The Lost Ten-Part Four


Our series of articles revealing how we had a chance to win Ten In a Row in the eighties-but probably didn’t realise it at the time-continues with Part Four. 1981-82.

This season started off appallingly. The League Cup was in sections back then. We had Hibs,recently promoted,St Johnstone,from Division One,and mid-table St Mirren in our section. And we still couldn’t qualify! Bloody rubbish,we’ll win eff all with this lot!!!

The league was a different story altogether though. We seemed to stroll through it,in the main,and Tommy Burns and Davie Provan in particular were really showing what they were made of. Up front,George McCluskey and Frank McGarvey were forming a great partnership as Charlie Nicholas’ form from the previous season evaporated. Well,he was still only 19yo and would also break his leg halfway through the season.

Out of the league cup,and also out of Europe after an unfortunate first round loss to Juventus,we would also only last two rounds in the cup,going out to Aberdeen-them again!-and so we could pretty much concentrate on the league. The team only played 46 games this year. Tell that to kids nowadays,etc…

We opened up with a comfortable flag day victory over Morton,but then faced a difficult trip to Aberdeen. Bloody hell,did we not go and beat them! Much rejoicing in our household that night,and down the pub later too. Same a fortnight later when we hammered the huns in their ain midden on our way to a Magnificent Seven successive wins.

A draw with Dundee United and a defeat to Hibs slowed the momentum,but we went into our annual winter freeze-it came early this year-with 25 points from 15 games,having beaten Aberdeen again into the bargain. We were clearly a bit ring-rusty after more than a month off-losing at Ibrox to the only goal,a penalty in an ugly match-but we recovered to give Aberdeen a third thrashing of the season two weeks later. A young lad made his debut that day and scored too. Paul McStay. I wonder what became of him…

Thankfully,February is a short month-because we were rubbish! Defeat to the Dons in the cup and only one win from four in the league had us looking over our shoulders. Memories were still raw from two years previously,when Aberdeen had motored up the inside and caught us on the line. And they were closer now than they were back then!

Three wins on the bounce saw normal service resumed,before the visit of Aberdeen at the end of March. We could effectively clinch the title against them,or we could hand them a lifeline like we had two years earlier. I don’t mind telling you,I had the heebie-jeebies going into this match and our performance justified that. We were red rotten on the day,couldn’t do anything right and we’re lucky to get nil. We would need to sort things out at the back and up front and get wur bliddy finger out. We had eleven games left,starting with an away trip to Dundee United,we cannot afford any more slip ups.

We beat them 2-0,and a draw at Cappielow was our only dropped point in nine games as we put a bit of daylight between ourselves and Aberdeen-who,to be fair,didn’t give up. Danny Crainie scored on his debut for us-within a minute against the huns-and Tommy Burns scored a peach with his RIGHT foot as we destroyed Hibs 6-0. This match meant we needed two points from three matches to clinch the title. Two home games against St Mirren sandwiching another visit to Tannadice.

The first one went well. Not. A goalless draw,but it’s difficult to criticise. We had lost Charlie Nicholas with a broken leg in January,and McGarvey and McCluskey were frequently missing through injury too. We had beaten the huns with all three missing,but we couldn’t do the same to St Mirren. Nor to Dundee United,as it goes. They beat us 3-0. But we went into the last game needing a point,and got more than that,winning 3-0. Just as well too. A win for St Mirren and a 5-0 to Aberdeen at Ibrox would gift the title to Aberdeen. We were still goalless at halftime as the hun crowd cheered their new heroes into a four goal lead at the same stage. But two goals from George McCluskey and one from Tom McAdam gave an injury-ravaged Celtic another title. It was richly deserved,but it had been nervy at times. We could look forward to the following season with some optimism,and surely the board would sign some players for a change? I think we had only signed Willie Garner in two seasons. We needed a freshen up but well,you know the board…


The season was notable,sadly,for the untimely death of Johnny Doyle. Enjoying possibly his best spell of football since he joined us,he was electrocuted in his new house in October 1981. A true Celt,and greatly missed by all.


Above article by BMCUWP. I’ll need to hide the razor blades before I write Part Five. If you have something to say that you would like to be Article of the Day,mail it to Mahe

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July 5, 2019 4:57 am

Wee request from AULDHEID.

Could anyone who is a shareholder in the club please contact him re furtherance of Res 12,please?

Contact him on
Also,does anyone have any contacts within The Green Brigade? If so,can you contact me please on


July 5, 2019 4:59 am

Tomorrow,Saturday 6 July,sees the first-ever SENTINEL CELTS QUIZ.

All welcome to join in,kick-off is 8pm British Summer Time.

Awe Naw
July 5, 2019 10:54 am

Just dropping in to wish the supreme legend that is John Keane all the best in his retirement as Director and Honorary Chairman of Celtic.

Why are there no songs about this man ?

July 5, 2019 11:50 am

I can’t remember that passing of Johnny Doyle, so sad. I probably did hear about it but my memory is done in. One tragedy I seem to remember was a Dunfermline player dying at home.

Awe Naw
July 5, 2019 12:04 pm


Norrie McCathie

July 5, 2019 12:08 pm

Aye Norrie McCathie, thanks Awe Naw.

I liked this story on Wiki about Johnny Doyle:

During a match against ex-club Ayr United in August 1978, Doyle was sent off. The referee awarded a free kick for hand ball against Doyle. However Doyle continued play and his attempted cross struck the referee in the face, knocking him over and leaving him in need of treatment.[3] When the official recovered he issued a red card to Doyle, who reacted furiously, storming off the park and down the tunnel.[4]

Twists n turns
July 5, 2019 12:40 pm

Awe Naw
Indeed. John Keane deserves every accolade that comes his way.

A song would indeed be a wonderful tribute to a man who was prepared to put up a considerable sum of money to save us.

Awe Naw
Perhaps an article by your good self would be a wonderful reminder to us all on the part this man played in our history? I’m sure Mahe would welcome it and I’m equally sure it would be a great read.

July 5, 2019 12:46 pm


A number of my Dad’s side of the family are Ayr United fans.

Big time.

His cousin never missed a game,and took a lemonade crate in to stand on,she was a tiny wee person was Margaret.

If Ayr were playing at home and Celtic away,my Uncle Billy would take me to Somerset Park. So I was there that day,in the Ayr United end. Trust me,old son-they all went WTF?!!!

I prefer to remember Johnnie through his achievements than by a decision from a bigot.

July 5, 2019 12:49 pm


The man who saved the club before the man who saved the club saved the club?

I think he knows.

July 5, 2019 12:53 pm


I think that might have been Norrie McCathie? Him and his girl at the same time,I think.

Awe Naw
July 5, 2019 1:04 pm


I´d rather do a song 🙂

Awe Naw
July 5, 2019 1:05 pm

When´s ooor first real game ? Date Time and channel ??

July 5, 2019 1:10 pm

Replacing Halogen light bulbs are a nightmare to me. Two went in the space of two days. I’ve got that wee device with a sucker but despite that after about 6 attempts no luck. I was thinking I would have to phone my brother. Then I said a wee prayer – one last go. I got them in first time each! I was very thankful.

Then the postman came. I saw the brown envelope from HMRC. As I carried into the living room I said another wee prayer. Guess what? A lovely tax refund.

I’m thinking of going to the pub for a celebration.

July 5, 2019 1:11 pm
Never hit him hard enough!!!!
Fanny should have booked himself for diving.

July 5, 2019 1:25 pm

John Keane LEGEND!
Maybe the proposed Barrowfield development should be named The John Keane Arena.

July 5, 2019 1:27 pm

Is John Keane not one of the Tory Board Bassas who are trying to help Sevco win the league, then? 🙂

Awe Naw
July 5, 2019 1:34 pm

conferred as an honour, without the usual requirements or functions. 🙂

July 5, 2019 1:36 pm

I have never once seen anything negative written about John Keane on here.
I thought he was only an honorary chairman so had no influence on business model.
He will long be revered by the Celtic support.

July 5, 2019 1:44 pm

John Kean, Been there, done it, wore the Celtic top, a great article “What If” on the eleventh of June on Sentinel Celts. Bobby, I am so disappointed that you never remembered it.. 😉 <8 ah mean its only been three weeks.

July 5, 2019 2:22 pm

Top O the morning to one and all and a big happy Friday also.
Kt,,, if they were gonna buy him they woulda done it or tried hard today.
Hail Hail

Mike in Toronto
July 5, 2019 2:48 pm

okay … quick show of hands…

how many of you had a poster of King Kenny in your room when you were younger?

how many had a poster of Henrik Larsson?

How many had a poster of Peter Lawwell in a onesie?

July 5, 2019 2:52 pm

How often do we reply to posts in a polite and civilized manner?
And spend days after ruminating about wether we responded appropriately.
This guy had no economy of truth.
Wish he was head of PR at Celtic.

July 5, 2019 3:00 pm

Henke posters aye. Indeed aye.

Now that’s straight to the point indeed. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.
I consider myself very straight to the point although AweNaw leaves me trailing.
Many Yankees find zero tact and cutting straight to the chase without any scruples to be rude, and are affronted.
Where I’m from the straight talker is admired and sought out to settle the argument.
Different strokes for different folks I guess.
Call it straight. Why not.
Hail Hail

Mike in Toronto
July 5, 2019 3:10 pm

Seems there were a few key defections from Mike Ashley’s Sport’s Direct empire this week …. both Karen Byers, his Retail Chief and Comeron Olsen, his company sectetrary/lawyer have left ….

I haven’t relally looked into this, or even really thought about what, if anything, that means …. but thought it was worth noting ….

July 5, 2019 3:14 pm

They sure do.
My wife constantly tells me off for being rude when i consider it to be honest.
My stepson used to be the cox on the school rowing team.
I started to take pics to have a record of the races.
I avoided the obvious of kids rowing on the river.Concentrated instead on the emotions of parents and kids in the heat of the race with closer shots.
At one race his female coach who resembled an East German shot-putter stepped into my frame and growled at me Don’t take my picture!!!!
I lowered the camera and said to her Why would i???
The wife ushered me away and said that was rude.
I replied no it wasn’t have you seen the way she acts and looks.

July 5, 2019 3:41 pm

I have fallen out with many over what I deem to be cutting straight to the chase.
Diplomacy is not my thing. Call it as you see it and dont mince your words.
It’s got to the stage many will laugh thinking my answer is joking somehow until the wife says guys he’s serious.
Cue strange looks. Ah well.
Work conditioned me that way,, dealing with bigger older people you soon learn words are weapons.
Hail Hail

July 5, 2019 4:03 pm


Oh,I’ve not forgotten it. How could I? Great piece of work,and very grateful for it.

For those who missed it,well worth a read.

Por Cierto
July 5, 2019 4:10 pm


Can I have your lottery numbers this weekend! 🙂 por cierto

July 5, 2019 4:14 pm

Incredible that someone actually gets paid for writing this pish,including the last bit about battling off interest.

July 5, 2019 4:17 pm

Jim indeed pal,, if you’re on a roll why not slap a bit of Old Spice on, that nice shirt and see what happens? ?

July 5, 2019 4:23 pm

I’m going to pray that a Celtic select hammer Arbroath on Sunday. Just watch this space!

July 5, 2019 4:49 pm

Some rocket let off a big firework last night,, highly illegal and dangerous. Three fires in area overnight from them.
Also some woman waa yelling were over up the street at an ungodly hour.
Car hit a cougar to round off local news

July 5, 2019 4:58 pm

Just a wee question. I pay £52 per month to BT. That’s my landline including most calls (very few), my broadband and BT TV including sports. How does that compare?

July 5, 2019 5:02 pm

Compared to my rates here that’s excellent.
Just my crappy internet costs that but we are in country side.
Actually thinking of getting proper solar installed.
Hail Hail

July 5, 2019 5:22 pm

Looking forward to the quiz tomorrow night – 8pm. If I remember correctly BMCUWP was very good but was it not a Friday night? Bobby likes a wee drink on a Saturday so I’m not so sure this time. I’ll make him 3-1 favourite.

July 5, 2019 5:37 pm

I liked that 3/1 Mick etc, it made me smile.
Watch out for SFTB, if he plays, I wouldn’t want to be taking a lot of money on him, if I was a bookie. Guy knows his stuff.

big packy
July 5, 2019 5:40 pm

EVENING ALL firstly, may I add my good wishes to john keane on his retirement where would we be without him.hh.

July 5, 2019 5:43 pm

I enjoyed your article.
I recall that final game well, no social media in those days.
I wasn’t too worried at half time, when we were 0.0, until the tannoy announced 4.0 to the sheep at half time.
I have to admit, the fear came then, surely not!!! but it made it even more enjoyable when the goals went in during the second half.

big packy
July 5, 2019 5:50 pm

cant wait for tomorrows quiz, not many people know this, but I was quiz champion at st augustines secondary modern in Coatbridge 3 years running ,won a rolls Royce and a Mercedes benz, plus a holiday home in cowcaddens with free beer for life ,beat that mit and jim and mahe,hh.

big packy
July 5, 2019 6:04 pm

update on the drunk guy who joan gave the money back too,, he apparently had his haircut at the hairdressers next door to us, and also went in there and complained about his haircut, but they did not give him his money back, my wifes too bliddy soft.hh.?

July 5, 2019 6:14 pm

A holiday home in Cowcaddens? Lucky sod!

big packy
July 5, 2019 6:20 pm

JIM ,you can have it for your holidays, and seen as your my best pal ,only 2 grand for the week.?

July 5, 2019 6:37 pm

Packy, I made my best ever home made soup today. Ham Hough, swede, Turnip, leek. marrowfat peas, lentils.

I’m bringing it to the quiz tomorrow night.

Btw, in case anybody thinks that sounds a bit wintry, unlike the rest of Europe, there hasn’t been an ounce of sunshine here today.

big packy
July 5, 2019 6:41 pm

JIM, im having some of that.cant wait im starving.hh.

July 5, 2019 6:43 pm

Jim the humble parsnip would be my fav veg.
I’ve got the in laws addicted to the white carrot.
Soup sounds great though. Prone to a curried carrot bisque myself.
Hail Hail

big packy
July 5, 2019 6:45 pm

ok ghuys you think the scum are only in Glasgow and norn Ireland this is what you would get if you were irish in Liverpool tomorrow just have a wee gander at the orange bassas.hh.

July 5, 2019 6:46 pm

Mahe, got bad news for you. I bought a bottle of Harveys Bristol Cream. (I’m dead posh). As well as my bottle of white wine (Pinot Noir).

July 5, 2019 6:50 pm

Jim I love a drop of port but not to sure about the cream.
That is some strange drinking mix though.
The cider and heat had me asleep early yesterday. Well refreshed today.
Hail Hail

big packy
July 5, 2019 6:52 pm

SFTB, hi pal I might give you a run for your money, but then again maybe not.?