

The last time we spent 3m on an EPL going down to Championship manager. Lenny had to take over. So NO to newly relegated EPL managers for me.

big packy
April 29, 2019 8:52 am

AWENAW, I think if mr lawell gets his way it will be no change in the managers chair, but if season tickets are not going fast enough maybe then he will have a rethink,.hh.hope you are well.

The Exiled Tim
April 29, 2019 8:56 am

Thanks for the match reports Rebus and Bobby.
Awe Naw
My outside the box manager would be Rafa, contract up next month, has fallen out with Mash and wouldn’t walk out for a big club, he has been at all the big clubs, Celtic could just be that challenge he is looking for, could he take us to another level in europe, of course he could, he is my outside of the box choice, but I still think it will be Lenny.

April 29, 2019 8:57 am


Rafa and Newcastle won’t be relegated this season. No thanks to Ashley.

His contract is up in the summer and I can’t see him renewing. But he is being eyed apparently by some of the bigger fish in Europe.

Including PSG.

Now,his family are settled in the UK but I seriously doubt that will be enough to sway him to join us!

Shame,really. I can but dream.

big packy
April 29, 2019 9:09 am

just been posted on the other channel stevie chalmers has died rest in peace stevie.hh.

Awe Naw
April 29, 2019 9:10 am

Quite simply the next Celtic manager has to be Neil Lennon or somebody less shrewd than Neil Lennon.

The only suggestion I have heard that fits that profile is John Kennedy

The Gombeen Man
April 29, 2019 9:21 am

Stevie Chalmers RIP.

A very sad week continues.


April 29, 2019 9:24 am

Saddened to hear confirmation of the death of Stevie Chalmers.

That’s our leader and our cup-winning scorer in less than a week.

Flags at half-mast,I’d reckon.

R I P Stevie.

The Exiled Tim
April 29, 2019 9:29 am

RIP Stevie

A thing of beauty
April 29, 2019 9:33 am

RIP Stevie Chalmers. Condolences to his family. We have lost another lion.

Awe Naw
April 29, 2019 9:39 am

8 years ago tomorrow we lost another Stevie. Reynolds

Stevie Chalmers Stevie Reynolds R.I.P

April 29, 2019 9:40 am

What a terrible week. RIP Stevie.

Awe Naw
April 29, 2019 9:52 am

By: Newsroom Staff on 29 Apr, 2019 08:51

IT is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Stevie Chalmers, our loving father and devoted husband to Sadie. The Celtic legend was surrounded by family when he sadly passed away early this morning (Monday, April 29).

In recent times Stevie endured the toughest of battles, but just as he approached every game in a green and white jersey, he tackled his long-term illness with much bravery and dignity.

Stevie, first and foremost, was a family man to his loving wife Sadie; their children, Stephen, Carol, Paul, Ann, Martin, Clare, grandchildren, great grandchildren and wider family members.

He was also part of a wider family and community. His place in history is assured as one of the famous Lisbon Lions who lifted the European Cup for Celtic in 1967 when Stevie scored the winning goal to defeat Inter Milan 2-1 in Portugal. He felt honoured and privileged to have played alongside the Lisbon Lions, and this camaraderie and friendship carried on long after their playing days as the team became lifelong friends.

Celtic was an integral part of Stevie’s life and he devoted much of his career to the famous Glasgow club. He was adored by Celtic supporters in Scotland and around the world, especially for his passion, loyalty and integrity. He felt humbled and honoured when inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

Stevie was a role model for all, especially to his children growing up. In later years, he doted on his grandchildren and they, too, were a great source of love and laughter for Stevie.

In such times of sadness, we must celebrate a life lived to the full. As a family we ask that you remember Stevie with love and affection and take pleasure when recalling the many wonderful times he and his team-mates gave to us all through their wonderful skills on the pitch.

A true gentleman, who will be sadly missed by so many, but will never be forgotten… The legend lives on.

April 29, 2019 9:53 am

Stevie Chalmers was a “late developer” due to being at death’s door when he was 21 with,I think,TB. He was nearly 24yo before he turned senior in 1959,thankfully with Celtic!

He had some goal scoring record,achieving a total which was at the time second only to the legendary Jimmy McGrory.

He broke his leg in the 69-70 season,and in those days,such an injury frequently heralded the end of a career. So it was with Stevie at Celtic,but he played on for a few more successful seasons at Morton and Thistle.

His legacy with Celtic is 228 goals in 405 games,and medals won include the European Cup, four league titles, three Scottish Cups and four League Cups.

He will forever be remembered as a ferociously fast forward and a team player.

And for THAT goal.

Sadly,he joins the nucleus of a decent team upstairs.

Noel Skytrot
April 29, 2019 10:11 am

Lacklustre to say the least from Celtic. It might have been down to the emotional week we have had. Number 5 and 67, that would only happen at Celtic, it’s absolutely ridiculous how the stars have aligned for us in so many ways in our footballing journey. I’m still not convinced that Lennon should be our next manager.

The Exiled Tim
April 29, 2019 10:15 am

Jeezo, Jose has been mentioned and his odds have tumbled, not a hope in hell mind you.

April 29, 2019 10:23 am


Someone-might have been BADABING-posted a photo of four guys at an al fresco table,whereabouts unknown.

Jose and PL and two others.

Bada Bing
April 29, 2019 10:24 am

Twists n turns,- sorry for your situation HH

Bada Bing
April 29, 2019 10:26 am

BMCUW- It might have been photoshop job,Jose looked very young in the picture

Bada Bing
April 29, 2019 10:26 am

Cup final tickets on sale Bhoys

The Exiled Tim
April 29, 2019 10:31 am

Terrible stuff you are going through, stay strong for your Mrs.
Take care

April 29, 2019 10:31 am


Quite possibly. Two things though-if yer gonna photoshop,get it up to date! And more obviously…

No longer having to deal with those arseholes at Old Trafford will knock years off anyone’s appearance!

FWIW,I thought it was on old photo.

The Exiled Tim
April 29, 2019 10:32 am

I also thot that the pic was photo shopped.
The bookies will do anything to rake in a few bob FFS 😉

The Gombeen Man
April 29, 2019 10:45 am

Twists n Turns,

Your post will have helped a lot of people this morning.

You mention too (and many others too) your ‘passion’ for Celtic. The Latin root for passion comes from the term ‘to suffer’…hence the Passion of Christ.

I guess passion for our team is something we all share but only recently did I realise that I’d signed up for suffering too.

These ups and downs are maybe just a part of the suffering that our passion requires?

Peter Lawwell is simply an influential part of a company that currently controls the Club.

That’s it. He isn’t Celtic.

He makes commercial decisions. He’ll have to live with the consequences of them.

Whether I buy a ticket is a decision based on a number of factors and the PLC are only one part of that equation.

I’ve had to let go of any hope that the PLC are anything other than a commercial enterprise.


Noel Skytrot
April 29, 2019 11:20 am

Just seeing the news that Lisbon Lion, Stevie Chalmers has sadly passed away, for fuck sake.

Bada Bing
April 29, 2019 11:23 am

hearing lots of guys on the HTCS unsuccessful in ballot…

April 29, 2019 12:16 pm

Firstly, let me offer my thoughts and prays to Twists an Turns and his family. I know exactly what you are going through at the moment, although I also know that is no consolation. My brother is poorly in hospital after two serious operations and his future is uncertain. The light of my life, my wife is facing follow-up tests to determine if she has the unthinkable.

As you are experiencing, all other things drift into triviality when compared. Even events as important as a new corporate entity.

May your family support each other and find a pathway through this time.

On the season ticket front, I also share your dilemma, although it is CelticTV in my case. I have already cancelled it for next season, but I can easily re-instate it. I have said that if NL gets the job, I am out of it, but my wife says what will you do during game time? Will I find some way of pressing my nose to the glass and watching/listening from afar, or will I sign up with some other team that I have no emotional connection with? Who knows? Would I want to have missed the 67th minute on Saturday?

Best wishes and remember we are all part of the same club……..humanity,


April 29, 2019 12:20 pm

Sad day as another of the Lions passes away.
Stevie Chalmers was a magnificent footballer who was ahead of his time.
He had football intelligence in abundance and an outstanding ability to attack the space with perfect timing.
His side footed winner will live with me forever.

April 29, 2019 12:25 pm

BMCUWP,Rebus 67 and TwistsnTurns
Thank you for your match reports.
The main consensus being a win to honour the memory of a great Celtic legend.

April 29, 2019 12:36 pm

My second post concerns the passing of another Celtic great…and one of my personal favourites, Stevie Chalmers. My thoughts and my prays will be for Steve’s family at this time and hope that they find some comfort in a life well lived.

It seems like, real estate, location, location and location are important when we remember great events. We all recall where we were when the first man landed on the moon. Similarly, we remember our first bowel movement after an operation to remove piles. Ouch, I hope you have been spared the latter!

So, it was when that goal went into the net in Lisbon. I was in the Rolls Royce social club watching the game and amazed at how united everyone was, irrespective of club allegiance. Came the day, came the hour,came Stevie’s chance for immortality, just as Jozo entered that hall of fame on Saturday.

Stevie was one of my favourite players because he never gave up. He could be described as a bustling player even tho’ he had a slight frame. He could score with either foot or head and he was a hybrid between a winger and a centre forward. His energy levels were incredible, given that he had suffered from, TB, earlier(correct me if I am wrong!). My uncle played for Leicester City(Yes, I know!) but had to retire due to TB very early in his career, so I know it is difficult to recover and play top level sports from that disease, especially back in the days before super drugs.

One time when I visited Glasgow, I went into the Celtic store in Argyle Street and picked up a Celtic top… know the one with green and black vertical stripes? The young lad behind the counter said, “We have a special on where we shall print a name on the back of any new shirt purchased.” I said, “Great! Can I have C-H-A-L-M-E-R-S?” After he handed me the shirt, he asked me if “Chalmers” was my name! After I had picked up my false teeth from the floor, I responded, mildly, that he was a former player. The poor lad sealed his fate by saying, “Yes, I think that I remember him.” Ah, the innocence of youth!

RIP Stevie…you gave a lot of pleasure to a lot of people, elbows or not,


Awe Naw
April 29, 2019 12:51 pm

Love Love Love
Love Love Love

Me & my friend were walking
In the cold light of mourning.
Tears may blind the eyes but the soul is not deceived
In this world even winter ain’t what it seems.
Here come the blue skies Here comes springtime.
When the rivers run high & the tears run dry.
When everything that dies.
Shall rise.

Love Love Love is stronger than death.
Love Love Love is stronger than death.

In our lives we hunger for those we cannot touch.
All the thoughts unuttered & all the feelings unexpressed
Play upon our hearts like the mist upon our breath.
But, awoken by grief, our spirits speak
“How could you believe that the life within the seed
that grew arms that reached
And a heart that beat.
And lips that smiled
And eyes that cried.
Could ever die?”

Here come the blue skies here comes springtime.
When the rivers run high & the tears run dry.
When everything that dies.
Shall rise.

Love Love Love is stronger than death.
Love Love Love is stronger than death.

Shall rise. Shall rise.
Shall rise. Shall rise.