Selecta, the Juke-Box Of Golden Sporting Memories.
Memories are the certainties of the past that cannot be changed.
Like a 60’s Jukebox, you put in your coin, a lever arm swings out and catches your chosen memory disc and places it on the turnstile, the memory plays its song.
The future is undefined, will it be excitement or does disappointment sit on the side-lines waiting to pounce? No-one knows, it is an unknown.
He stretches to put out his bedside light, as he does so, he catches a glimpse of the large print hanging on the bedroom wall, it is Henrik, The King Of Kings. The jukebox’s lever arm swings out and catches his memory disc placing it on the turnstile taking him back to August 2000.
The previous year Henrik’s lower leg swung loose from the top part, his Tibia and Fibula both broken, we feared the worst, would he ever recover? His aspirations dashed along with the aspirations of the big spending Barnes and Dalgleish. That was then, this is now….
Celtic 6-2 Rangers, Sunday 27th August 2000. Who would ever forget that game? As Henrik’s poise, balance and courage came to the fore, his limitless talent exposed the cracks in the opposition defence rendering it defunct. Parkheid exploded when the sweet stroke of a Moravcik corner swung in from the LHS and Sutton swept the ball into the net. And there’s more….
Gould sent a long ball Sutton bound, he knocked it to Henrik 40 yards from goal, he touched the ball through Konterman’s narrowed legs, not a nutcracker, just a cracker, leaving him like a floundering fish, somehow, Henke angled his body and chipped the ball over a bewildered looking Stephan Klos.
Genius – Long Live The King.
NB: In the Selecta memory, there is only three Celtic players who struck the ball on its sweet-spot. Lubo – DiCanio – and of course the irreplaceable Mr. Big Shot – Tommy Gemmell.
The arm of the memory disc swung, that memory was put back into the rack as sleep escaped right out the window. Wide awake, he glanced to the bottom of the bed and his eyes picked out in the darkness an ancient chest of drawers positioned, standing-up, on the top was his selection of picture frames. The biggest picture was of his beloved, as a young dark-haired beauty, in all her wedding finery, the hair might have changed colour from black to white, but the beauty of her inner core remains exactly the same, he chuckled as he was reminded that it was just days after their 51st. wedding anniversary. A picture frame of two well over 6ft. sons, standing tall like two Sitka Spruce trees reminding him of their hard work ethic, honesty and energy. Sons to be proud off.
Two mischievous grandsons, smiling happily for the camera, the cheeky chappies.
A tall lovely granddaughter with bright sparkling intelligent eyes, pointing towards a future of unlimited possibilities.
In the top drawer of the chest sits a match day ticket, a small reminder of his journey to Turin. Memories of the Celtic support singing and dancing in the town centre, of one supporter swimming around the fountain, on the pavement mimicking “The Man From Atlantis” or Govanhill? or was he ‘Billy The Fish’? The Italian police marching us all up to the old stadium ‘The Stadio Delle Alpi’.
The police stopped all the traffic as the Celtic procession marched on, belting out all the Celtic songs in joyful anticipation. What an experience, what a very happy memory.
Juve went 2-0 up after the brilliant Trezeguet scored twice, Stan The Man Petrov hammered home a free kick, Henke equalized from the penalty spot as the plastic bottles rained down from the angry home support, (clearly some of the bottles contained diluted Irn Bru). Only for Amoruso who came on as a substitute for Del Piero to win a penalty on the 87th minute. It was only when we returned home that we found out that Amoruso had dived to win the penalty.
The arm of the Selecta Juke Box swung angrily back into the storage rack, but revenge was sweet when we returned to Celtic park and we won the home tie 4-3. A memory to savour.
Right up there with some of the best Celtic European performances we had ever witnessed.
Two drawers down in the chest lies his prized Celtic hooped Sevilla top and green woollen hooped scarf, all neatly washed and pressed, evoking another memory of a cup final. A day of mixed emotions, both joy and heartache under the blazing Spanish sun. The three of us joined by our Glasgow chums as we supped beer after beer in the cafes and listened to the D.R. sound bus belting out songs cheered on by the Celtic support. We sat in the stadium with wet towel protection cheering on the team, another “We Wiz Robbed” a game of theatrics from Mourinho’s Porto, a team though who would prove their footballing prowess in next years C.L. Whatever the end result, it whetted our appetite for even more Celtic European competition. An image emblazoned on my mind of one Celtic supporter lying on a mini roundabout completely blootered as we travelled back to the airport. He looked kind of Leggy and was wearing a Saltire.
Above the chest of drawers hangs his most prized of his Celtic memories his ‘Golden Discs’, Henrik apart, it is the last thing that he sees before he turns off his bedside light and the very first memory that he sees in the morning, his “Lisbon Lion” Celtic memorabilia. Collected over the years, his “Sounds Of The Sixties” – Golden Records. A selected group of trinkets and treasured memories including ….
Big Jocks Autograph Display, he had always wanted his authentic autograph.
An authentic Lisboa programme signed by nearly all of the Lisbon Lions years later at the 25th Anniversary dinner, what a night. (Well 25 years to be exact).
A selection of programmes that reminded him of their journey towards Lisbon.
Black and white pictures of the victorious manager and players parading around Parkhead on the back of a coal lorry, what a joyous day of celebration that was. A large crowd of Celtic supporters cheering them around, as the old stands stood witness to a once in a lifetime achievement. Happy Days? An understatement if ever there was one.
Various signed pictures of our Lion hearted players far too many to mention.
Somehow a Celtic plastic duck swam around among those wonderful memories, its significance lost over time. Quack.
Of course there is more, much more, but they must remain private, sometimes its just better to hold somethings back, to let the reader fill in their own memories.
Before anyone asks, no, he wasn’t at Lisbon, to understand that, one must look back at the times and remember how money was in such short supply, his ‘Tattie Howkin’ story a small reminder of it, any spare monies must go to the family, family must always come first.
Perhaps it was because it was not possible for him to go to Lisbon, that it makes his Celtic Lisbon Lions memories and memorabilia all the more significant to him.
Content, sleep overtakes those many Celtic memories and allows him to dream, as he dons his Celtic top and greets his favourite players, after all that is what dreams are all about zzzzzz.
Memories are the past, we look forward to creating more new memories.
Yours forever in Celtic,
That was lovely. You’re so right about the memory jukebox. Just another thing we love about supporting the celtic. Sometimes you just find yourself drifting off to places and times in the past and if you’re feeling a bit down or fed up just a thought can lift you. On the other hand if we’ve been on the receiving end of a defeat it can effect you in ways it shouldn’t. Family first should always be the mantra but sometimes my family have had to suffer a celtic defeat when they don’t even like football. I’m trying to get better at that but we’ll see what the end of the season brings.
A grand wander down memory Lane or, in the case of Celtic’s rich unbroken history, more a Superhighway.
On a personal note I would add Naka to your sweet spot hitters. A trip to Manchester, blagging a couple of tickets amongst the miserable Mancs.
And telling those around where Naka was going to place it passed Van der Sar, a world class keeper. Joy unconfined.
Of course he did it again in the return leg.
A couple of group games but if home and away knockout we’d have beaten them on away goals, as it was then.
Those type of memories will be even fewer due to the short sighted Ness of the present board, their only interest is ensuring that some form of the ” Old firm” still exists and will go to any lengths to make sure that the status quo remains.
They know how much we all love our team and the emotional ties we have and will take advantage at ALL times to ensure that the scum from South of the river gains an unfair advantage to keep itself in existence, shame on them. But also shame on us as fans for not doing enough about it. Sporting integrity? Don’t make me laugh.This board are taking all of us for clowns and we are letting them.
That was a fantastic article and a real trip down memory Lane. Well done 👏👏👏
I was in Seville but wearing a Trixie and not a Saltire so not me 😂😂😂
Wonderful,a tour de force,an explanation as if any were needed as to why any and all of us love Celtic.
This board manage a very specific brand that supplies a unique product to its customer base.
Unlike the marketplace for other goods and services there is no alternative choice to this product.
To walk away from this brand is akin to denying one’s heritage.
Not an easy thing for hundreds of thousands of us to do.
Those advocating this sometimes describe the “faithful supporter “ as deluded, thick or worse.
If others wish to actively participate why get so vexed?
You won’t change their behaviours and just make yourself more miserable.
I suspect those critics enjoy their heritage as much as the rest of us and are mightily angry at themselves for being so.
They lash out indiscriminately to salve their own conscience.
Why else would they come on to forums to berate everyone else?
Some great posts in reply, well said! The Selecta memories are my way of coping with the negativity that can come from any disappointment related to Celtic, be it boardroom or results, I remind myself of what the club stands for and its caring and our empathy driven support. ATOB – Ange is giving us back our Hope, we are passionate about our club, it feels like it isone of our family.
CFC – Superhighway – Super-phrase, Naka – absolutely.
Chris – Bring out your own Selecta Memories.
Leggy – Perhaps there was two of you, you in your Trixie (lovely) and someone else wearing the Saltire.
Govanhill – Bawhahaha.
Cheers – Bobby, like your family its them and you who keep the club straight, you and Mahe are the Sentinels of the club, we all rely on you keeping it safe.
Seville – I even met my Mothers undertaker. 80,000 aprox. Celtic supporters won the FIFA – UEFA Fair Play Award. The club defines Europe, its where we should be, its not a target, its a necessity. All the best.
Bawheid – absolutely fabulous
Every occasion evoking personal memories and emotions for all of us … Most here will be old enough to have some memory of these events.
Agree completely that Europe is where we must to make more ground … inroads
Keep them coming … the essence of Celtic.
Running to Paradise (1916)
As I came over Windy Gap
They threw a halfpenny into my cap,
For I am running to Paradise;
And all that I need do is to wish
And somebody puts his hand in the dish
To throw me a bit of salted fish:
And there the king is but as the beggar.
My brother Mourteen is worn out
With skelping his big brawling lout,
And I am running to Paradise;
A poor life do what he can,
And though he keep a dog and a gun,
A serving maid and a serving man:
And there the king is but as the beggar.
Poor men have grown to be rich men,
And rich men grown to be poor again,
And I am running to Paradise;
And many a darling wit’s grown dull
That tossed a bare heel when at school,
Now it has filled an old sock full:
And there the king is but as the beggar.
The wind is old and still at play
While I must hurry upon my way,
For I am running to Paradise;
Yet never have I lit on a friend
To take my fancy like the wind
That nobody can buy or bind:
And there the king is but as the beggar.
WB Yeats CSC
Bawheid…a magic read with my coffee this morning, superb stuff! Our Club is a magic place and has provided us with a history of expected and unexpected success, despair, dismay and sadness over our lifetimes. Add in to the mix our own wee personal involvement at whatever stage of history we happen to be in and that period provides a back story to your life. That’s where most of us are with Celtic, our lives forever carry on as normal but Celtic provides so many reference points. It truly is a wonderful Club and every one of us on here is an integral part of it, despite the recent history which has caused disparity and conflict.
Hail Hail Bawheid!
Good morning, friends. Thank you for that outstanding article, Bawheid.
700 tickets for Ibrox apparently in a drawer at Celtic Park awaiting a decision as their future – return or sell?
700 is a reduction of 100 on the previous vastly reduced allocation. If they are put up for sale they will sell, no question. But should they be returned with a firm reminder to TRFC that they don’t call the shots now? Definitely! The last time our supporters were allowed in Ibrox they were instructed to be at a meeting place close to Ibrox 1 and a half to 2 hours before the game as Police Scotland couldn’t otherwise guarantee their safety. This is a shocking indictment of the scum who support that club but also of Police Scotland. If there is any doubt about safety of spectators the decision should already have been made.
The 6-2 game was a Saturday I’m sure….
Sorry for the pedantic post………Henrik’s goal is still the best ive seen at CP,maybe a dead heat with Murdo’s in the 4-2 game…
Bada aye a difficult choice … still going with Murdo 4-2 game,because it sealed the league for the 10 Bhoys
Big Packy will go for a Big Billy header in 1967 … end of a Charlie Gallagher corner.
CCB will swear anything by Cheeky Charlie is best ….🌞
Best team goal.
Liam Miller v Lyon, from Henrik cross. 25 passes and 95 seconds possession
I had a lump in my throat and a tear in my end reading that.
Yes an absolute belter – opened them up The Celtic Way
Only problem was Alex Ferguson was watching that too…🌝
Best team goal
v St Johnstone when all 10 team players involved and a Mikel, Rabona thrown in for good measure.
Hope that’s right as the old memory’s not what it used to be !!!
Good shout. We are blessed to have so many.
S e s
Left too soon. Head turned.
Pretty sure it was a Sunday. But even I’m not tight enough to keep calendars that long!
I got an e-mail about you this morning! Can you mail me please on
Larsson scores stunning lob in thrashing of rivals Rangers / SPFL
Murdo MacLeod – The 4 – 2 Game / PLZ Soccer – The Football Show
All Liam Miller Celtic Goals / If You Know The History
Moussa Dembele goal vs St Johnstone – 25 pass build up play (Sky Sports) / RH
CELTIC 4 RANGERS 2 1979 / noel90
I was there that night,my Dad was at a union conference. First and only one he has regretted. I was in The Celtic End as The Jungle was rammed. Great view of our goals. And I’ve always said that my favourite goal was scored by Colin Jackson!
Thanks for all the videos.
I was also there (Celtic End) when 10 men won the league.
Regarding Colin Jackson, my mate worked for him and he was not a bad lad, or so I’m told.
Certainly a good guy that night 😜😜😜
Bobby. email sent
CELTIC outcast Boli Bolingoli has been left in football limbo after his loan deal to Russian club FC Ufa collapsed because he failed to get a work visa due to the war in Ukraine.
I enjoyed the read Bawheid. Brought back great memories.
Most of my friends and all my family are Celtic die hards. I enjoy going to games and watching entertaining football, but as Tommy Burns said, Celtic means so much more to us than being a successful football team; it’s a cause, and it’s the fans who have made it so. The club itself is now just another plc, run by corporate stiffs who care far more about Wall St than Kerrydale St, and very rarely, if ever, share the same perspective as the fans. The skill of the team on the park and the sheer, undiluted warmth shown by the fans towards them are what makes my Celtic Park experience.
My favourite goal is Jinky’s left foot 20 harder at Ibrox in 1967. I was in the enclosure below the main stand, and I had a perfect view of the wee man’s shot as it bulleted into the top corner. The 2-2 draw won us the league that day. It was a few days short of my 10th birthday and I remember it so clearly.
The best crowd atmosphere though was at Celtic Park on those magic European nights when 70,000 plus crowds roared the team on to victories against Europe’s elite. MON and Lenny’s teams reignited the thunder. Let’s hope Ange builds a side which can bring back some of that euphoria. Gotta say that the atmosphere at the Feb 2nd Glasgow derby was the best I’ve felt for several years.
‘still going with Murdo 4-2 game,because it sealed the league for the 10 Bhoys’
Absolutely I had a great view of it as it flew into the net ⚽⚽⚽⚽:⚽⚽
Celtic 4 – 3 Juventus, Lubo talks to Celtic TV about one of his best remembered games. ^ Loved that game.
Thank’s Craig 76 for the videos, Selecta is working overtime as we all think back to those wonderfully uplifting Celtic memories.
SES: I’m working tomorrow at my local hospital helping my son install medical records steel shelving and also meeting some wonderful uplifting NHS people, so an early rise. I Hope that you are writing your special Celtic history articles, I’m looking forward to reading it later – on tomorrow.
Thank’s again everyone.
Bawheid, a wonderful article full of fine sentiment beautifully expressed. Chapeau and many thanks for selecting ourselves to publish it.
Compared to others and yesteryear I’m not much of a fan at all these days, for well known reasons, but anyone should appreciate reading of those happy times and memories.
AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, saltires you know me so well ,been proud to have been at this game and make no mistake vojvodina were a very good team ,but unfortunately for them we were better👍 enjoy this seven minutes, https://youtu.be/IK8e7nR1OUs
A quite stunning leader. Thank you. Isn’t it funny how quickly we can become aware of a certain poster’s style?… especially those who post the leaders. Mahe, BMCUW, Saltires and billy bhoy all bring something different to the party. Glad to see that you have joined that exclusive club Bawheid…fair play to you.
Sorry pal. The 6-2 game was definitely played on a Sunday. The owner of the pub that we drank in wouldn’t let us in for a wee unofficial lock-in till 10a.m. If the game had been on a Saturday, we would all have been on the razz from 9a.m. All strictly on the QT of course. From memory the 6-2 game kicked off at 1p.m. The celebrations the following day were legendary. Fortunately I had already booked the Monday off work…many in our wee group had to resort to throwing a sickie. 😀
Ger57 your goal might be in this clip
Jimmy Johnstone, Jinky [Goals & Skills] / Barbosa Fútbol Videos
Bawheid, a great read. keep them coming!
Amoruso dived for a penalty? Who’d have believed it! 🙂
oops Bawheid not Bawhead. corrected! 🙂
I posted this ten minutes ago but its got lost in translation🤩 just scroll by if not interested, wee joans GP who is also a heart specialist adviised her to go to the gym once or twice a week and go on the treadmill to build her heart muscle up, now as it happens wee joans nephew mark has a treadmill that he does not use, so we are buying it, but i feel sorry for wee joan carrying that treadmill up the stairs to the spare bedroom on her own ,FFS she is 64, hey dont ask me ive got a bad back🤩 ive asked solkitts if he could come up to cheshire and help but his prices are too high,🤩 another true story,
ive posted about my wife wee joan 3 times now thought some some of you might be interested, been blocked every time
I’ll look into it.
Don’t take it personally,I had posts last week get lost/blocked it happens from time to time, try rewording it a bit
No idea why that was in the spam folder,hopefully ok now.
CRAIG 76, BOBBY, no big deal forget about it 🤩👍
Packy, your post is up now.
I think you could be doing with going on the treadmill too! 🙂
JIM you are so cheeky👍😎
JIM, all jokes aside wee joan is hanging on in there, anything that can help her im all for it ,luv ya to bits buddy,sorry if that offends the CQN posters,,H.H..