6th April – If you know your history

130 years ago…1892 and on this day (Wednesday) our Bhoys are preparing for The Scottish Cup Final (replay) at Ibrox against Queen’s Park this forthcoming Saturday 9th April.

The original game attracted a huge crowd of c40,000 (ground capacity had been calculated at 36,000), the biggest ever at a Scottish game ( and probably Great Britain to date) with receipts of £1400*.

Celts won that game 1-0 with a Campbell goal on the hour mark. However, due to numerous incursions by fans onto the field of play and subsequent interruptions, both clubs elected to have another huge pay day … sorry, in the interests of fairness ….to permit Queen’s Park to have another go at winning their Tenth (10th) Scottish Cup.

*”So far as can be ascertained the drawings amounted to £1900 in round numbers, £1400 at the gates and £500 at the stands. the gate money is divided equally among the clubs and the Association, and the rangers take the stand-money.”

The prices for replay will now be doubled to two shillings to reduce crowd numbers.

The reply had been delayed for almost a month due to fixture congestion and we will provide a full account of the match on the actual date of the game which happens to be this forthcoming Saturday 9th April.

Sentinels- as this is one of the most important events in our history, propose we make a wee individual plan to acknowledge the significance of the forthcoming replay.

Ironically, our modern day team will host St Johnstone, who are the current Scottish Cup holders, at Paradise, 130 years to the day that we won the Scottish Cup for the first time.

Both clubs have been notified of the significance of the event ( no acknowledgment, so far) but hopefully both clubs will honour the occasion appropriately.

The ‘replay’ team on 9th April had one significant change: Madden (injured) was replaced by Peter Dowds ( his name is Douds) at Centre Forward, with veteran Pat Gallacher ( sic) stepping into the Half-Back line slot vacated by Douds.

This isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but for a bit of fun it would be great to know that at least one Sentinel has raised a glass in the hometown of each of the players who played in the Final (replay).

You have a few days to get it organised lads, raise a wee glass in your local pubs to commemorate these Bould Bould Bhoys!

Joseph Cullen (Gorbals, Glasgow)

Jerry Reynolds (Maryhill, Glasgow)

Dan Doyle: (Paisley, Renfrewshire)

Willie Maley: (Newry, Ireland)

James Kelly (Renton, West Dunbartonshire)

Patrick Gallacher (Johnstone, Renfrewshire)

Neil McCallum ( Bonhill, West Dunbartonshire)

Alec Brady (Cathcart, Glasgow)

Peter Douds (Johnstone, Renfrewshire)

Sandy McMahon ( Selkirk, Borders)

Johnny Campbell (Govan* Glasgow )

On Monday (4th April) Celts prepared for the forthcoming Cup Final with a ‘friendly’ fixture against Notts Forest. It’s interesting to note that Celts had several guest players turn out for this fixture which attracted 6,000 on a Monday evening.

1892-04-04: Celtic 4-1 Notts Forest, (Celtic Park)

The Celtic met Nottingham Forest on Celtic Park before 6,000 spectators.

Celtic were assisted by the brothers McCall, of Renton; Ellis, Mossend Swifts; and Taylor, Heart of Mid-Lothian. Doyle and Brady were ineligible.

Toone, of Notts County, played goal for the visitors.

The Celtic were assisted by the brothers McCall, of Renton; Ellis, Mossend Swifts; and Taylor, Heart of Mid-Lothian. Doyle and Brady were ineligible. Toone, of Notts County, played goal for the visitors.

The Forest started against the wind, and the game at once assumed a fast aspect. Rapid runs into both territories characterised the opening passages, but the Celts were hauling up on the goal most. The play was of the liveliest description.

In fifteen minutes the Celtic scored, but a previous foul annulled. the Forest were cheered for their fine passing runs. Mason and McCall put in some good combination on the Celts right. In twenty-seven minutes McCall rushed in and scored smartly. In a minute the home side almost repeated. They were now doing most of the pressing, and the forward play was pretty.

Gallagher proved a good substitute for Maley, and repeatedly brought the Forest left up. Play ruled equal for a little, then the Forest came away again. Toone had to save twice in succession.

Half-time – Celtic, 1 goal; Forest, nil.

On resumption of hostilities the Celtic came near scoring, Toone saving smartly low down. Open play followed, then Cullen got a hard shot to save, and saved smartly.

In ten minutes the home forwards swarmed round Toone, who got down, and out of the scrimmage a second goal came. the Forest had a look in; then the home forwards again took up the game. Forest lost Scott near to the finish.

Result- Celtic, four goals; Forest, 1 goal.


Celtic:- Cullen, Reynolds, McCall (of Renton), Gallacher, Kelly, Dowds, Taylor (of Hearts), Jas McCall (of Renton), Ellis (of Mossend Swifts), McMahon, Campbell.

Goals:- McCall 27, McMahon 55, McMahon 82, Unknown.

Notts Forest:-
Toone(Notts County), Ritchie, Scott, Hamilton, Russell, Thomson, Mason, Smith, McPherson, Pike, Oscraft.

Goal:- not known

England cap:: Notts County ‘keeper George Toone

“….perhaps one of the staunchest ( oh aye!) goalkeepers in English Football at that time, George Toone.

Born in 1868, Toone started off his junior career with Nottingham Jardines FC, and then Notts Rangers FC, ( hmmmm) before signing his first professional contract with Notts County in 1889. He would go on to make over 250 appearances for the club during a ten year spell, including their 1891 F.A. Cup run (of which he missed the final due to a leg injury), their 1896/97 promotion, and of course that fateful F.A. Cup victory in 1894.

Whilst a formidable goalkeeper, and one who represented England on two occasions, Toone played during a time when many didn’t devote all their time to the sport, but also followed a chosen occupation alongside football. In his case, Toone supplemented his income working as a twisthand in the famous Nottingham lace industry, one that must have certainly helped developed his wrists to anticipate powerful shots during his time between the sticks.”

Source: https://www.mctears.co.uk/news/george-toone-of-notts-county—a-goalkeepers-story/

1892 Donald Willis Douglas, American aircraft industrialist (McDonnell Douglas) and aviation pioneer (Douglas DC-3), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1981)

McDonnell Douglas DC10

In other news….

1320 The Scots reaffirm their independence by signing the Declaration of Arbroath

1843 William Wordsworth is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Victoria

1886 City of Vancouver BC incorporated

1906 World’s 1st animated cartoon is released, “Humorous Phases of Funny Faces” by J. Stuart Blackton

1925 1st film shown on an airplane (British Air)

1975 1st quadrophonic movie track: “Ladies & Gentlemen The Rolling Stones”

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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Saltires, excellent article again 👏👏👏

I for one, will hope to join you and others in Johnstone tomorrow, to raise a glass for the 130th Anniversary of Scottish Cup win 🥃🥃🥃

Hope to see and meet new friends there. HH 🍀🍀

That’s assuming I can get BRRB’s mobility scooter and zimmer onto the train !!!!!!!! 😜😜😜

Saltires en Sevilla

Leggy – cheers, absolutely buddy



Haw ya dumpling, I’m driving the train. Big Railroad Casey Jones. 😂


Superb as always Saltires 👏👏

Here’s 1 for you
Hail Hail History (@hailhailhistory) Tweeted: Images of the star players who shaped Celtic’s early years.

These men were a crucial part of Celtic’s first Scottish Cup win and/or League title.

Willie Maley was the first manager and James Kelly the first captain.

From the ‘100 years of the SFA’ book.

#CelticFC #Celtic https://t.co/nKW4sbecpB https://twitter.com/hailhailhistory/status/1511594941365035009?s=20&t=8KcODxtbWiUzyVKOy9ShGQ

St tams

SeS, excellent article, as always.
I will be raising a glass of red to celebrate the 130th anniversary of our first Scottish Cup win before the game on Saturday.
I’ll be in my usual spot in the Kerrydale bar .


Fan dabbie dozy Saltires, another walk down the path of Celtic’s proud unbroken history.
I still cannot fit into my shirt for my chest is still bursting with pride.
Karma visited Govan at the weekend and after all their talk about two titles in a row,
that ship sunk and the players and management team played a total blinder.
Losing the jackpot of the C.L. qualifiers will hurt them big time and we will be able to add the players that Ange needs.
Come on all you bould Bhoys, this you must hear,
Its the story about Casey Jones, the brave engineer,
For Casey he is, King of the Wild Frontier.


Get set for Thursday,folks. TWISTY Aintree competition time!


Jobo Baldie

Good morning, friends and Happy New Tax Year. Although now retired, old habits die hard.

Cosy Corner Bhoy

St Tam’s 8.46: How long before kick-off do you actually get to the Kerrydale to actually get in the place. PaddysMaw, ATOB and myself turned up last game 2 hours before and it was full already. At £4.80 a pint of lager they must make enough to pay the wages of two players!!
Don’t know what we’re doing this Saturday…. it’s getting a long way down to the park from the Crown Creighton nowadays😩.



Always an education,these articles. But what a snider to declare the original void-and then double admission prices for the rematch. All this,of course,while we were still being run for charitable purposes?



Tsk,tsk. We’ve got past gun-toting security to get in to better places in our time. You need to up yer game!

Saltires en Sevilla

Craig & St Tams that’s the spirit … keeping memories alive?

Bobby – the opportunity to fleece folk … plus ca change

Bawheid – aye fitting into those shirts is a test … but they don’t shrink … 😉

CCB – sent you a wee txt back buddy

Saltires en Sevilla

Magua – magic!

Saltires en Sevilla

Leggy – cheers you are up early today buddy – 😂😂


Cosy Corner Bhoy I’m at Liverpool airport waiting for my flight to Tenerife.
Can you remind me of the name of your favourite bar in Las Americas and I will pay it a wee visit.
Hail Hail

St tams

I’m normally there about 1pm.
But I don’t go in the Kerrydale bar entrance. I go in the executive entrance, up the lift , off at level 2 them come in from the other end
I went to the Crown for years . But my physical condition dictates that I couldn’t walk to ground from there. I normally get a taxi down to ground and my son has car park pass and he runs me home.


Cosy Corner Bhoy – £4.80 a pint of lager

What a bargain. I’ve just paid £5.99 for a pint in the airport.

The Gombeen Man


Another fine read, thanks for your efforts.

Willie Maley’s name is connected with the town of his birth, Newry. Maley was born in the town’s British Army Barracks. His father was a sergeant in the Army.

The fundraising efforts of Celtic’s supporters in Newry have just about reached their target and the long awaited statue looks set to be erected.

Given Maley’s politics and military background this would have been a controversial development in the recent past. Maley supported the Royal Family and like many of his contemporaries supported the British Army.

‘From the club’s inauguration in 1888, British Army bands regularly played at Parkhead before games, and many early Celtic players and staff were involved in the army. The club had such a strong relationship with the Gordon Highlanders that Celtic trained the battalion’s football team and allowed Army cup games to be played at Parkhead. During the war the British Army even had a recruitment office at the ground.

Many on the Celtic board were firm supporters of the Irish Parliamentary Party, and the club played their part in the promotion of the war effort. Appeals were made at half-time during matches for recruits; the club sent footballs to army recruits in training and soldiers at the front; and matches for War Relief Funds, initially for Belgian refugees, were played at Hampden Park in 1915, 1916 and 1917, when Celtic, as league champions, played against a select team representing the rest of the league before large crowds.’ *

These were different times of course ,when the British Empire held a vice like grip on much of it’s spoils. Pope Pius IX had excommunicated the Fenians in 1870. John O’Mahony had to leave the Fenians prior to his death to avail of a resting place in Glasnevin.

Fr Sean McManus, President of the Washington based Irish National Caucas later greeted the news that the Church proposed the Vatican’s plan to beatify Pius IX…

“Pope Pius IX, instead of condemning the oppressor, England, condemned the Irish Americans who were trying to liberate their homeland. And now we are expected to honour that pope, even pray to him as a saint. No way in hell.”

The Church and the Catholic elite had very much to fear from the prospect of the ordinary man and woman thinking for themselves. Republicanism meant uncertainty and a challenge to the inegalitarian – status quo.

Integration into British society meant stability and an opportunity to educate children. Safety and possibly even a measure of prosperity.

Easter 1916 and England’s execution of it’s leaders changed all of that. England’s unfettered domination of Ireland was challenged by folk who were not only dedicated, but educated.

It’s ironic that the discipline, education and stability that the Church and the Union provided also proved to be their undoing. They provided the tools which were used by the Irish to question the concepts that held them prisoner.

It’s another irony that much of the ongoing pain in the Southside of Glasgow is directly the result of the refusal to question much of the nonsense they’ve been conditioned by.

It’s a positive that Willie Maley is remembered for his genius at Celtic and not his honestly held beliefs.

At the time of Celtic’s inception the prospect of an Irish Republic was viewed by the vast majority as an impossibility.

The beauty of Celtic happens when folk’s political views don’t get in the way of the 90 minutes on the pitch.

The beauty is lost when our attention moves into the dead-ends of politics, finance and the tyranny of the Ego.

Even in the context of Blogs we don’t dialogue about politics. We don’t listen. It’s just one way traffic. A pointless exercise.

As far as I’m aware John Mitchel’s statue still stands in Newry. There’s a reminder of the dangers of putting folk on pedestals.

* Thanks to the Irish Independent.

Prestonpans bhoys

Didn’t realise you were a Newry man, I spent many wee family holidays in Mayobridge. Was a small village then, looking at recent photos it certainly grown!!



Enjoy your latest excursion,you trying to get your money’s worth from your passport? I’ll text CCB so that he will respond.

Btw,I’m off to visit my nephew in Euston and Camden the weekend after Easter. I can only dream of such cheap prices. Though I did take him into The Cock Tavern there about a year ago,where he was stunned at the Guinness only being £3.60. If there’s cheap beer to be found,you can guarantee I’ll sniff it out!


Thanks Bobby
Camden lager – which I like – is £6.99 a pint so I’m giving it a miss.
Enjoy Camden it’s a great place, always buzzing



Probably a lunchtime curry in Drummond Street,followed by a crawl to The World’s End. Not done that since before the first lockdown.

I’ve not tried Camden lager,so will look out for it. I hope it’s better than Young’s London Lager,which nearly poisoned me over thirty years ago!

bada bing1

Madhun for SC Semi final



They got that information out early enough. Should give him time to get a bet on.


Good afternoon all from Shawlands. Time to pick a plethora of winners for Aintree. Or maybe not. 🤔


Brilliant stuff yet again. There’s a certain song which has the line:

“”When you follow Celtic, you’re watching history being made.”

That is so true. The name of the song escapes me. Now that I come to think of it, it is more of a poem that a song…with a father reminiscing to his son, about the famous names and games that the father had seen in his lifetime.


A quote brilliant and informative post.

Prestonpans bhoys

I was a frequent visitor to Newry during the 90s, with the Newry Hibs club being a particular favourite spot for necking a few jars. I also got to know The Point and Rostrevor very well. Happy times indeed.

Hail Hail.

Big Audio Dynamite

Now being told what ref we are getting a full 10 days in advance of playing.

Again, why!?

Prestonpans bhoys

Haven’t been over for ages and looking at the age of them, it will more likely be funerals sadly.
I Do have found memories of running around Armagh and the Down.

Because I was a government employee I had a security pass on my car window. My cousin noticed it and said to me, ‘get that off your bloody car’. Good advice😱😵

Prestonpans bhoys

Good advice indeed. 😀 In my travels around Ireland, I have only stayed in County Armagh on one occasion. This was a stopover on the way to the Athenry Celtic festival in July 2000. Our small group caught the boat from Stranraer on the 12th of July. Because of the festivities that day, all the usual b and bs in Newry or the Point were full booked by Belfast nationalists. Before getting the train to Newry, we met up with a mate from Belfast, who suggested a wee pub crawl.As it was still early doors at this point, we had plenty of time to make one of the Newry bound trains later on. So it was, that after a wee swally, we ended up at my mates flat on the New Lodge Road for a bite to eat. The entertainment was quite unique. We had a perfect view of the ongoing riots in the Lower Shankill. This was during the latest Loyalist feud, so there was some damn fine blue on blue action. Catching a later train than planned, we eventually ended up in a b and b just outside the stunningly beautiful village of Forkhill in South Armagh. A great session was had with some locals in a pub called The Welcome Inn. This struck me as funny, as I used to be a regular in a pub with that very name on the London Road. The festival in Athenry was a blast. 😀

Hail Hail.


Many thanks for the good read as usual SES.
Enjoy your day of Woden everyone.
Hail Hail


Tried to find the song/poem you mentioned and came across this.


The Fenian Whaler

TGM, yet again an informative piece. Strange isn’t it that within a few years of the opening of Celtic park where the first nonreligious song ever to grace the hallowed ground was a ‘Reb’ tune in memory of the ‘Manchester martyrs’ – God save Ireland as well as the appointment of Michael Davitt as the clubs 1st patron (A Fenian who had the dubious honour of being convicted of treason against Britain having led an armed raid against a British army facility) that we have British army bands playing at Celtic park?
Perhaps someone could fill in the blanks as to why there appears to have been such a radical change in stance by the board – or need we ask?
Many of Irelands son’s have by circumstance found that their only choice other than penury and starvation was to take the King’s shilling. James Connolly and Tom Barry to name but two. Many as was Willie Malley were army brats – Tom Clarke for instance.
Now here is a question if an erection of a statue of Malley should not be questioned – his support of the empire and the British army with all that entailed especially when taken in the context of Ireland why should one question why John Mitchell’s statue is still standing in Newry? Personally, I find little difference between the open support of an Empire that enslaved 23 percent of the world’s population at its height or the open support of the American Southern secessionist states and their policy of slavery.

PS as for Education. We have always been an educated people. The Irish have a proud history of being self-taught prior to the Catholic emancipation act of 1829. At one stage, an estimated 300,000 out of a total of 500,000 Irish kids were taught in illegal ‘Hedge Schools’. Resistance takes on many forms.


Cheers Craig. What a poem. I’ll get back to ye when I eventually find the name of the song/poem I’m on about. I’m pretty sure it’s on my Celtic playlist on Spotify, which I’m listening to as we speak. 😀


Tom Barry was undoubtedly the finest IRA field commander during The Tan War. Believe it or not, he was viewed with outrightly hostility in West Cork when he tried to join the ‘Ra, because of his British Army background. Check out ‘Tom Barry’ by Meda Ryan. A quite stunning book.

Hail Hail.

Hail Hail.

Billy Bhoy


I’ve just sent you an email 🙂


There is an article on videocelts that is just begging to be shared. Titled:

“How Rogic and CCV killed Lana Wolf’s Bouncey Bouncey”

Lana Wolfe? Nah, me neither.

Hail Hail.

Prestonpans bhoys


Lana Wolf’s Bouncey….saw it earlier today, brilliant, particularly the end with our bhoys singing top of the league👍

The Gombeen Man

Thanks Prestonspans for your comment.

I’ve spent a good bit of time in Newry but haven’t experienced Mayobridge or Bridge of the Yew yet, but it looks a fine place. I remember reading about the Down GAA side and how they used to encounter bits of glass deposited on their training pitches by Loyalists.

I love the way Armagh and Down border at Newry.

Slieve Gullion provides a fabulous view of much of the coast to the East and patchwork fields of multiple shades of green to the west.

I once saw Celtic play in a preseason friendly in Newry too…

I’m sure your relatives would love to see you. I think the ferry is still operating from Down across Carlingford Lough to Greenore.

Carlingford is a great spot for a night(s) out.


Thanks…You should write a book about your travels.

Do you remember McCarthy’s Bar?

Maguas’ Bar?…A written account of your encounters during a sojourn here?


Thanks for your reply.

I’ve spent a good bit of time in Newry and often scrathed my head looking at John Mitchel’s statue.

He lost two sons fighting for the South in the American Civil War. They were talking about renaming an area in Newry named after him Black Lives Matter Plaza.

To top it of he’s from Derry. He only settled there when he came back after his exile. He was educated in Glasgow and TCD apparently…

Folk are full of surprises. I’m not 100% but I seem to recall John Devoy writing about Michael Davitt in his autobiography.

If I’m right even Michael was thought of as a bit moderate for some of the guys…

I think we’ve talked about the Hedge Schools before?

You are right to mention them.

It says a great deal for the commitment of Irish parents that they paid for their kids to attend Hedge Schools during (and after) penal times.

The authorities, saw them as hotbeds of sedition. The curriculum wasn’t to their liking. An emphasis on subjects like Greek and the Classics didn’t suit the perfunctory mindset.

The Three Rs were taught too.

For those that were fortune enough to attend that was no opportunity to further their education.

The professions were still predominantly the domain of the Protestant and Catholic elite.

After the ban on Catholics attending Trinity College Dublin, was lifted by the British State. The Church imposed its own ban.

Archbishop McQuaid confirmed attendance at Trinity was a ‘mortal sin.’ Catholic students opting to attend Trinity were threatened with a refusal of the Sacraments.

I think that ban was lifted in 1970. (See link).

By 1916 the Rebels had experience of education, either through the National School System, College, apprenticeships even service with the British Army.

They had widened their horizons, got out of the confines of rural Ireland.

I’ve pals who still have the emotional and physical scars of the Christian Brothers…It really was savage.

It seems that the introduction of the National School System was aimed at curriculum more acceptable to the State, delivered by a more perfunctory type of teacher. More suitable to the authorities and the Church.

Connolly feared what the wealthy elite Catholic and the Church would do to the objectives of the Proclamation.

It’s taken a further century of the suffering of the vulnerable to expose the dangers of religious fundamentalism and naked greed and cruelty of course.

Despite all of that the place has come a long way in a relatively short period.

Still much to do and plenty of corruption of course.

Considering what’s available here today, especially the absence of sectarianism, I’m probably the in the first generation to experience any measure of freedom here in about 800 years.

That freedom exists at all levels. I heard Tommy Tiernan say recently that his generation are the first to experience divorce.

It’s bizarre when you think of how people were manipulated by guilt.

(What Tommy is saying isn’t strictly true but he’s making a fair point.
I’ll explain another time.)


…Just a ramble before I’m called ashore

Till Later.


1 for you to recite tomorrow
Poems – Patsy Gallagher (poem from 1917)

Och ! Fond of a hat trick is our little Patrick
Sure ! He is the star of Parkhead
Plastic and pliable, Patsy ‘le diable’
Some people wish you were dead !

Turnable twistable, quite irresistable
Adjectives cling around your name
Football contortionist, laughter extortionist
Master of ledgerdemain !

Witty and sinuous, motion continuous
Tireless, he rests not at all
Half backs are shaking and goalkeepers quaking
When Gallagher’s on his way to the ball

From Glasgow Observer May 1917.

Saltires en Sevilla


Thanks very intersting stuff on Willie Maley and the statue plus the links between The Club and Gordon Highlanders … there is a story in the back of my mind about the Reformation and parts it did and didn’t reach . Parts of Gordon and Speyside all down the Great Glen to Moidart, Mallaig and several islands etc. I’ll,try to dig that out

… unless of course you know already 🌞

PS My dad’s side from Ballyholland and Kilcoo area

Saltires en Sevilla


Cheers buddy – copied that 👏🏻


I well remember the book McCarthy’s Bar. Read it years ago. Carlingford Lough must be one of the most beautiful spots in Ireland. Normally if I stayed in Warrenpoint , it would be the hotel in the square. One year, for some reason, I had to book into a b and b situated in the hills above The Point. What a view. To the south, stood Omeath and Dundalk. To the west, a panoramic view of Monaghan and the ‘Gap of the North’ in South Armagh. I don’t know about writing a book of my travels. Sure, I don’t drink enough to become a published author. 😀 It is interesting that you mention how Armagh and Down border at Newry. Technically, territory west of the Newry canal is located in South Armagh. So the Barcroft Estate and Carnaget areas of Newry are really in South Armagh. It would not be diplomatic to point this out to residents of either Newry or South Armagh. They take these things very seriously down there.


Cheers me lad.



A thing of beauty

Always and education. Much appreciated.
So we are now 3 days after the Glasgow derby and still
No apology from the Huns for our staff and players being hit by a bottle and then placed in danger by a thrown broken bottle. That club is rotten, utterly rotten. I spoke with a blue nose at the gym today, goes to all the home games. He said the majority of his bus were pished when they turned up, people around him were all drinking at the game and nobody was bothering their arse to address it. One lassie did remove a bottle of Buckie from some young guys but they then brought out their minatures. I asked him about the overcrowding but he was non commital but did say that a lot of comments on their blogs are saying the behaviour of a lot of their fans is putting others off from renewing. I didn’t want to rub it in and mention it may be about whether or not their champions because I am a nice wummin plus I never count my chickens, never.


They came over in their thousands
starving and deprived
Destitute and penniless,
these Irish were denied
They had no rights as humans
and treated worse than dogs
As Glasgow would not tolerate
these Irish from the bogs.

Disease was rife and food was scarce
each night a bloody scene
With running battles in the streets
’til one man intervened.
The thought of all this carnage
brought tears to this man’s eyes
And from these bloodied east end streets
Rose up Paradise.

His vision, build a football club
a new game to this land
His plan, to stop the battles,
unite these warring bands
And to feed the sick and needy,
the infirm, the disabled
By putting one square meal a day
upon a friendly table.

St Mary’s church awaited
Just off the Gallowgate
And our club was formally founded
in 1888.
This united Scots and Irish
and the crowds would come along
And the profits made from every game
fed the hungry and forlorn.

He appeased the mobs, through Gaelic,
by stating Celtic was its name
And the Marist Brother Walfrid
watched every single game.
Food upon the table,
one square meal a day
And that charity still exists
that’s The Glasgow Celtic way.


 Sunday, January 22, 2012

Cosy Corner Bhoy

Apologies to Frodsham Bhoy ( and BMCUWP who texted me about FB’s request) but no iPad or phone on me this am or pm as hard at it laying the ground with Mrs CCB regarding Johnstone ‘safari’, so, heid doon, bum up, plant, plant,weed, weed!😁. Let’s hope I’m fit after it all.
FB : It’s so long since I was in Las Americas I doubt the pubs even there now. Saw a wee video from a bloke recently about all the pubs there which might still be on You Tube. Sorry.
Another great article from SenS and a great tune to finish it on. I was always a Stones man.
Love the backdrop and nice to see new names posting. Welcome all!
They’re not half throwing in the big guns to ‘ The Cause ‘ from the Lanarkshire Referee Association! Dallas ffs! Last seen shortly after giving four, aye, four, to Der Hun and Bro. Madden next up. Bring them on, say I.
Good health to all SCs and hope wee Joan has got over the scare of being rushed to A&E by a worried BP! You did the right thing ….. better safe than blaming yourself for something.

Saltires en Sevilla

Craig – some great stuff out there buddy.

ATOB – cheers – doubt we will hear another word – they do whatever the hell they like and tbh what steward is realistically going to stand up to anyone with booze bottles.

it feels like we are drifting back to the bad old days of crash helmets and folk pishing where they stand or down yer leg …



Received,with grateful thanks,and reply sent.



Mailed you,mate.


Because the Lisbon hour was taken
Parkhead is changed forever.
By dawn, by day, by evening star
The deed that can not be undone
Spreads itself along the way.
The names are there, their names are read,
They who sailed on fortune´s tide,
They who made return in glory-
Gemmell and McNeill and Johnstone,
Craig and Murdoch, Wallace, Auld and Stein,
Fallon Sean and Fallon John and Simpson,
Lennox, Clark and Chalmers, all in line.
And who can compare with them
That leader and his home-made men?
Who can overcome their fame?
Great as deeds at Bannockburn,
Great as any Scotland sent,
Recall again their do and dare,
Recall the wave on wave defiant,
The surge of that relentless hour.
And time can never take the day,
And time can never take the dawn,
As one by one they fall away,
And one by one they rise again.