Fly The Flag
We’ve won the league again, fly the flag.
A great achievement, this season, some say up there with the best titles, we have won, let’s have a trip down memory lane and see what you think.
We have now won 52 titles, The first in 1892- 93, for those who witnessed it, that must have been a special occasion, a football club, born of famine and oppression, to help feed the poor and here they are winning the league championship, how emotional occasion must that have been?
We won another 3 titles from then, until 1897-1898. A small barren period followed until 1904- 05, when we won the first of, a then record, 6 in a row. Those must have been special times for the support, back then.
We continued to pick up titles, in the years from then, until,1925-26, then we had to wait 10 years before collecting another in 1935- 36, I’m sure there would have been a lot of celebrating, that day, after a ten year wait, we won again in 1937-38 and then that was it, until 1953-54, when we won the league, with a game to spare.
There must have been incredible joy, amongst our supporters, when we lifted that title, after all that time, perhaps CCB can share any memories.
That was it until, the glory years, 1965- 66. Celtic beat Motherwell 1.0 at Fir Park, with a late goal to lift the title, I wonder how many of the 21,000 in attendance, thought that would be the first of 9 and that we would be European Champions, the following season.
The title in 66- 67 was won at Ibrox, with 2 goals from Jinky, giving us the point we required. That has to be up there with the most memorable.
67/68 was a really close affair and, indeed, it was in Rangers gift to win it, they bottled it, allowing Celtic to win it at East End Park, a game that is still talked about, by those who attended.
72/73, the 8 in a row season, was another tight affair, which went to the last game of the season. Celtic beat a very good Hibs team 3.0 to win the title by a point. An attendance of over 45 thousand at Easter Rd, watched it, those who attended say that many more were there that day.
The following season, 73/74, we would win the last of the, first, 9, at Brockville
In 1978/79, one of the very special occasions, winning 4.2 against Rangers, in the last game of the season, anyone there that night, will never forget it.
1981/82, was another tight one, we defeated St Mirren, 3.0, in the final game of the season to pip the Dons, who were 4 up at half time to Rangers, when we were still 0.0, so panic was creeping in, the official attendance that day, yip, that magic number again. 38,069.
The next four titles we would win,would all be very memorable occasions. 86 at Love St, who could ever forget that day and that iconic moment, when Jim Stewart has the ball in his hands and our support go crazy, behind him. A most unexpected title, the next,1988,the centenary year, defeating Dundee 3.0, singing happy birthday dear Celtic and a crowd of 60,800 cough, cough. We celebrated long into the night, which was just as well, as more barren years,were ahead of us, the next title was 1998 and none of us, will ever forget the pressure, the emotion and the sheer joy and relief, when we beat St Johnstone 2.0 to clinch it on the final day.
In 2001, we turned around a massive points gap of 21 and won it by 15 points as we marched onto a treble. The winning game against St Mirren was a 1.0 victory,which ended up tense, despite us being so far ahead, the fans wanted it won before the split, so they could get the party started.
2007/08, the last of WGS and 3 in a row, who could forget that season, winning it at Tannadice for Tommy Burns, a very emotional evening.
We then move on to 2011/12 and the first of another 9. The first of Neil’s ( as manager ) and a great day out at Rugby Park in a 6.0 romp.
Of the 9, 2016/17, the invincible treble, a season you could only dream about, winning 5.0 at Tynecastle, to clinch it, has to be up there.
This season 2022, we have overturned a 25 point deficit and won the title, despite being in disarray, at the beginning of the season, a sweet, sweet, title, indeed.
How do you pick a favourite from all these titles and others I haven’t even mentioned. I will try, my choice, which may change, on any given day.
1979 4.2 v Rangers.
An all or nothing game, the final game of the season ( for us ) win and the title is ours, anything else and the title is heading across the river.
1.0 down at half time, with only 10 men, after Johnny Doyle having been sent off, what a turnaround, in the,second half. Roy Aitken’ s finest game for us, the joy of going 2.1 up and the sheer deflation, when they equalised,while I was still celebrating.
The Colin Jackson o.g. with 5 mins to go and then the longest 5 minutes of my life, before Murdo launched one from 20 yards into the top corner. Sheer elation, Monday’s don’t come any better than that.
1. Aye what a night strikes everywhere but the sweetest Murdo launching that fourth
2. Riot Cup Final, because Danny nearly scored
3. Another title at Parkhead against the huns, this one special as as my 20 years old bhoy was next to me, again in the Jungle kind of
Hail, hail …
Personally this is right up there with my other favourite league clincher, Love St 86 and heres why,
We had just lost the league and the dream of 10 in a row.
We the support were in conflict with the “custodians” and were desperate to see the back of PL and others.
We had a manager who clearly wasn’t up for the job.
We had players who weren’t fit to wear the Hoops, players who wanted out and a host of loan deals.
We pursued Howe who ultimately shat the bed and it could be said, left us in the lurch, more disarray.
We hired a manager who if honesty is applied, many of the supporters doubted due to plying his trade in Australasia.
We had the “annual” shite stirring and lies from the hun press. (they’re not laughing now)
We rebuild the squad.
Then our footballing world changes, we build, we believe, we support, we win- WE DON’T STOP.
My week would be topped if a “sacked by Xmas” tifo was arranged for the weekend.
Fantastic, a great achievement! Penalty to Rangers back in their place!
What a list but I’m with you, the 4:2 ten men won the league will always be my favourite👏👍
Cracking read buddy – that mixture of research & first-hand experience – just wonderful.
Didn’t make Love Street in ’86 and hear that was out of this world – but ’79 with Murdo’s rocket launched goal getting 10 men across the line against Old Rangers, was unforgettable- every last minute.
Looking in on the win this season surely ranks in the category of ‘unexpected’ therefore, more appreciated or enjoyed…
Watching The joy on the faces of all the travelling fans … wow!
This is worth a repost, incredible at 12.30 am.
Big Audio Dynamite
If the players didn’t know they play for a really special club, they will know now!
May 12, 2022 2:59 am
A terrific read up there, it really strikes a chord.
All of these moments are like jewels in the crown really, it’s hard to distinguish between them, so I don’t bother.
I tend to remember who I was with at the time. Like being with my Dad at the Dundee game or missing him at the St Johnstone game.
Being in Seville with my brother. Coming home the next day to my kids waiting in Celtic gear.
All very special memories.
This season is right up there too. Watching with my family, seeing the Club achieve so much in a short space of time.
Great to see the images from Parkhead last night, it’s been a tough couple of years for the younger ones in particular.
For the families and loved ones of folk like Garry and Squire Danaher too.
Nights like last night will always be very special and connect me with the folk I’m privileged to share it.
Thanks for the kind comments.
It means a lot, I know how much you both put, into your articles/posts.
There was a lot of research that went into that article, I missed a few out, as the article was becoming ridiculously long.
Celtic 5.0 v Sevco, under Brendan and 3.2 at Tannadice in early 80s, were two that were chopped.
I’m with you with regards, who you were with, at the time, It’s all about previous memories.
Good morning, friends.
Thanks for the article, JNP – so many memories and we should really just savour every one.
Champion morning to you all,
JNP, Great article 👏👏👏👏
10 men won the League is my favourite.
But this title ranks with the best and Ange and the players have done a fantastic job. Take a bow everyone of the players and backroom staff.
Special mention to the person who funded Ange, whether it was Dom Mackay or Michael Nicholson.
Long may it continue.
Hair of the woof woof beckons 😜😜
Enjoy your day everyone 💚💚💚💚💚
Tremendous stuff,and brings back a number of memories too. Of course,there were a number of times,particularly 75 and in the 80s,when we unfathomably threw titles away. We would be comfortably ahead of Rangers (IL) with their 54 had we won them.
My own favourite has to be the 4-2 game,particularly as it too was unexpected. But my favourite season,and by a long way,was The Centenary Season. (1998 was too close to be enjoyable)
And this,perhaps the most unexpected of them all,will live long in my memory and in the lore of the club.
Thank you to Ange Postecoglou,his staff,and to all the players. You’ve all done us proud.
Cracking article about Ange.
I loved this bit.
“He reminded Australian football that we can be world class,” Taliadoros says. “With Ange at the helm, we felt anything was possible. Man for man, we were disadvantaged, but he made us believe we could beat any team.”
The spirit Postecoglou instilled drove the team on to win their first Asian Cup in 2015. Qualification for the 2018 World Cup followed, but the nation was rocked by the news of his resignation just two weeks later.
“He’s definitely not a yes man,” McGowan adds. “He wasn’t happy with some decisions taken above him, so he walked away.”
P.B. Jobo, Leggy and BMCUW.
Thanks for kind comments. I genuinely do appreciate them.
I reckon, reading the BBC article that the pressure is on The PLC to buy into his longer term vision.
Brilliant JNP! Sat in the garden with my first coffee of the day…
The scenes outside CP last night were incredible, the wee guy wanted to go but the missus was out and I’d had a few beers so he had to settle for Twitter. I was gutted for him!
The TamSellic/SkySports/Oasis clip has me filling up…this is how much this Title means.
My favourite title and season has no rival…our Centenary Year while Glasgow was in the process of re-inventing itself as a City of Culture was special. Like most things with Celtic there was a fairytale element about that year. Written off from the start Billy and the Team showed us what they felt about our beautiful Club and how much it meant to them. A truly magical Title.
I’m not sure Ange’s ranks so highly for me, remember Oldco had a few top class players in their squad at the time, but my God this is such a special, special Title!!
A wee glitch somewhere I think! Anyway here goes…
I suppose this season epitomises my feelings about Celtic. I go into every season thinking we can win the League – if we do what we know we are capable of. This season, probably more than any other season other than the Centenary season, Celtic have achieved remarkable success because – and only because – all of the factors involved in the success have made it so. The late appointment of Ange made it difficult for him to hit the ground running. We were hamstrung in the transfer market, Ange told us he would use the time until the next transfer window to assess what he had. By the time January came Celtic PLC had backed him earlier than we could ever have expected allowing our new Japanese bhoys to get integrated quicker. We’ve never known the plc to be so proactive. The PLC bought into AngeBall. The support bought into AngeBall bigtime. Even the much maligned Strachan, McManus and Kennedy bought in. But much more importantly the TEAM bought in, and this is a team who have fought hard for every point they have earned this season. Despite the ridicule of Ange and the shit decisions we have endured this squad have NEVER STOPPED! So this Title is because Celtic as a force, all working together, believed in Ange!
Got to agree , Jimmynotpaul this league win is right up there with , the 10 men won the league.
Feeling a bit rough this morning, as I’m sure most of you are .
HH to Ange and the bhoys 🍀🍀
Thanks for sharing that clip. Absolutely brilliant.
Also got to agree, The Sky Sports/Oasis Montage is superb. Watched it 3 times this morning already and many more to come.
Great waking up,( well I hope I’m not dreaming !!!! )But sore head confirms, I’m not,
Champions again 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀
Superb article JNP 👏👌
Not sure if this has been posted yet but a good listen 👌
The most common phrase during the Centenary Year would be, if we were drawing or getting beat, just as extra time was approaching ‘ got plenty of time left for a goal’
Bhoy did we score a whack either in the final minutes or extra time 👏👏👏
An emotional Ange to complete his humanity.
Just the antidote Celtic needed.
Bit of additional good news @GlasgowCC have now dropped their plans for a parking exclusion zone around Celtic Park. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this process, all the hard work has paid off 🍀 https://t.co/ZO8ZzMvRDf
Good news, next can they get rid of those bloody cycle lanes no one uses😱
An informative article about Ange’s life and career from BBC.
Specially pleased for the players who were there last season, particularly Callum McGregor, who for me is a Celtic Great.
Good afternoon CHAMPIONS!!
Congratulations to Ange, the players & everyone else involved in a magical league campaign.
There is always hope, however that was above and beyond all expectations.
Mention as well some of the unsong heroes such as Tony Ralston,Greg Taylor & Cal Mac.
Respect due to the impeccable & exemplary Celtic support whom
Last but not least, thinking today about the legendary wee Bertie Auld.
My favourite memory of recent times was the day the club won the Double Treble.
Not seen celebrations like that before.
I’m pushing 60 now and this has got to the best title win for me, only because of the shitshow Ange walked into. Let’s face it the club were a shambles and this board got lucky with the appointment and nobody will convince me otherwise, there was a panic about filling the vacancy and it certainly wasn’t judgement on their part. The man himself has not only proved that he’s a brilliant manager but he’s an exceptional human being as well, the way he’s conducted himself with the smsm’s stupidity and the way he has a word for his opponents shows the humility and class he has. We’re privileged to have a man with his moral compass and managerial qualities at our club, he’s made every player in the side better and he deserves every bit of success he gets. He’s the reason we’ve won the league, his signings have been impeccable, his man management, his training intensity and his ability to get a tune out of guy’s like Tony Ralston who if he was being honest probably thought his Celtic career was over but Ange made him a player. Let’s not forget either this man turned up in Scotland alone and has achieved way more than any of us were hoping for, to win anything much less a double is a minor miracle in my opinion after last season’s debacle. Even if others disagree, as is their right, I think this goes down as our best ever title win in my lifetime. Long may Ange stay here and God bless him and Glasgow Celtic.
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The absolute 𝙎𝘾𝙀𝙉𝙀𝙎 at Celtic Park last night! 💥
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Some great posts folks
Torky56 that’s a very, very powerful argument buddy.
JNP, Great article pal.
Some super posts. Torky56, well said!
I’ve just went through a monumental battle that spanned 7 years. I tried manipulation, coercion and just about every other way to convince my daughter that going to CP is a wonderful experience, today that battle is over. She’s off to the game on Saturday with her school friend and her grandfather. What a first match to attend and I hope its the 1st of many.
Fantastic article pal, many thanks for sharing that.
Some great posts folks.
Torky, big belated welcome to the blog.
Happy day of Thor yall
hats off sir.
I hope all fans turn up against Motherwell wearing a black crew neck Jumper
Just looking back at the scenes from outside the stadium last night and they’re brilliant. No supporters getting lifted, battering fuck out of each other, no riot police, no masturbators, no unnecessary violence or destruction of property. Just people of all ages, gender etc enjoying a momentous occasion. We’re not half of anything.
I’d definitely go for the 4-2. My 21st was celebrated that year but not celebrated as much as that 4-2!!
Thanks for that stunning leader. Twas a real pleasure reading it.
A quite brilliant post.
Some excellent posts from you over the last few days. I hope the wee barra enjoys Saturday’s game.
What a fine day yesterday was…for a whole host of reasons.
Thanks again to your good self, Mrs BB and Martin for the wonderful hospitality.
What a special occasion that will be, superb.
Fab post, you could have made a main article from that post. Your passion really shines through.
Once again, thanks for all the kind words folks.
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What was your first emotion when the final whistle blew last night?
Mine’s was defiance and a giant F*#K You after Ange and Celtic overcame a difficult start, corrupt officials ,blatant cheating and a biased press in the best we country to triumph.
Elation came second.
Very content today.
Many thanks for the detailed analysis of our teams historic title victories.Every title down the years have been celebrated and cherished for the love of our team but some more so because they hold personal memories.
I was only 15 when the 10 men won the league on that Monday night in 79 and we rushed home to watch the highlights of which there were none due to an industrial strike.I know.
That and the Centenary year and the who do you think you are kidding Wallace Mercer if you think the league was won year are all special.
Your article will have evoked many memories for all Sentinel Celts and accentuates why the club means so much to one and all.
Thank you for that.
This season for me was a special win personally for me for all the reasons the guys have alluded to and emphasised and the magnitude of the achievement will never be lost on me.We should never have won this title and I will remember it most because I lost my elder brother Wullie in December.Like us all a fervent supporter of Celtic and an intelligent hard working man whos passion outwith his family was going to see the Hoops and giving it tight to the the Masonic man in black.
So JNP I will never forget this seasons title win for footballing and personal reasons but every season brings new memories,hopefully less penalty to Rangers commentators declarations and more Flying of the Flags for Celtic Football club ones.
Broonie Fleetwood Head Coach, best of luck to him
Aye Fleetwood had a bad season and just avoided relegation
so turned to
The Green Man o’ Leith … Eh?!
Smashing post, my friend.
Willie would have loved last night.
I was thinking about him, after the final whistle, as I’m certain you were, also.
I remember last time we won the league at Tannadice, it was me, you, Willie and Big Rab, together.
That one was for my bro.
Magua and Jimmy not Paul,
I’m sure she will love it and as I type this she’s over at Braehead buying her first ever Celtic top.