13th April – If you know your history

100 years ago …. 1922 and on this day ( Thursday ) Celts are homing in on the league title and prepare for Saturday’s short trip to Coatbridge …

1922-04-15: Albion Rovers 0-2 Celtic, League Division 1

On 15 April 1922 when Morton were beating Rangers in the “roughest ever Scottish Cup final”, Celtic consolidated their position with a 2-0 win over Albion Rovers at Coatbridge, and then on the Holiday Monday, Patsy Gallacher scored twice and Joe Cassidy once to beat Partick Thistle. This mean that Celtic with one game to play were five points ahead of Rangers who still had three to play. Rangers duly won their two games in hand, which meant that it all came down to the last day of the season, 29 April. Celtic were at Morton, and Rangers were at Clyde, and Celtic were a point ahead.


A strong defensive performance lead Celtic to the win after an early barrage from the home side. On the same day, Greenock Morton beat Rangers to lift the Scottish Cup. Celtic are now five points clear, with two games in hand.


Albion Rovers –

Kerr, Perman, McColgan, Greens, ?, McSkimming, Walls, Bonnie, John White, James White, Kirk.

Celtic –

Shaw, McNair, Dodds, Gilchrist, McStay, McMaster, McAtee, Gallagher, Cassidy, McFarlane, McLean.

Goals: Gallacher, Macfarlane

Referee: H Mackie(?) (Glasgow)

Attendance: 10,000

Match report from The Scotsman, April 17th 1922

[…] At Coatbridge a crowd of about 10,000 gathered for the Albion Rovers v. Celtic game. A high cross wind affected the play considerably. The Rovers had it behind them in the first half, in the course of which Shaw’s goal was frequently under fire, and twice luckily escaped from Bennie, whose first shot struck the foot of the post when Shaw was out of position.Gallagher scored a fine goal for the Celts before half-time; and in the second portion Macfarlane added a second. A feature of the game was the sterling defence of the Celtic against the keen, striving Rovers, who, though not so clever, were ever on the lookout for a score, and none more so than John White, who was the best man on the Rovers’ side. Latterly the craft of the Celtic attack was very apparent, but their shooting weak, Cassidy, Macfarlane, and McLean on different occasions got past the Rovers’ backs, and failed to score. McNair, Gilchrist, Dodds, and Shaw were almost invincible.

In other news … on the same day Morton win their only Scottish Cup beating old Rangers 1-0 at Hampden

50 years ago ….. 1972 on this day ( Sunday) Celts are in another Scottish Cup Final

1972-04-12: Celtic 3-1 Kilmarnock, Scottish Cup Semi-Final

The injury situation was critical. Davie Hay and Jim Brogan had no chance of playing. Harry Hood and Jimmy Quinn as well as Macari played for the Reserves on the Monday night to check out their fitness. All three came through but Stein decided to go with the back line that had done well in the previous game against Killie but brought Macari in up front to replace Vic Davidson.

Johnstone in the mood as Celtic go through.He fully showed Jock Stein that he was back to full ability following his time out with illness.

Celtic have now won through to seven out of the last eight Scottish Cup Finals under Jock Stein’s reign.

Ally Hunter is outstanding in the Killie goal.

Celtic play in change strip of all yellow.

An excellent game with Jinky in top form. Both teams played well but Celtic had the class and all-round ability to win easily in the end and only the excellence of Hunter kept the score to 3-1. Dixie got the opener just before half time when he picked up a Macari shot that had cannoned off a Killie defender and shot home. Cook eqiualised for Killie after the break but Deans got another soon after. The final coup-de-grace was applied by Macari just before the final whistle.


Celtic: Williams, Craig, McCluskey, Murdoch, McNeill, Connolly, Johnstone, Macari, Deans, Callaghan, Lennox. sub: Dalglish

Goals: Deans 2 (41, 59), Macari (86)

Kilmarnock :

Ally Hunter, Dickson, Cairns, Maxwell, Rodman, McGrory, McSherry, Gilmour, Mathie, Morrison, Cook.

Goal: Cook (47)

Referee: J W Paterson (Bothwell).

Attendance: 48,398

Bobby Lennox & Ally Hunter

General stuff:

1519 Catherine de Medici Italian born Queen consort to Henry II of France and later regent to her sons, born in Florence- Mary Queen of Scots’ Mother in Law (d. 1589)

1570 Guy Fawkes, English Catholic conspirator who was convicted in the “Gunpowder Plot” to blow up the British Parliament, born in York, England (d. 1606)

1743 Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States (1801-09), born in Albemarle County, Virginia (d. 1826)

1892 Robert Watson-Watt, Scottish physicist and developer of the radar and radio direction finding in WWII, born in Brechin, Scotland (d. 1973)

1906 Samuel Beckett, Irish novelist and playwright (Waiting for Godot, Nobel 1969), born in Foxrock, Ireland (d. 1989)

1939 Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright (Nobel Prize in Literature 1995), born in Castledawson, County Derry, Ireland (d. 2013)

1946 Al Green, American Soul Singer

(“Let’s Stay Together”; “Love And Happiness”), born in Forest City, Arkansas

1951 Max Weinberg, American rock drummer (E Street Band; Conan O’Brien Show), born in Newark, New Jersey

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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Big Packy – just catching up & well done to Wee Joan

Belmont Brian – seeing a wee risk to us if Villarreal win the CL this term buddy

Jobo Baldie

Good morning, friends and thanks again SES for the informative article.
On a footballing level I’d rather that next season Celtic had another go at the Europa Lezgue. Qualifying for the Champions League brings certain riches. But our own club will survive without those. Not sure the same can be said for Old Firm FC who were really relying on that pot of gold.
Admittedly, participating in the CL also helps in attracting new players to join. But unless we get a really favourable draw then, despite our incredible improvement under Ange I’d still fear a few drubbings in the group stages.

Prestonpans bhoys

Another fine informative article👏👍

Agree 100% on what you say there.

big packy

MORNING ALL and JIM, saltires once again brilliant, was at that semi-final in 72, wee joan says thanks, she is really chuffed she won👍


Saltires en sevilla
Another fine read on a wet miserable Wednesday morning 👏👏

On my unpaid trawling of the Internet (McCaff 😀)
I found this

Stephen Coyle (@StephenCoyle19) Tweeted: Margaret Skinnider. Born on 28th May 1892 in Coatbridge with roots in Monaghan, Margaret was a suffragette, sniper, school teacher and trade unionist. She is best remembered for her heroic role in the 1916 Rising. This fine portrait by illustrator, David Rooney, is a lithograph. https://t.co/BfxAK6ylRU https://twitter.com/StephenCoyle19/status/1513644910603345921?s=20&t=jvgAPuMR3BhcnMhkbgnjaA


Morning all,


Excellent article 👏👏👏

Just looking at 1972 ticket ??
£1 for the Stand. Wonder what that would equate to now !!!
Or were the SFA robbing b—stards back then ????

Finally RIP Guy Fawkes !!!! ) Cid ye no hav dun a beta jobe 😜😜😜

Enjoy your day everyone HH 🍀🍀🍀

St tams

SeS, thanks for another great article.
Always thought Ally Hunter was a very good goalkeeper.


St Tams – Ally Hunter was a very good grocer as well. He bought a shop next to my mum’s house in Old Kilpatrick after he retired.
I’ve got a feeling Fraser Forster or Joe Hart won’t need to buy a wee shop to keep them going when they finish playing.

St tams




I always thought that Ally Hunter was our best keeper since Ronnie until Arthur arrived. We’ve done well since then,apart from last season. He lost a bit of confidence though twice when playing for Scotland. Nice when he let the ball go through his legs to gift the Czechs an opener in the vital 73 qualifier,and again when he wrapped those legs-and more!-around the Wembley posts.

We played St Mirren in a midweek League Cup match around then. Denis Conaghan kept the score to 0-0,Jock signed him and played him on the Saturday. Jock could be ruthless like that,but Ally was never the same again.

Still,my Auntie’s neighbour took Ally’s place at Killie. Also well,etc.



Wee hug and huge congratulations to Wee Joan!



Terrific stuff again. Will respond more when I get back up for work. Basterts are killing me by making it difficult to get to Norwich. Last night,their idea of a diversion was a meandering B-road through a succession of villages.

Got a plan though. They don’t know what order I intend to do my route in for the next ten days.

The Gombeen Man

Belmont Brian,

You’re support of the Yellow Submarine reminded me of Garry, a legend on this site. Come to think of it he’d pals in the Bayern Munich camp too.

I didn’t know about the Margret Skinnider Centre in Coatbridge.

Keep your music and chat coming.


It’s odd sometimes how the egoless state of Forrest Gump is viewed as dumb by so many of us.

Life without prejudice, bigotry and greed…What an awful way to live!!

To me, Forrest represented selfless love. That’s why he attracted such wealth, success and fortune.

It meant nothing to him because what he had was more precious.

He wasn’t a mug and raised his hands on a couple of occasions. He seemed to know what the schoolmaster was up to as well.

Forrest was that proverbial finger pointing to the moon…

(You don’t look at the finger (the person/or dogma). Look to where it’s pointing.)

Life completely without attachments, resentments, causes etc might be an unachievable utopia – But a moment’s peace, like the enjoyment of a football result or a bit of music is worth it’s weight in gold.

A fairytale sure, but as we all know there’s usually an underlying message in that genre.


Good to see you back yesterday. You’re football wisdom is valued more than you know. I usually have a peek to find out what you’re thinking during games.

It’s not an area I’m comfortable contributing to, so leave it to folk like yourself.

The Gombeen Man


A fine article once again.

I don’t have much time but the mention of Mary Queen of Scots reminded me of Crossmyloof and the old story of how Mary was handed a Cross before the Battle of Langside.

I wonder if the insignia is still there outside The Corona Bar?

My recent outings in Queens Park, which was named after Mary were to stumble round the mountainous Parkrun.

I think Queens Park FC toyed with the name The Celts or the Highlanders at their foundation?

I might have time later to bore you with something later…

Beckett? Heaney? Mary? Even Joyce and Carl Jung are possibilities.

Good to see the lads helping out with Margaret Skinnider.


big packy

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, bobby wee joan says thanks very much👍

Big Packy
On the catch up, well done to wee Joan. 😎😎


Another stunning article. I mentioned to you at the mini-hoot, that every leader that you post, always stirs something in me, viz-a-viz Celtic. This time I was prompted to jump on Celtic wiki for a wee fact check. It is indeed a sobering thought, that between 1922 and 1965, the Celts won a grand total of five league titles. Feckin’ 5!. Our generation of Celts is truly blessed indeed.

Good old Guido Fawkes…to give him his Sunday name. The only man in history, to have entered the Westminster Parliament with honourable intentions. 😀


FFS. Not exactly the typical CV of your average school teacher.

As for next season’s Champions League? Right now my only focus is on winning the league…with a wee time out on Sunday between 1400 and 1600 hours.

Speaking of the league, I see that if the Huns get through to the EL semis, then our game against thems at CP, would fall slap bang in the middle of those 2 games. Could this scenario hold a certain advantage for us? On the other hand, no thank you. I hope Braga win through tomorrow evening. After ET and penalties of course. The end of their European dream, may have them going into Sunday’s game with some degree of trepidation, while also depriving them of some much needed Dosh.

Mon the Braga.



That 1972 cup semi versus Killie brings back some memories! As you go through life you develop your own vocabulary based upon your experiences. Hopefully somebody understands what you are saying!

That Killie team from the semi included a forward, Ross Mathie. He could score but more often he just failed to do so. He must have heard more cries of deflation from a crowd than any other player in the Killie team. He was the almost man…throwing himself at a header and just failing to connect; sliding in at the back post and just failing to touch the ball, etc. He replicated his performance at Dumbarton. Amongst me and my pals it became known as a “Mathie”, when you just failed to connect with a chance.

There was another memorable player in the Killie team….Jackie McGrory, a CB that played all of his career at Kilmarnock. McGrory was key to Killie winning the league in 1964-65, as the title was decided on goal difference. Incidentally, the Killie team each received a bonus of 169 pounds for winning the league! Compare that to wages paid today.

Jackie had few Scotland caps but he was up against McNeil, McKinnon, and Yeats of Liverpool. Sadly, he passed away in 2004, aged just 62.



A couple of cracking articles on The Celtic Star site, both today and yesterday, focussing on Willie Wallace and the Dukla Prague game at Parkhead. On photo really stood out for me. It shows-from the Rangers End-the celebrations of the players after Jinky scored the first goal. The photo is in colour. I wonder if this is unique? All other photos of the Dukla Prague game that I have seen, have been in black and white…as was the film footage of the game.

Big Packy

I’m guessing that you would enjoy the above mentioned articles.

Hail Hail.


Haven’t read the 2 articles yet but had a quick glance at the photo, and it looks like it has been colour inhanced from black n white, and not an original colour photo ( I could be wrong of course) 😀


Long thread about CL qualification etc

Moravcik67 (@Moravcik67_) Tweeted: 1. Lot of talk kicking about this week about who has contributed the most coefficient points, and what needs to happen for the Scottish champion to get an automatic group place in next season’s CL.

So here is another long, boring tweetfest about both.

As usual, expect gibberish https://twitter.com/Moravcik67_/status/1514242679613407240?s=20&t=4o202lc9gmRklEfGBmudmQ

No gibberish in it


If you don’t laugh out loud at this you are not human 🤣🤣
Tam sellic son (@TamsellicsonIII) Tweeted: https://t.co/qKMPgSCaXI https://twitter.com/TamsellicsonIII/status/1514262414635806727?s=20&t=8BQpUsOCVPxf4A8iUuDMtw


Team for Sunday. Thoughts? Joe, Josip, Carl, CCV, Greg, Captain, Reo, Big Tam/Matt Liel, Jota, 24/7 Meada.

bada bing1

A pal just back from Q&A with Ange,said he was brilliant,

Nicolson was there ,said we have to give them tickets for CP,in SPFL rules,i would disagree…


Certainly a team that would do a job for us on Sunday. The fact that our front 3 can all interchange positions during the game, is yet another bonus. I would expect to see Kyogo come on at some point in the 2nd half. GMak? If there is any doubt whatsoever about his fitness on Sunday, I don’t believe that Ange will risk him. I would fully expect to see GMak starting v Ross County though. Wherever ye are, enjoy your wee swally. 😀

Hail Hail.


That was a belter of a video. 😀

Hail Hail.

big packy

SOL cheers pal👍 MAGUA you bet i will👍😎

big packy

BOBBY Can you get this post @6-20 deleted please


James Forrest, in an quite stunning piece today, takes aim at Keith Jackson, and let’s him have it with both barrels. The point of contention? A pro-Hun, ungrammatical and childish article, that appeared in the DR the other day. The piece would not have looked out of place on Follow Follow. The lowest type of guttersnipe, Ibrox-fawning pish that is the norm, rather than the exception, in the ranks of the SMSM these days. How standards have fallen in recent decades. Particularly the last decade, it must be said. Since, y’know, the liquidation of a certain Ibrox club.

Hail Hail.

Just logged on and having a quick read back,


Excellent article again. You are of course correct re Villarreal, I had my eye off the ball.

The Gombeen Man

Thank for your comments, greatly appreciated




Just read the James Forrest piece, how clowns like Jackson are still employed I don’t know.


T H E – S H A M R O C K ☘️ (@TheShamrock1888) Tweeted: In August 1916, Patsy Gallacher posed this question in the midst of the war against the Germans: were Rangers fans such poor exponents of fair play that they would cheer on the Huns against a Celtic team? 😮 https://t.co/aGXzvGcdbu https://twitter.com/TheShamrock1888/status/1497703822315208711?s=20&t=tiezAwVl-mU24y3r_NTuzw


My team for Sunday

Carter Vickers
Giakoumakis if fit, if not then Kyogo

Basically the same team that destroyed St Johnstone
Bring O’Riley on with 30mins left to terrorise them some more


O’Reilly for Rogic for me.

Can’t argue with the rest.


I have had a soft spot for Villareal ever since reading the book:

Celtic Submari. The name of the author escapes me.

I’m glad for the fine people of Villarreal that they have reached the semi-final of the European Cup, but hell’s bells, the Celts come first. While I will never wish ill-will on these fine folk, neither can I wish them well…on this occasion only. So let’s’s get this league won. Only then can we address the matter of the so-called Champions League. Cheers for the Dave Allen clip last night…brought back many fine memories of watching the man as a kid…in front of the 3 bar electric fire. We were posh feckers, doncha know. At that time though, many of the jokes went right over my head. 😀


Good shout. I would also start with big Tom, as he usually does the biz for us in these games….then bring on Matty Bhoy at half time.

Hail Hail.

A thing of beauty

Enjoyed the article as usual, especially the excerpt of poetry from Seamus Heaney. Always an education as I say.
I am so tired tonight. I really must stop stressing about the league and just accept that no matter how few hours sleep I get it will have no effect whatsoever on the destination of the title. I slept more when we were six behind than I do now we are six in front. It’s no healthy!!
Ross Mathie went on to be highly involved with the sfa on a coaching level and his son Graham is now involved in the game. He started off coaching at celtic youngsters I think and has progressed to DOF level. He was at Hibs and there was talk of him
Going to Celtic earlier in the season but I’m not sure where he is now.

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TGM thanks whatever you fancy on any subject – always a welcome diversion.

Admit to not knowing anything about Corona Bar & that Mary connection etc…much preferred The Georgia when I lived Sooside. Great wee bar for watching games.

Very aware of her history and all those parks, streets and bars with associated names. Remember as kids when the dandelions, daisies ( or buttercups) came out, some wee kids would come ’round and sing …. ” Mary Queen of Scots got her head, chopped … ( then flick the flower head off the stem with a flourish ) … OFF!!! ” it took me a wee while to realise they were trying to wind us up … we never knew, or cared, why … must have pissed them off. Hehehe…

Magua – aye, we see a bit of a strange curve on our performances/ results over the years. Someone born at the start of WW11 1939 would have ‘seen’ only one more league title than someone born in 1965/6

I reckon I’ve seen 31 titles wins in less than 60 years .

Then again, the Sevvies fans haven’t ever actually ‘seen’ their club win any major, or anything of consequence … ever!

Rebus… interesting on Killie … they spoke highly of those teams but I was too young. Always remember the men cooing about the ” lovely pitch ” down there … is it true it was larger than most and seldom games off due to weather?? Or am I havering … agin?!

Craig 76


ATOB. 8.41.
I think Graham Mathie went to Ayr United, as managing director.

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Cheers – his Sunday poems ( I call them..) wonderful – there is one called ‘Mint’ … reminds me of visiting my Gran on Sundays … but she never had any mint in her garden… strange but comforting



Rogic loves playing at Hampden and I think Ange will start with him, but who ever gets the nod will run rings round them.


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Craig76 -8.45pm you are a starman!! Brilliant


I feel suitably chastised re ‘The Yellow Submarine’ 🙂

Last night I gave you Dave Allen, tonight, IMHO, I give you the very best., If he’s good enough for Billy Connolly ( my hero) he’s good enough for me.

The Tall Drawl, Mr Chic Murray




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I hadn’t seen your post mentioning Killie just before I posted that clip, spooky or what 👻👻👻

31000 in the ground and no segregation by look of it


I know it makes no sense at all, but we Celts seem to be a superstitious lot. I used to have the same match day routine for years. These days I have to content myself with BBC Radio Scotland for home games and the pub for away games. At the start of the season I thought I was on to a winner with the hesgoal stream. Not so, as it turned out. Every time I watched the ‘Tic on that stream, we either got beat…or drew. Ever since I stopped watching on this medium, the good ould Celts have not been beaten domestically. Silly, I know, but…


No need to feel chastised Brian bhoy. You’re intentions were honourable. Chic Murray. Brilliant. One of a kind. 😀

Hail Hail.

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BB63 👏🏻

Craig – aye that is a bit spooky btw 😅

Craig 76

Brilliant footage of the Killie vs The ‘tic, thank you.



I’ve ordered 2 of the ‘Toff’ tops from last week, Martin wants for both of us to wear them at the evening reception of his wedding to the lovely ‘K’


A thing of beauty

Interesting move for him. I thought he was destined for bigger things I must say.
Goodness me. I really need to get more cultured. Who knew there was such depth to verse other than making sure it rhymed.
Yes, I am so superstitious. I am trying to get better but it’s not really working. I could not begin to tell
You some of the stuff I do before games.