11th May – If you know your history

130 years ago … back to 1892 and perhaps Celts celebrated their fine Scottish Cup #1 win with a wee bit too much enthusiasm?

There is zero evidence of that and it’s more likely down to having played too many games with a small squad… and Dumbarton being a fantastic opponent!

Nevertheless The matter of the league Championship title remained to be settled.

We recall that until this point Celts had lost some considerable ground in the league to the reigning Champions ( joint) Dumbarton. However, the gap was due to the fact that Celts had been so pre-occupied with playing Glasgow Cup & Scottish Cup ties they almost ‘forgot’ to play their league games.

Having put those two Cups safely in the trophy room, they could now turn attention to the league.

Dumbarton had played 4 more league games at this point, but Celts could easily catch them and overtake them, with sufficient games ‘in hand’.

Remember, at this time The Bhoys have only lost one league game all season, and that was out at Tynecastle on the opening day.

The league was still very much in our hands.

The problem was going to be how to fit the games in … maybe extend the season… aye, right!?

Unfortunately, Two significant league defeats followed the Cup win on 9th April:

A steady 3-1 win at Cambuslang on Saturday 16th April, set us up for a good run-in but a 2-1 reverse at Leith Athletic on Monday 18th April in another Rearranged fixture knocked us slightly off kilter.

But Why play a postponed match 2 days after another league game?

There were clearly other dates available…

Then Saturday 23rd April a potential clincher at Dumbarton saw another defeat (1-0) at The Rock.

As Dumbarton won the league by 3 points over Celts, this game looks like the ‘decider’.

We still had games to play but they didn’t and now we couldn’t catch them.

Saturday 30th May, a 3-1 victory over Abercorn at Paradise was followed five (5) days later on Thursday 5th May with a visit to Renton where we completed a 4 goal thrashing.

Then two (2) days later on Saturday 7th May, we play the Old Rangers at Ibrox before a very small crowd of only 7,000.

Now the sharp-eyed amongst you, will note the Celtic team has a few new faces introduced ( Kyle, Cunningham & Flannigan) which indicates that neither team has much to play for, other than pride.

1892-05-07: Rangers 1-1 Celtic, League

Celtic Team:-
Cullen, Reynolds, Doyle, Gallacher, Maley, Kyle, Cunningham, Flannigan, McCallum, McMahon, Campbell

Scorers:- Campbell

Rangers Team:-
Haddow, Scott, Muir, Marshall, A. McCreadie, Mitchell, D. McPherson, Kerr, J. McPherson, H. McCreadie

Scorer:- H. McCreadie

Ref: not known

Glasgow Herald 9th May 1892

Celts will complete their remaining league fixtures with wins against: Leith Athletic (2-1) at Celtic Park on Saturday 14th April, and conclude with a 3-1 victory at the Old Cathkin Park on Tuesday 24th May.

The league table 1891/92

Dumbarton are now 2 in-a-row winners, and clearly a very consistent side, fully deserving of their title as Scottish League Champions.

Celts would have to wait another year to become Champions, but managed some measure of revenge over Dumbarton in the one trophy still up for grabs in 91/92 season, The Glasgow Charity Cup…. more to follow.

In other news…

18th Kentucky Derby: Lonnie Clayton aboard Azra wins in 2:41½

40 years ago…. 1982 on this day (Friday) an excited young Celtic team ( not Big Gas Meter..) prepare to take on an Old Rangers team at full strength (sic).

1982-05-13: Rangers 1-2 Celtic, Glasgow Cup Final (Ibrox)

Rangers fielded McCloy, Forsyth, Miller, McLean and Black and had Davie Cooper on the bench.

Celtic scored when Halpin had a fine run and shot which McCloy fumbled into the net.

Rangers equalised when Garner scored an own goal but with minutes left sub Paul McGugan diverted a Halpin cross in for the winner.

The young Celtic players celebrated with the cup in front of the Celtic fans in the Broomloan stand at the end.

Rangers: McCloy McIntyre Forsyth Davies McPherson Miller McLean (Cooper) Lyle Ferguson Watson Black Sub: Clark

Scorer: Garner OG 72

Celtic: Latchford McGoldrick McInally Coyle Garner Weir Buckley P McStay Sludden Dobbin (McGugan) Halpin Sub: Chalmers

Scorers: Halpin 28, McGugan 83

Referee: K Hope

Attendance: not available

Glasgow Herald 14th May 1982

1982 Glasgow Cup Winners ( names…?)

1949 Siam renames itself Thailand

General stuff:

330 Constantinople (Byzantium) becomes the capital of the Roman Empire

868 “The Diamond Sutra”, the world’s oldest surviving and dated printed book is printed in Chinese and made into a scroll

1812 British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London. Ironically, descendants of both later stand for the same seat in Parliament at the same time but neither win.

1949 Siam renames itself Thailand

1916 James Connolly spends his last night alive in a Dublin prison hospital. His Doctors advise he has only days to live due to fatal injuries. Tomorrow British soldiers will tie him to a chair and shoot him dead.

Dick Gaughan on James Connolly

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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Good morning, all.
Once again, thank you for taking the time, to put all the information together, for a cracking read.
Most enjoyable.
As for The Celtic Wiki folks, they do a fabulous job.
I wasted their time on Tuesday, though.
I was looking through Celtic’s results for season 65/66 and in the last game, it says East End Park, rather than Fir Park.
I let Joe Bloggs know, on Twitter, he gets back to me, with the appropriate links, saying where is it wrong JNP?
This old eejit had been in ordinary Wiki, rather than Celtic Wiki.
I’ve no idea how I managed that, doddery fool.


From last night.
As for Heardle, I do it, every day. I really enjoy it.
There is also an 80s Heardle, which has being going for a while and a 70s Heardle started three days ago.

Big Audio Dynamite

Shirley that’s Willie McStay and not Paul? And is that the same Garner from my nightmares?? Did he only ever score into our net!?


Good spot, yes, it’s Willie McStay in the picture.
Here’s Willie Garner Celtic Wiki Biog, for you.
Signed from Aberdeen for £60,000 in July 1981, 26-year-old Willie Garner was brought to Parkhead as defensive cover after Billy McNeill had surprisingly allowed the experienced Roddy MacDonald to join Hearts in a £50,000 deal.

The no-nonsense defender made his first team debut in a 3-1 League Cup defeat at home to St Mirren on 8th August 1981 and had the severe misfortune to score two own goals in the defeat, which ranks his debut as possibly one of the poorest in the club’s history.

First team outings thereafter were to be a rare occurrence for Willie Garner. The problem was that the he was unfortunate to always end up on the wrong side of results. In addition to his debut, he played in a 2-0 defeat to St Johnstone in the league cup on 12th Aug 1981, and then a 1-0 league defeat at Easter Road on 24th October 1981. With the emergence of young centre half David Moyes, his days at Celtic were numbered.

There were brighter moments. Willie Garner won an unusual medal in November 1981 when he was part of the young Celtic side who won the Daily Express 5 a side tournament at Wembley arena by beating some stiff opposition in Ipswich, Manchester United and Southampton.

Willie Garner eventually signed for Alloa Athletic in November 1982 after an earlier loan spell at the club.

The Denny-born centre-half made three Celtic first team appearances, all defeats and so it wasn’t to be.

However, he did play for Celtic in the Glasgow Cup in season 1981-82, helping the side to defeat Rangers 2-1 in the final, granted it was reserves and juniors, but he deserved some compensation after some of the travails he suffered for the first team.

One of the ironies of his Celtic record is that his only senior honour as a player was at Aberdeen where he won the league cup with the club, so his poor league cup record at Celtic was a contrast to the glories he experienced in that cup at Aberdeen.

How was he to describe his Celtic career himself? (via his twitter feed):

“I played for my boyhood idols that day, thought I had a long career at club. Two own goals decided that 🙂 [Lived the dream] Running down that tunnel, 60,000 in the ground, wearing the hoops.”

Regardless, he made a fair record in football, playing across a number of clubs, and returned to Aberdeen in 1984 to become assistant manager to Alex Ferguson for two years.

We wish him the best.


JNP – aye thanks buddy – Celticwiki do a cracking job and research is very detailed on their items – on the other hand I suspect Wiki let anyone edit their stuff.

BAD – yeah absolutely it’s Willie McStay in the picture – well spotted buddy. It was lifted directly from Celticwiki, so they do occasionally make a rare typo. There is also a date error above when the second last game against Leith Athletic is 14th May, 1892 ( not April) but that is 100% my bad.

big packy

MORNING ALL and JIM , saltires brilliant read ,and thanks for all the time and effort you put into it👍

Jobo Baldie

Good morning, friends and thanks for the article, SES.
So, we finally have the opportunity to officially become Champions Again later today. One to really savour and hopefully we do it in style.


JNP – thanks for sharing that on Willie Garner – never had a clue he was from Denny, and a Boyhood Celtic fan. At least he got the chance to run out in the Hoops … imagine that feeling… just once?

Did Willie McStay win a cup and league as manager of Sligo Rovers…at one time was sensing he might
get back to Celts as manager.

Packy & Jobo – thanks lads, appreciated.

Billy Bhoy

This is the day – this is the day
That we win the League – that we win the League.

We will rejoice – we will rejoice
And be glad in it – and be glad in it.

This is the day that we win the League
we will rejoice and be glad in it.



SES. 8.25
McStay was player/manager at Sligo Rovers from 1992 to 1994 and he led them to a historic treble in 1993–94, when they won the First Division, First Division Shield and the FAI Cup.In 1994, the Scot left Sligo just before the start of the new season after being approached by Celtic to become their youth team coach.


‘re Willie Garner.
I remember reading that a couple years back and it made me think different of Willie.
He lived the dream!
It may not have worked out, but he clearly still loves the club.


Billy Bhoy – ”tis a glorious Day to wrap up a league. Some cracking posts yesterday on pivotal moments this season. Wondering now which Bhoy will seal the Deal tonite?

Personally, I’d love it to be Callum … a thousand iconic fotos of him in The Mask to treasure!


JNP thanks – it’s coming back to me now on Willie McStay an … unfortunate…. period to be on the coaching staff eh?.

You took the words out my mouth on Willie Garner ..first reaction was if it would have made a difference if more folk were aware?



Throwing away the title,aye,we’ve done that a few times.

As for Willie Garner scoring an og,surely not? Only the one?


Bobby – got that email from you now. I’ll look for Bawheid resend in my filters thanks for doing this for folk – 👏🏻👏🏻


I won’t be able to watch much of the second half tonight,so tomorrow’s article will be slightly later than usual,after I’ve caught up.

Let’s get this done,Celtic!


No problem,mate. I’ve also sent your correct addy to him.

Noel Skytrot

Today’s the day when we exorcise the ghosts of last year and move forward. Champions 🏆

Today marks 41 years since the death of the legendary reggae icon Robert Nesta Marley. Rastaman live up.


Morning everyone,

This is the day for sure 🍀🍀🍀

Hope you all enjoy 💚💚💚


SeS thanks again for a fantastic article 👏👏👏

Noel Skytrot

Today also marks the 37th anniversary of the Valley Parade fire which resulted in 56 football supporters not returning from a football match.


Leggy cheers have a cracking day wish I could join you all and celebrate 🕺


Bobby & Bawheid – ok found mail and superb foto of that medal – love the Tree in centre still vivid colour green

Now replied with images ( in 2 batches) cc both




Morning all from a bright/grey sunny/cloudy moray

Saltires another great article 👏 👍

Here’s 1 to get us all in the mood for tonight

2008-05-22 Dundee Utd v Celtic Match / Squigster01


SeS, hopefully in 30 year’s time you will be writing an article on today 11/05/22 !!! 🙂

Big Audio Dynamite

SeS Would hate to think you imagined I was in any way having a go at you for minor mistakes – Definitely not my style. Thanks for today 👍

JNP – Was only half joking about big WG’s ability in finding our net, as it was me who brought him (and that very subject), up a few weeks back.
Cheers for the info about how he felt getting the chance to play for us …it certainly changed my perception of him.

Stopped to watch the team and Ange leave for Dundee half an hour ago. The manager took time for photos and a chat with everyone …he seemed totally relaxed 😉 Also found a SB, so will need to get on with finding the BHOY!

Here’s to us and the point we need to become champs HH 🍀🍀


Craig76- aye watching that full game right now cheers buddy

JTT53 – aye cheers buddy but I’ll be 90 then hoping some young blade will step in and take this forward.


BAD 11:21 absolutely not at all buddy… it was an interesting point and hope my reply didn’t leave you with impression I was in any way put out. Always enjoy your contributions.

Enjoy the game tonight and celebrations.

Edit: ah! just realised I’d replied to JNP when I intended acknowledge both of your comments in that original response. All good here buddy and hope that explains my error.



Think this would need longer than 1 minute in the oven 🤔😀


Craig – Aye true -1 minute might leave it a wee bit undercooked 😝


Craig are you up in Moray Emerald country – hols or working?


Saltires just a flying visit to see my mum, back down the road tomorrow to finish re -flooring the downstairs.
Now if only there was a floor layer on the blog 🤔



Ye need a flair for that ..

Big Audio Dynamite

SeS – Good man! And thanks again btw.

Have always been a bit of a Celtic facts junkie and memorabilia collector,, so I look forward to your history lessons. 👍

Big Audio Dynamite

Stop skirting roon the problem and just crack on with the job ..or are you just board thinking of the floor? Are you floor board? 😊

I’m out of here ..underlay underlay!

The Gombeen Man


I noticed the sentence below in your excellent article, last Wednesday. I’ve expanded a little, apologies in advance for the length.

If you make it to the end, I’ve made it to Seville…

“1471 Battle of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, final battle between the Houses of Lancaster and York.”

– Really?

What about Bosworth Field in 1485?

“The Battle of Bosworth Field, (August 22, 1485), between the forces of the Yorkist King Richard III and the Lancastrian contender for the Crown, Henry Tudor (the future Henry VII).

It was in effect the last battle of the Wars of the Roses, and it established the Tudor dynasty on the English throne.”


So: Where did Henry Tudor come from?

Owen Tudor (Welsh: Owain Tudur) was born around 1400. He was a Welsh courtier who married Queen Catherine of Valois, after the death of her husband  – Henry V.

It was a bit of a John Brown/Victoria story. You know an Upstairs Downstairs type of a thing…

Owain Tudur and the widowed Queen Catherine had three children.

The main child for our purposes was their son, Edmund Tudor.

(Note the change in spelling).

Edmund Tudor married a girl called Margaret Beaufort, she was 12 years of age. At 12 years old, this was Margaret’s second marriage. Her first marriage was annulled.

Margaret Beaufort was a rather remote descendant of Edward III.

At 13 years of age, Margaret gave birth to a son.

They named the child Henry (Tudor). He would become King Henry VII after the death of Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field.

Richard III was the last king in the Plantagenet Line. It had stretched back to Henry II. Richard was the guy whose remains were recovered, buried in the car park in Leicester a few years ago.

It was rumoured that Richard was involved in the disappearance of his two nephews, Edward and Richard, from the Tower of London. They became known as The Princes of the Tower. Both boys were sons of the recently deceased King Edward IV and a threat to his accession.

( – More about that another time.  Remember the names, Lambert Simnel, Perkin Warbeck and Edward Plantagenet.

Clue = County Cork is known as The Rebel County. It’s believed that Henry VII is responsible for the term Rebel County due to Cork’s support for Simnel and Warbeck’s during their presence in the city. They made claims on the Crown.)

Henry VII became the first monarch of the Tudor Line. He later married Elizabeth of York. She was from the York side, harmony was restored.

Elizabeth of York was the daughter of Edward IV and the sister of the two boys, Edward and Richard, who went missing and became known as The Princes of the Tower.

Among Henry VII and Elizabeth of York’s children were Henry (Tudor) VIII and Margaret Tudor. Margaret became the Queen of Scotland and the Grandmother of Mary Queen of Scots.

Margaret Tudor was the link that allowed her great-grandson, James (Stuart) I/VI to become King of Britain & Ireland on the death of Elizabeth I.

The Tudor Line had come to an end and the Stuarts took over.

After James I/VI came Charles I, Cromwell, The Restoration – Charles II and his brother James II.

James II was Catholic of course. The Monmouth Rebellion followed, led by the eldest illegitimate son of Charles II, James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth. It was supported in Scotland by Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll.

The Crown easily defeated Scott, the Duke of Monmouth. He was beheaded in 1685. Monmouth had been closely associated with his cousin, Mary and her husband William of Orange while in Holland.

Archibald Campbell met with the same, macarbe fate in Scotland. He’d invaded Scotland from his exile in Holland.

Royalists and Parliamentarians were more or less willing to compromise and allow James II’s reign. Until he produced a Catholic male heir. James Francis Stuart and later a grandsons, Charles Edward Stuart and Henry Stuart.

The prospect of another Catholic, male monarch proved too much and led to James II’s forced abdication.

William of Orange arrives with his wife Mary, the period known as The Glorious Revolution begins.

Mary is a Protestant and the daughter of James II. William of Orange is the deposed King’s son in law and nephew.

William III’s (William of Orange) mother was Mary Stuart (Princess of Orange) James II’s sister.

With the passing of William and Mary, James II’s remaining Protestant daughter followed. Anne Stuart became Queen.

She didn’t leave an heir and so the Crown passed to Hanover and George I.

Georges’ grandmother was a daughter of James I/VI – Elizabeth Stuart.

James II Catholic male heirs were none too impressed by the developments and tried to change the course of history from exile in 1715/19 and 45.

We all know how that got on.

So from relatively inauspicious beginnings, Owain Tudur’s role as a courtier in the household of Henry V and Catherine of Valois, ultimately changed all of our lives…

Right place at the right time…Or wrong place/ wrong time?

Bosworth Field in 1485 really did make a difference.

-The Tudor Dynasty.

Funny that the Stuarts came from Stewards of the Royal Household and the Tudors came from a Courtier.

(Didn’t an Owain Tudur Jones, used to play for Hibs and Inverness Caley?)

As an aside James II’s hasty departure from Ireland after the Battle of the Boyne didn’t endear him to the Irish.

His nickname here is ‘Seamus a caca’ (James the shit). Perhaps a little unfair.

The Tudors may have struggled to produce heirs. Not so James II. He fathered seven illegitimate children with two women.

(He was Catholic remember).

James had an illegitimate son named, James FitzJames (James (Fitz) ‘the son’ of James) .

He was given the title – the 1st Duke of Berwick. He’d be a half brother of King Billy’s wife Mary II.

James FitzJames married Honora de Burgh. Honora was the Irish widow of Patrick Sarsfield, 1st Earl of Lucan. Honara came from Irish aristocracy, her father was a Peer from the West of Ireland and had fought against Cromwell.

Sarsfield was crucial in the Williamite Wars and famously negotiated the Treaty of Limerick and the safe passage for Irish troops to the continent (The Wild Geese).

An Irish hero.

Honora de Burgh and James FitzJames, had one son, James FitzGerald Stuart, 2nd Duke of Berwick.

The title of the Duke of Berwick still exists in Spain. The current and 12th Duke of Berwick is ;

Carlos Juan Fitz-James-Stuart y Martínez de Irujo.

Carlos is the head of the House of Alba, one of the most prominent (and wealthy) aristocratic families in Spain…

His mother was Catyetana Fitz-James Stuart. At the time of her death in 2014, her estate was valued at $5bn.

The family have palaces in Madrid and Seville…

A recent wedding… 


I wonder if the have any plans to catch the Europa Cup Final?

Now to this week’s article…

The Gombeen Man


Thanks for your brilliant article yesterday.

It’s difficult to think of a specific pivotal moment.

On the field the victory at Ibrox I think gave me confidence but that was dented by the Semi-Final loss.

Through it all Ange has been the one consistent presence. A real leader and an intelligent man. His first interview with Dom Mackay gave me ‘the fear’ when he spoke about his tactics but looking at the results and defensive record, it’s working.

I guess the January Transfer Window was pivotal for me. The fact we had guys lined up, who were obviously Ange’s signings was highly significant.

Ange even mentioned on an Australian interview that the Japanese players had been taking English lessons in Japan prior to coming over.

He also mentioned that when the Japenese lads heard the Glasgow accents the lessons, back in Japan were of no use whatsoever.

So the vicory at Ibrox (with a couple of wobbles afterwards) and Ange’s contribution.

Till later.


BAD just tiling it on now 😉



Brilliant again – so much information and love the interesting links and connections.

But – I’m going to need to have a serious word with my historical battles department -they are embarrassing me noo 😂🤣

Hope you are enjoying decent weather and can muster a wee Shiraz or Rioja this evening to celebrate!



Noel – sad memories of Valley Parade buddy we were in QM when the news started coming through – everyone was just numb when the tv pictures came on – horrific and god bless them all.

Also 41 years since Bob Marley died seems like yesterday. Hoping to see a few tributes laters

Thanks for sharing buddy


Afternoon all.

Nerves starting to jangle now, which I think is a good thing.

SeS, again your leader is up to it’s usual high standard, a great read.

I know you suggested that we could listen to Mr Marley’s tunes later but why wait.





Come on the ‘celts



St tams

Your a Coatbridge man.
Would you recommend the Georgian to watch the game.



Thanks and Never too early buddy 🇯🇲 🌞

St tams

Great tunes 👍


In a wetherspoon in Elgin and their a bloke in a hun top and this old womans behind me is going “bloody walking dead shouldn’t be allowed to wear that top c,mon the Germans

Wonder if it will kick off 🤣🤣


I gotta feeling
that tonight’s gonna be a good night!


JTT53 Did you own this 😀

The Celtic Rap by the 1988 Celtic Centenary squad / hoopy58


Craig, never heard that before but I love it! 🙂 And the squad are on it? Wow!

Awe Naw

If I look back on my video library it tells me that my pivotal moment of the season was the 3.0 humiliation at CP. Hatate’s OF debut was up there with Lubo´s. I think we have another gift from ghod and we will see it next season once the new lads are all settled in and rested. That´s what inspired this one;


“Maybe you are disappointed with the way it went, mate,” I accidentally ejaculated into my pants when listening to that quote live. Smarter than Lennon and cuter than Big Jock I thought and that is a massive ask and only too ready to take them all on and swipe them aside leaving them feeling stupid and exposed. I think he enjoys it. Like I would if given half the chance. I love it and I love him for it. He gets us completely back him to the hilt That´s what inspired this one;


I will never ever get sick and tired or bored with Celtic winning titles. 10/11 GIRFUT it´s puke inducing for them, what decent person couldn´t wish for more of that? Apart from Europe we hardly lost this season. When we did lose mibbery was very much in play. I hope Ange and the players learn from it and use it positively. At no point in the season can we say that the team or a player gave up. I do believe that the league was Ange’s sole focus as it is that important and hopefully tonight it´s signed sealed and delivered.

We did lose this season though … as we lose every season … so go out tonight and do it for this man


Keep the green flag flying high

R.I.P Garry Postecoglou, Squire Danaher

We shall not be moved

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