2nd March – If you know your history

130 years ago… 1892 on this day ( Monday) and we have finally managed to play another league tie and maintain a strong position, sitting 6 points behind leaders Dumbarton, with 4 ( four) games in hand.

The previous Saturday Hi Hi are visitors and Madden is still out (injured) from an otherwise full strength Celtic team. The Cathkin men were absolutely demolished … with doubles from striker McMahon and Campbell from the Left Wing.

1892-02-27: Celtic 5-1 Third Lanark, Celtic Park

Celtic:- Cullen, Doyle, Reynolds, Dowds, Kelly, Maley, McCallum, Brady, McMahon, Coleman, Campbell

Goals:- McMahon, Campbell, Coleman, McMahon, Campbell.

Third Lanark:-
Downie, Thomson, Smith, Murdoch, Blair, Russell, McVean, Roy, Johnstone, Woodburn, Burke

Goal:- ?

Ref:- Mr McLean (Dumbartonshire Association).

Att:- 3,500.

The first League fixture between these clubs was decided at Celtic Park, in presence of 3,000 spectators. Excepting Coleman for Madden in the home eleven, both clubs were at full strength.

At the commencement of the game, the visitors created a surprise by their bold and dashing onslaught right from the kick off. The ball went out to McVean, who centered to Johnstone. In turn Johnstone passed it on to Burke, who, racing down, shot right into goal, Cullen having to look alive in clearing.

The Celts replied with a splendid attack at the other end, in which the entire forwards were seen to advantage. Brady, McCallum, and McMahon were each successful in their endeavour to score, the ball on one occasion striking the cross-bar with considerable force, and rebounding into play.

Burke replied with a shot at Cullen a few minutes later, but the custodian was equal to the call. Twice in succession he saved smartly ere the Volunteers got the right shout.

The Third Lanark were playing quite as good a game as their opponents so far, but the Celts more frequently were found attacking. McMahon ought to have scored easily, but though he got the better of the backs, and eluded Downie, who ran out to save, he lifted the ball finally over the bar.

After half an hour’s play, the Celts scored, a screw from McCallum being converted into a goal by McMahon, though Campbell was mainly instrumental in bringing it about.

Cullen distinguished himself bu a very clever save. The visitors were rewarded with an equalising goal after a desperate scrimmage, during which Cullen was placed, hors de combat.

A brilliant piece of work followed from the Celtic, whose forwards raced up, and Campbell capped the attack by scoring a splendid goal.

At half-time the game stood – Celtic, 2 goals; Third Lanark, 1.

The Celtic were early prominent in the second half, and Coleman scored a third goal by slipping the ball past Downie low down at the corner. McMahon headed a fourth a little later.

The visitors now seemed to be mastered, though they continued to play an open game. Several good chances were lost by Celtic forwards shooting wide. The game naturally slowed a bit, thought the home men seemed not only determined to maintain their lead, but to increase it.

In this they were successful, as Campbell notched a fifth goal. the run of the game continued in favour of the home team.

Result – Celtic, 5 goals; Third Lanark, 1 goal.

90 years ago … 1932 and on this day (Tuesday) Celts are still licking their wounds from a weekend mauling by Dundee at Celtic Park…. the 12,000 home fans are less than happy with the referee … and nothing ever changes..

1932-02-27: Celtic 0-2 Dundee, League Division 1

Bill Marsh was in fine form for Dundee and when (ex-Fulham & Clapton Orient) outside-right Peter Gavilán, laid on a pass for Davie Balfour to score for the visitors in 59 minutes the writing was on the wall

Chic Geatons scored a “goal” only to have play pulled back by referee, Mungo Hutton, for a foul committed against Geatons in the lead up to his scoring shot. Balfour scored a second in 87 minutes.

The referee’s decisions infuriate the home crowd as Celtic again experimented with Joe McGhee and Peter Kavanagh as wingers, and lose for the fourth game in a row.

Heart of Midlothian lost to Motherwell at Tynecastle. This sufficed to keep Motherwell in a favourable position at the top. Defeat would have meant a serious set-back in their effort to secure the championship. Their rivals, Rangers, were easy winners in the end from the Queen’s Park. The Amateurs fought well up to the interval, when the score stood at one-one, but after that they were completely outplayed. English had four of the Rangers’ six goals. Once more the Celtic were amongst the defeated. They had Dundee at Parkhead, and suffered their ninth reverse of the season. All over, it was not a good day for the Glasgow clubs.

Something like 200,000 people attended the four English Cup ties, and paid over £15,000. A curiosity of these games was that but one team won at home. That was Newcastle United, and they beat Watford, the Third Division League club in decisive fashion. Manchester City were hard pressed by Bury, and after securing a lead of four goals found their opponents so full of pluck and energy that the margin was reduced by three. A great finish was seen at Bury. Both the London big clubs, the Arsenal and Chelsea, had victories, and there is the possibility of an all-London final. The Arsenal were a little lucky, but Chelsea were the better side. Both, however, did well to survive visits to Huddersfield Town and Liverpool. The Yorkshire club had not lost a Cup tie at home for nineteen years.

Ireland beat Scotland in their jubilee rugby international match at Murrayfield, Edinburgh, on Saturday, by 20 points (4 goals) to 8 points (1 goal 1 try.) The victory was well earned, and was the fourth successive Irish win at Murrayfield, where the Scots have lost every match played against Saturday’s visitors.

Kennaway, Cook, McGonagle, Wilson, McStay, Geatons, McGhee, A. Thomson, Napier, Smith, Kavanagh.

Marsh, Morgan, Gilmour, McNab, McCarthy, Symon, Gavigan, Robertson, Balfour, Campbell, Troup.
Balfour, (2).

Referee: M. C. Hutton (Glasgow).
Attendance: 12,000

The Scotsman – Monday, 29th February 1932, page 6


At Celtic Park, Glasgow, before an attendance of about 6,000, the Celtic suffered another defeat.

From the beginning they were well ahead of their opponent, but found in Marsh, the Dundee goalkeeper, an insurmountable obstacle.
For the greater part of the ninety minutes the game was simply a trial between the home attack and the visitors defence. Probably had the Celtic possessed a centre of more repose or experience they would have won.

Dundee scored in the second half by Balfour, who picked up a pass from Gavigan cleverly, and, after eluding the backs, beat Kennaway.
The Celtic followed by putting the ball through from a cross by Geatons, but the referee disallowed the point and awarded a foul for an infringement, on Geatons.

Then further dissatisfaction was afforded the home side when Balfour put the ball into the net from what appeared to be an offside position.
Dundee’s defence was the best part of the side, and to Marsh in particular the greatest credit is due.

Chic Geatons – signed from Lochgelly Celtic 1927

In other news

Hunger Marchers in London

20 years ago…. on this day (Saturday) Celts have Dons at Paradise on league duty.

2002-03-02: Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen, SPL

Celtic missed a number of their first-choice XI and never really got going.
But they still looked too good for Aberdeen who rarely threatened Rab Douglas’ goal.

Despite the absence of Chris Sutton, Henrik Larsson and John Hartson, Celtic could have been two goals ahead within the first few minutes. Slack defending by Aberdeen twice allowed Lubo Moravcik a shot on goal, but on both occasions the Slovak put the ball wide.
Stilian Petrov had the ball in the net after 17 minutes but he was ruled offside after a neat one-two with Moravcik.
Paul Lambert came close to breaking the deadlock with an exquisite chip that sailed just wide.
On the stroke of half-time Celtic took the lead from the penalty spot through Alan Thompson after Eugene Dadi needlessly held Stephen Crainey down.
Thompson could have doubled his and Celtic’s tally just after the restart when Agathe found him at the far post, but he side-footed over the bar.
Midway through the second half, Celtic substitute Jamie Smith came within inches of putting Celtic two ahead with a first-time volley that struck the outside of the post.
Celtic were completely dominant and Thompson had a free kick saved before Smith’s square ball just evaded Shaun Maloney in the middle.
With 12 minutes remaining, both sides were reduced to ten men after a seemingly innocuous incident between Hicham Zerouali and Alan Thompson. Thompson objected to Zerouali’s signal that Paul Lambert should be booked for a foul and the Moroccan pushed Thompson’s hand away. Referee John Underhill saw fit to dismiss both players before showing Lambert the yellow card. Zerouali and Thompson continued to exchange angry words as they trooped off.

Celtic:- Douglas, Boyd, Mjallby, Crainey, Agathe, Lambert (McNamara 82), Lennon, Petrov, Thompson, Moravcik ( Smith 58) Maloney

Subs not used:- Gould, Sylla, Guppy
Goal:- Thompson 45 pen.
Sent off:- Thompson (79).
Booked:- Lambert.

Kjaer, McNaughton, McGuire, Derek Whyte, McAllister, Anderson, Darren Young, Winters, Bisconti, Mackie, Dadi (Zerouali 58).
Subs not used:- Preece, Clark, Tiernan, O’Donoghue.
Sent Off:- Zerouali (79).
Booked:- Darren Young, Bisconti.

Att:- 59,564
Ref:- John Underhill.

In other news…

U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: US conventional forces first deployed as part of Operation Anaconda

General Stuff

1629 English King Charles 1 dissolves Parliament against opposition, imprisoning 9 members of parliament

1776 American troops begin shelling the British in Boston

1796 Napoleon Bonaparte is appointed Commander-in-Chief of the French Army in Italy

1888 The Convention of Constantinople signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace

1940 Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island, Finland

1940 Beaten by a nose in both the 1937 and 1938 Santa Anita Handicaps, Seabiscuit finally wins the Big ‘Cap in his final race; retires the leading money-winning horse in the world

1956 “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” single cover released by Elvis Presley

2014 President Vladimir Putin receives unanimous approval from Russia’s parliament to send troops to the Ukraine

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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Colour Blind Bhoy

Thanks S e S

Interesting video of Aberdeen game.
Injury weakened Celtic team, particularly in an attacking sense, struggle to overcome stubborn opponents who show little attacking threat.
Sounds and looks familiar.

Things haven’t changed much over the last 20 years.

One thing thst stands out for me is that Celtic team was full of leaders- Boyd, Mjallby, Lennon, Lambert and McNamara when he came on. All captains in their time. Ably supported by characters like Agathe, Petrov and Thompson.
That’s excluding Larsson, Sutton, Hartson, Balde who didn’t play.

We lack that steel just now. Perhaps recruitment of a quality left centre back, left back and midfield general will give us those types.



Wonder how much the incentive is?


Morning all and Happy Matchday 👍


Excellent again, thanks 👏👏👏

The article mentions the great horse Seabiscuit.

There’s a nice film about this horse which stars Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges. An enjoyable couple of hours watch

Anyway, COYBIG 🍀🍀🍀🍀

Celtic 2 Saints 0.


Colour Blind Bhoy

CFC, yes I’m sure it will be lucrative.

Embarrassing to see the Comm’s and PR guys for us and them dancing round their handbags trying to get the message out.


Good morning all from Govanhill. Going to Celtic Park tonight for the first time in nearly 10 years. Nervous already. 😳


Alec Thomson was one of my earliest Celtic hero’s. He started his career playing for Glencraig Celtic (Celtic Connections) before moving on – to Wellesley Juniors, there must have been a prolific Celtic scout in Fife because Alec was the first Wellesley player who came to Celtic in 1922. Six others came later including John Thomson. John Thomson was the reason why I became interested in Wellesley Juniors, I was convinced that they were both somehow related, it was only later that I learned that they were not related.
Alec joined Celtic and John came later in 1926. Alec was a long standing and consistent Celtic player, 451 appearances, an inside right who provided many assist’s to the legendary Jimmy McGrory. It’s worth remembering that behind many fantastic Celtic players are the players who help turn them into legends, Sutton – Henke. I often wondered but without any proof did Alec and John play in the same team? imagine my delight when I found a brilliant black and white picture with them both smiling for the camera with their team mates and with another Celtic legend, Willy Maley. There can be no doubt but that Alec and John were both close friends, playing for both Wellesley Juniors, coming from the same area and then playing for Celtic. Alec was playing for Celtic the day that John received his catastrophic injury, how devastated both he and his team mates must have been. I was very lucky later to obtain Alec Thomson’s Glasgow Cup medal, a Celtic cross with shamrock’s trailing around it. Alec Thomson – John Thomson linked forever in our memories as Celtic players and legends. John Thomson still inspires the Celtic support who remember vividly how he contributed to the cause and what he sacraficed in doing so meeting his untimely death in 1931. We mourn them all…..

Saltires en Sevilla

CFC -thanks buddy -Aye, a team of leaders and standing up for one another in happy days.

CBB are you hearing anything about folk planning to travel to that or will it be mainly from inside Oz and probably NZ?

Leggy – cheers buddy, enjoy reading about your trips out out with BRB maybe get you both out to Renfrewshire one day soon 😉

Bawheid – Aye good stuff buddy on the Thomson lads from Fife … as you know that team also had another Thomson – Wee “Bertie of the Celtic” ( as it is written on his gravestone in Johnstone) all wonderful players with skill flair and plenty of personality…



Your mention of Glencraig made me think of the impressive Tribute to Celtic player Peter Johnstone there.
I passed it quite by chance a couple of years ago and had to pull over and pay respects.

The Gombeen Man

Great article SES,

The catalogue continues to grow nicely.

Is there not a way of merging the Celtic and Sevco crests to make one Old Firm Crest?

Surely that type of innovation would appeal to beancounters, on the lookout for cost synergies

‘Cost synergy is the savings in operating costs expected after the merger of two companies. Cost synergies are cost reductions due to the increased efficiencies in the combined company.’

Maybe it could sport a £ Sign at its centre? With the epithet, ‘Pecunia Non Olet’ below’?

That’s ‘Money Doesn’t Stink’ for anyone who missed yesterday.

Better still, leave both Clubs out there to play in the Australian league? Scotland would be much better off…

Sydney’s no stranger to this type of thing.

From the cruelty meted out to the despairing men of the Castle Hill Rising of 1804 (two of the leaders were subjected to the barbaric practice of Gibbeting).

Later, Larry Foley’s prizefight against Sandy Ross in 1871…

It’s hard to fathom why folk continue to fall for this Old Firm nonsense.

An addiction, I guess. We keep repeating the same inane, destructive behaviours.


“The Australian colloquialism where your jovial mood is suggested to be “As Happy as Larry” finds its etymological roots in the early bare-knuckle pugilism of a Sydney prizefighter and undefeated middleweight boxing champion at the turn of the 19th century.

The Larry in the idiom is Laurence ‘Larry’ Foley (1849-1917), who was born in Bathurst and would gain recognition as the “Father of Australian Boxing”. He spent his formative years in Wollongong where he served as a Roman Catholic priest and had an expectation of joining the priesthood but instead moved to Sydney where he would later participate in a Roman Catholic street fighting gang that feuded with a rival Protestant group.

Larry Foley would become the unofficial bare-knuckle champion of Sydney by beating Sandy Ross the leader of the rival gang in a contest that lasted 71 rounds and went for over 2 hours and took place at Como in South Sydney.

The bout which leads to the birth of the phrase “As Happy as Larry” was against the Australian boxing champion Abe Hicken. The contest lasted 16 rounds with the first round of the match lasting for 23 minutes because in 1879 rounds lasted as long as it took for one man to achieve a knockdown.

Larry Foley claimed the victory and won £600 which made him a jubilant man and it was apparently reported in the newspapers that the crowd was said to be just as “Happy as Larry” leading to the creation of the phrase that is still used to this day.

Larry Foley retired from boxing at age 32 and became a publican running the White Horse hotel located on George St in Sydney. He opened a boxing academy in the back of the pub called the “Iron Pot” where he trained many boxers and which also held many boxing contests.

He died of heart disease in 1917 and is buried in Waverly Cemetery. In the above photo, we see a picture of Larry in his boxing stance and a picture of his White Horse hotel.”



Colour Blind Bhoy

SeS, not heard anything mate, just what I’m picking up online, will be interesting to see how both sets of fans react as bit Clubs soon their respective narratives.



You better no be a bloody jinx. !!!!!!!!

Enjoy and see you Friday 👍👍🍀🍀



Renfrewshire, no probs 👍 You arrange a time and place and I for one, would love to meet up 🍺🍺🍺
Sure BBRB would be the same. HH 🍀

The Gombeen Man


I hope you’re well M?

I’ve received a couple of emails from The Foundation. They’ve put my mind at rest.

They’re happy with Celtic’s contribution. I can’t see anything to be gained from any further enquiry.

If you need anything more drop me a mail or let me know here.

Till later, all.



The only way this insular Scottish duopoly will be split, neutered and become irrelevant is when one, or other or both move to a more competitive league structure.
In a new marketplace where they are making up the numbers in a competition that doesn’t need this symbiotic relationship to flourish.

When? Perhaps never.


BRB, Enjoy the game tonight! 🙂

The Gombeen Man


Yes, Scotland’s too small a marketplace to dilute the toxicity.

Maybe it’ll eventually become more transparent and naturally evolve onto a healthier footing?

If we just accept, It is what it is?
No logical benefit in denying the symbiotic relationship?
Greater European participation. Current events permitting?

Just random ramblings…
I don’t have much time atm.

I hope you’re well and we have some joy from a Corner later.


Saltires – Many thanks for the article and its referencing of past Celtic players, it’s rekindled the memory, making you remember those great past Celtic players. These day’s all the talk is of technicians rather than the talent, some of those players went down the pit before they went to training, there was no talk of dieting, just getting enough to eat was the main thing, bathing in tepid water in tin baths, the hard work made them fit enough. Much appreciated and for reminding me of the first wee Bertie.

CFC – Yes, the Peter Johnstone memorial is a brilliant tribute to a fine player, from Cowdenbeath to Arras. At one time I stayed not to far from Cowdenbeath, well done for stopping to pay your respects.The men who tend those great Celtic players memorials do a brilliant job, they hardly ever get a mention, they just do it for the the players, their love of the club and their local area. Bravo, to them all.



Had been at Lochore Meadows.
The Celtic bust caught my eye and I did a u turn.
Glad I did. It is a fantastic memorial.
And yes, huge thanks to all involved in keeping those memories alive.


It’s a difficult tightrope, balancing love of a heritage via our Club and the distaste/ disgust for the economic imperative those with control of the stewardship of our Club insist must prevail.


I think I put a 6d (a tanner) bet on Seabiscuit in 1938. I’m not 100% sure my memory is poor.

Big Audio Dynamite

SES – good stuff, as per 🍀

Jim, you must be due a telegram from auld Lizard …I mean Lizzie! Spending too much time in the wrong parts of the interweb 😂


Imagine a referee disallowing a goal for a foul on the SCORER! Could only be Celtic!

Saltires en Sevilla

Leggy – sound good buddy- I’ve got a wee idea – can you get my contact details from Bobby ?

Saltires en Sevilla

Thanks for the comments folks- love all the anecdotes from around the place about wher our Bhoys lived and worked. There is much more out there so please keep sharing.

TGM – more good stuff buddy – sadly, some dude might be toying on ‘artwork’ software as we speak…
We know it won’t be our very own ASWGL.. doubt he has any blue on his trusty pallete 🤣

Big Audio Dynamite

And it’s no, nay, never, can’t say OLD FIRM
No, can’t say it no more
Will we play them down under
No, never, no more

Stand alone club …
Just make sure you don’t say OLD FIRM.

St tams

Excellent article, as always .
Nothing changes with the referees.

Let’s hope the GB, let the charlatans on the board know what fans think about the game in Oz against the hun.



Will do 👍

Be in touch.

Big Audio Dynamite

Here’s an invite to play The glorious Glasgow Rangers in Australia.
That’ll be a good trick.😱
Speaking of tricks …even David Copperfield couldn’t make them reappear!


TGM, After reading your post I looked up the Castle Hill Rising. Depressing stuff. The military leaders wanted a couple of token executions but they were over ruled by Governor King who got 9 executed including 2 gibbeted and hundreds punished cruelly.
Thankfully you balanced the post out with the Happy story of Larry Foley!

The Gombeen Man


Hi Jim,

Yes, I remember talking to Macjay a few years ago about Castle Hill. As far as I remember he lived quite near there in Sydney?

They were dark days.

It’s always good to have a lighter story too.

Larry Foley must have been a character. He trained for the Priesthood too.

Sometimes the Blog is like a magazine with different bits to browse through.

Football, music, human interest, dugs, history, chat…whatever…

Enjoy your Ash Wednesday.

What to give up?

If I suggest SBs, it’d probably cause a riot.


Oops forgot it was Ash Wednesday.
“Remember man that thou art dust and into dust thou shalt return”.
(Does it also apply to women?)

A thing of beauty

Hope you never had a bacon sandwich for breakfast this morning😂😂


SES another school day for me. 👍

Wednesday’s have become a revelation since you started these articles, probably like most of us I always thought I knew a lot about Celtic’s history, (not enough that I’d win Mastermind on the subject), but, I thought compared to the ordinary supporter, I was schooled. I now freely admit how wrong I was.


I Confess,,,,,,,,,,,


packy where are you, ? let us know how you and Joan are doing !

The Real McCoy

Happy Heavenly Birthday 💚 Billy McNeill
Captain, Manager, Leader, Legend 🍀



Good video TRM …The 1965 Cup Final is that the last time we scored from a corner ? 🤣


STV News (@STVNews) Tweeted: The criminal case against former Rangers owner Craig Whyte has been dropped.
https://t.co/CLXNg44QWO https://twitter.com/STVNews/status/1498980193175748609?s=20&t=5dgdxgGTrQ0IUad60WPv4Q

**** Don’t think it’s connected to the Huns *****

Margaret McGill

Excerpts from the Craig Whyte credential investigation transcript with the SFA (and why it was dropped):

Windoze : Please enter your new password.

SFA employee : orange

Windoze : Sorry, the password must be more than 8 characters.

SFA employee : orange walk

Windoze : Sorry, the password must contain at least 1 numerical character.

SFA employee : 1690orange walks

Windoze : Sorry, the password must not have blank spaces.

SFA employee : 1690fckinorangewalks

Windoze : Sorry, the password must contain at least one upper case character.

SFA employee : 1690FKKINorangewalks

Windoze : Sorry, the password must not have consecutive capital letters.

SFA employee : 1690FCKINorangewalksYouFenianBastardGiveMeAccessNow!

Windoze : Sorry, the password cannot contain a special character.

SFA employee : IWillHuntYouDown1690FCKINorangewalksYouFenianBastardGiveMeAccessNow

Windoze : Sorry, this password is already in use.

Ah, forgot it was Ash Wednesday….




Mags 👏👏

Lothar Matthaus doesn’t hold back.

Dortmund has achieved a very special treble this season of embarrassing cup disasters in the Champions League, DFB Cup and now the Europa League.

“The latest was losing to a third rate team, Glasgow Rangers, in the Europa League. Unbelievable.”

Sydney Cup?

Is it really?




Brilliant last line 👋👋👋


bada bing1

The OF legal term is a total red herring, we don’t make money from a catchphrase, don’t use it,let the huns have it,any time it is used,it would become a hun term.


Mags, LOL 🙂

Angel Gabriel

Mags . 1.40pm

😂😂. Top notch. HH

The Real McCoy

I know it seems like it. Fortunately Big Billy had other ideas. Viz: Vojvodina and ‘69 Cup Final 🙏🏻


Calton Tongues, LOL 🙂


A lot of funny posts today! Positive thinking – I like it! St. Mirren better watch out 🙂 3-0.

bada bing1

Abramovich selling Chelsea


Hope Dermot Desmond buys them & gets to FK from us.

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