If you know your history – 20th July

120 years ago – 1901 Close season seems the longest yet. The last game played was The Cup Final on 6th April and the first game in 1901/02 was 7th August. 91 days without a fixture! Imagine the withdrawals…

1901/2 Was Another disappointment in a season that had promised so much. A Ne’rday defeat at Ibrox was a sore blow to league aspirations. However, two weeks later a McOustra goal at Celtic Park put paid to Rangers’ Cup hopes. Celts fans could now dream of a 3rd straight Scottish Cup win. Subsequent triumphs: Kilmarnock H (6-0); Dundee A (0-1). Then 18,000 fans turn up to see the Bhoys meet St. Mirren in the Semi-Final at Celtic Park. Campbell scored the vital goal in a dour game and Celts had now reached their Seventh (7th) Scottish Cup Final in 14 years. A fine achievement.

The Final was played at Ibrox Stadium and 5,000 travelled on trains from Edinburgh to bolster a disappointing crowd of 15,000. Celtic’s chairman John H McLaughlin complained that the admission price of One Shilling (1/-) drastically reduced attendance, he felt a ‘Sixpence (6d) gate’ would have doubled the crowd. References were made to ‘better heeled’ Hearts supporters happy to pay higher prices. However, the foul weather and anticipated muddy pitch, had a significant impact on the day.

Celts went behind and had to claw their way back into the game, being 3-1 down until late goals from Quinn and McMahon drew the teams level, with a replay looking increasingly likely. The outstanding Bell had other ideas, chimed up with his ‘brace’ in the closing minutes, and finally time had run out on Celts’ 3-in a row Cup dream.

Note: in 1901 a new rule had been introduced to outlaw players ‘charging’ the goalkeeper whilst ‘playing’ the ball. However, it was still perfectly acceptable to ‘charge’ keepers whilst holding the ball?! In the cup tie at Ibrox (above) Celts’ ‘keeper McArthur had been ‘charged’ to the ground 4 times and was finally knocked unconscious and forced to withdraw. Divers replaced him in goal. There is nothing new under the sun.

Heart of Midlothian:
Philip; Allan and Baird; Key, Buick and Hogg; Porteous, Walker, Thomson, Houston and Bell.
Goalscorers: Walker 12, Bell 38, 89, Thomson 60

McArthur; Davidson and Battles; Russell, Loney and Orr; McOustra, Divers, Campbell, McMahon and Quinn.
Goalscorers: McOustra 27, Quinn 71, McMahon 81.

Referee: Mr. Jackson (Rangers).
Attendance: 15,000.

In other news…
Morocco signs an agreement with France fixing Morocco’s frontier with Algeria, a French colony.

70 years ago- 1951 Close Season was satisfying in the sense that the club had finally won its first major domestic trophy since before the war (1938 League Flag).
The Scottish Cup and Glasgow Cup were both secured. Of course, any Celtic fan will quickly point to fantastic achievements winning The Exhibition Cup 1938 and The Victory in Europe Cup 1945. However, success in the bread and butter of Scottish Football had eluded the club for too long, and the fans were becoming impatient. A Seventh placing in the League and another exit at the Quarter Final stage of the newer League Cup meant Cup success was vital… and the club had to do it the hard way.

The club had a pre-season tour of the USA planned, and now, fortunately, both cups could be stowed with the luggage to display to the army of their eager fans Stateside.

Having despatched East Fife (replay) and non-league Duns (Scottish Borders East of Scotland league). Hearts replete with the Terrible Trio of Bauld, Wardough & Conn were the 3rd round hosts and a nervous Celtic travelled to Tynecastle with inexperienced Sonny Hunter in goal. Omens were not good, but Sonny pulled off some inspired ‘keeping to limit The Trio to only one goal. The team pull off an achievement that cannot be underestimated in the circumstances.
Brown; Parket, McKenzie; Cox, Dougan, laing; Sloan, Conn, Bauld, Wardhaugh, Cumming.
Scorers: Conn (21)
Hunter; Fallon, Rolls; Evans, Boden, Baillie; J. Weir, Collins, McPhail, Peacock, Fernie.
Scorers: J Weir (13), McPhail (36)
Attendance: 47,000

Then Aberdeen (3-0) and Raith Rovers (3-2) were despatched, to set up a meeting with high-flying Motherwell in the Final at Hampden.

The ‘Well had already defeated Celts earlier in the season en-route to beating Hibernian in the Final, and in a league match at Fir Park. Celts were not the pre-match favourites, but that just suits the Bhoys nicely…

A huge crowd of 132,000 saw John McPhail score a great goal to secure a hat trick of Celtic Scottish Cup final victories against ‘Well.

He was subsequently afforded the honour of displaying the Scottish Cup trophy to excited fans before every game on the US Tour.

Hunter; Fallon, Rollo; Evans, Boden, Baillie; J Weir, Collins, McPhail, Peacock, Tully.

Scorers: McPhail (12)

Johnstone, Kilmarnock, Shaw, McLeod, Paton, Redpath, Humphries, Forrest, Kelly, Watson, Aitkenhead

Scorers: none

Referee: Jack Mowat
Attendance: 131,943

“As I walked off at Hampden Park I felt I had got everything out of life I had ever wanted. I had become a member of the famous Celtic FC and holder of a Scottish Cup badge all in one year.”
Sean Fallon.

In other news….
Abdullah Ibn Hussein, Jordan’s King (1946-51), killed in Jerusalem
Mustafa Shuqri Ashu, tailor/murderer of king Abdullah, shot to death
Wilhelm, the last Crown Prince of the German Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia, dies at 69

Guess who?!…. The SS Waverley CSC

Right to Flog: Today in 1951 a memo was issued by the Prison Commission of Dean Ryle Street, London, signed by Controller, F.S. Collins, which referred in clinical terms to unused birches and cat-o’-nine tails, ‘which should be returned immediately to Wandsworth Prison if unused’ It went on, ‘used ones should be destroyed in accordance with SO Appendix 8. All birches and ‘cats’ were only to be used from the national stock which should be tested and would be issued in triplicate’….. ayah, ayAH, AJAH…bassa!

40 years ago… 1981 a very busy Close season saw the 80/81 League Champions travel across two continents. Concerns that Manchester United were interested in Celtic manager Billy McNeil were alleviated when Ron Atkinson replaced Dave Sexton in June.

The club payed our first ever game in Africa in Casablanca against a Morocco XI, losing 2-1 with a weakened squad (McGrain, Provan and Burns all on Scotland duty)
The caravan rolled onto the US leg of the Summer Tour and on this day the squad are recovering from a game the previous day against a Southampton team captained by Kevin Keegan. Celts won 2-1 on AstroTurf at Giants Stadium. A young Charlie Nicholas was making a big impact on this tour and grabbed a late winner.
Celtic – Bonner McGrain Reid Aitken Garner McAdam Provan (Doyle) MacLeod McGarvey Burns Nicholas
Scorers: Provan 11 Nicholas 89
Southampton scorer: Moran
Attendance: 21,000

In other news…

England set for innings loss v Aust, Botham hits 100 in 87 balls

U.K. #1 Ghost Town – The Specials (3wks)

General stuff…

On this day in 1969, the Eagle lunar landing module, carrying U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin landed on the Moon, and several hours later Armstrong became the first person to set foot on its surface

Nathalie Wood born 1938 California, USA

Carlos Santana born 1947 Autlán de Navarro, Mexico

Gisele Caroline Bündchen, born 1980, Horizontina, Brazil)

Note: The very excellent Celtic Wiki site is the font of all knowledge on things Celtic. Most of the Celtic stuff above is from that site. The guys who set it up and painstakingly keep it updated, deserve no end of credit, praise and thanks. Dedication of the highest order. A treasure trove for Celtic fans young and old – and new- with literally days of enjoyment, free to view, and only a click away.
Respect Bhoys!

Guest article by Saltires en Sevilla.

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Puff puff
July 20, 2021 2:12 am

Great read youngster .

Garry Postecoglou
July 20, 2021 4:04 am

On this day in 2021, my son Ryan and I will be going to our first match since Neil Lennon was appointed manager. We chucked it in disgust at his appointment.
Thanks to my mate Frank who can’t use his two tickets for tonight, I will be in Paradise with my son for Ange Postecoglou’s first competitive match.
Cannae wait. Buzzin in fact. 💪🍀💚

saltires en Sevilla
July 20, 2021 4:28 am


Thanks for the tutorial buddy. I’ve noticed the ‘copied’ option only gives me the full pictures link when I subsequently share it in WhatsApp

E.G. In article above it worked fine with Specilals’ video but not for the 51 Cup Final ( maybe Pathe have copyright restrictions…)

I’ll get there 😅

Puff puff
July 20, 2021 4:31 am

Its late for you Garry .

Garry Postecoglou
July 20, 2021 6:29 am

Cannae sleep.
Like a wean on Christmas Eve.
Going to a Celtic match tonight wi ma bhoy for first time in 3 years. 💪🍀💚

Garry Postecoglou
July 20, 2021 6:37 am

Saint Tams
Good to hear that at least 3 Saint Thomas Aquinas former pupils will be in the 9000 crowd tonight.
My Ryan and I are in the standing section behind the Green Brigade.
Our tonsils will be getting lubricated in Chandlers Clydebank this afternoon before the match with the Linnvale Clydebank Shamrock CSC, who did very well in the ballot for tonight. As did Dalmuir Emerald. Half the club got tickets. 100 members, 50 tickets, 1 bus.
Won’t be much social distancing on Dalmuir Emerald CSC bus tonight. 😊🍀💚

Garry Postecoglou
July 20, 2021 6:50 am

Locally here in Clydebank, it is looking like the members of the dozen Celtic Supporters Clubs in the town have benefited generously with tickets for tonight’s match.
The guys who go on the Dalmuir to Bellgrove train seem left out, and there are hundreds of season ticket holders fae Dalmuir who get the train for Celtic games.

Jobo Baldie
July 20, 2021 7:22 am

Good morning, friends from a clear skied, warm East Kilbride. And a Big Happy Competitive Matchday!
Although I actually have no great desire (this season) for Celtic to be cannon fodder in the Champions league (I would much prefer some reasonably matched teams in the Europa) as I ALWAYS want Celtic to win every game they play then I know I’ll be screaming encouragement at a screen from 7.45pm this evening 😉

July 20, 2021 7:52 am

Garry, enjoy the day, the result doesn’t matter.

Big Ange will come good if he gets the backing.

And dont go on the the daily ranger web page, just boils the blood, how they can rewrite history.

Hail hail

July 20, 2021 7:54 am

Thanks, if you the history….
Tonight could be Ange’s finest hour, so far in his short Celtic career, or his worst nightmare. However, I believe he will cobble together a team and a system that will give us a comfortable victory. 3-1

July 20, 2021 8:24 am

All the best to Ange and the Bhoys tonight. We live in hope.
Great read Saltires.
I could weep when I see the 1981 side that was listed. How many of our current squad would get in that team?
My first European match was v Dynamo Kiev in March 1966. The atmosphere under the lights was sizzling and Celtic overwhelmed Kiev 3-0. I was in the Rangers end and vividly recall a 2nd half penalty at the Celtic end. Big John Hughes blasted the ball over the bar almost into the Gallowgate.
The Kiev team contained several of the Russian side which reached the World Cup semi final a couple of months later. Celtic were robbed in the semi final 2nd leg at Anfield when Bobby Lennox’s goal, which would have taken us through to the final v Borrusia Dortmund at Hamden, was mysteriously disallowed. We were defo one of the best in Europe at the time, as we proved a year later in Lisbon.
We value Celtic’s worth by their performances against good European sides. I think it best that this season, we we don’t judge Ange and his team on that basis. Many of the players don’t even know their team mates, never mind gelling as a side fit to challenge in Europe.
So I’m hoping for a decent performance to give us some hope for the future, but nobody will accuse us of being over confident. C’mon the Hoops.

Garry Postecoglou
July 20, 2021 8:43 am

Thank you.
Although you are away.
Always remember about Glasgow.
The West End is the Best End.

Garry Postecoglou
July 20, 2021 8:46 am

I loved then loathed, loads of Glesga West End Girls.


Garry Postecoglou
July 20, 2021 8:57 am

Mon the Leather Belts!
Intae these pig slaughtering, Danish pastry eatin wankers.😁😂

St tams
July 20, 2021 9:09 am

Garry, hope we all enjoy the game.
Going to Redmonds for a bit to eat and a couple of glasses of red before.

As someone who has lived the las 35 years in East end.
I agree, the West is still the best

Garry Postecoglou
July 20, 2021 9:10 am

It’s a beautiful day in Dalmuir.
Hope it is for you all wherever you bide.


July 20, 2021 9:10 am

Love the Pet Shop Boys, happy memories of thrashing down autobahns on family holidays playing them, amongst others, at full volume.
Enjoy the match with Ryan, lucky Bhoys.

July 20, 2021 9:24 am

Just found this from SFTB in our trash folders.


Congrats on your great effort with fundraising. If I can crave your indulgence for a repeat effort with SPFL fixtures this year….

With the SPFL due to start at the end of this month, I am updating the arrangements for the fundraising and prize money aspects of our Football Predictions competition.

Marc (Celticrollercoaster) has provided me with access to the former “Walk with Shay” account so that all monies raised can be accounted for by both of us. We have a nominated charity that Marc is approaching to gain permission and we will provide details on that shortly. Once we know the sums collected, we will set the prize money allocations.

At present, I am considering 3 prizes for the leaders by the end of December and 3 more for the leaders when the league ends in May. To this end, I would suggest two separate fees of £10 to cover both competitions. Players can choose to pay the £20 up front or £10 now and £10 before the first January game. Players can also chose to take part in the game without donating or being eligible for prize money, if they so wish.

The details for payment are:-

Account name: Walk With Shay
o Account number: 15326765
o Sort code: 80-22-60
o Bank: Bank of Scotland

All of this is in relation to my original message below.

We are still looking to boost the numbers way beyond the current level.I have registered a closed pool on the Superbru site, which is a Score Predictor game for the SPFL fixtures in 2021/22.The site is http://www.superbru.com and the code for joining is roomuser

Please use your CQN or Sentinel log in name for identification. First fixture is 31st July and your predictions have to be in before kick off on the day. If you fail to make a pick you get the default pick, so you get to play even if you forget.

Join CQN Sentinels, my Scottish Premiership league on Superbru! You can find my pool here:https://www.superbru.com/scottishpremiership/pool.php?p=12367961 or by downloading the Superbru app and searching for the pool with code:roomuser

July 20, 2021 10:25 am

Great read down memory lanes Saltires en Sevilla.
If this crap board continue on their present path distant memories is all we will have.

A thing of beauty
July 20, 2021 10:40 am

I am not hopeful tonight. We have such a terrible defence there is no way we won’t concede and once we do the fragility of the team will be evident. I hope I’m wrong and hope all the lucky people who got a ticket enjoy the game. I hope one of them will provide some player ratings/match report as it can often be very different when you’re at the game rather than watching on telly.

Cosy Corner Bhoy
July 20, 2021 11:07 am

No pictures on telly for me tonight😩. Hardly any holidaymakers and only pub I can find doesn’t do Premier
Will get updates from PaddysMaw and ATOB but not the same.
COYBIG and Big Ange to see a little of what Celtic supporters bring to the table

July 20, 2021 11:09 am

CCB…can’t you view it via your phone using your login details?

July 20, 2021 11:22 am


Some outstanding and diligent research again there!

July 20, 2021 11:30 am

Morning all,

Enjoy the game Garry and hope your a lucky mascot.

I’m in Main Stand with my 5 friends and none of us were successful in ballot.

Has anyone heard of successful punters in Main Stand or am I being paranoid ??

XfilesCSC 🍀🍀 HH

A thing of beauty
July 20, 2021 11:58 am

I was on the phone with bmcuwp with SSN on in the background. They are reporting that Barry Bannen is available for £1m due to a clause in his contract. We thought he’d be ideal to do a job for us for that sort of money. He’s only 31 and got plenty of experience. I accept that he’s been relegated out the championship and three years ago I’d have been none too chuffed if we were signing this type of player but I just think circumstances mean we could use someone like him for a couple of years. We don’t have a lot of experience to call on. Interested to hear if anyone thinks the same or am I getting desperate 😂😂

July 20, 2021 12:05 pm


Desperate,no. He would be a terrific signing to give us experience and to help us through a very difficult transitional period.

July 20, 2021 12:06 pm

FOLLOWING further discussions with the Scottish Government and local authorities, Rangers have been granted permission to host 8,500 supporters at Saturday’s match with Brighton & Hove Albion, and 12,750 at Sunday’s Real Madrid fixture.

The stadium capacity for the upcoming Scottish Premiership opener with Livingston has also been set, with 17,000 fans permitted to attend on July 31. 🤔

July 20, 2021 12:23 pm

Of course an experienced player would be a good idea.
But this is DD’s personal plaything we’re talking about so no sell on fee for profit no signing.

July 20, 2021 12:25 pm

YOU have mail..

July 20, 2021 12:26 pm


Thanks for the bump up Bobby, I should be getting details of the charity being selected from Celticrollercoaster shortly. All are welcome to join in, whether they donate or not.

July 20, 2021 12:26 pm

If we had a board who gave 2f’s they would take the legal route to rectify the discrepancies in allocated attendance to Celtic compared to other SPL teams .

July 20, 2021 12:51 pm

At present Level 0 in Scotland, won’t change till 9th August.

Celtic tonight 9,000. Ground capacity 61,000

Ibrox. 31/07/2021 — 17,000 Ground capacity 49,000

Both Level 0 . You do the maths Dom and start earning your corn !!!!!!!!

Call this scandalous decision out !!!!!

July 20, 2021 1:04 pm


Reply sent,mate. Hopefully sets your mind at rest.

bada Bing
July 20, 2021 1:05 pm

Leggy- in in the main stand, not heard of anyone getting a ticket for the 2 games, how do you know that you are in a ballot?

July 20, 2021 1:10 pm


Your original got lost in the filters and then reinstated at its original time-which would mean that it would barely be read.

Only polite to repost it.

I’ll be joining it,and I hope that you and everyone else on here joins THE CHALMERSBHOY PREDICTOR COMPETITION,which will be run on similar lines to last season.

Plan is to open a page for the latter on Saturday,use the Monday article for the details-though MAHE may decide to use that on Saturday-and then link it at the top of the articles all week.

Basically proves on a weekly basis why I canny get a Saturday coupon up!!!

July 20, 2021 1:58 pm


Same here. 6 of us and not 1 got successful in 2 ballots.


What section are you in ? We’re all ES2 👍

bada Bing
July 20, 2021 2:06 pm

Leggy- WS2,main stand rear

St tams
July 20, 2021 2:13 pm

Bada, Leggy
My brother is in main stand . Jock Stein lounge and has had tickets for Saturday and tonight.

July 20, 2021 2:22 pm

St Tams,

Is he Corporate?

July 20, 2021 3:26 pm


I’ve so many fingers crossed for something positive to happen tonight that both my elbows are in a fankle.

July 20, 2021 4:20 pm

Rumour Paul the Tim starts left wing.

July 20, 2021 4:25 pm

Sorry boys and girls but if we’re starting with Taylor and Ralston at full backs then we don’t have a chance. Domestic opposition would rip them to shreds never mind a technical well drilled European side. Hope to Goc I’m wrong though 🤞

July 20, 2021 4:30 pm

If it’s Bitton at centre back and Ralston right,
We can all do the Time Warp again!

The glorious balance sheet
July 20, 2021 4:58 pm

Our defence gives me the fear for tonight. Having said that, in this very competition a Celtic team with Alan Sneddon and Roddy McDonald in defence beat Real Madrid 2-0.

And a Celtic team with Ambrose, Matthews, Mulgrew and Kelvin Wilson in defence beat Barcelona 2-1.

As away goals don’t count double any more a crazily open game featuring two teams in a shambolic state of preparation with Celtic winning 3-1 will do nicely for me.

July 20, 2021 4:58 pm

I tried to find my preferred team and gave up.
Dont want Bitton at centre back but think Urgohidhe is too raw all. All that leaves is Murray, Hlejde or O’Connor to partner Welshy.
No matter what way you look at it that is shocking, atrocious planning.

I would go Bitton if Ange for the experience, good and bad experience at the back.

Ralston, Welshy, Bitton, Shaw,
Adaba, Turnbull, Calmac, Henderson,
Ajeti Odsonne

And hide behind the sofa

Jobo Baldie
July 20, 2021 5:14 pm

A wee reminder that the away goals rule has been scrapped.
Jobo with the new live from Troon beach!

July 20, 2021 5:14 pm

No away goals nowadays? Ah well.

July 20, 2021 5:15 pm

A plea for lots of updates during the game. I have to take the wife for an appointment that’s starts 30 mins after kick off
I don’t care who starts, I am just praying for a win

Celtic Champs Elect
July 20, 2021 5:17 pm

After Saturday I was debating with myself if I was going to subscribe to PS tonight to see the famous

All day still debating:-)

Just couldn’t help myself subscribed 10 minutes ago


July 20, 2021 5:18 pm

SES, the two facts that jumped out at me from your excellent article were Celtic being underdogs to Motherwell,
And the then board wishing cheaper admittance, not fleecing the fans as much as possible. I actually agree with the then chairman that a better price point with less profit will sell more.

Both facts have long changed as we know.

I hope you enjoy the game.
Hail Hail