If you know your history – 15th December

130 years ago … 1891 and on this day (Tuesday) the team are basking in glory, having retained their Glasgow Cup for a second successive season, with a resounding 7-1 thrashing of Clyde at Old Cathkin.

Soon they will be back in business, as next up at Celtic Park are visitors on Saturday are Kilmarnock Athletic* in the 2nd round of The Scottish Cup.

With regular goalkeeper Duff now fully recovered from rheumatics, the team is at full strength and the regular fullbacks and ever-present front five are joined by a re-jigged halfback partnership of Willie Maley, James Kelly ( captain) and Peter Dowds. It appears that stalwart Pat Gallacher has been permanently replaced by Maley.

Given the highly physical nature of the game at that time, and the condition of the playing surfaces, it is quite remarkable that the team barely changes. The forward line in particular are unchanged from game to game.

Playing games only on Saturdays probably helped, however, it’s worthwhile keeping in mind the players were amateurs, at least notionally, and presumably had ‘day jobs at a time when 50 hour weeks were not uncommon.

There are three reports on the game advising of the surprisingly low crowd of 800 by half-time which soon increased to 4,000. It’s not clear why. Mention of a heavy surface indicates wet weather which may have created delays in public transport.

Nevertheless, Celtic were 2 goals up at halftime and booked their passage to the 3rd round with a third goal, courtesy of an own goal by McLintock, who had sliced a clearance into his own goal.

The Scottish Referee report indicates a 3-1 scoreline, clearly an early example of an ‘honest mistake’ as the official result was 3-0 to Celtic. The Scotsman described the game as “uneventful” …so not that much has really changed!

1891-12-19: Celtic 3-0 Kilmarnock Athletic*, Scottish Cup (second round)


Celtic –
Duff, Reynolds, Doyle, Maley, Kelly, Dowds, Brady, McCallum, Madden, McMahon and Campbell.
Scorers:- Brady, Dowds, McLintock (og)

Kilmarnock Athletic –
Armour, P Maxwell, McLintock, Muirhead, F Maxwell, Gould, Hillhouse, McGill, Wills, Adams and Wark.

Ref:- not recorded

Att:- 4,000.

In other news …

*Kilmarnock Athletic are the same Kilmarnock we all know and love… founded in 1869. The oldest professional club in Scotland. It seems their earliest origins are as a cricket team that sometimes played rugby in the ‘close’ season. They couldn’t find enough regular opponents as everyone else was now playing association football, and seemingly Queens Park convinced them to convert to the new code. That legacy is reflected in the name of their current stadium Rugby Park. Kilmarnock share the honour of playing in one of the first (inaugural) Scottish Cup ties ( against Renton)

On this day …. A. P. Carter, American musician (Carter Family), born in Maces Spring, Virginia:

50 years ago … 1971 and in this week Tommy Gemmell makes his move to Nottingham Forest for £30,000 the transfer fee adequately covering £20,000 previously paid for Dixie Deans from Motherwell. At this point Dixie had already scored 5 goals in four games and was looking like an exceptional piece of business … what a proper bargain that turned out to be.

By comparison:

In 1968 Old Rangers forked out £100,000 for Colin Stein… superstar … who managed 64 goals in 124 appearances.

Dixie Deans on the other hand could ‘only’ manage 89 goals in 128 games for Celtic.

Colin Stein £1,563 per goal ( won one trophy at Rangers: ECWC 1972))

John Kelly Deans £225 per goal ( won 7 trophies at Celtic and played in 2 European Cup semi finals 1972 & 1974)

Colin Stein had Twenty One (21) Scottish Caps and John ‘Dixie’ Deans …. two (2) Scottish Caps. Go figure folks…

Dixie Deans …..in familiar pose

Dixie Deans …. in a rare pose…


Dixie is returning to his old stomping ground at Fir Park on Saturday and quickly drilled the opener within ten minutes. Dalglish was moved to bolster midfield and Bobby Lennox returned to the forward line.

1971-12-18: Motherwell 1-5 Celtic, League Division 1


Ritchie, Gillespie, Wark, John Muir, Whiteford, McInally, Campbell, Jim Muir, McCabe (Martin), Goldthorp, Heron.
Scorer: McInally (33)

Celtic: Connaghan, Hay, Quinn, Dalglish, McNeill, Connelly, Johnstone, Lennox, Deans, Callaghan, Hood. sub: Craig.
Goals: Deans (10), Dalglish 2 (31, 32), Lennox (46), Johnstone (62)

Referee: T Marshall (Baillieston)
Attendance: 19,000

Motherwell versus Celtic December 1971Scottish First Division football match Fir Park

King Billy clears the danger…

In other news …

USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

#1 Album Electric Warrior – T. Rex (8 weeks) credited as the pivotal release of ‘Glam Rock’ in U.K. It was the top selling album in U.K. In 1971 at 44 weeks in the charts.

General stuff:

1792 1st life insurance policy issued in US (Philadelphia)

1794 Revolutionary Tribunal abolished in France

1810 1st Irish magazine in US, “Shamrock” published

1840 Napoleon Bonaparte receives a French state funeral in Paris 19 years after his death

1894 Day 2 of first cricket test between Australia and England, Australia 586 runs (Gregory 201) England 3-130

1939 “Gone With The Wind”, drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, premieres in Atlanta (Best Picture 1940, inflation not adjusted highest-grossing film of all time)

1939 1st commercial manufacture of nylon yarn in Seaford, Delaware

1944 Bandleader Major Glenn Miller, lost over the English Channel

Glen Miller

1959 Ballon d’Or: Real Madrid forward Alfredo di Stefano wins his second award for best football player in Europe ahead of teammate Raymond Kopa and Juventus’ Welsh utility John Charles

Alfredo Di Stefano with 5 in-a-row European Cups (1956-1960)

1964 Canada’s House of Commons votes 163 to 78 to approve the red Maple Leaf Flag

1979 Chris Haney and Scott Abbott develop the board game Trivial Pursuit

Go on …. dig it out the loft …will you remember anything?

1993 British Prime Minister John Major & Irish premier Reynolds signs Downing Street Declaration concerning Northern Ireland self determination

2018 Diplomats from 200 countries agree to a set of rules to implement the UN Paris Climate Agreement in Katowice, Poland

Note: The 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. A treasure trove for Celtic fans young and old – and new- and free to view.

Respect Bhoys!


Guest article by Saltires en Sevilla.

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Morning all,

Brilliant again. Thanks 👏👏👏👏👏

Some beauties today;
🎶🎶Colin Stein, Superstar, Wears frilly knickers and a padded bra 🎶🎶🎶

Jeepster was the first single I ever bought and what an album “ Electric Warrior “ was !!!!!! Bolan was the best of His generation.

And finally Trivial Pursuit, The brilliant Board game with those pesky cheesy bits. ( Only saying that cause I was usually shite when playing it !!!”.

Ahhhh Brilliant Memories and again we’ll done SeS.

NostalgiaCSC 💚💚💚💚💚

Jobo Baldie

Good morning, friends and Happy Matchday.
Whilst Sunday’s cup final looms large on the horizon, we really need to focus on getting 3 points tonight in what is usually a difficult away game. In Ange’s press conference yesterday (link to follow!) he did seem to recognise that and sounded as if there won’t be any resting of players before Sunday. Equally, he did say that none of our recent injured players would be rushed back. So it looks as if we’ll be going without any recognised striker unless he decides to give either of the B-Squad guys their debut.

St tams

Oh Dixie.
The 1972 Scottish Cup final . What a hat trick and that goal when it felt as if he beat every Hibs player before scoring.
Oh the memories

Jobo Baldie

Ange’s press conference from yesterday



Dixie,possibly the least athletic-looking footballer since Puskas. And with a horrendous disciplinary record as well.

An absolute master stroke by Jock to sign him,and Jock was perhaps the only manager who could have kept Dixie under control!



I just love that t-shirt. If that is only a mock-up,someone is missing a trick. Get it done,and on the market.



Best wishes for you and Joan tomorrow,mate.



Saltires en sevilla
Great article yet again 👏
Kilmarnock athletic never knew that used to be their name



That’s why they have so many hammer throwers in the side.


Good afternoon all from Ruglen. Birthplace of the great Bobby Murdoch.



Need to meet up for a pint. Rutherglen is great with a few good Boozers.

Obviously The Vogue and Chapmans !!!!

Enjoy your afternoon 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺


Mick C, I’m in training if selected. 🍺



Next week sometime 👍👍

Get that wee whipper snapper, Craig76 to join us and sort out the wheat out from the Jakey’s 😂😂😂

HH and Hope your well. Perhaps get Gordon64 and Voguepunter along also 🍺🍺🍺🍺

Big Packy and wee Joan
Thoughts and prayers with you both for tomorrow. God bless.

All the best to you and your wife Joan, tomorrow.

big packy

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, saltires what can i say brilliant stuff as always, was at that motherwell game in 71,👍 BOBBY, thanks very much for that👍 ive got the great pleasure of carrying evelyns coffin into the crematorium tomorrow, ive known her for over 40 years, lovely woman ,thats not to say we didnt have our ups and downs, she once threw her high heel shoe at me but i was so quick in them days it missed,,another true story👍


BP, hope all goes well for Joan and you tomorrow. 👍

big packy

TIM, thank you very much👍

big packy

BRRB cheers pal👍

big packy

SOL thanks mate👍

bada bing1

Huns v DU on Saturday in doubt due to DU Covid outbreak



Hope all goes well tomorrow for you and Joan 💚🙏🙏

big packy

LEGGY, thanks, and hope you have a good few wee drinks with brrb and gordon64 and whoever else is going👍


Brilliant as always. I also was unaware that Kilmarnock Athletic was the original name for Kilmarnock FC. Every day is a school day. On the subject of Dixie and players like Di Stefano and Puskas, it is a sobering thought indeed, that none of these players would be accepted in the modern game. To be a professional player these days, you would have to have the physique of Michelangelo’s ‘David’, the speed of a sprinter and the stamina of a pro tennis player. So that’s me well fecked if the Celts come calling at my door. Re your post from last night on the history novels of Nigel Tranter. I did once attempt to read his historical narrative story of The Bruce, but found it hard going. In my defense, I was a young teenybopper at the time.

Big Packy

I’ll be saying a wee prayer for yourself and Joan tomorrow pal. Hope all goes well.


Dixie was one of the most natural finishers that I have ever seen in a Celtic Jersey. Right up there alongside Henke and Bobby Lennox. If I recall correctly, Jinky was sent off in the spring of 1967, after an off the ball clash with Dixie, when the latter played for Motherwell. In his autobiography, Dixie stated that after he signed for Celtic, he was a wee bit worried that Jinky may have held a grudge over the incident years before. He need not have worried. The first person to welcome Dixie to Celtic Park? A certain Mr James Connolly Johnstone. Jinky was indeed a class act…in more ways than one.

bada bing1

If this is indeed the case with Utd. it should be of great concern to us all. I would have assumed that all Dundee Utd’s players are double vaccinated. It would appear that being double jabbed is not necessarily a protection against this new variant of Covid. Under these circumstances, a full lockdown appears more inevitable with each passing day. In the interests of public health, this may be the only sensible solution. I of course hope that it does not come to this.

Hail Hail.

bada bing1

Sevco trying to stop Ashley seeing the Castore contract……


Leggy 😂😂

bada bing1

Dundee United have 1 Covid case,surely we can’t start calling games off for that?

big packy

MAGUA ,as ive said you are a gentleman and a scholar ,thanks for what you have done👍

big packy

GHUYS and GHALS need to go, got phone calls to make, enjoy the game,👍

Mike in Toronto


We are seeking spikes/hot spots for teams over here as well.

The difference for athletes is that many who test positive are asymptomatic. I am not a doctor, but I dont think that it is a stretch to say that being exceptionally healthy probably makes them less likely to catch the virus and, if they do get it, to not to get it as badly. More healthy immune systems would mean that, although they carry the virus, they themselves are more likely than the average person to be asymptomatic. Again, I am not a doctor, but that just seems common sense to me.

What is interesting is the difference in responses to this from the hockey (more Canadian ) than Football (more American ) communities.

After easing up on some of the initial restrictions, I think hockey is going to go back to a more rigorous regime, including daily testing for all players, and strong restrictions on movement when not playing.

The sense I get from south of the border, particularly NFL football, is that the response to asymptomatic players testing positive has been to say ‘stop testing asymptomatic players’. The idea is that if they dont seem sick, why restrict liberties? Seems incredible to me… even if asymptomatic, they can still transmit the disease to others who may not be as healthy, and may suffer consequences. But, listening and reading to media/fans reactions, there is a definite groundswell for that sort of approach ….

frankly, this new variant is so transmissible, I dont see how any sports will be able to continue to have full stadiums ….

I havent heard or read as much about how the NBA will react. I do know that the NBA and NHL are working jointly on many things, and are working together on Covid protocols … if for no other reason than in many cities NBA and NHL teams share the same stadium. I do wonder if there is a difference between NFL and NBA response based on their target audiences…

Mike in Toronto

Im hearing that Celtic’s head of sports science, Oliver Morgan, has left to join Leicester

St tams

Maybe he’ll take our head of recruitment with him.
Oh I forgot. We don’t have one


Afternoon all & Packy.

SeS, great read as always!
Re. Nigel Tranter, I read two of his books years ago. The Young Montrose and Montrose the Captain-General. I loved them. Although dramatised they are full of historical facts. Really good reading.
in fact the next time I was in Edinburgh I popped in to St. Giles Cathedral to see James Graham’s memorial. His rival in life was Archibald Campbell, he too has a memorial in the church but they are kept as wide apart as they were in life.

bada bing1

I was merely speculating on what may happen, based on the 1st and 2nd lockdowns. With the festive season coming up, this thing may spiral out of control. I cannot say for sure what will happen. Can anyone? I guess we are all hoping for the best.


Cheers for the info Mike. As I do not normally watch the news or read the chipwrappers, I am pretty much unaware of what goes on in other parts of the world. Stay safe.

St. Tams

All the DOF and head of recruitment CVs are in Lawwell’s office. Allegedly.


Good stuff as per Saltires. 👏
Dixie was some bhoy, lost 2 teeth during a game against St Johnstone, spat them both out and kept on playing, none of yer mamby pamby stuff back then.

Packy may I also add my best regards to you both for tomorrow, keep Wee Joan close.




My Mum. Deadly at twenty yards with a Scholl,which was frankly a miniature baseball bat.

She could be so middle class until I broke her temper which I was never stupid enough to do deliberately. Then the built up tempo hit me full force!


Not a happy bunny here. My family paid a right few quid for a top laptop for me for my birthday in July 2020

Less than a year later,black screen,nearly two months to repair.

Guess what,got the same problem again. Whoever is behind the counter at PC WORLD in Swindon tomorrow might have an interesting morning.

bada bing1
bada bing1

Magua- no bother mate.HH

Celtic Champs Elect

Thought I would bring the Friday night singalong over to Wednesday for a change :-))

Just 6 tunes from me tonight :-))

Starting off with the great Waylon


Cheers bada. Mon The Hoops.

Celtic Champs Elect

Just the 2 tunes from the great Waylon


Mike in Toronto


What have we told you about lurking on zombie sites?.. you can pick up all sorts of nasty things there!

on that note, if this were a zombie site, I guess the title of today’s article should be …”if You Know You’re History”

Celtic Champs Elect
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Mr Ronnie Lane


Good night all COYBIG

Celtic Champs Elect

Meant to play this wee number but got carried away :-)))


Mike in Toronto


Thought that was going to be the Trashcan Sinatras

Celtic Champs Elect

MIT the TCS sound like wet wet wet :-)))

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