If you know your history – 29th December

120 years ago ….on this day in 1901 ( Sunday ) the players are resting after winning the last game of the year, and sitting at the top of the league 6 points above Rangers ( 3 games in hand). A surprisingly small crowd saw a McOustra hat-trick on a cold hard pitch.

There is no match report.

1901-12-28: Celtic 4-2 Kilmarnock, League Division 1


McFarlane; Watson and Battles; Loney, Marshall and Orr; Hodge, McOustra, Campbell, McMahon and Quinn.

Goalscorers: McOustra (3) 35 61,73 Hodge 38

Craig, Busby and Agnew; McPherson, Anderson and Mitchell; Morton, Howie, Graham, Findlay and Chapman
Goals: Morton 43, Graham 86

Referee: Mr Hay, Greenock
Attendance: 3,000

In other news:

Detroit Free Press 29th December, 1901

At the Fifth Zionist Congress, held in Basel, Switzerland, the The Jewish National Fund was created to fund the purchase and development of land in the Palestine portion of the Ottoman Empire, particularly the territory that had been occupied by the ancient Kingdom of Israel and Kingdom of Judah ( ex- Wikipedia)

70 years ago …. 1951 on this day ( Saturday), Celts travel to Aberdeen on League duty and Jock Stein has a long shot tipped over bar. Jock Weir played as Centre Forward instead of Lafferty. Bobby Collins converted 2 first half penalties.

1951-12-29: Aberdeen 3-4 Celtic, League Division A

Watson; Emery, Mckenna; Lowry, Thomson, Harris; Boyd, Yorston, Hamilton, Baird, Pearson.
Scorers: Baird (4), Emery (82 pen), Yorston (89)

Celtic: Bell; Fallon, Jack; Evans, Stein, Bailey; Collins, Walsh, J Weir, Peacock & Tully.
Scorers: Collins 2 (1 pen, 24 pen), Mckenna og (26), Walsh (65)

Referee: D McKerchar (Stanley)
Attendance: 25,000

Celtic won a penalty when Emery handled the ball in the second minute but Aberdeen equalised in the 5th minute when Baird sent a flying header in from an Emery free kick. The game was being played at a fast pace and Watson had to tip over a speculative long drive from Stein. Emery again conceded a penalty in the 25th minute with Collins stroking away his second and on the restart a shot from Baillie which looked to be going wide was deflected into the net by McKenna. The Dons tried hard to come back before the interval and pressed for a goal with Fallon performing wonders in defence. The second half continued with the Dons pressing but with Celtic looking dangerous on the break. Walsh added a fourth goal from a pass by Weir. Before the end Aberdeen were awarded a penalty which Emery scored from and then Yorston scored with a breakaway goal.

Jock Stein

Jock Weir

In other news….

1951 Laurel Massé, American jazz and Celtic singer (Manhattan Transfer, 1972-79 – “Operator”), born in Holland, Michigan

Laurel Massé is 70 today

40 years ago … 1981 on this day (….) Celts travel to sunny Dundalk to escape the Scottish Winter weather…tomorrow they play the local team in a ‘friendly’. However, they were a very good team in that period as current FAI Cup holders* and would go on to win the 1981/82 League Championship

1981-12-30: Dundalk 2-1 Celtic, Friendly


Dundalk shock a rusty Celtic side by winning with a late goal. However, was it really such a shock…?!


Celtic – Bonner McGrain Reid Aitken McAdam MacLeod Provan Conroy Nicholas Burns McCluskey Subs: Garner Moyes

In other news …

*The Dundalk team had defeated Sligo in the FAI Cup Final earlier in 1981:

General stuff:

1170 English Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas à Becket assassinated before the high altar of Canterbury Cathedral by four knights acting on ‘their interpretation’ of orders by King Henry II.

1845 Texas admitted as 28th state of the Union

1908 Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisconsin

1911 Proclamation restores “Dei Gratia” from Canada’s coins

1941 Hungary nationalized its industries

1970 Ballon d’Or: Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller wins award for best European football player ahead of West Ham United defender Bobby Moore and Cagliari forward Luigi Riva

Gerd Müller – ‘Bomber Der Nation’ in typical pose. (Born. 3 Nov. 1945- Died 15 August, 2021) Super-hero!

1972 President of Sinn Féin Ruairi O Bradaigh is arrested and held under new legislation in Republic of Ireland

1982 Bob Marley postage stamp issued in Jamaica

Oor Dixie is here, he’s there…everywhere…

A very Happy & Healthy 2022 to all Sentinels and all our lurking friends.

Hail Hail

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!


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Having had a very positive response to the first part of my blog: “1850 Irish Navvy Riot or Dunfermline Ethnic Cleansing?” I attach link for PART TWO
It gets more interesting as it goes along.
Please RT spread the word



Friendly wee place,Dunfermline!

St tams

Just love reading theses on a Wednesday morning.
McOustra, can’t say I’ve heard that name before.



That is a cracking stamp. And an excellent article as always.

A thing of beauty

Like others I love reading your weekly article. Always an education and a change from the norm. Now at Christmas in 1951 CCB would have been 11. I wonder if he was allowed to travel on the saltcoats bus to Aberdeen in that day. Also I believe their is a famous boxing club named the Thomas Abeckett in London that has produced a number of good fighters over the years. I always wondered where the name came from.
On other matters I see Ange is saying that he is pleased with the work Michael Nicholson is doing in the background to get the players in for January. Let’s see what he’s saying in two weeks time. I hope I’m wrong but we have such a dreadful reputation in the transfer market with our so called wheeling and dealing and sweating every pound that we waste most of the month. We can’t let that happen this time.

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Tom Minogue

Another fascinating item – looking forward to the follow up items.

You will be aware there there is a similar story around ‘tensions’ at Linwood Bridge and charges of sedition in Paisley in the same period.


Morning all & Packy.

Another right good read SeS, cheers.
I didn’t know Bob Marley was a tim when he was at the height of his fame!

Bob Marley floored Dixie Deans when they got talking about Celtic, saying: “Oh, you know I’m a big Celtic fan. I would love to go to Scotland to see Celtic Park and maybe even kick a few balls there. I know all about Jock Stein”.

He added: “I love reading about British football teams and Celtic has always been my team. And now it is my son Rohan’s team. He’s only six but he loves Celtic. I can’t tell you how much I envy you having played at Celtic Park.”

Now if we could only add Bob Dylan to the list. That would be two Bob (2/-) we’d be happy to have in our pockets!

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Maggie & St Tams – aye McOustra is mentioned often on the period I’ve never seen the name before.

ATOB – Saltcoats to Aberdeen would have been a fair jaunt in those days. I’m sure that wouldn’t have deterred CCB.
Thomas A Beckett .. “who will rid me of this turbulent priest” – was probably never spoken by King Henry II, but there is no doubt 4 of his Knights interpreted his meaning to suit his ends.

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Thanks for comments

On another subject: I’ve had a few folk asking about a hoot tomorrow afternoon – told them it’s above my pay grade and haven’t any details. Maybe a wee clarification here will help others decide if they want to head along. Cheers buddy



I posted this yesterday.
ATHINGOFBEAUTY and I went up to Glasgow today,pick up a few things. Just after 2pm,we went into Tennents Bar on Byres Road for a drink. Well,that’s the fastest I’ve been huckled out of a pub since I was a teenager!

Walked in like we owned the place,called back to the door. Asked if we had booked a table. WTF? It was half empty! So nae pint for me then.

Also,I won’t be attending the planned wee get-the-gither on Thursday just to be subjected to that and various other rules designed to spoil our day.

Apologies to everyone who had planned to go,but I expect that a few brave souls will still meet in McChuills around noon. Hope yer day goes better than mine!

December 28, 2021 7:02 pm

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I’d always thought that was another Celtic View myth courtesy of the bould Kevin…

Seems it is true, and that sits nicely, so it does …

In 1964 Bob Dylan wrote The Times They Are a Changing about Fergus and The Rebels…he was way ahead of his time… another true story 😊

I was hoping that Gerd Muller header was one of his two goals at Heysel Stadium v Atletico Madrid (replay) in 1974 … but there was no means of verification.

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Bobby thanks – that explains the messages.

bada bing1

Oh dear, skint Sevco have yet another ‘legneds’ match coming up…….which will be scammed to pay the leccy bill again……shameless


Bada Bing, the way power prices are going up, they might need to make it a home & away fixture!

bada bing1




I hope they’re arranged for during the current restrictions. Not that they pay much heed to these things.


Bobby, no doubt Sky will buy up the broadcasting rights!


Had to edit my post there, I had included the BBC but they are not allowed in Ibrox! LOL 🙂

bada bing1

BBC Scotland will buy the PPV, and have Lamont, Craigen and Ferguson commentary on it


Pains me to agree but we should also bar some of the media from our doors. Including the BBC. (Regardless of sevco’s justification in barring the BBC).


As always, a brilliant and informative read. Is that Bob Marley stamp gen up, or are you at the wind up? 😀

As for the poor Archbishop, most historians now reckon that there was some sort of mix-up in medieval times, and he should be referred to by his proper name, Thomas Becket. I for the life of me cannot remember my sources for this argument. When it comes to the Celts, I can generally remember most facts relating to our history. For everything else however, I have the memory span of a particularly unattentive goldfish.


Best wishes to you and your good lady.

I must unfortunately also give the hoot a miss. On most Thursdays, I meet up with staff and volunteers from a project where I have volunteered for a few days a week. But not for the past 2 years or so, for obvious reasons. Last Thursday was our Christmas lunch, which was brilliant, it has to be said. I received a text over the weekend, stating that a member of staff had tested positive. So everyone present at the lunch had to go to a test centre. Fortunately, my test came back negative. Even so, I am obliged to self-isolate for seven days.

I hope that everyone attending the hoot has a blast.

Hail Hail.

Tom Minogue

Thanks for that fascinating article. Thoroughly enjoyable it was. I liked the line:

“In Dunfermline at the time, there was only one police constable, with two assistants and a drummer.” I wonder if the drummer doubled up as a Lambeg drummer with the local Orange band?


It’s just a pity that a few Sentinel Celts cannot be co-opted onto our beloved board. For starters, I would ban both the DR and The Sun for numerous infractions against our club and support, over the years. I would then ban the BBC, citing their blatant bias towards Secco and against Celtic. Just for the craic like, I would issue a warning to all media outlets, that the O** F*** term must not be used, except in a historical sense. All liquidation deniers would also have their arses handed to them on a plate… including a few members of the Celtic board. Parks of Hamilton buses would be stripped down, in order to search for any listening devices, planted there by sneaky Huns. The buses would then be shipped back to Ibrox in crates. I’m beginning to enjoy this too much. A wee break is called for. 😀

Hail Hail.

Cosy Corner Bhoy

Don’t know if I was at that game specifically, but, certainly went to games in Aberdeen or anywhere else where Celtic were playing. Most of the men had to take the Saturday morning off with no pay as that was a 7.30 till 11.40 working day!
Buses left at 7.30am and had a half hour stop at Stonehaven getting to Aberdeen just after two. There were occasional stops for nature as well!
The return was always non stop… except for nature😁
I was indeed 11 then but only 14 days away from 12😁


Magua…it’s a 1982 Stamp! Umbro strip in ’82 surely?!? 🤣

Mike in Toronto


Dont worry about Sevco …. as long as Celtic keep selling out, Sevco will never go out of business.


Magua, LOL 🙂

bada bing1

MIT- as it’s always been hope you’re well.


Magua…I hope your test proves Negatory!
We had Christmas Dinner at ours – my family including my daughter’s boyfriend, my sister’s family of 7 and a friend of the family. On Boxing Day my nephew’s girlfriend tested +ve on an LFT which led to all of us having to arrange PCRs.
A mixed bag of results with 6 out of 14 testing +ve!!
No HogMaNanny celebrations for any of us this year! 😭


Well spotted with the jersey. You kinda piqued my curiosity, so I did a wee bit of digging on Saltires’ go to site, Celtic wiki.

If you look closely at the right-breast of the jersey worn by the legend, you will spot a tick, which tells me that this shirt was made by Nike, the company that manufactured the Hoops between 2005 and 2015. The Tennents name was on the jersey from 2010 till 2013. Therefore the jersey must date from 2010-13. I may do a bit more diggin, to see if I can be more accurate with particular seasons in which that jersey was worn.

I’m still going with my original statement that the bold Saltires is on the wind-up. 😀

My test was indeed negative. Thanks for the kind thought. That is a great pity about your own celebrations being curtailed. Best wishes to all concerned.

Mike in Toronto


Cheers. Had a small but nice xmas this year. Hope you have a nice Xmas


Magua…I thought the same as you and searched Bob Marley stamps, no such image exists of the man on a stamp. I then clocked the Nike swoosh and knew it was much later than ’82! When Nike started making Celtic kit it was a massive coup for Celtic, and for Nike, as they were the biggest kit manufacturers in the world. It was a real push by Celtic to sell worldwide which they did. Celtic and Nike both benefitting from the deal. If I remember correctly we had employed an ex-Amazon Exec to promote our name and his intention was to place us alongside Barca, Real and Man Utd in every airport shop in the world!!


I think SeS had listed the fact that there was a Postage stamp issued with Bob Marley in 1982 and he then showed a picture of BM, but both points of interest are not connected. I searched for BM postage stamps images and plenty came up but nothing remotely connected to the picture of him in a Celtic top.


Sorry McCaff, you beat me to it! I was probably typing when your post came up! 🙂


Great minds think alike, Jim!! 🤯

Mike in Toronto


Agree with the ‘same as ever’ thing to a degree…. in that there has always been co-operation between the two clubs …. but disagree in that I believe that the relationship between the two has been fundamentally changed since, and as a result of, Celtic’s collusion with the 5WA.

what was a toxic relationship before, is now so much worse… and is only going to keep getting worse going forward …

whereas in the past, when necessary, Celtic could act as a check on the misdeeds of the SFA/Rangers (for example, Farrygate), Celtic seem to have decided that it is better financially to wallow in the mud in them, such that there is no ANY longer check on their misdeeds ….

and that will primarily benefit one team going forward….if people think Rangers/Sevco had it easy before, it is only going to get worse going forward …


I hadn’t heard of that ex-amazon executive till now. I take it that the man was a forward thinking innovator, with major plans for the club. He probably lasted 5 minutes under Lawwell.

Hail Hail.


Wee update on the great Bob Marley jersey debate. This particular jersey was worn in both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Info provided by CelticWiki.

Hail Hail.


Magua…there’s a VERY interesting detail about Brian McBride, the ex-Amazon guy. He was brought up in Glasgow and went to…wait for it… Lourdes Secondary School!!


Magua…I know you like reading. This book, a Booker Prize in ’15, is a superb read…


The fella McBride has one helluva CV. Cheers for the book recommendation. I’ll see what the craic with it is on Amazon.

Hail Hail


Packy’s taking a while to walk the dugs!


McCaff, I just looked up Brian McBride, he’s too old to have worked across the road in Wullie Lows when he was at Lourdes!

big packy

JIM, hi pal, dont post anymore on blogs, im a full time carer to wee joan, BTW BOBBY, I was only having a laugh the other night when you accused me of breaking the blog ,another true story,


Packy it’s one of those things we say that doesn’t always come over well typed on a blog but I can Imagine Bobby would have been chuckling as he said it. I did notice it at the time.



And I was only having a laugh when I posted it! Always a quiet time of year,no worries.

Noel Skytrot

The stamp of Tuff Gong is definitely a photo shop. I collect memorabilia relating to Bob Marley and if that was real I would have it. There are other stamps from Jamaica with the rastaman but unfortunately not in a Celtic top. Anyone wanting to lend me three grand to buy a signed album?



I can meet you halfway and forge his signature.