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!


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February 16, 2022 9:15 pm

Sol Kitts, No damage done around me so far. The wind sounds as if it’s eased off a bit. I just hope Packy & Joan are not away camping at the moment! 🙂

February 16, 2022 9:20 pm

Still a bit windy down my way but just checked and the trampoline is still in the front garden 😀

February 16, 2022 9:24 pm

Decided not to bother refuelling the van tonight,I’ll just put the sail up.

Sol Kitts
February 16, 2022 9:27 pm

I heard that the storm battered Ardrossan today. Early reports are that it did £400,000 worth of improvements. 😂😂😎

February 16, 2022 9:28 pm

Can I borrow the helicopter Big Packy says you have, scotrail not running any trains until 10 o’clock tomorrow morning 😀 🚁

Sol Kitts
February 16, 2022 9:36 pm

It’s gone a bit quiet on here. Time for some music….

February 16, 2022 9:36 pm

LOL Good to hear you guys are keeping your spirits up during this stormy weather! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Hope it will be OK for tomorrow night!

Billy Bhoy
February 16, 2022 10:17 pm


I think wee Mikey is trying too hard. He needs to keep things simple and ease himself into games.He’s trying too much every time he gets the ball.

That said, he had a great wee run between two defenders then fired a shot that went just over the bar. His next involvement was another good attack where he !aced a lovely ball through but the shot was fired wide. On a good day he’s got a goal and an assist early on.

The Gods just may not be with him at Paradise and it might be that he has to accept his future is at a Hibs or Aberdeen.

One thing that puzzled me on Sunday was that he was continually doubled up on yet when Jota replaced him that didn’t happen – as can be seen at our second goal where Jota was one on one and was able to square the ball for GG. Are defenders more afraid of wee Mikey???

February 16, 2022 10:49 pm

Evening all

The Legend, Lubo.

Nite all



February 16, 2022 11:15 pm

Billy Bhoy
They probably doubled up on Mikey as he is individually dangerous but not in a team sense.
Whereas Jota is a scorer and provider.
Double up on Jota and he has the ability to expose gap player left with either his skill and pace or excellent passing vision.

February 16, 2022 11:29 pm

I recall a player called Diaby that was fantastic when fit and playing. Thing was he was always on the treatment table and after four years of that waiting Arsene Wenger decided enough was enough and moved on.
Far as I know Mikey has had more than four years chance, he just can’t be relied upon at all, under a few managers now so I think that rules out Angeball not suiting him.
I don’t think football suits him!

I was thinking a loan to Maloney, he took the wiser option in young Henderson.
Its hard to see a chairman being convinced to part money for a well known sicknote with skill.

If he hasnt contributed by the campaigns conclusion I think it’s safe to say Ange will consider him a passenger and offload.
If possible, that is.
If not loan him out.

If we have the best science and medical department in the land, and we should having the biggest budget, if those guys can’t ‘fix’ him a club with lesser facilities stands less chance obviously. That’s not good for anyone, especially the bhoy.

I wish him luck, honestly do, but wish to see him playing and fulfill that potential talked about.
Entering his peak years, yet barely known, I hope there’s some happiness in his story.
Hope is all we have now.

Hail Hail

February 16, 2022 11:58 pm

All this concern and handwringing over whether or not a footballer, who at an early age has earned serious money, is going to succeed or not is a bit of mawkish twaddle don’t ya think.

If it doesn’t work out for the lad other opportunities beckon. He’s young enough to diversify. Not many youngsters have that financial safety net.

He has already lived the dream.

Life goes on. Not everyone has that chance.

February 17, 2022 1:43 am


Everyone who has seen MJ playing recognises his talent. The problem is that we know it isn’t being realised. We all want him to be a success,to be the star that he should be. But it is not working so far.

February 17, 2022 5:45 am


I hear what you say but my point is do we particularly care about the individual, per se or is it the individual’s contribution to our team that matters?

The “get him to f…” brigade clearly do not consider the person in the hoops , just the effect or impact he has on team performance.

Others want to see him succeed- for himself? Or the positive impact he has on the team as part of a collective?

The lad is living the dream, his talent has got him this far. If this is as far as it goes with Celtic he’s luckier than most.

That’s life.

Jobo Baldie
February 17, 2022 8:33 am

Good morning, friends and Happy European Matchday!

February 17, 2022 8:54 am