16th Febuary – If you know your history

130 years ago …and on this day (Tuesday) The Hoops … err, I mean…. The Stripes, are reflecting on a 10 goal trouncing of Battlefield at Celtic Park the previous Saturday.

1891/92 season kit

It isn’t clear why Celts are playing Friendly games when they trail behind League leaders Dumbarton, and with so many games ‘ in hand’ to play?!

Maybe some fellow Celts can explain why this is happening?

It seems that the club are very focused on winning the Scottish Cup, having already secured the Glasgow Cup and undoubtedly eyeing The Charity Cup too…

The League Championship simply doesn’t seem to register as being important. Although the team have only lost one league game all season ( opening day at Hearts )


Celts put out a very strong team with a couple of significant changes from the 5-3 Semi-Final win against Rangers …Reynolds is missing at Right Back and Alec Collins, Celtic’s first ever Donegal born player, makes a rare appearance, Captain Kelly is out and his replacement at Centre Halfback is the trusty Veteran Patrick Gallacher (sic). Madden makes his return at Centre Forward as Cunningham drops out, and the front five are restored in a familiar formation.

1892-02-13: Celtic 10-0 Battlefield, Friendly

This match was played before 1500 spectators. Celtic early asserted their superiority, their quick combination outwitting the Mossfield youths. Madden, Campbell, and McMahon scored in quick succession. Hector made a raid on Doyle, but was easily repulsed. From a neat pass by Maley, Madden scored a fourth, and immediately afterwards Campbell scored a fifth. From a free-kick Hector missed for Battlefield, who were pressing at half-time.
Celts, 5 goals; Battlefield, nil.
On restarting from a fine centre by Campbell, Brady headed a sixth, and shortly after the same player notched the seventh. Brady accepted a pass, and scored an eighth. A penalty kick brought up the score to nine.
A one sided game ended – Celtic, ten goals; Battlefield, nil.

Celtic:- Cullen, Doyle, Dowds, Gallacher, W Maley, McCallum, Brady, Madden, Campbell, McMahon

Goals:- Madden, Campbell, McMahon, Madden, Campbell, Brady, Brady, Brady, Unknown pen, Unknown.

Orr, Saunders, Allan, Steel, Glen, Cleland, Hector, Anderson, Brown, Stevenson, Rafferty.

Att:- 1,500.

In other news….

New Pitch Report

Gratifying progress is being made with the Celtic’s new field. It is still in an unreclaimed condition, but soon there will be order where chaos now reigns. it will be one of the most expensive fields of the kind in Britain, although it will be rather expensive to keep up. But the Celts are quite alive to that and other responsibilities. they are ambitious, and it is this very ambition that gives one the impression that the enterprise, no matter how large, will be carried out with success.

Battlefield Football Club


Note: this page provides limited info. on Battlefield but a wee scroll down reveals that Celtic players have made more appearances (1389) for Scotland, than any other club …

60 years ago … on this day (Friday) a special mammy is whispering stories to her newborn Wee Prestonpans Bhoy …”there there son, The Big Bhoys are heading out East tomorrow” … quietly dabbing his dummy with a wee tot of brandy…

1962-02-17: Heart of Midlothian 3-4 Celtic, Scottish Cup

Bobby Carroll was a concern after the Stirling Albion game. He limped off at the end of the game with a knee injury. However he appeared on the Monday for training without a problem.


A stunning day of Cup ties in Scotland. This was always going to be a tight game and ity prooved to be a real thriller to the end.
Celtic were off from the first whistle and almost had a goal on 30 seconds. This was all Celtic at the start and on 12 minutes they got their reward when Crerand deftly lobbed a ball over the wall from a free kick won by John Hughes. Divers collected and slotted the ball past Marshall. celtic were better in the air and in defense but Hearts kept on lobbing balls into the penalty area which were meat and drink to the Celtic defenders. On twenty minutes though they got a break and paton lobbed a ball up for Blackwood to head home. 1-1 at half time.
The Bhoys restarted at the pace they began the game. Both sides missed chances and a thoroughly good game was on the cards. On 71 Haffey gathered a cross and all looked safe – but he let it fall, Hamilton pounced and Celtic were behind. back came Celtic and almost immediately they not only equalised but went ahead. The first came when Chalmers beat the offside trap and shot home, and four minutes later jackson crossed and Divers headed home. Hearts were not finished. Eight minutes from the end they won an indirect free kick which eventually found it’s way to Paton who fired home. The final turn came to Celtic. Hughes was upended in the box and though Marshall saved Crerand’s first attempt the referee ordered a retake for Hearts infringing on the penalty area before the kicjk was taken. Crerand made no mistake with the retake.

The final outcome and the opinion of the pundits after the game was that Hearts had suffered an injustice on the offside decision for Chalmers goal but that the penalty and the decision for the retake was correct.

Marshall; Kirk, Holt; Ferguson, Cumming, Higgins; Rodger, Wallace, Paton, Blackwood, Hamilton.
Scorers: Blackwood (21), Hamilton (71), Paton (82)

Celtic: Haffey, MacKay, Kennedy; Crerand, McNeill, Price; Chalmers, Jackson,Hughes, Divers, Carroll.
Scorers: Divers 2 (12, 79), Chalmers (75), Crerand pen (86)

Referee: R H Davidson (Airdrie)
Attendance: 35,045

Hat-trick hero John Divers Jnr.

In other news…

Darius Milhaud’s 12th Symphony premieres

Silver Cross Pram 1962 – Sold Out! Signs in Prestonpans

General stuff….

600 Pope Gregory the Great decrees saying “God bless You” is the correct response to a sneeze

1249 Andrew of Longjumeau is dispatched by Louis IX of France as his ambassador to meet with the Khan of the Mongols

1486 Maximilian I is elected King of the Romans at Frankfurt

1959 Fidel Castro becomes the 16th Prime Minister of Cuba after overthrowing Fulgencio Batista

1960 US nuclear submarine USS Triton set off on underwater round-world trip

1963 Beatles top British rock charts with “Please, Please Me”

1980 Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France

1986 Mario Soares from the Socialist Party is elected the 1st civilian President of Portugal

1992 Ethiopia finds the remains of former Emperor Haile Selassie on the grounds of the Imperial Palace, under the private lavatory of dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam, who overthrew the Emperor

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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February 16, 2022 6:52 am


Bobby Davidson gave us an offside goal,a penalty AND a retake? Shoorly shum mishtake…

I remember him well,and not in a good way. 1970 cup final,for starters. Or sending off Jinky for the offence of being flattened by the Aberdeen left back the following season. A few others too.

February 16, 2022 6:53 am


However,fascinating stuff again. Very puzzled about us not catching up on league responsibilities though.

February 16, 2022 7:39 am

Saltires en sevilla
Great work again 👏 👍
I’m sure I read somewhere that wining the league back then wasn’t as big an achievement than wining the cup, hence not prioritising the league games

February 16, 2022 8:20 am

Oh dear Gordon’s upset the Huns, was it something he said 🤣🤣


February 16, 2022 8:51 am


Our focus is on the league,but that of our founders was definitely on the cup. Maybe we got a tip-off that there was only room for one more name to be inscribed on it!

Of course,around a decade later,we decided to just win everything. Including The Victory Cup,but at the second time of asking. Which allegedly kicked off the poison between us and Ibrox.

One explanation for that-others are available…

St tams
February 16, 2022 9:10 am

SeS. Excellent.
Bobby, I remember that 1970 SC final well, as it was my first.
Davidson cheated us that day

Bada Bing
February 16, 2022 9:20 am

Seems trains from Glasgow are cancelled from 4pm today,check your journey

February 16, 2022 9:35 am


Assuming Storm Dudley doesn’t affect my plans I will be in Oban overnight on Thursday.
Anyone have a recommendation of a “ Celtic Friendly” venue?
I’ve tried Celticbars but they aren’t always up to speed.


February 16, 2022 9:37 am

Bada Bing
My last train back from Glengarnock is 3 o’clock the day then no trains until tomorrow morning so hopefully early finish for me 😀

February 16, 2022 9:44 am


Contacted Oban No 1 on your behalf,and will let you know when they reply. Hope you hit the seafood shacks there,they get a terrific write-up.

I’ve only been to Oban when I was working for Sky a long time ago. Wish I’d been more clued up then,instead of just rushing to get back. Hope you enjoy the visit.

February 16, 2022 9:46 am

Morning all,

SeS, fine article again and bravo 👏👏👏👏


Saw this when I scrolled on one of your tweets;

“Kylian Mbappe is 4 months older than Mikey Johnston.”

That’s some statement and makes you wonder !!!!!

HH Everyone and “Be careful out there “.


February 16, 2022 9:54 am


Many thanks – a fantastic concierge service!

Very much looking forward to some quality seafood.

February 16, 2022 10:33 am
February 16, 2022 10:55 am


If it’s anything like the Seafood shack in Ullapool I visited a couple of years ago it will be outstanding.
Thanks for the review. 👍🏻

February 16, 2022 11:05 am


George Connelly at that age was the best player I have ever seen. That includes Dalglish,Hay,McGrain.

Henrik,Jorge,Paolo and Lubo. Though they were older then.

Or anyone from other teams.

To watch that man play,and so effortlessly gliding above his opponents,was such a joy.

February 16, 2022 11:16 am


Agreed. George Connelly was a fantastic player and what a waste of talent at the end.

For me, I saw Kenny’s first game ( v Accies if I remember, and Charlie Nic’s first game, not sure but might have been Thistle) and both looked destined for the top, which they did.

We have had some fantastic young players 👍👍

Hope the Academy can produce a few more gems !!!!

February 16, 2022 11:27 am


First time I saw Dalglish was at a testimonial for Frank Beattie of Kilmarnock. I was about 7yo at the time. I asked my Dad and his pals who the wee guy up front was,because he clearly wisnae fit. Red in the face after five minutes!

Six goals later,as we won 7-2,I had seen the birth of a star!!!!

Noel Skytrot
February 16, 2022 11:30 am

BMCUWP and Leggy,

my da has a tattoo of Jinky on one arm and one of George Connelly on the other and he’s a hard man to please. He must have been some player for my oul boy to get GC permanently inked on his body.

February 16, 2022 11:43 am

Things you didn’t know you didn’t know…

In August 1968, Celtic Reserves needed to defeat Partick Thistle Reserves by at least seven goals to win their Reserve League Cup section over Rangers Reserves. Celtic won 12–0, with Macari scoring four goals.[1] Later that same year Scotland manager Bobby Brown asked Celtic manager Jock Stein to supply players to provide opposition for a warm-up practice match. Stein sent his young reserve side,[2] and they went on to defeat a full strength Scotland international team (including Colin Stein and Billy Bremner) 5–2.[1] In August 1970, Celtic fielded several of their so-called Quality Street Gang youths in the Glasgow Cup Final against a full strength Rangers side, winning 3–1

February 16, 2022 11:56 am


He was my favourite player at a time when we had a lot of favourites. The Quality Street Gang were coming through,and we still had the Lisbon Lions. Was it Jinky? The class of Bobby Murdoch? The steel of Bertie or Hay? Maybe the speed of the buzzbomb,the scoring prowess of Bobby Lennox.

But there was that Quality Street Gang. And The Lisbon Lions. Was George better than the man of my moniker? Hmmm,difficult. But I didn’t see enough of Bobby to judge. I knew that when he was missing,we were weakened! Nobody was better than Bobby Murdoch,I saw that much!

Where’s Bobby? Health farm. Bugger,heyho. George just fitted in seamlessly-and then he didn’t.

I’ve heard the stories,I don’t want to labour the point. He is still the best player I’ve ever witnessed,and I thank him for that

Colour Blind Bhoy
February 16, 2022 12:31 pm

Good morning everyone.

CFC, I haven’t been in Oban for some time but I believe The Tartan across from the cinema is a decent place for Celtic fans to enjoy the football. Good luck.

February 16, 2022 12:39 pm

Stole from twitter

The grand old Duke of York
He borrowed 12 million quid
He gave it to someone
He’d never ever met
and for something he never did

Jobo Baldie
February 16, 2022 12:52 pm

Craig76 – a good one!👍

February 16, 2022 12:57 pm

Cheers Jobo, it did give me a wee chuckle 😃

February 16, 2022 1:14 pm


Thanks for that.
Celticbars mentions The Tartan but its info is often out of date and I’d rather have a personal recommendation.
Appreciate your reply.

Jobo Baldie
February 16, 2022 1:20 pm

Craig76 – 2nd verse from years ago by Spike Milligan:
And when they were up, they were up
And when they were down, they were down
But when they were only half way up
He got arrested!

Noel Skytrot
February 16, 2022 1:39 pm


phoned my da and asked him about GC and he spent 25 minutes raving about him and said if he could only have acclimatised to the environment he was in he would’ve been one of the greatest.

February 16, 2022 2:39 pm

That’s the wind picking up now here in North Ayrshire getting blown about like a dafty

February 16, 2022 2:41 pm

I think GC suffered from depression….not much help for him back then.What a player.

February 16, 2022 2:52 pm

George Connelly was a wonderful footballer
.He had skill ,power and game intelligence.
He was as good as his legend and was the rare player who played in his own time zone.
My brother and brother in law who were both decent amateur players worked with George at Torness power station when it was being built.
They said George was fat and older but at 5 a sides still played at a level that was galaxies away from all the other mere participants .
They said everyone was in awe.
One of my all time favorite Celtic players.

February 16, 2022 2:56 pm

Many thanks as usual pal.
Well done Mr Divers for your hatrick, but I’m shocked the corpse of the Emperor Hallie Selassie was hidden. His story is a fasinating one, being considered the living embodiment of Jah on earth. I hope his jewels and personal effects were saved and still in existence.

Hope all are well on this brisk but fine day of Woden.
Take care y’all.

Hail Hail

Bada Bing
February 16, 2022 3:20 pm

McPake sacked by Dundee

Bada Bing
February 16, 2022 3:27 pm

Charlie 2 Teeth in charge for Sunday?

February 16, 2022 3:33 pm


Brilliant as always. I may well have posted on this topic before. I believe that the league championship in Scotland was considered to be an inferior competition to the Scottish Cup. All changed utterly after the 1955-56 season. This of course, was the season when the world’s premier club competition came into being. I refer of course to The European Cup. After the initial season, only the league champions of all countries allowed to enter the competition, could compete in it…as well as the reining European Cup holders. In Scotland, the league championship was now viewed as the premier competition. Winning the league gave access to the promised land. The European Cup was an instant hit with clubs all over Europe…with one exception, which I will come to in a minute. As far as Scotland is concerned, our first representatives in the competition were Hibernian. The club reached the semi-final. As for the exception? Well surprise, surprise, that happened to be England. The old duffers at the FA did not see what all the fuss was about. Fortunately for the game in England, Matt Busby felt differently. The European Cup became an obsession with Matt. This fire within him was not diminished, despite the tragic event at Munich in 1958. The European Cup also became an obsession with Glasgow Rangers(R.I.P.). Despite a number of attempts to win this trophy, the best they could manage was one semi-final appearance in 1960, where they were soundly thrashed by Eintracht Frankfurt. The aggregate scoreline in favour of the Germans was 12-4. The final that year was itself a classic:Real Madrid 7 Eintracht 3. Played of course at Hampden Park. The desire of those in charge of Rangers to win the European Cup became even greater after one afternoon in Estoril, on the 25th of May 1967. Celtic 2 Inter Milan 1. At the first time of asking, Big Jock and his gallant Celts gave us all-time bragging rights over the Huns. The fun continues to this day. The unhealthy obsession of Sir David Murray to win this competition, ultimately led to the liquidation of Rangers in 2012. I’m well aware that you all know this, but it’s always great fun pointing it out.


Are you and Leggy competing to be the resident comedian on SC? If so, fair play to ye both. 😀


The very name RH Davidson still gives me the fear. I remember as a young lad at the 1972 SC final, asking my old man why tens of thousands of Tims were chanting:

“Davidson’s a bastard.”

I was advised to keep my mind on the game. Conversation over.

Hail Hail.

February 16, 2022 3:40 pm

I can’t take credit for that wee dity, I nicked/stole/borrowed it from twitter 😏

February 16, 2022 3:43 pm


You’re too honest my good man. 😀

February 16, 2022 3:48 pm

It seems most people in Irvine taking the weather warnings seriously not many folk about, even the pub a bit quiet 🍺

February 16, 2022 3:56 pm

I always thought Charlie would end up a manager. Loved him as a player.

February 16, 2022 4:02 pm

Superbru update

This round finished with last night’s Aberdeen game and saw first place being shared by Jonny the Tim and Gene on 12.5 points. 3rd place with 11 points was One Malloy. At the bottom Hutchbhoy and Knoxy both scored one point but the programme has awarded the wooden spoon to Hutchybhoy.

Overall, Call me Gerry is increasing his lead, which is now a full 8 points on 169.5 (he’ll be selling us tips soon). Hopeful Hoops is clear in 2nd, 5 points clear of Gene who has claimed a podium spot in 3rd, jumping up 4 places (hope for everyone there).

At the bottom , a few irregular predictors are breaking clear (wee BGFC , Chalmersbhoy, Scaniel and BGFC) and keeping McCaff off the bottom spot.

Next predictions are due in on Saturday at 3 pm when 4 of the 6 fixtures take place.

February 16, 2022 4:11 pm

JTT53 Leading the charge 😀

The Retro Celtic🍀 (@RetroCeltic) Tweeted: Charge…..🍀 https://t.co/U9xsB2z3KE https://twitter.com/RetroCeltic/status/1493977769423908869?s=20&t=ErqjT40nNhOC_LP6xYfQEQ

February 16, 2022 4:30 pm

Bada Bing
Would suit fat Charlie as he’s struggling to get his portly self around the pitch these days.
Against Peterhead a lenient ref was vital as he was late in most challenges.
Starting to think he only signed for Dundee to be close to bakers Fisher and Donaldson for a daily supply of their famous fudge donuts.

Bada Bing
February 16, 2022 5:06 pm

Josip Juranovic is set to return for Celtic in time to face Bodo/Glimt tomorrow evening.

The Croatian defender has missed the Hoops’ last two games against Aberdeen and Raith Rovers due to illness.

But Ange Postecoglou has confirmed he is once again available for selection.

However, Mikey Johnston is set to be out for “a little while” after suffering a hamstring strain during the win over Raith.

February 16, 2022 5:21 pm

George Connelly was, indeed, some player. I first came across him as a 16 year old when he entertained the crowd at half time in a game by playing keepie-up all the way round the park.

George was one of those rare talents that could play in several positions and be dominant. He could play CB, midfield and, in those days, inside forward. He had skills and physique.

Unfortunately, I believe he had demons to deal with. Having to deal with them in the glare of publicity was too much for him. It would be for most. His absences and weight gain were all well known symptoms of his malaise. The drugs in use at that time could be brutal and not conducive with an athletic life style. I believe he found a partner who was good for him.

The thing he should be remembered for is not his football skills but that he survived through his brief career.


Saltires en Sevilla
February 16, 2022 6:33 pm

Cheers Bhoys..

Bobby – tbh I did check that twice, he wasn’t exactly a friend of Celtic eh?!

Craig76 and Magua – yes,remember you guys talking about the ‘top’ trophy a while back. The old Gers never made it onto the Cup as winners and never won The Big Cup … or even reached a final.

Mahe –

The wee stars on their jersey denoting the 5 full decades they tried to won it ….and failed … miserably..

The theory that the domestic assistance they came to rely on, often worked against them in Europe … has some merit. The puzzled coupons when red cards start flashing at them … offside goals, called ‘off’ … the penalties given against …

New club haven’t won the two top domestic Cups… in 20 odd goes… and won one ‘behind closed doors’ League.

Stay safe everyone … garden gates bolstered and fences practically blowing away at our bit…

Prestonpans bhoys
February 16, 2022 7:01 pm

Weather here is mental too. Did a favour to a neighbour and drove him down to outside Newcastle to pick up his new motor home. The winds between Torness and Bamburgh made high vehicles difficult, that was nine hours ago. God knows what its like now😵😱

Bada Bing
February 16, 2022 7:30 pm

Rumour the big screen at Jock Stein Stand is damaged ,…..

A thing of beauty
February 16, 2022 8:07 pm

An education as always.
So a hamstring injury for Mikey Johnstone. Oh well, he’s in good company in the treatment room. I feel for him. He really needs to get away and have a career elsewhere. He’s got loads of talent but he needs to learn, it’s not 5 a sides and he’ll only do that playing every week where every contribution matters. Not for him but for his team. He puts too much pressure on himself that he must perform, does too much, gets it wrong or gets injured. He has a long career ahead of him and it’s time to get it started properly.

Colour Blind Bhoy
February 16, 2022 8:10 pm

I’ve got a fair bit of sympathy for James McPake who has lost his job at Dundee, he always comes across as a decent human being.

He seemed to place his trust in what I could most generously describe, a lot of maverick type players and the gamble has clearly failed.

February 16, 2022 8:25 pm

Billy McNeill Commemoration Committee (@StatueforCesar) Tweeted: LATEST NEWS: Following on from a meeting on Sunday we can proudly announce that we have a date for the unveiling of the statue. Put this date in your diaries Sunday 7th August (time to be confirmed)🗽🍀👍
The committee will now work on planning the actual day of the unveiling. https://t.co/hVObdRdn51 https://twitter.com/StatueforCesar/status/1494020625375150086?s=20&t=BRL-MnAQ35eC1V9ct5XCrQ

Sol Kitts
February 16, 2022 8:42 pm

Big Packy, Jimthetim53 et al
Hope everyone’s keeping safe tonight. It’s a wee bit gusty here in Maldon, but nothing compared to what it’s like up north. Looks like us southern softies are in line for storm Eunice on Friday. Had a phone call from Windy Miller in Trumpton wanting to know if Big Packy needs any corn ground. That’s a true story.🌬🌬