The Lost Ten-Part Six

Morning,all.

The latest addition to our series on The Lost Ten. If you thought Part Five was bad,well,I’ve got news for you. Hey,it’s a Monday morning,my day can’t get any worse,can it? Think not? Read on. 

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We already had a hangover during the close season as we licked our wounds from the previous campaign. Once again,we had seen that failure to build from strength come back to bite us and our parsimonious board were in no doubt where the blame lay. There was no future in our club for a 21yo striker with fifty goals the previous season,nor for our Lisbon Lion manager who had won three out of five titles despite being starved of funds. 

Billy went to Manchester City,the graveyard shift for managers in those days. Charlie headed for the bright lights of London. He had offers to join Liverpool and Man United,where he may well have progressed his career. At Arsenal,he soon discovered that the bright lights were like those 9W bulbs we are forced to use nowadays.

Also leaving the club was George McCluskey,who rightly felt hard done to by the board and joined Leeds United. That left us with Frank McGarvey as our only striker! 

In came David Hay as manager and,prior to his arrival,Brian McClair from Motherwell. I knew Brian slightly. He was studying Chemistry at Glasgow Uni! Would he cut the mustard at Celtic,come even close to the standards set by his predecessors up front for Celtic? Time would tell,but I had my doubts. 

I’m rarely the most optimistic fella in the room! And this mood of mine hadn’t been helped by the signing of a player viewed by the board as a replacement for Charlie. One Jim Plumrose. And thank God there was only one. 

We started off well enough,our perennial whipping boys at Hibs giving us a good start. In fact,we won our first five league games and progressed in the League Cup and in Europe.

Brian McClair announced his arrival with four goals against Dundee and was pretty much first choice after that. August and September were definitely providing an Indian Summer for us,and a bright one at that. We had won every match bar a dreadful 0-0 with the mighty Brechin City in the League Cup.

But October blew in and thrust some harsh realities onto us. Seven games without a win was disgraceful form,made even worse by defeats to Aberdeen and Dundee United as well as to Sporting Lisbon. Thankfully we had a game against-who else?-Hibs on the final Saturday of that Black October to get back on track,and a five goal thrashing had us in a more bhoyant mood for the second leg against Sporting Lisbon in midweek.

That night,Celtic gave us a performance which is still talked about to this day. 5-0 was a fair reflection of our dominance on the night.

Everything clicked and the previous month was merely a bad memory.

Except that it wasn’t.

We were two points off leaders Aberdeen,and Dundee United were alongside us too. A couple of good results saw us hold on to our place,but a shocking 4-2 defeat at Love Street-despite being two up inside twenty minutes!-saw us slip further back. Of course,it was too early to write us off,but the fat lady was warming up. A couple of victories saw us hold on to our place in the table,and had we won our home matches in December against Dundee United and Aberdeen,we would have been a point off the pace as we headed in to the New Year. Instead,we could only manage two draws despite being the better team in both matches.

I still can’t believe the save by Jim Leighton to keep out a Paul McStay thunderbolt but four points behind Aberdeen was what the league table showed. Not a good position to be in,for sure. 

It got worse too in only our second league match of the year. A trip to Pittodrie was a must win match for us. And a header from Brian McClair looked set to send us on our way to just that. But that man Leighton made another unbelievable save to keep it out. Aberdeen went up the park and John Hewitt scored the only goal of the game. Six points behind now,and only fifteen games remaining.

Aberdeen celebrated that day like they had won the league-and in truth,they had. 

The rest of the season was played out in an almost funereal fashion. The players turned up,the fans turned up,we lost at Tannadice and Dens Park,we lost in the final of the League Cup to the huns and in the final of the Scottish Cup to Aberdeen. We even lost at Ibrox,which tells you just how poor we could be at times this particular season. We actually lost the league by seven points in the end,but the end had been in sight for us as early as October. Six points dropped,and mainly against sides we should have been beating comfortably.

David Hay had a very good side available to him but there wasn’t enough depth available to him and when players were out of form he didn’t have much alternative but to select them anyway. 

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Paul McStay was blossoming in midfield,and developing into an exceptional midfielder and Brian McClair scored 32 goals for us in this campaign,23 of them in the league. In fact,a total of 80 goals were scored by us in the league that season but we let in a shocking 41 at the other end. The fact that Aberdeen conceded only 21 times tells you the difference between the teams. Unless we could get that defence sorted out,we weren’t likely to achieve much in the foreseeable future.

What would the close season bring? Well,we would soon find out but I’ll give you a clue. Not a lot. Apart from my 21st. 

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Well done to the gee-gee winners yesterday,and particularly for the resultant charitable donations.

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I expect a lot of you will have read this before,but it’s well worth reading again.

A review on Amazon for a hair removing cream.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R3GDDEL1SC1QQ5

Garry

BMCUW
Thanks for the memory. I attended every game home and away in domestic competition that season. The only time I managed that. In fact, I only missed one game in all competition, Sporting away. Was at Aarhus away and Forest away games. Apart from my Euro away trips, the biggest memory I have is seeing both McStay brothers score in a 3-0 win against Rangers. Probably the first time that had happened. Two brothers scoring in same game against that mob. As you say though, it was a very disappointing season. Winning nothing and being beaten in two cup finals, both in extra time.

Garry

BMCUW
From the painful memory of the 83/84 season your article referenced, (I moved south to England, it damaged me mentally that much ?,) to the belly laugh you have given me in that veet review. Magic ???

Twisty

Morning all
Busy day yesterday with visitors and other stuff.

Nice to see charity getting a helping hand courtesy of our 2 legged and 4 legged friends. ?.

Weather been poor through here on the east coast . Horrendous rainfall.

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GARRY

That veet review is kwalityman…

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TWISTSNTURNS

Sorry that the weekend didn’t go quite to plan,but I’m sure you made the best of it.

Twisty

I remember reading that Veet review in the past. Still funny.

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I wonder if my Dad’s old Met Office pal George Mackay had anything to do with the colours this club play in?

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/horror-writer-stephen-king-help-22305968

Heading out for a few beers at 1pm CP Time,can’t wait…..??

Twisty

Bada
I think we deserve some clarification on what “ a few beers” is?

For beers, you‘d have said:

1 beer = I’m heading out for a pint.
2 = I’m going out for a couple of beers
3 = I’m going out for 2 or 3 beers

So I reckon we are looking at 4 minimum. As an ex beer consumer, from experience I’m offering the following odds:

1 beer = 100/1
2 beer = 66/1
3 beer = 16/1
4 beer = 7/2
5 beers or more = 1/6

Any advice as to where I should put my money?

Hamilton home,Sevco at Aberdeen 1st weekend

Twisty

Oooft
A 2 point lead possible after week 1?

Twisty

17th October v them at CP

Twisty

Which is match 11

Twists- what price is ‘3 months worth’…..

Twisty

Bada
Your betting account has just been suspended! Trying to pull a ‘ plot’ off on me.

Enjoy yer afternoon bud.

Petec

Television disnae get a look in, in Linwood.

Groove is in the Heart.

Dinnae understand Frasers Call. Seen this Movie before howevaaah.

Noone knows Anything. He took the 67 shirt as a Goalie.

Wow.

Petec

He might be Massive size wise but Taking that Numbero Uno.

I know Lenny is a Genius.

Breaking HEARTS will be especially poignant.

Lenny I trust Big ragamuffin style.

Barbarella Orlando FL September 1994

What a mix….

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BADABING

Remember that the pub might not have had a delivery yet. Just saying.

Noel Skytrot

The game when we absolutely destroyed Sporting Lisbon was the stand out for me. Call me a sentimental fool but the Jungle was incredible that night, talk about limbs.

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TWISTSNTURNS

Re the pints handicap,ATHINGOFBEAUTY will doubtless be on later to remind you of certain Kilwinning idiosyncrasies in the running and judging of this particular type of challenge.

The first thing to consider is whether the runner in question has been allowed out on the lash,or has been allowed out for a pint. The end result is unlikely to be different-however the official result will be “I only had the two,doll” in the case of the latter,and about ten times that for the former.

The second one is form,and particularly form over the course,and naturally also the distance. Does the runner have the stamina and build usually required for a marathon,or will he blow up at the five pole? How has his form been over the years? Sometimes a consistent plodder is what is required,rather than a flash harry flattering to deceive and throwing up after the second.

For today’s conditions over the full sixteen furlongs/pints we need a strapping colt with outstanding stamina and a good record at the distance. If BADABING takes the rest of the Rutherglen Massive out with him,we could see a multiple dead-heat.

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NOELSKYTROT

Difficult to argue with that. It was a great game too,even apart from the score. Sporting were no mugs,and probably a better team than many who beat us at CP during those years. Forest and Real Sociedad for instance.

AS67

Morning tims. Hope you all are well

I see NFL on the news this morning saying we had agreed a deal with soton for the great Wall but things have ‘gone quiet on the players side. Perhaps a financial dilemma.

Let’s hope we can pull it out the bag. Small cost for 10

HH

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Garry

Noel Skytrot
I have fantastic memories of that Sporting Lisbon game. Thrashing them 5-0 in our ‘lucky’ lime green shirt. The same shirt we wore two and a half years later in an historic 5-0 thrashing of Saint Mirren at Love Street. Two of the best games I had the pleasure to attend in the 80s. Another game I remember vividly from the 80s was Ajax away. Another game that we won without the hoops. That green top with white pinstripes and the lime green shirt, are two of my favourite strips. Glad to see the latter kit is making a comeback this season.

Twisty

Bobby
Horse/ beer analogy
Vg.
Entertaining ?

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AS67

I said a while ago that £7m would be a snip for him but it seems that the price agreed was actually £5m. All the better. It was reported around January that Fraser had agreed a deal in principle at about 50% of his current £4m pa salary so it all looked good to go.

Two things outside our control have thrown a spanner into the works. The first is that Southampton looked dead in the water around Christmas-so would be unlikely to be difficult to deal with. They are now an outside bet for European football next season!

Second is that they’ve had it with Gunn. Which means that they need Fraser back,even as a back up.

There’s a third thing which was all of our own doing. He’s a brilliant keeper,and we put him on the stage. So it’s no longer just us who are interested. Maybe a £4m offer to buy outright a year ago might have saved all of this.

Either way,he won’t be here for the ten,I reckon. I’ve said since November that we would go for Hladky and I think that will be who we end up with.

Garry

AS67
If the only two signings we make this summer are Moi Elyounoussi and Fraser Forster, the 10 is guaranteed. Would like us to sign a Bobo type central defender also, but getting Fraser back must be the priority.

Garry

BMCUW
I think Scott Bain is a far superior goalie than Hladky. Signing the latter would be a serious downgrade. Decent enough shot stopper, but that is all. Rest of his game is poor.

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GARRY

I think Craig Gordon did very well for us,and I’m delighted he got a right good few quid and some medals towards the end of his career. Scott Bain,I thought he was also a great signing,and never let us down once he got into the BR side.

You can only have one keeper though-and when you drop one his confidence plummets. You can’t play him in another position,he’s out the picture. But it only takes one save to get that confidence back!

I don’t think that Hladky is better than Bain either. Or Gordon. I’ve not said that we SHOULD be looking at him,although I believe there is a good case for it. Like McGregor being as old as me,nearly. What I’ve said is that he is who I believe we WILL sign.

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And another thing,if it’s true that NL is telling everyone that a deal had been agreed but it has foundered because of Fraser having a change of heart,then there is ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE of that deal coming off.

I wouldn’t sign for a manager who let that one go public. Bloody stupidity.

Garry

BMCUW
I realise the subtle difference in what you said mate. Thinking we will rather than wishing us to sign Hladky. Like I said, sign him and it would be a serious downgrade. Back to Paddy Bonner days. ?

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GARRY

Aye. That’s about the size of it.

Harvey

Good afternoon all!

Another history lesson from Bobby for me!… interesting that Charlie went to Arsenal instead of United … not sure he would have got a look in at Liverpool with Rush on fire…

GARRY… congratulations on Bayern cup victory! I saw snippets and well done yer man up front! The big Pole showing the way in the art of scoring and assist play ????

Following Mahe’s weekend read on corruption… Real Madrid take the piss… god knows how many games they’ve benefitted from VAR penalties … you could probably get good odds on Ramos hitting 20 goals next season …

Looks like I have a work Microsoft team meeting … from furlough to redundancies… out of the frying pan and into the fire!

Catch you all later!

fan-a-tic

Garry
I agree.
Hladky is nowhere near Bain’s level.
But it wouldnae be Celtic if we didnae have a signing saga.

Garry

Harvey
I watched the full Bayern game on Saturday. Lewandowski was excellent. His second goal was a beauty. Larssonesque. Bayern looking good for the Champions league in Lisbon. Think they are best team in Europe just now.

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HARVEY

Fingers crossed for you,mucker.

Noel Skytrot

Garry, some of the strips from the 80’s are belters, a far more classic look than some of the modern monstrosities, though I really like the Adidas kits for this season, particularly the lime green one, it’s a peach. Greetings from sunny Scotstoun.

fan-a-tic

Harvey
Real Madrid are in knockout stages of the champions league courtesy of some dodgy VAR decisions.
When Brugge were 2-0 up at the Bernebeau Real pulled back a goal which was clearly offside.
VAR had a look yet decided to award it.
TV commentator who had said this will clearly be chalked off for offside suddenly mumbled that UEFA had a different angle.
All about the money.

fan-a-tic

Lawwell would be in dereliction of his duty if he didn’t attempt to sign the brilliant Wes Foderingham who has been released by sevco.
Clearly sevco did not resign him due to the fact he didn’t fit their over 35’s age criteria.
The mssm had him tipped as a future England number 1 and said many top European sides were after him.
As we know the Scottish media are the bastions of truth and honesty and would be a travesty if Lawwell does not try to compete with several EPL and European giants for his signature.

Garry

Fan a Tic
All we are saying
Is give us a goalie.
John Lennon CSC

Garry

Noel
Cheers. My old stomping ground.
My wife was born and bred in Earl Street.
Godmother/Aunt lived for years in Scotstoun Street. Godfather/Uncle lived all his married life in the Avenues.
Greetings from sunny Dalmuir.

Noel Skytrot

Bobby, Nottingham Forest were an excellent side in the 80’s always remember the games at CP and the Forest ground.

Noel Skytrot

Garry, i’m originally from the Possilpark area…I know lol Scotstoun’s far more genteel in manner in comparison, very quiet.

Garry

Noel
Used to have a part time job in service station Hawthorn Street. The Jungle was a lively scheme ?

CaltonTongues

Awe_Naw_No_Ennio_Morricone_Deid_Anaw_Noo (Someone was bound to do it, no?) ?

Well done on the Charity bet BP & Jim ?

Aff out to a Beer Garden near me….???

HH

Noel Skytrot

Garry, I spent many a night standing with pink eyes at the wee serving hatch buying munchies from the petrol station just by the Vogue bingo hall on Hawthorn St. The Jungle…dearie me. Its changed a lot from then.

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