If you know the history!

I’ve sometimes noticed on venues such as Social media, there are some Celtic fans who don’t quite seem to understand that these are great times for our team, of course some things could always be bettered within the club structure, then, there will always be stumbles or slip ups, or transfer disagreements or tactical differences, and European chances that could be improved upon, or other club matters that won’t please everyone, but we should be proud of what the team we have today achieve, and the spirit that is there among them as they go right to the wire to accomplish some great victories on the way to breaking records and making history.


This isn’t a complete history of Celtic i wouldn’t claim to know it all, more a short refresher of records to show we have had some really good past times, and are currently witnessing some more.


Let’s start of with a few notable records from early Celtic days.

Celtic create the British record of 62 league games unbeaten between November 1915 and April 1917.


Fast forward till 1965 when a certain John ‘Jock’ Stein became Celtic manager, and with a team of mostly local bhoys, records were once again about to be set and history made, most notably by the Celtic team known as the Lisbon Lions.


Celtic hold the record of becoming the first ever Scottish, British, and North European club, to win the European cup in season 1966-67.
Celtic continued to be a strong force in Europe beyond 1967 by getting to the latter stages of the competition.
Celtic were the Quarter Finalists 1968-69, Runners-up 1969-70, Quarter Finalists 1970-71, and Semi Finalists 1971-72 and 1973-74.
Celtic hold the record for the highest attendance for a European club competition game Celtic v Leeds Utd 1970 the Official attendance was 133,961.
Celtic become the first Scottish team to win nine league championships in a row between 1966-74.


Fast forward till 1988

I do know some of you will recall the bleak years of 1988 to 1997 (some refer to it as the terrible nineties) when a financialy doped up club across the water cheated their way to their tainted nine. Mondays at work during this period i recall, were not some of the best, (however remembering this period, at least for me, makes today all the sweeter, and makes me appreciate what we have now), because little did we know back then that they were illegally spending money they did not have, to give them a ‘sporting’ advantage. During the 1990s and 2000s, they owed up to £30 million to the Lloyds Banking Group, this would ultimately lead to their Administration and liquidation.


One other significant event in 1994 was the arrival of Patron Saint Fergus of Bunnet, (god bless his cotton socks), who bought the club and started to propel it back towards better times.


Jump to 1997-98

A certain Henrik Larsson was signed by new manager Wim Jansen in 1997, in his second season at Celtic under yet another new manager Jozef Venglos,
Henrik (along with the arrival of a certain Lubomir Moravcik, who created a highly productive partnership with Henrik) managed 38 goals for the season, and both played a big part in stopping the ‘financially doped’ club across the water of reaching the holy grail of ten in a row.


Summer of 2000 seen yet another manager change as Martin O’Neill became the Celtic boss, this was Henrik’s most successful season at Celtic, (35 league goals in 38 games) as he struck up a formidable partnership with newly aquired forward Chris Sutton, and this partnership, along with some good transfer dealings (with Didier Agathe, Neil Lennon, Alan Thomson among them), by Martin O’Neill seen Celtic win the domestic treble once more. Some other very notable Celtic players graced our team between these times but it’s not possible in this short piece to name them all, however all of them carry my eternal thanks. In his five seasons at Celtic, Martin O’Neill became the most successful Celtic manager since Jock Stein. Some of our records under his leadership are as follow.


Celtic hold the SPL record for an unbeaten run of 77 home matches from 2001-04
Celtic also amassed 103 points in their 2001-02 campaign.
Celtic in 2002–03 season reached the 2003 UEFA Cup final in Seville. Around 80,000 Celtic fans travelled to Seville.
In season 2003–04 Celtic created a British record of 25 consecutive league victories


Fast forward to what may be described as the current good times, where I have to include four manager changes at Celtic, 2009-10 season seen Neil Lennon appointed caretaker manager. Under Neils leadership begins the first three seasons on our way to winning another eight titles, 2011-14. Next up was Ronny Deila under his leadership we got the next two titles 2014-16. Next was Brendan Rodgers who lead us to the next two 2016-18. Then the full Cycle was complete as Neil Lennon came back as Interim manager for title number eight. Throughout all of these, the Celtic captain has remained the same, Scott Brown, I don’t think most people will realise what an influence Scott Brown has been in these triumphs, until he is no longer there. During this successful period the following records were created


Celtic currently hold the UK record for an unbeaten run of 69 games (56 in the league) in domestic competition between May 2016 till Dec 2017.
Celtic in 2016-17 season were undefeated in 47 domestic games and became “The Invincibles”
Celtic hold the most points in any European top-flight campaign with 106 points in 2016-17.


Jump to now.

The bulk of our team just now, Calmac, Rogic, Christie, Ntcham, Odsonne, James, Leigh, and the rest, and some others no longer with us Moussa, Sinclair, Armstrong, Lustig, KT, etc. have given us some wonderful times, and goals in games, and cup finals, that should live in our memories forever, and I for one feel very priviledged to have witnessed such events.


Celtic are the First team to achieve back-to-back domestic Trebles.
Celtic are the First team to achieve Treble-Trebles.
Celtic have won 10 consecutive domestic trophies in a row.
Neil Lennon joined Jock Stein in lifting all three domestic trophies as a player and manager at the same club.


Celtic look set to equal their long standing record of nine (cleanly and fairly won) titles in a row, a feat no other Scottish club can claim.


My Celtic friends we look set to continue to make history and break records.

It really is a good time to be part of the Celtic family, cherish it, I certainly do.


The above guest article is by ASWGL . Should you wish to fling an article in the email is sentinelcelts@gmail.com and we would be more than happy to publish and discuss.

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March 10, 2020 3:34 am

Cheltenham napsters follow the link to get to Twists nags page

Twists n Turns
March 10, 2020 4:24 am

Bloody hell Mahe

Early start. Trying to catch me out…. but I’m up ?

Well constructed article and pertinent points.
Only last week I asked my youngest what year I started taking him to the matches. He’s certain I got him his first season book in 99. He counted up the title successes he’s seen , it’s a lot of league wins and an overall unprecedented trophy count, and whilst I don’t recall the exact numbers, it’s as you say, record breaking.

March 10, 2020 5:19 am

Winning is one thing but let’s not forget the wonderful things the club and supporters do for charity’s let’s see if any club can top us in that category

March 10, 2020 8:12 am

Dunno what happened there,I think the WordPress server went down. Hopefully everyone will still be able to get the naps on.


Twists n Turns
March 10, 2020 8:18 am


Twists n Turns
March 10, 2020 8:18 am

Seems ok!

March 10, 2020 8:29 am


Seems sorted now,mate. I was having hearties!

March 10, 2020 8:38 am


Some great achievements in there. And to think that until 55 years ago yesterday we were virtually a laughing stock. The 20s,30s,40s were a disaster with the arrival of Jock Stein sparking a mini-revival when he arrived in 1951. Sadly it couldn’t last,as his ankle gave out. But boy did he prove to be even more of a leader off the field than on it!

I know that the survival of the club and the new stadium,and everything that has followed since,is largely all down to Fergus. But if Jock’s council house back home hadn’t been broken into while he was playing for Llanelli,I’m not sure there would have been a club worthy of saving.

March 10, 2020 10:11 am


Surprised at that. A year delay seems ridiculous. Are you sure it’s not a fortnight today?

Anyway,on the sidebar of that article,some more high jinks from our loveable billys.


March 10, 2020 10:13 am


A really feel good article. I have noticed you tend to make positive contributions to the blog. Stay around.

Something not mentioned is the contribution the club has made to freeing up club allegiance based upon religious affiliation. In the sixties I was welcome at the club despite being a protestant…in fact, it was not even a consideration. At that time, across the city……….attitudes were different.


March 10, 2020 10:23 am

Pick up yer p45 on Friday, mate!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Only joking, of course.
But you make a VERY relevant point!

March 10, 2020 10:40 am
March 10, 2020 10:42 am

We were discussing Celtic over a few beers on Sunday. A couple of the younger guys in the group were less aware than others of the Club’s history. As ASWGL alludes to it is quite incredible what the Club has achieved. If you then tie in the records we’ve made or broken over the years alongside the One-Off trophies we were never expected to win we are a quite unique Football Club. The conversation turned to the proposed changes to the English Championship, which tbh I wasn’t aware of, and would you want Celtic to play there if the opportunity presented, and further one mate asked ‘Would you accept a Sugar Daddy owner, a la Man City or Chelsea, to ensure successes in England?’ Hypothetical, of course, but would you?
I’m a purist, and proud to be a Glaswegian first and a Scotsman second. My heart tells me to stay and be the best here and challenge properly in Europe to enhance our reputation and success. I’m not sure what my head would tell me if a real opportunity arose to change the status quo.

March 10, 2020 10:56 am


This may be a naive thing to say…but I’ve never understood how Asians can support The Rangers when the Right Wing mob at Ibrox are so vocal! Obviously a lot of them are drawn from being brought up in the area so naturally that should be their team but you’d think the prevailing attitude would encourage pause for thought. Or do we overstate their bigotry, is it solely reserved for Catholics, Irish Republicans and Indie Reffers! It’s a serious point by the way but if anyone takes offence I’m happy to remove it.

March 10, 2020 10:57 am

just renewed my ST. Increase was 3% from last year

above inflation but in line with wage growth indices

getting to be a pretty pricey ticket now. Not sure how we compete in europe any other way though i.e. no TV money

March 10, 2020 11:08 am


My ticket has gone up by nearly 6%, £30 to £545. My wee guy is 14 and his has remained at £165, which includes the 2 The Rangers games. So £25 a game for me, £8 a game for him. Not too bad until you factor in pies, coffee, juice, programme, replica kit, fitbas, £35 training tee-shirts, £55 trackie tops!!

Twists n Turns
March 10, 2020 11:21 am

Coney bhoy
. “Not sure how we compete in europe any other way though i.e. no TV money”

Dig into the £40m in the bank?

March 10, 2020 11:24 am


“Not too bad until you factor in pies, coffee, juice, programme, replica kit, fitbas, £35 training tee-shirts, £55 trackie tops!!”

Fuxake,how many Christmases and birthdays does he have?

March 10, 2020 11:29 am


Fuxake Boab, it disnae need to be his birthday to get him a pie an a joose!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

March 10, 2020 11:35 am

McCaff. 11.29.

March 10, 2020 11:37 am

MARK @ 5:15 money raised through charities, excellent point. Should not be forgotten.

March 10, 2020 11:38 am


Nice to have you back,young fella.

My best mate growing up in Ardrossan was Protestant and Celtic daft. As is SOLKITTS,whom I “converted” nearly forty years ago. A few of my mates in Kilwinning too when I was a nipper-but they mainly got pulled back to The Dark Side.


I was walking down to the pub one evening in September last year when I was home. Passed Kilwinning Academy just as three youngsters were,presumably,coming out from after-school football training. One wi a Barca top,another with a Thistle top-!-and the third with a Celtic top!

If I’d seen that on the way back home from the pub,I’d have thought I was hallucinating!!!

March 10, 2020 11:40 am


Weren’t like that in my day,lad.


March 10, 2020 11:45 am


How’s the recovery coming along,bud?

March 10, 2020 11:45 am

Cheating Beaton, the ref on Sun
Rangers v Celtic
Ladbrokes Premiership
Sunday 15/03/2020 12:00pm Ibrox Stadium
Referee: John Beaton AR1: Douglas Ross
AR2: Alan Mulvanny
Fourth Official: Don Robertson

March 10, 2020 11:48 am

A couple of years ago the wee fella had a few quid in his pocket, his birthday is in February and he had some cash from Christmas. I’d bought him a Nike tracksuit for Christmas and he said the legs were too baggy (they were skintight ffs) so he never wore it, despite me continually nagging him about it. Anyway, he’s got this cash burning a hole in his pocket and he says he wants to buy a Nike tracksuit!!! I took him to the shops, in JD Sports there’s a lovely olive green trackie, top of the range. I pointed it out to him ‘That’s nice, why don’t you try that on?’ ‘Hmmm, yeah ok!’ I noticed the price of the top was £80! Just the top – £80!! So off he goes to the changing room, tries it on, it’s really smart on him. ‘Do you want to try the trousers on with it?’ ‘ Yeah, ok’. I gets him the trousers, he puts them on, really nice, but it should be it’s £140…for a tracksuit…for a wee guy to kick about the park!! ‘That’s really smart’ I tells him, ‘Do you want it?’. ‘Yeah. I think so!’ ‘ Okay, have you looked at the price yet?’ He lifts the price tag on the sleeve of the jacket ‘WOOOOOOOOFFFFFTTTT!!! That’ll be right!!!’ I’ve never seen him take an item of clothing off so fast in all my life, I was killing myself at him!

Season Ticket
March 10, 2020 11:51 am

CONEYBHOY Did you phone the ticket office or did you renew on line.

March 10, 2020 11:53 am


Love it 🙂


Cheatin Beaton and Tory Ross….a potentially poisonous partnership!
Sunday now becomes about beating the 13 rather than the 11!

March 10, 2020 11:53 am

Season Ticket
Watch out if you decide to phone, the call charge is 13p a minute.

March 10, 2020 11:54 am


That wee prick Ross has been at more Glasgow derbies in the last couple of years than I ever managed in my life! WTF? Has he got a season ticket?

As for Beaton,I can’t remember the game but the hordes weren’t too pleased with his last effort.

Either he’s seen the light-doubtful-or he will be making up for lost time.

March 10, 2020 11:58 am

Just checked the odds.
Sevco 7/4 Celtic 7/5. Skybet.

March 10, 2020 12:05 pm


What’s the prices wi Betway?

March 10, 2020 12:07 pm


March 10, 2020 12:10 pm

BMCUWP doing well, thanks. Getting stronger every day, 5min walk to shop to build up muscle (still like stick insect, ha). I have no problem eating and everything functioning as it should, small portions throughout day.
I have been lurking not posting so belated happy birthday and anniversaries to those lucky people.

My goodness people on here are amazing wide variety of thoughts. Good for discussion. I like the controversial posts makes us think rather thn plod along in our bubble. As ever in these things state your point but don’t push it, give evidence, allow people to investigate and come to there conclusions.

The history of Celtic is stunning when looking at those accomplishments, at home and for a period in mid sixties early seventies in europe. If only the quality street players had not been broken up, who knows what could have been. I think Celtic Star did an article on this period. Strange time for Celtic during those years.

health and happiness to all.

March 10, 2020 12:29 pm

Apologies, remiss of me, earlier.
Great positive, leader.
Thank you.

Good to see you back on, all the best for your recuperation.

Sorry to read about your reasons for recent trip.
Thinking of you and your loved ones.

March 10, 2020 12:35 pm


In Canada, a large number of Asians support right wing parties. Even after some members openly display bigotry towards them. To me, it makes no sense. Perhaps it has something to do with wishing to be accepted by the establishment, or that such parties are perceived to be pro business and many immigrants wish to start their own enterprise. All speculation.

It reminds me of a true story out of Newfoundland. Shaun Majunder is a mixed race comedian from a small town, Bona Vista. He tells the story that he and his buddies were at a loose end one friday night. Someone suggested that they should go and beat up the Packie. He agreed that was a great idea until he realised he was the Packie!


March 10, 2020 12:45 pm

I shall not be watching Sevco vs Celtic but the dice are being loaded already with the appointment of Beaton. The club should have been more strenuous in their objection to his performances in the past. Just as Sevco complained about Colum and he was nowhere near their games for a while. Ross is also a problem.

The club needs to say something to indicate that his performance will be watched closely.

Have we bought into the myth that we are far too superior to need to worry? Hope not.

Doing without Celtic is working out fine so far but family concerns dominate at the moment.


March 10, 2020 12:47 pm

HaHaHa…I used to think the Scots’ gallows humour was unique to these shores but as I get older I realise everyone has to have it, perhaps to cope with the darker side of life!
Re Asians with an inexplicable loyalty to Clubs like Rangers I’ve often wondered about it but never managed to convince myself of any particular or valid reason…other than maybe my perception of others is misplaced or that I might be the bigot!!

The Exiled Tim
March 10, 2020 1:00 pm

Good stuff ASWGL
Years back I had a T shirt that had all out first time achievements on it, by the bottom of the list the writing was getting smaller and smaller….
Good to hear you are recovering Mario

March 10, 2020 1:01 pm

If those 4 were not officiating on Sunday they would all be in the stands cheering on their boys in blue.

Bada Bing
March 10, 2020 1:02 pm

Slovakia v Republic play off game,behind closed doors

March 10, 2020 1:10 pm

McCaff Rebus67
I believe most Asians see themselves as white.
Those who are descendants from former colonies tend to believe the historical propaganda of black inferior savages.
I am married to an Indian and have had first hand experience of such thinking when visiting India.
In Scotland most of the Asian immigrants went to Protestant schools which would have an impact on their thinking.

March 10, 2020 1:12 pm

Season Ticket

I renewed online; saw the ad on FB and just went into the site. Pretty easy. They have a payment plan option which I think was off the table last year, so that is good

March 10, 2020 1:19 pm

I’ll bow to your superior and indeed personal knowledge of that but I can’t say I’m convinced by that argument. Particularly nowadays i’d find it hard to accept that ethnic minorities would be willing, subconciously or otherwise, to appropriate a different ethnicity. Unless I’m not interpreting your message correctly. I’d be more inclined to agree with the schools argument.
Just in typing this though it came back to me that a young guy I worked with in a job after school was from Ibrox, directly across from the stadium as it happens and was a Right Wing bigot of the highest order. It was a pastime for him to participate in hunting down Asian/Pakistani youths and beat them up. I’ve met this guy at various times over the years and he is of the Tommy Robinson School of Thinking. This only adds to my confusion as to why you would support a club with followers like that.

March 10, 2020 1:22 pm

Do you mean ‘white’ or superior as in a Caste System?
It still boggles my mind why would you ascribe to a club that has fans who openly discriminate against minorities, racial and religious.

Margaret McGill
March 10, 2020 1:28 pm

You guys are looking at Indians from a western centric view. Indian culture, society and history is not about helping your fellow man it’s about fucking them, bullying them, humiliating them and giving them fuck all because that means more for you. It’s a selfish culture. They are not interested in socialism or what’s fair. That’s why when they immigrate or assimilate in the west they are the most vicious right wingers. It comes naturally to them. Look at the tories in England. The BJP the current govt of India are basically brown nazis.

March 10, 2020 1:31 pm

Ooft! Extremely harsh, extremely general and extremely racist! I can send you a link to Follow Follow if you want…???

Margaret McGill
March 10, 2020 1:34 pm

What part of my post is incorrect? If any?

March 10, 2020 1:41 pm

It’s a very general diatribe against an extremely large group of people who will undoubtedly hold many, many different qualities, good and bad, just like any other extremely large group of people. I personally know many Scottish people witht he negative qualities you describe just as I know many Scottish people with good qualities. I also happen to know a couple of Indian families who do not fit the stereotype you describe. It’s far too narrow minded to generalise in such a way and is absolutely typical of the Tommy Robinson- type guy I spoke about in an earlier comment. Not good enough to be honest, brings down the tone of the Blog!!