The Lost Ten-Part Four

Morning,all.

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…

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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.

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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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Twisty

Morning Bobby
No idea how much of this stuff you can do from memory and how much research you do, but very impressive. I’m struggling to recall what I had for dinner yesterday ( and I cooked it!)

Very good read. Bits n pieces ( Dave Clark 5 btw ?- who also done Glad all over- see I’m excellent on pop music memories) of your recap spark something from the past .
Johnny Doyle. Very sad day that was.

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TWISTSNTURNS

The games are mostly from memory,so I write what I recall. I then check that my memory isn’t serving me false,mainly via the Celtic scores site and Celtic Wiki. The points gap and stuff I usually get from newspaper match reports.

And I’m sure that even with all of that,I’ll have included one or two details that are from the wrong year a few times in the ten articles that make up the series,but if so,no-one has pointed them out yet. I think it’s because you are all too polite. DALLASDALLAS,if he reads these,is probably shaking his head at some of the errors-his memory of games is phenomenal!

Twisty

Check yer mail Bobby. Ta

Not a hope in hell of me picking u on errors bud!! Unless ye throw in a wrong 60’s or 70’s music reference ?

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Sorry,was just getting my dinner on. Slow-cooker now brimful of Ouchyabastert Chili.

big packy

MORNING ALL and JIM, unfortunately was down here in englandshire in 81/82, no sky tv then ,the best i could do was listen to the football results on a saturday night with the late james alexander gordon, if celtic were playing away as long as he uttered so and so 0 i was happy, then the home results as long as he said celtic 5 i was happy? always thought he had a soft spot for celtic, then again i always thought alex cameron had a soft spot for celtic, what do i know??

jimthetim53

Morning everyone and Packy.
I read up about Johnny Doyle on Wiki. Apparently there was a family rift and the kids went to live with gran. All of Johnny’s memorabilia was later auctioned off at McTear’s leaving the kids with no tangible memories of their dad. The eldest daughter was only 3 when he died. She was very upset about the auction.
Up steps a Celtic supporters group who gifted them a shirt that Johnny wore. Typical Tims!

big packy

HI JIM, what you up to today

jimthetim53

Hiya Packy, nothing pal! I’m thinking about doing some hoovering. I hate it! I’d rather do anything bar hoovering.
btw. I was listening to a Panel Show Quiz on the radio earlier. Napoleon apparently was terrified of wee furry animals – mice & rats etc! So you and Garry share the same trait as Napoleon 🙂

You got anything exciting lined up?

big packy

YES, takiing the dugs oot in about 5 mins? catch u later, happy hoovering?

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I had a similar problem when I forst moved to England at the start of 87. It was Souness’ first season in charge of the huns and we were miles clear at the top. About a dozen points,IIRC. By the end of the season,we had lost the league by six points,and I’m sure it was still two points a win back the!

And that despite Brian McClair scoring 40+ goals with Judas weighing in with his usual half that. Talk about the wheels coming off?

But worse than that though was that I couldn’t get any info other than the scores-and those on a Sunday too. I worked most Saturdays and no Scottish papers were available in South Shields. I couldn’t believe it. We had screwed up another league,and as ever,from a winning position. And I couldn’t even find a bliddy cat to kick.

The number of leagues we have thrown away in my lifetime,enough to make a grown man cry…

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King Billy was no fan of moles!

There’s a bloody huge statue of him in Bristol. Grade 1Listed. Very impressive. First time I saw it was on a dayooooot wi my big hun mate,and he wanted his photo taken with it. I’d an early camera phone at the time,so obliged. PMSL in the pub when I looked at it. There’s an obvious molehill under the horse’s rear left hoof!

Needless to say,the humourless twat went in the huff. Again

jimthetim53

In 1702, William died of pneumonia, a complication from a broken collarbone following a fall from his horse, Sorrel. The horse had been confiscated from Sir John Fenwick, one of the Jacobites who had conspired against William.[128] Because his horse had stumbled into a mole’s burrow, many Jacobites toasted “the little gentleman in the black velvet waistcoat”. (Wiki)

Thats what he gets for stealing a Jacobite horse!
What a fitting end for the basturt!

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Statue-check the people in the background,you’ll get some sense of the size of it.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equestrian_statue_of_William_III,_Bristol

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JIMTHETIM53

Good spot,and well said. I didn’t know that the horse had been confiscated.

Another school day!!!

jimthetim53

Bobby, I laughed at the description – The King is in Roman Dress.
Where do you start with that?

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Was he roman in the gloaming,wi a shamrock in his hand?

Maybe now we can claim a historical background to that little ditty!

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Wee question for you all when you read back.

Who’s the best player you’ve never heard of? (I know that’s a bit counter-intuitive,because you won’t know who he is if you’ve never heard of him!)

I was digging through some stuff when I saw mention of-a guy I’d never heard of!

https://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/legendary-brazilian-striker-coutinho-dead-at-75/y75crv5fof471xepysw5vsayq

Some record. Including-though it isn’t mentioned in the article-that he is still,60-odd years later,the youngest-ever player to play professionally.

jimthetim53

There were many rumours about William’s homosexual inclinations. That doesn’t sit well with those of an Orange persuasion. So they reckon it was just Jacobite mischief making!

However if he was wearing a Roman Dress on that statue???

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JIMTHETIM53

One of my favourite movies-and fat chance of any channel showing it nowadays-is National Lampoon’s Animal House.

Toga! Toga! Toga!

jimthetim53

Bobby LOL 🙂
Loved that film!

BMCUW- it was on last week?

Chalmersbhoy

Bobby
You got mail at sentinelcelts

Embdae else think we’ve been a bit slow to advertise the new strips? Adidas deal starts on 1st July……possibly concentrating on ST sales just now.

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BADABING

Where? I might be able to find it on an iplayer-type replay.

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CHALMERSBHOY

Can you forward it to me at

bmcuwp@gmail

please? Can’t get into the SC mail.

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I think everyone knows I don’t have a great deal of time for women singers-as a rule! Unless they’re called Armatrading,Baez or Bush.

Or Stevie Nicks. And this new artist reminds me of her a lot.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VLcM2Y2B4nU

Chalmersbhoy

Bobby
Sent

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CHALMERSBHOY

Cheers,bud. Replied.

Great stuff!

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Interesting wee piece in the New York Times this morning. Seems that our long-cherished dream of the inflationary TV deals for the Big Five leagues might be in some question.

And worth bearing in mind that the next EPL auctions are due later this year too.

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Germany’s top soccer league returned to action in May after a two-month hiatus, offering a model to other leagues pressing forward with their own returns.
Now the league, the Bundesliga, has become the first major European soccer competition to sell its domestic broadcast rights since the coronavirus outbreak. But the clues from Germany this time are far less reassuring.

The Bundesliga’s four-year deal, which will be announced on Monday, generated less than the record 4.6 billion euros ($5.1 billion) that the league earned under its current agreements, but not by a significant amount, according to two people with knowledge of the sale. The pool of broadcasters narrowed, too.

The modest decrease in the new deal’s value could be encouraging for other leagues and clubs that are entering negotiations uncertain if games will be played on schedule, in front of fans — or even if they will take place at all.

But the reduced fee and smaller pool of interested bidders may also be a sign that a years-long inflationary bubble for elite-level sports programming may be over, even as premium sports properties are likely to command large fees for the foreseeable future.

Chalmersbhoy

Bobby
Check your mail

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Good news via CHALMERSBHOY that JIMTHETIM53 has had his/their donation received.

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Well done,lads!

Plan is to reveal tomorrow the plans for next season of NAPS competitions,with prize money generously underwritten by a mysterious benefactor.

See if you can guess who?

Anyway,I think everyone will be itching to start-so plan is to go active on it on July 4.

This year’s nap competition closes this Saturday,so it’s out of the frying pan and into the fire…

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See if you can guess what Stevie Archibald is doing these days? Possibly not what you think.

https://www.espn.co.uk/football/barcelona/story/4106559/steve-archibaldbarca-striker-of-the-1980shelping-first-responders-during-spains-coronavirus-crisis

Some brilliant work by Billy McNeill,signed him for £20k and Gordon Strachan for £50k. Can’t help wishing he’d waited a year!

McCaff

BMCUWP@12.28
Is the Mysterious Benefactor our very own…Dermot Desmond?
Nah…. didn’t think so!!???.
Afternoon all, I hope you’re all well!

leftclicktic

Good afternoon all.HH
N enjoy your ouchyaba%&-d chilli. ?

leftclicktic

M enjoy

SFTB

https://sentinelcelts.com/2020/06/22/the-lost-ten-part-four-2/#comment-78552

Steve Archibald is a fascinating character. He features heavily in the Sports Psychology book “Sporting Mind:Sporting Body” by John Syer & Chris Connolly. I did some work with John Syer who I knew from the Scottish Volleyball Scene.

Stevie, at Spurs, was one of the more reluctant to buy into Positive Psychology tenets. He was thrawn, individualistic and very, very, private and guarded. But he was a natural scorer with a great work ethic and people just let Stevie be Stevie.

He must have mellowed a bit in age because, while I am not surprised by his philanthropism, I am surprised that he spoke to the people giving him coverage.

big packy

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM ,jim ,just been reading a book about governor george wallace of alabama in the sixties, boy was he a racist, but when he got shot and ended up in a wheelchair, he started employing black people and begged for forgiveness,remarkable story.

jimthetim53

Cheers Chalmersbhoy. But the donation was only made possible by your good self. 🙂

timhorton

BMCUWP
Cant c&p but you tube Joe Bonamassa and beth Hart…I’d Rather Go Blind live from Amsterdam.Dont know if its your kind of music but Joe can play the guitar.

Mike in Toronto

BMCUWP

How about this Irish girl? Used to work with Damien ‘Rice, and here, does a great cover of the old Goyte song

big packy

have not noticed ASWGL on recently, if your lurking hope you are well?

jimthetim53

Hiya Packy, I know little about USA politics, but I’ve always understood the Democrats to be more left wing and liberal than the Republicans. When I read up a bit on Wallace it’s hard to believe he was a Democrat! So racist. I believe he more or less turned Republican in his later years.
if his racist views mellowed as he got older, it was not before time.

big packy

yes jim, maybe after getting shot and being in a wheelchair, he reflected on his past life?

big packy

TIM HORTON for you https://youtu.be/fILW4qLpSBA

Mahe

Good morning folks on this day of the Moon.
Hope all are well today.
God bless all those less fortunate than ourselves.

Hail Hail

jimthetim53

Packy, the guy who shot Wallace served 35 years in prison for his efforts. they don’t mess about in the USA! in Britain he would have served 5 years if your lucky. Most murderers don’t spend 35 years in jail here.
ps you’ve got mail.

Mike in Toronto

JtT

The whole Democrat/Republican thing is a bit confusing… and not at all what many people think/expect….

The Republican party only started around the time of Abraham Lincoln. They were a Northern party, and were largely the party of big business. That is, in part, why the Republicans were, at the start, opposed to slavery; the northern companies wanted to modernize things and make more money (a springboard to a discussion about Celtic, but that is for a different day). They saw slavery as antiquiated, and wanted to abolish it .. some for moral reasons, but others for business reasons (slaves were expensive to keep and maintain compared to equipment).

So, many Confederates (slave owners) were opposed to reform of slavery, and so supported the Republican’s opponents, the Democrats. So, at the outset, man Northerners were actually Republicans, and many southerners were Democrats . … although there was always some mixing.

It largely stayed that way until the depression, when FDR, who in spite of being a Democrat (and so, a supporter of big business) was forced by the Depression to bring in the New Deal (effectively the start of welfare state) to fight the effects of the Depressions. Although some argue that it was intended to help companies by getting people back to work..

Either way, a Northern democrat became associated with social reform….

Skip forward to the ’60’s and the civil rights movements, which was ‘championed ‘ by JFK (a Democrat) (although, again, like FDR, much of it was forced on him by events outside of his control).

This was the final straw for many southerners, who abandoned the Democrats for the Republican party (even though some southern Democrats were, as you point out, quite racist themselves).

I have oversimplified it, but that is it in a nutshell.

And it has sort of been that way since… although much is changing in the last few months..

what confuses it further is the colours used to represent each party …. traditionally, the Republicans (Tories) were blue, while Democrats were red (which is what we would associate with a more liberal party …although, as I set out above, it wasn’t always that way)…

as for why democrats are now blue, while republicans are red… there are a few theories … one relates to TV, and one network decided that the incumbents would be red …. so, they were supposed to change, but the colours stuck ….so, Republicans were blue … but in 1976, different networks began to use various colours (including yellow) …. eventually, over time, they settled on blue for Democrats and red for Republicans…. and it is still that way today.

big packy

JIM, just replied?

big packy

MIKE, thanks for that very interesting, i always thought the republicans were blue and the democrats red, shows you how little i know?