If you know your history – July 13th
100 years ago 1921
Season 1920/21 had been a disappointment in the league, despite a solid Ne’rday win at Ibrox with two goals from Joe Cassidy. The team had moved to within 4 points of the eventual champions.
Robb, Manderson, McCandless, Meiklejohn, Dixon, Dixon, Muirhead, Archibald, Cunningham, Henderson, Cairns, Morton
Shaw, McNair, McStay, Gilchrist, Crimean, McMaster, McAtee, Gallacher, McInally, Cassidy, McLean
Scorers: Cassidy (2)
Referee: T. Dougary (Bellshill)
Attendance: 70,000 ( note: this crowd was described as “disappointing” The Glasgow Herald reporting this fixture has an article entitled: “Ireland A New Reprisals Policy” giving details of an official army order to burn houses in the area of the Middleton Ambush in Cork last week.
There then followed a Scottish Cup exit at Hearts.
Some solace came in the form of a 2-0 win against Rangers in the Glasgow Charity Cup Final at Hampden with the club retaining the trophy. Goals: McCandless (20, og), McInally.
Close season – and the team are raring to go, following a close season tour that included a poignant visit to the Battlefields of Flanders. The mood was lifted with a few wins in two exhibition games: an emphatic 6-0 against Cercle Athlétique de Paris, and a 2-0 against Newcastle United (both games in Paris ) Patsy Gallacher was in sparkling form and thrilled French fans. The club has accepted an offer to return in due course.
The squad are preparing for 21/22
In other news…
The Southern Ireland parliament convened in Dublin, but only attended by 12 senators and two members of its House.
U.S. Secretary of War Weeks announced the firing of 21,174 civilian employees in order to save over $225 million per year in salaries and benefits.
60 years ago 1961
Another season passes without a major trophy. Losing the Scottish Cup Final replay 2-0 to Jock Stein’s Dunfermline was a sore blow, there was minor consolation in sharing The Glasgow Charities Cup with Clyde 1-1.
Connachan; Fraser, Cunningham; Mailer, Miller, Sweeney; Peebles, Smith, Thomson, Dickson, Melrose
Scorers: Thomson (67), Dickson (88)
Haffey, Mackay, O’Neill, Crerrand, McNeill, Clark, Gallacher, Fernie, Hughes, Chalmers, Byrne.
We are in the middle of a busy close season with departure of Bertie Auld to Birmingham City in May
Ian Lochhead, Steve Lynch (RB), Rob Paton , Frank Thomson, Tommy Carmichael (OR), Brian Moore (IL), Jim Upton (LB), Roy Sherry (OL) released. Frank Connor was also released and later resigned by Celtic.
Celtic also sacked Jimmy McStay, ex-manager and centre half for Celtic who had been working as a scout for the club.
First team trainer Willie Johnstone severed his ties with the club in May 1961 – he had been first team trainer since taking over from Alec Dowdells in 1956.
On 18th May Bertie Peacock left Celtic to become player-manager of Coleraine
In other news…
Yuri Gagarin surrounded by MI5 agents cunningly disguised as aliens, visits Tower of London on 13th July, 1961- after one look at the plumbing, he politely refuses an offer to defect…
Lech Walesa (17) successfully completes his 2 day induction at Gdansk shipyards….if they only knew…
Everly Brothers -Temptation #1 UK (4 weeks)
Tossin’ And Turnin – Bobby Lewis #1 US (7 weeks)
Lawrence Donegan, Scottish rock bassist (Lloyd Cole and the Commotions & Bluebells) and author, born in Stirling, Scotland
30 years ago 1991
Where to start …Close Season was a like wander through Annie Lennox’ Broken Glass.
Despite a glorious week around Paddy’s Day, when Paul McStay gave us a much needed reminder of why we love the club, this was a fairly hellish period. Despite beating Rangers in an earlier round, we were unceremoniously dumped out the Cup in a Semi Final (replay) 2-4 by Motherwell…. just about summed up our season.
In close season we discover Liam Brady will be taking over as manager in the forthcoming campaign… the mood was a little bit more positive.
In other news…
Debbie was Supporting INXS along with Hothouse Flowers and Roachford.
Birth 100 BC – Julius Caesar Roman general and statesman (d. 44 BC)
1249- Coronation of Alexander III as King of Scotland
1814 – The Carabinieri, the gendarmerie of Italy, is established.
1956 – The Dartmouth workshop is the first conference on Artificial Intelligence.
1985 – The Live Aid benefit concert takes place in London, Philadelphia, Sydney and Moscow, amongst others.
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