If You Know Your History-8th June

June isn’t the best month to be writing about events in Celtic’s history.

Nevertheless, a wee trowel through the Celticwiki site … as ye do… points to some interesting Summer Tour events.

The 1931 Scottish Cup Winners take the Old trophy on aTour of USA and the trip just choc fu’ of wee gems.

I’ve taken the liberty of completely blanking the first game of the Tour ( a defeat to Rangers .. of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.) 

Apparently there was almost a riot and fans from the 12,000 crowd invaded the pitch. Celtic required a police escort to leave the ground. 

You can read more here:

91 years ago today (Tuesday) and Celts are relaxing after a 5-0 trouncing of Brooklyn Wanderers. In a match that cost Jimmy McGrory a broken jaw and players being “decked” ( supposedly in retaliation?) the US newspapers were lapping it up.

Not sure too many Celts would be happy being described as “Scotch-Irish”…

1931-06-07: Brooklyn 0-5 Celtic, American Tour

Brooklyn have Cowcaddens-born ex-Celt William ‘ Mighty Atom’ Crilley  at centre-forward to play against his old team-mates including fellow Glasgow-boy, McGrory, who broke his jaw in a clash with Johnny Pentland the Wanderer’s goalkeeper, and left the field after 70 minutes. Hughes floored Desmond Grosz  the Hungarian full-back, and this threatened to spark trouble but the referee nipped it in the bud.

Defender Wood of the Wanderers, is a Lochgelly lad and was a 1930 World Cup winner of third place with the USA team in Uruguay, and his team-mate James Brown (whose brother John was capped for Scotland) scored against Argentina, the beaten finalists in that competition.

Also facing Celtic this day was Edinburgh-born James “Jimmy” McGuire a Scottish schoolboy international who came to the US aged about 16 and returned to Scotland after the tour and signed with Celtic. Jimmy did not make the break-through into the first team and went to England where he played for Northampton Town before returning to the US where he played for Brooklyn St. Mary’s Celtic. Later Jimmy managed the USA team that was beaten 6-0 by Scotland in front of a crowd of 108,000 at Hampden in 1952. This international was promoted by Erno Schwartz who played for Carsteel against Celtic in this tour. Jimmy McGuire got over the heavy defeat at Hampden and went on to become president of the U.S.F.A. and a committee member of F.I.F.A. World Cup committee. 

People in all parts of the British Isles were awakened from sleep in the early hours of Saturday June 7th by earth tremors that were felt in varying degrees all over. Some of the earthquake shocks were of exceptional intensity and shook houses so that pictures fell off the wall and slates fell from roofs. The shocks happened at about 1.25 am and lasted for half an hour. The origin is thought to have been an earthquake deep under the North Sea. 


BROOKLYN WANDERERS: Pentland, Grosz, Wood, Reid, Ballantine, McGuire, Schneider, Brown, Lyell, Crilley, Wardrop, Eisenhoffer.

CELTIC: John Thomson, Whitelaw, McGonagle, Wilson, McStay, Scarff, Bertie Thomson, Alec Thomson, McGrory, Napier, Hughes.

Scarff, R. Thomson, A. Thomson, McGrory, (2).

Referee: George Lamble.
Attendance: 10,000
Venue: Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York.

Note: Brooklyn Celtics (sic) are also mentioned, as playing in a tournament in New York.

Photograph taken in Detroit while on their visit to play Michigan all Stars who they beat 5-0 at the University of Detroit Stadium. While in the city they were given a tour of the famous Ford Motor Works.

L – R: Willie Cook, Bobby Whitelaw, Hugh Smith, Joe McGhee, Willie Maley, Bertie Thomson, Johnny Thomson, Jimmy McGrory (with cup) Peter Scarff, Charlie Napier, Peter Wilson, Tom Maley, Denis Currie, Willie McGonagle.


General stuff:

452 Italy invaded by Attila the Hun, UEFA hammer with a 2 year ban… later reduced on appeal to a 10 year ban for Neil Lennon.

1817 An uprising involving three hundred workers in the English town of Pentrich begins but is quashed almost immediately. 3 men were beheaded at Derby jail. 

1880 Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky delivers an emotional speech at the unveiling of a monument to Pushkin in Moscow.

1896 First car thief; Baron de Zuylen’s Peugeot is stolen by his mechanic in Paris. 

1935 US Open Men’s Golf, Oakmont CC: 25 year old club pro Sam Parks Jr, with no prior tournament wins, beats Scotsman Jimmy Thomson by 2 strokes. 

2018 Danny Kirwan, British musician, singer and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac – “Albatross”), dies at 68

Danny  ( pink T Shirt) in Paris?, with Fleetwood Mac 1968. 

Note: The excellent Celtic Wiki site is the font of all knowledge on things Celtic. Most of the Celtic stuffabove 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 !



Guest article by  SeS

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June 8, 2022 8:14 am

SeS, great stuff as ever, very informative. Thank you for taking the time to share once again.

Sol Kitts
June 8, 2022 8:17 am

Just about to go under the knife, having a painful lump removed from my hand. Doc says it’s a glomus tumour, I think it’s an agony inducing lumpy bassa.
Just waiting for the anaesthetist to do his job. Looking forward to the rest, tbh.

June 8, 2022 8:26 am

Sol Kitts
Hope all goes well.

June 8, 2022 8:57 am

Apologies again for most of the images not appearing. The problem is that they ARE there when I enter them into the Admin page for publication in the morning!

June 8, 2022 8:58 am


Hope all goes well,mate.

June 8, 2022 9:16 am

Morning all,

Cracking article again.

Sol Kitts,
Hope operation goes well.

That Attila the Hun fella was a wee bit of a rascal 😜😜😜

Have a nice day everyone !!!

June 8, 2022 9:22 am


“ 452 Italy invaded by Attila the Hun, UEFA hammer with a 2 year ban… later reduced on appeal to a 10 year ban for Neil Lennon.”

Not the only time that NL was blamed for the action of huns…

June 8, 2022 9:39 am

“452 Italy invaded by Attila the Hun, UEFA hammer with a 2 year ban… later reduced on appeal to a 10 year ban for Neil Lennon.” 🤣😂🤣😂

June 8, 2022 9:40 am

“1817 An uprising involving three hundred workers in the English town of Pentrich begins but is quashed almost immediately. 3 men were beheaded at Derby jail.”
Oh…and Penalty to Rangers!!! 😂🤣😂

June 8, 2022 9:44 am

Thanks lads -just a wee correction the ‘Pawtucket’ game was the third defeat in row on that tour ( 4th game)

Willie Maley explained the sea journey took a toll on players’ fitness. ( carvery and bevy?)

Bobby – maybe our resident tech genius ASWGL can edit. We can discuss access to the edit function etc.

June 8, 2022 9:45 am

McCaff – hehehe

June 8, 2022 9:47 am

Sol…good luck with the wee op!
As my granny, or someone equally wise, used to say “A sair haun’s a sair ‘hing, but a sair ‘hing’s no a sair haun!!” 😁

June 8, 2022 10:02 am

Sol – good luck with op! ( Du Putreyn’s?)

June 8, 2022 10:12 am

SES/Sol…I have one of these wee DuPutreyn’s nodules on my palm. It generally doesn’t bother too much but can be a bit hard and sore after a day’s graft. Just another sign of getting auld I suppose! And I’ve just finished reading this…

June 8, 2022 10:12 am


What a wonderful testimony to your late Uncle Jack.

You have made sure that the good life he led is not interred in his bones.

According to the good book Corinthians 13 ” Love is patient , love is kind, slow to anger etc.

It seems to me reading your testimony your uncle was one of lifes Love in Action Man.

I saw one in action the other week in Spain devoted to his good lady who had Alzeimers. They are inspirational which means of course have been breathed upon by the Holy Spirit.

My condolences to you and your lad. He sounds as if he has been inspired too.

Dont know about you though mate.

There might be a seat beside me on the bus to hell. Lol.

June 8, 2022 10:19 am


” 452 Italy invaded by Attila the Hun, UEFA hammer with a 2 year ban… later reduced on appeal to a 10 year ban for Neil Lennon..”

No change there then.

I’m just surprised the original 5WA draft was not discovered along with them Dead Sea Scrolls.

June 8, 2022 10:20 am

McCaff – same here – not pain but pinky will ‘claw’ soon enough – doc put me on a list ( but said probably private care op is quickest fix) – dreams of Rock guitarist vanquished…

Will check that link – cheers

June 8, 2022 10:24 am


Aye true- hearing a guy in Baghdad had the file – 15 years for his trouble… 😉

June 8, 2022 10:26 am

SES…mine is still at the lump stage, just a bit of hardened skin really although you can see it drawing. The athritic hips, knees, and ankles, the teeth that i lost when I fecked ma heid off the scaffold (£900 to repair thank you!”, the hernia and the hernia-relation divarification of the rectii (not as bum-threatening as it sounds!) all work to keep my mind of a wee bit of hardened skin on my hand!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

June 8, 2022 10:29 am



Bet you could still do us a shift at Left Back…

June 8, 2022 10:33 am


It’s funny when folk get away to sunny climes for a wee break they feel the need to send home Na nana nana (I’m here and you’re no) messages or photos.

I was at it for my 7 week exile in Spain now ended and its pissing down back home today.

Photos of views of us drinking cocktails, eating Spanish food, my favourite is of a media paella made fresh every Tuesday at 7.10€ with a bottle of green Estrella, photos of Mississippi Mud slides and Pina Colada being followed by Mojitos.

Who can I send this to? enters my head as I am over come by the Na Nana Nana virus.

I’m sure that having dodged Covid for over 2 years you will not like my twisted self fall foul of the Nana bug, but if you do, wire in, it’s great fun.

June 8, 2022 10:34 am

It’s just life, SES, it’s just life! There’s plenty out there with real stuff to worry about.

June 8, 2022 10:35 am

Auldheid…”media” paella?

June 8, 2022 10:35 am

…and “green” Estrella?

St tams
June 8, 2022 10:44 am

Fascinating, as always.
Didn’t know that a former US president , once played against Celtic 🤣

June 8, 2022 10:49 am

St Tams

Cheers buddy and well spotted – it’s another typo ‘ Eisenhoffer’ was hugging the left touchline 😊

June 8, 2022 10:51 am

On the unpleasant surprises growing old visits on us, I have enjoyed a relatively healthy life as I approach 76 which means when one of life’s wee pains pays us a visit it’s like being trapped in a phone box where some idiot has dropped a small kryptonite meteor.

I must have stood on one the other week as what I had observed as my feet evolving into cloven hooves in preparation for my journey to Hades was in fact a bunion. Probably two as the other foot seems determined to synchronise with its partner.

It just flared up making it very painful to walk for about 48 hours which was a real pain as we never start off on a pub crawl by crawling.

It has settled down thankfully and my Sketcher sandals were a gift from God determined to pull me back from the cloven hoof abyss.

St tams
June 8, 2022 10:51 am

McCaff @ 10 12
Link to Guardian didn’t work.
But I do love reading that guy every Saturday. He really puts a smile on my face.

June 8, 2022 11:01 am

10.12 am

“It generally doesn’t bother too much but can be a bit hard and sore after a day’s graft”.

So not bothered you in 20 years !!!!! 😂😂😂

June 8, 2022 11:01 am


Green Estrella. €1.50 a bottle at Tanges Sports bar Benalmadeana.


Media is like a half portion of paella which is more than enough as my stomach inside has shrunk with age although it manifests itself in the opposite direction externally.

June 8, 2022 11:05 am

Leggy…sitting at the pc with my third coffee of the morning, texting mates and posting here, not done a fecking stitch so far!!! Just lookng over my shoulder periodcally expecting a crack on the heid fae the missus!! 🤫🤣🤣🤣

June 8, 2022 11:07 am

Auldheid…seems reasonable enough, a Euro fifty a bottle. Factor in the cost of a flight, the taxi to the airport, the delays at the airport, the flight being cancelled, the taxi back to the hoose and it seems it’d be easier just stocking up at Sainsbury’s as usual!! 🤣

June 8, 2022 11:23 am


For some reason My online version didn’t have that item today?

Anyhoo – a fun read:

Totally agree about the chair noises

My radio is never off – never has been…

Netflix passwords … at least 10

Sol Kitts
June 8, 2022 11:27 am

General anaesthetist is a wonderful thing. One minute you’re chatting to a nurse, next minute you wake up to find a bloody great bandage on your hand and it’s 90 minutes later.

June 8, 2022 11:28 am


Renewed passport online ..yesterday …. less than 15 mins including a new photo!

Most complex thing was posting my ( 2 years expired) passport to Corby

Hope it arrives before I travel – next March 😅

June 8, 2022 11:28 am

Sol Kitts

And yer back … superb!

June 8, 2022 11:33 am

Sol…was it yer Ref’s Funny Handshake hand or the other one! 🤣

Sol Kitts
June 8, 2022 11:33 am

Didn’t realise I’d been away, they could have done anything to me for the last hour and a half 🙃. Oooh errr, missus….

June 8, 2022 11:34 am

Sol…It’s just dawned on me that you’ve been away, had an operation and are back…and I’ve still not done a feckin’ stitch!! Better get moving before it’s lunchtime!! 😂

Sol Kitts
June 8, 2022 11:36 am

Left hand, so even my sex life is unaffected 😆 🤣

June 8, 2022 11:37 am


June 8, 2022 11:51 am

Sol Kitts,

Ambidextrous ????????


Get to work you scallywag 😜😜😜

June 8, 2022 11:53 am

Talking about Layabouts ???

Where’s that BRRB fella ? 😜😜

Sol Kitts
June 8, 2022 12:14 pm

Yes, I can dext with both hands.

June 8, 2022 12:16 pm


I’m lucky when it comes to flying. Just use the wife’s broomstick.

Sol Kitts
June 8, 2022 12:27 pm

Apparantly, when Barkas was told he was going out on loan he put his head in his hands….and dropped it. Went outside the stadium and threw himself in front of a bus, and it went under him 😑. True story for Big Packy.

June 8, 2022 12:44 pm

Layabout? I suffer for my art, you Gardenhall dumpling.

Bada Bing
June 8, 2022 1:23 pm

Rumour, de Chambeau,Reed,Fowler joining LIV Tour,this is going to get messy