The History Bhoys?


Today is The Twentyfifth of May. May 25th,a day when Celtic Legends are made. Two years ago today,I was lucky enough to join thousands of fellow Celtic supporters as we made a pilgrimage to Estadio Nacional to pay homage to the wonderful Lisbon Lions. It is a never to be forgotten day,celebrating that never to be forgotten day fifty years previously when Jock Stein led a bunch of lads to glory,lads who could really only have been considered journeymen in the game until Jock arrived and showed them their true worth.

Just like he and his team showed the world the true worth of playing pure,beautiful,inventive football.

The Glasgow Celtic Way!

The Lisbon Lions absolutely steamrollered the opposition that day. 42 shots on goal reflects that. But I’ll tell you what,I don’t know how they managed to keep up the workrate for so long-I was bloody knackered just having a stroll in the blistering heat,and I know I wasn’t alone.

The following day,some of the lads went to play golf,some of us sat outside our favourite bar. I don’t think I’ve ever drunk so much water as I did that day-though only inbetween gulps of lager! My estimation of The Lisbon Lions shot through the roof,just thinking about the amount of effort,of sheer willpower,to get themselves over the line.

Today’s Celtic team are highly unlikely to face such intimidating physical conditions,but then there are the other intimidating physical conditions to consider. One is the number of games that we will have played this year. I make it 62 competitive matches,which is simply ridiculous. The number of matches,allied to the leniency afforded to our opponents by the refereeing fraternity-a word I use advisedly!-has led to our serious injury problems this season,and has done so for quite some time now. So once again,the question of who is going to line up on the day becomes an impossible conundrum,a Gordian Knot.

Of course,it is the last game of the season,so there is a temptation to say that anyone who can last,say,sixty minutes should be considered. If they pull up,they have that short summer break to recover. And surely every player will want to play in this one!

But that is where players need to be protected from themselves,and not only for their own good. For the good of the team. Too many times this season we have seen players pull up or go down,and the manager has been forced to use up one of his substitutions. When that happens when we are pushing to get the result,it severely hampers his ability to rethink his tactics. And it HAS happened-in virtually all of our poor domestic results this season.

If Neil Lennon is thinking the same way,then he has a big problem. That would mean,at the very least,lining up without Mikael Lustig,Scott Brown,Kieran Tierney,Jonny Hayes,James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard. And as he only has three substitutes,he’s taking a huge risk by playing them if they aren’t 100% fit.

If he doesn’t play them,he’s taking a huge risk of weakening the team!

This is surely where his experience will come into play. He will have talked to the club doctors and to each of the players,and measured up the responses. I doubt that any of the players will have said that they don’t want to play on the day,but one or two might have said they will only last so long,or might be better to be available from the bench. The club doctors will probably have advised against even that in one or two cases. Neil will know how he wants the team to line up,and will have to juggle between sentiment and cold hard fact. He will have to disappoint one or two players,players who will run through a brick wall,but players whose heart is stronger than their legs. Or their hamstrings,groins,toes,etc.

I’d like to tell you who I think he will name in the team today,but do you remember how the old stadium announcer used to read to the starting eleven just before kick off?

Well,52 years ago,it would have been like this…

Simpson,Craig and Gemmell,

Murdoch,McNeill and Clark,


Charmers,Auld and Lennox.

Always with that wee pause between the groups-ah,nostalgia,you canny buy those days back!

Today,I got as far as…


Seriously. I have no idea who our full backs are gonna be. I’ll go for Ralston at right back,but neither KT nor JH are fully fit for left back,and Izzy seems to have left the building. But we will have to play one of them,take the risk.

Midfield,we either play Scott Brown or Olivier Ntcham alongside Callum McGregor. Do we play Euan Henderson,who was outstanding last week? Do we play Tom Rogic,who clearly wasn’t?

Up front,is Eddy fit enough? Can Michael Johnston bring his A-game with him to the stadium? Is Jamesy fit? Can Olly give it a last hurrah despite recent evidence? Which Scott Sinclair will turn up,and is Karamoko Dembele really ready yet?

Today is the day when Neil Lennon has to be pragmatic. He has to go for it,but he has to get it right. It’s a difficult task,as I hope I’ve illustrated,but I have every faith in his judgement.

I watched the corresponding game two years ago in a bar in Lisbon,down the waterfront. Me and my Dad and countless others. It was h-e-a-v-i-n-g with Celtic supporters. We stood on the verge of making history that day too,50 years after The Lisbon Lions had made their own. We had the chance to become the first team in Scotland to go through an entire domestic campaign without a defeat. We had a chance to become

The Invincibles!

We took that chance,and today we have the chance to become the first ever team in Scotland to win three domestic trebles in a row. That’s nine trophies in a row,and it has a ring to it. Celtic players through the ages have a habit of stepping up to the plate when there is history to be made,and I don’t expect today to be any different-despite the problems I’ve outlined above.

So just do it,lads. Make your own history. Do it for yourselves and for the club. Do it for the fans. But do it for Billy and Stevie. They’ll be watching from the best seats in the house-The Gods!!!


Above article by BMCUWP.


I’d like to use this forum to pass on my congratulations to my mate’s son Ross. First Class Masters in Chemical Engineering from Hairy Twat University. Well done,son.

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May 25, 2019 4:38 am

We will be looking for reviews of today’s match,folks. Usual rules,mail them to Mahe at

That also includes those who just want to tell us about their experiences on the day,pre-match and post-match. Everything we receive makes it into Article of the Day.

Except of course for those pesky offers to whore the site to advertisers. We always refuse them!

May 25, 2019 5:19 am

Just been reading back on the blog and noticed that GORDON64 used the term HISTORY BHOYS in a post.

Great minds with a similar library!


Noel Skytrot
May 25, 2019 5:42 am

Firstly, for all the lucky folk going to the game today, enjoy.
I’m not going to go into the finer vagaries of who we should play and what position, I just want us to win and make history just as the Lions did in 67. If we can do it playing a similar type of football, all the better. That would be a fitting tribute more than any tifo. I watched the 67 final again on one of my days off last week and when the players are coming off the pitch you can see that Billy McNeill is absolutely exhausted, it was probably their adrenaline and the reality of what they achieved that day that pushed them on through. We’re on the cusp of another fantastic milestone, which if we achieve, will unlikely be surpassed. As Celtic supporters we’re truly living in a magical period, long may it continue. Do it Celtic.

Twists n turns
May 25, 2019 6:17 am

I’ll echo Noel’s good wishes to the bhoys and ghirls heading to Hampden.

I used to frequent Hampden a lot in my younger days, and enjoyed it.

Nowadays I find it a soulless arena. Not been for a long time and no desire to go back. How can you modernise a stadium yet make it less appealing?
Or is it just me?

Almondvale is another. Went a few years back. Left thinking it’ll be a long time before I’m back there, if ever.

Anyhow I’m sure the green and white faithful will do the nigh on impossible and add some fervour and atmosphere to the ‘echo arena’ today.

Here’s a fitba question for ye.
Who was the first spectator into Hampden for the 1973 Centenary cup final ? ( Don’t mention the score)
Yes you’ve guessed it. A 14 year old twisty.
My pal was a Rangers supporter and his dad had got 3 tickets. How much was a North Stand ticket in those days? Go on guess?
Nah yer miles out. I’ll tell ye at the end of this post.
So my pals dad somehow persuaded my mum to let me go. Now my dad’s pal was a , let’s just say organised type of fellow. Everything planned in military fashion.
He decided we would get the 9-15am bus from the village to Glasgow. 9-15am!! Of course there was no M8 running through the village at time so admittedly it was a long bus journey, but 9-15am?
So we get to Glasgow and get the train to Mount Florida.
I truly can’t remember the time we arrived at the gates of Hampden but it must have been before or near to noon. We wait outside on the gates open. I always remember my pals dad tell us “ as soon as we get in, run and get a good spot”
Run?? We were the only ones there!

Anyway, we got in at whatever time the gates opened, and we did run and pick our spot.
Actually, after the winning goal, we left immediately, in order to “ make sure we got on a train ok” ?

A long long day for what amounted to 60 minutes of football.

Oh…. and the answer to the question? How much was a ticket?


May 25, 2019 7:20 am
May 25, 2019 7:45 am

Morning bhoys.
Since I was born in 1966 Celtic today are going for their 67th domestic trophy on the 25th of May,it’s an omen I tell you.
4-0 today to the champions


big packy
May 25, 2019 8:07 am

MORNING BOBBY, MORNING BHOYS,,hey twists and turns that’s an article in itself, I had moved down to England a few months before, but I wanted to get up home for that game, I was completely skint, but managed to hitchhike up via 2 lorries and a van just in time for the kick off ah memories,hh., any way no predictions about team selections or scores from me, but I do think we will win.COYBIG.HH.

May 25, 2019 8:43 am

Feeling trebly good this morning.

3 Cups of Coffee to start the day.

Do I have to limit myself to 3 pints after the game??

Enjoy the occasion, wherever you are.

There’s no better tonic for our beating hearts than beating Hearts. And you get a Cup for doing so!!

The Gombeen Man
May 25, 2019 9:31 am

Morning on the day when we continue to write history.
Refreshing too to read an upbeat, resentment-free article.
The prospect of a Treble Treble is the stuff of Roy of the Rovers. Bhoy how the other side must hate this…

My old man would have told me to savour every minute of today. I hope Lenny, the squad and every supporter does the same.

If only we’d The Loving Cup in Paradise.

The Loving Cup wasn’t won really. It was presented by Stoke after a goalless draw against the old Rangers…


May 25, 2019 9:57 am

Dear Mr SFTB,

As a doctor,I am often asked

Do I have to limit myself to 3 pints after the game??

Well,the answer to that is very simple-only if you have a train or a bus to catch in about ten minutes. In all other circumstances I advise my patients to go with the flow and enjoy themselves with the troops.

I hope that helps.

May 25, 2019 10:00 am I just can’t get enough. Days like today are all the more sweeter when I think of those years I followed Celtic home and away and saw us win one trophy. Hh

May 25, 2019 10:02 am


My Dad will be there with my two sisters-I will be there in spirit,but in reality about 400 miles away weighed under by a couple of gallons of Guinness.

I think you know where I’d rather be!

May 25, 2019 10:13 am
The Gombeen Man
May 25, 2019 10:21 am


The trick I think is to not get bogged down in all the negativity today, I’m just going to be grateful for every second of today.

Even the butterflies.

Enjoy your pints.

I hope the family have a great day out. I think CCB did a post about his first Cup Final?


Hopefully, you’ve got over the illness? Looking forward to your company today.


I remember those days too. What an achievement a TT would be.


Twists n turns
May 25, 2019 10:29 am

We are too good for Hearts. Our current form is patchy but nowhere as bad as theirs. If the attitude is correct, we are capable of beating them comfortably.

No reason to suspect our bhoys won’t be fully committed to the job today. Neil certainly will.

Hoping we can get the game done by the hour mark. Get Karamoko on. Youngest ever to appear in a SC final.

Cmon the hoops

Good luck bhoys and ghirls.

If ye know the history………..

Bada Bing
May 25, 2019 10:35 am

Some busy Bhoys in EK last night, the Billy McNeill poster all over the place ?

May 25, 2019 10:48 am



May 25, 2019 10:53 am
A thing of beauty
May 25, 2019 10:59 am

Just getting ready to leave for the match. I cannot wait. A treble treble is on the horizon and I fully expect this team to deliver. I feel it will be a last hurrah for a few but the bhoys will rise to the occasion. The only thing that will make it close is if we have too many starters who aren’t fit so there’s big decisions to be made. The folly of having only one fit centre forward could come back to haunt us today but I’m still very confident we will have enough. Playing hearts at hampden has a particularly special place in my Celtic supporting memories and I hope we can add to those today. COYBIG

May 25, 2019 11:00 am

I was reading some cup final reports a couple of days ago and I remembered the 1990 one. I was there courtesy of Tennents I think. What a day! we were going for our third in row (again). It was a long match. 0-0 at 90 mins. So to extra time. Still o-o. So to penalties. Even that couldn’t decide it so on to sudden death. After 8 more penalty kicks it was Anton Rogan’s turn to have a go. He missed! Aberdeen’s Brian Irvine went to win the game for the sheep. To lose after all that was hellish. The only good thing was I’m sure that was the final I met Rod Stewart outside and he signed my programme.

Lets hope we can finally do 3 in a row.

Bobby, feeling a bit better today but not 100% yet.

May 25, 2019 11:08 am

The Gombeen Man, Cheers.

May 25, 2019 11:54 am

Just arrived in the pub,my mate is already winning the best-dressed man competition-he’s wearing green tinted spectacles.

I’ve got to get a photo of these,Effin brilliant!

Bada Bing
May 25, 2019 11:56 am

The monkeys marching in Rutherglen, rain baby rain…

May 25, 2019 12:05 pm

Heading off to our national embarrassment via the Vogue bar. Have a great day everyone wherever in the world you’re watching the game and here’s hoping we’re all giving Bowie laldy later on. Hh

Bada Bing
May 25, 2019 12:12 pm
May 25, 2019 12:28 pm

Bada Bing 1 that was hilarious. 🙂

Bada Bing
May 25, 2019 12:41 pm

Rumour Eddy and KT out…

May 25, 2019 12:47 pm


Come back when you’ve got a rumour I bloody like!

Btw,mauled your clip about the hun losing it to a few people. Hilarious.

May 25, 2019 12:54 pm

Guess the butterflies stirred as i woke at 5-15 am this morning .
Went for a two hour bike ride around my hilly area and felt like i was flying.
It’s a lovely morning here and my spirit is soaring with the the triple treble treble in sight.

The Exiled Tim
May 25, 2019 1:09 pm

Not long now, I am a wee bit nervous, when asked who we are playing and I tell her, the Mrs normally says Oohh, that’s not going to be easy, it normally is, today it’s no bother they will win…..
Anyways, history to be made bhoys, just do it Celtic.

May 25, 2019 1:09 pm

Wonder if Timo Weah is regretting the way things turned out. He did get a start in the under 20s USA game against Ukraine yesterday. But they were beaten 2-1. There is every chance he would have started today.

If he has a look at it on TV and we win the treble treble he should realise he missed the chance of a lifetime. Although to be honest I don’t know all that was said and done behind the scenes.


Por Cierto
May 25, 2019 1:44 pm

Scottish Cup Final V Aberdeen 1967:

My mum, go rest, used to take me to the games then, I was 11, as my dad was a manager of a hostelry at Paisley Road Tool and the pubs shut at 2.30pm.

This day we didn’t have any tickets so we made our way to Hampden at 1.30 in order to try and get tickets.
We stayed in Arden and made our way down to the 45 Terminus at Carnwadric.
At the bus stop was the next close neighbour, and fellow Celtic fan, Mr David Carr, he paid for our bus fare.

We got to Shawlands and made our way to the Taxi rank at the Marlborough.
There was another Celtic fan ahead of us in the queue and therefore offered a lift in his Taxi.
We got to Hampden and the lad refused any money from my mum for the journey.

So here we are at Hampden just after 2.00pm and begin the task of trying to buy a couple of tickets.

Time started to get the better of us and it was now about 2.45pm.
While we had been standing outside the Celtic end of the main stand I noticed that a lot of boys about my age were gaining entrance, with their Dads mostly, into the enclosure below the main stand at a gate which was opened as the approached.
I told my mum that we should make our way towards the Celtic end terracing as there was probably now at this late stage a better chance of getting tickets.

Well that what she thought, but I managed to shift our way towards this guy at the big gate and nodded to him, and lo and behold he opened the gate and let me and mother in.

My mum thought that we were just making our way towards the Celtic end, and once inside those gates, she asked me where we go to pay to get in :)))

I told her to keep moving and once we were out of earshot of the gate guy I told we were in!

She was mortified that we had gained entrance like that:)

There were 134,000 there that day and my mum and I had not spent a penny to get there or to enter.

Great day and great memories.

Always in my head on Cup Final Day por cierto

May 25, 2019 1:49 pm

Great story Por Cierto.

The Exiled Tim
May 25, 2019 1:57 pm

So there was at least 130,002 in attendance that day then 😉
Great memories PC

The Gombeen Man
May 25, 2019 1:59 pm

Por Cierto,

Thanks for posting. A lovely read.


Heading out to watch the game. Here’s to history.

Mon The Hoops…


May 25, 2019 2:00 pm


Ya freeloading bassa,you still haven’t paid yer subs for this site yet!

I’ll let you off,seeing as to how your Mum and mine share the same name.

Dharma Bam
May 25, 2019 2:02 pm

Good lineup but what do I know , I’m not a manager.

May 25, 2019 2:02 pm

A grand tale on this fine day Por Cierto
Hope you’re well
Hail Hail

Gordon64 have a great day pal.
Hail Hail

Dharma Bam
May 25, 2019 2:05 pm

For those who are in love…

The Exiled Tim
May 25, 2019 2:06 pm

CELTIC: Bain; Lustig, Simunovic, Ajer, Hayes; Brown, McGregor, Rogic, Forrest, Johnston; Edouard.
Subs: De Vries, Toljan, Benkovic, Bitton, Ntcham, Sinclair, Dembele
Shame about KT missing out

May 25, 2019 2:08 pm

2 strikers!!! Well odsonne and Mikey Johmston starting. Perhaps odsonne out left as Dinky on bench
Rogic starts also
Big calls by Neil
Hail Hail

The Exiled Tim
May 25, 2019 2:14 pm

I think Eddie and Mikey will rotate
This is a great stream imo, it works with an add blocker, as long as you close the pop ups when you first log on it works great and the pic quality is HD, it prob won’t start for a while yet tho.
Link no 2 is Celtic TV

Mario Bertolini
May 25, 2019 2:24 pm

Just had a wee peep on cqn Barcamole has passed away R I P.

The Exiled Tim
May 25, 2019 2:31 pm

He passed a few years back

Mario Bertolini
May 25, 2019 2:38 pm

TET my apologies mentioned by philboy and someone else, must be in memory for Barcamole.

May 25, 2019 2:41 pm

Disappointed Henderson does not make the bench.
Cant see any reason for McGregor,Brown and Rogic as they have been poor as a trio for a while now.
They don’t defend well or create.
Ntcham should be in instead of Rogic.

May 25, 2019 2:44 pm


I meant to mention THEBARCAMOLE in today’s article,and I’m really annoyed with myself that I didn’t. He phoned me about two weeks before he died,arranging a wee dayooooot in Newport a month later.

It wasn’t to be,and he was laid to rest on the 50th anniversary of Our Greatest Day.

He was a smashing fella,an absolute diamond. Everyone who knew him misses him. But our lives are the better simply for having known him-for instance,he taught me to avoid blue taxis!

HH and R I P,Franny.

May 25, 2019 2:46 pm


Astonished that Henderson didn’t make the squad.

May 25, 2019 2:47 pm

Good to see Methadone Mick from Still Game there supporting the bhoys. A club open to all.

May 25, 2019 2:58 pm

I am not astonished.
Lennon is consistent.

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