22nd June…. if you know your history

91 years ago … 1931 and The Scottish Cup Holders are having a well- earned day off after playing their 9th ‘friendly’ match of the USA Tour.

Opponents were Bricklayers & Masons FC of Chicago.

I kid ye not!!

Just checking the next game isn’t against the Joiners & Hauders Oan. …but it’s the Michigan All Stars, which was the first time Celts ever played under floodlights.

1931-06-21: Bricklayers & Masons FC 3-6 Celtic, American Tour

The diminutive, Clydebank-born Willie McLean would be familiar with the accents of his opponents in this match. Willie joined Bricklayers & Masons FC in 1928. Another expatriate Scot in the Bricklayer’s ranks was Darvel-born right-back, Bob Greig, who played for Kilmarnock before moving to the North American continent where he played for in Canada and US.

Bricklayers signed Baba Vlcek and Davie Imrie, from Western Division clubs, Chicago Sparta and Jugoslav American for this game.

Clydebank man Willie McLean was dominant player in the states through the 1930s and a member of the US National team at the 1934 World Cup Finals. He disappeared without a trace in 1938, and though his family received postcards from him with postmarks from towns along the Mississippi river these stopped and he was declared dead in 1948


Vic Neate, Bob Gregg, Hugh Davidson, Bob Thompson, Tom Scott, Billy Ogilvie, J. Greenlees, Baba Vlcek (Vl?ek), Davie Imrie, Clem Cuthbert, Willie McLean.
Imrie, (2); Cuthbert.

CELTIC: John Thomson, Cook, McGonagle, Wilson, McStay, Scarff, Bertie Thomson, Alec Thomson, Hughes, Napier, McGhee.

R. Thomson, Wilson, (2); Napier, Hughes, McGhee.

Referee: n/a
Attendance: 11,000
Venue: Cubs Park, Chicago, Illinois.

The Scotsman – Tuesday, 23rd June 1931, page 7


Chicago, June 22. — Glasgow Celtic F.C. beat the Bricklayers by 6 goals to 3 at the “Cubs” Baseball Ground here yesterday.

Eleven thousand people saw the visitor play one of the best, games seen this season.

Their superior speed and combination soon brought reward, for after seven minutes R. Thomson, the outside right, scored with a fine shot.

A second goal followed almost immediately. Wilson, the Celtic’s right half, took a free kick from the centre of the field, and shot hard for goal. Neate, the Bricklayers’ goalkeeper, went out to meet the ball, but he merely tipped it into his own net.

The visitors were a trifle lucky to score their third coal. The ball kicked against an opponent’s hand in the penalty area, and Napier, the Celtic inside left, netted from the resultant kick.

The Bricklayers made several good attempts to score, but the interval arrived with Celtic leading by 3 goals to nothing.

Owing to the superb tactics of the Celtic defenders, it was not until twenty minutes of the second half had been played that the Bricklayers scored their first goal. This occurred when Imrie put the ball into the net on a short pass.

Celtic, however, soon scored their fourth goal through Hughes with a great shot.

Both sides scored twice before the end.—Press Association.

In other news:

Chicago (20 June), United Press reports that the year’s first prolonged heatwave increased in intensity as scorching winds swept off the southwestern deserts striking death to upwards of a score of persons and bringing temperatures in the 90’s and 100’s throughout the continent.

GLASGOW GANG WEAPONS Arising out of the street battle between two rival East End gangs near Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow, on Thursday afternoon, five youths appeared at the Divisional Police Court yesterday, and were remanded until to-day pending further inquiry into the affair. After they quelled the disturbance, the police took possession of a number of weapons. The list includes a Gurkha kukri, the spear of a sword fish, a piece of copper tubing, a brass-headed poker, a wooden baton, an axe, a steel file, a bayonet-like knife, and a plummet. These articles were thrown away by the participants in the fight. The Scotsman, 20 June.

BEER BARON ARRESTED Dramatic Chase Through New York Streets. New York, June 18- “Dutch” Schultz, who is known as the Beer Baron of Bronx and Danny Iamasci, his lieutenant, were arrested today. Iamascia was shot in the stomach while attempting to escape and seriously wounded. Schultz was captured in Upper Fifth Avenue. It was alleged that two of his gang had attempted a hold-up. Two detectives who were passing by immediately opened fire on the gang, who took to their heels. Schultz was captured after a chase over five blocks. It is stated that he had a gun in his hand, but at all events he did not attempt to use it. When taken to the police station he was rambling and stuttering and asked for something to quiet his nerves. He was searched and 28,600 Dollars (£3,735) were found in his possession. — Reuter. Latest News. £50,000 BAIL. Schultz (adds Reuter) was later released on bail of £50,000. The Scotsman.

General Stuff:

1535 Cardinal John Fisher is beheaded on Tower Hill, London, for refusing to acknowledge Henry VIII as head of the Church of England

1633 Galileo forced to recant his Copernican views that the Earth orbits the Sun by the Pope (Vatican only admits it was wrong on Oct 31, 1992!)

1679 Battle at Bothwell Bridge on Clyde: Duke of Monmouth beats Scots

1910 1st airship with passengers sets afloat-zeppelin Deutscheland

1934 John Dillinger is informally named America’s first Public Enemy Number One

1948 Todd Rundgren, American rock singer-songwriter (“We Gotta Get You A Woman”; “Hello It’s Me”; “Bang The Drum All Day”), multi-instrumentalist and producer (The Tubes; XTC; Grand Funk Railroad), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Todd Rundgren plays his song ‘Hiroshima’ live in Japan with his band Utopia… Powerful stuff…

1963 “Little” Stevie Wonder aged 13 releases his first single “Fingertips” (first live non-studio recording to go to No. 1 on Billboard)

1981 John McEnroe’s famous ‘You cannot be serious’ rant in 1st round win over Tom Gullikson at Wimbledon

1984 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Weather Report, The Smiths, and Black Uhuru headline; other performers include: Ian Dury, Joan Baez, The Waterboys, Fela Kuti, General Public, Dr. John, Fairport Convention, Christy Moore, Brass Construction, The Staple Singers, Billy Bragg, and Amazulu,

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 22, 2022 4:54 am


Sincerest condolences on your sad loss. Keep all those happy memories of Dot close.


June 22, 2022 7:54 am

Bricklayers and Mason’s FC, or as we call them here the SFA 😀 Another great read 👍

Here’s another photo for your scrapbook if you’ve not got it


Jobo Baldie
June 22, 2022 8:00 am

Good morning friends and thanks for another great midweek history lesson, SeS.
I see we had 3 Thomsons in our starting 11 whilst the Brickies had a Thompson. Reminds me of an old joke about the lawyers firm, Flynn, Flyyn and Flynn which I might post later, even though it’s pretty naff!

June 22, 2022 8:17 am


Terrific,canny believe who we played that day.

Bricklayers & Masons FC-we are still up against Hammer throwers and Masons every week!

Exchange rate has changed a bit in that time though-from about 7.5:1 to 1.2:1.

But the biggest surprise is that Weather Report were still going in 1984! Here they are,top of their game…


June 22, 2022 8:17 am


Sue,Grabbit and Runne.

St tams
June 22, 2022 9:15 am

Sincere condolences on your loss.
Prayers and thoughts with you and your family.

St tams
June 22, 2022 9:16 am

Excellent as always.
I can’t believe “you can’t be serious ” was 41 years ago

June 22, 2022 9:38 am

Brilliant and instructive, as ever. Thank you again.

June 22, 2022 10:01 am


Excellent read again 👏👏👏

91 years later it’s Shitlayers and Masons FC or as I now know them Sevco or Newco, take your pick !!!!!!

Enjoy your day folks, and be careful out there ( Says me who’s meeting BRRB later).

Aaaaahhhhhh !!!!!!!!!!!!

June 22, 2022 10:42 am

Thank you all for your very welcome kind comments. HH

June 22, 2022 10:42 am

Jobo you reminded me of a line that has stuck in my head. Knew it was a Harry H Corbett series after Steptoe and have managed to find it.
It was called Grundy. He was recently divorced and down on his luck. Telling someone about the divorce he said:
My solicitors were Pratt, Pratt and Malone. I got Malone. Turns out he was the biggest Pratt of the lot.

June 22, 2022 10:44 am

Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis was awarded by his village’s cultural association for his sports career so far

The award was handed to him by his proud grandpa, Giorgos Giakoumakis. https://t.co/vm8mVCpfKM

June 22, 2022 10:45 am

Informative, educational and entertaining.
What more could anyone ask for?
Thank You.

June 22, 2022 10:45 am


BIGRAILROADBLUES is the type of fella SOLKITTS and I would drink with forty years ago. Or the type I would bevvy with in Kilwinning in the late 90s. I reckon I’m still capable of a sesh,for sure,but doing it day in day out,wow. That is truly admirable.

I have long said I’d leave my body to science,see if they can figure out how it’s coped with my lifestyle for so long. BRRB should maybe leave his to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not…

June 22, 2022 11:02 am

36 years ago today:

Diego Maradona gets the ball in his own half, facing his own goal, with two markers on him.

The commentator can’t believe what happens next…



June 22, 2022 11:06 am

I always drink in moderation. Or until I get chucked out.

June 22, 2022 11:43 am

Morning all & Packy.

SeS, always a good read pal! 🙂

June 22, 2022 12:07 pm

SeS, I bet Mahe & Bobby just love your Wednesday contibutions even more, gives them a well deserved day off from writing their quality, always intesting and independant articles. We’re blessed with this site! 🙂

Prestonpans bhoys
June 22, 2022 12:41 pm

Absolutely agree, great articles plus some fantastic contributions from posters too, on tactics, formations etc.

June 22, 2022 12:53 pm

Deadline for naps will be 1pm Saturday. When Bobby puts dedicated page up – post entries there.

Ty and Gl

June 22, 2022 1:02 pm

Prestonpans bhoys, Yes the guest articles are brilliant too, wish there were more of them. 🙂

June 22, 2022 1:04 pm

Twisty, looking forward to the Naps. Thank you very much. 🙂

Jobo Baldie
June 22, 2022 1:10 pm

Ok, so worst joke ever time which actually might not work as good in printed form but here goes.
A guy is in a bit of bother and decides to phone his solicitors, Flynn, Flynn and Flynn. Ring, ring……. ring, ring…. then “Good afternoon, thanks for calling Flynn, Flynn and Flynn, how can I help?” Guy says “can I speak to Mr Flynn?” and is told “sorry, he’s in a meeting”. “Well, can you put me through to Mr Flynn then?” he asks but learns “I’m afraid Mr Flynn is off sick”. Guy explains that he’s sorry to hear that and continues “Oh well then, is Mr Flynn available?” to which the other guy replies “yes, speaking!” Boom boom!!!

June 22, 2022 1:14 pm

Jobo, a wee chuckle! 🙂 🙂

June 22, 2022 1:16 pm

Jim – you’re starting on minus 50 😆

June 22, 2022 1:19 pm

Twisty, LOL 🙂

June 22, 2022 1:20 pm

Jobo sounds like the guy that answered the phone was really a Pratt

June 22, 2022 1:34 pm

Good afternoon from the Avant Garde pub In Glasgow City Centre.

Yes, I know !!!!!!!!

Tollbooth next 👍👍👍

16 Roads
June 22, 2022 1:39 pm

Jobo – That joke is so bad it’s actually good!!
HH. 🙂🍀🏆

June 22, 2022 1:42 pm

Leggy, did you get a train into Glasgow city centre?

16 Roads
June 22, 2022 1:45 pm

SeS – Really enjoy reading about the club’s magical history, always an education.
Excellent content chief, much obliged.
HH. 🏆🍀

June 22, 2022 1:45 pm

Frodsham Bhoy & JNP thanks lads.

Leggy -cheers buddy – I’m getting an operation to hollow out my legs so I can join you and BRRB one afternoon soon 🤣

Jobo – aye that one definitely works hehehehehehe 😊

JTT53 – thanks buddy – tbh I started because I needed something to do on a Sunday – to calm me down after The Marr Show… 🙃

Seriously tho’ it’s to give our two hosts a wee break as they work so hard at this site. The number of folk here who join in with their own tales and expert knowledge makes it worthwhile.

It remains my hope that someone will have a go at this caper, to freshen it up on a Wednesday … maybe bring a different approach and ideas … more thanhappy to share this space. But I’m not complaining and happy to keep them coming.


June 22, 2022 1:47 pm

16 Roads – cheers buddy, much appreciated and good to see you here posting. Keep them coming.

June 22, 2022 1:47 pm


I did get train. 1 an hour from EK 👍

Here’s hoping later I can scramble on one 😜😜

16 Roads
June 22, 2022 1:50 pm

Speaking of magic – someone must have been at the magic mushrooms – only after reading wee Kyogo is signing for Nottingham Forest – fee mentioned being £12.5million!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
Suffering Jesus.
It is the silly season I suppose, but that’s just pure mentalism.🤯

The Fenian Whaler
June 22, 2022 1:52 pm

How da feck could ye’s all forget the birthday of one of the most gifted players of our generation🤨🤔? A player that many of us had the pleasure to watch in the famous hooped shirt of Celtic. Will we ever see his like again?

I give you the one, the only ‘LUBO’

Ľubomír “Lubo” Moravčík (born 22 June 1965)

We are not worthy CSC🍀🍀☘

16 Roads
June 22, 2022 1:53 pm

Your welcome SeS & thanks again chief.
HH. 😎🍀

The Real McCoy
June 22, 2022 2:01 pm

TFW – Łubomir Moremagic 👏🍀
16 Roads – perennial reply to Forest-
‘ Aye , whit game ye want him for’ 😂🍀

The Real McCoy
June 22, 2022 2:07 pm

Weefra the Tim ,
I lurked on CQN for many years and enjoyed your tales of your farm and your animals. They were certainly uplifting, thank you.
So sorry for your loss. May your beloved Dot
Rest In Peace 🙏🏻
You’ll Never Walk Alone 💚

16 Roads
June 22, 2022 2:10 pm

The Fenian Whaler – Unbelievable!!
Was fortunate enough to be in attendance for Lubo’s debut.
That goal against Hibs @ 4:33 is one of my all time favourite goals – like an exocet missile!!
A gift from God indeed.
Lá breithe shona Lubo.💚🤍🧡
HH. 🍀🏆

16 Roads
June 22, 2022 2:19 pm

The Real McCoy – Reading tripe like that would drive ye to drink mate.
The player is contacted to 2025 & happy as a pig in fertiliser.
Even if the quote was £50million – there would be a revolution at the suggestion of even considering selling wee Kyogo.
HH. 🍀🏆

Mike in Toronto
June 22, 2022 3:20 pm

I have heard that Fairhill Bhoy and Weefra have both suffered losses recently. I dont know how often they post on here, but I wanted to pass along my condolences to both of them. If they aren’t lurking, can I impose on someone to pass along my condolences.

big packy
June 22, 2022 3:20 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, SALTIRES brilliant reading as usual,a quick true story, was walking the dugs this morning, walk them along the A56 expressway that goes to warrington its got a big pedestrian walkway, you have to walk through a little wood to get to the expressway, suddenly the dogs started barking, thought what are they barking at, then seen a cop halving a pish behind some bushes 😎you should have seen his face, I pretended not to see him,😎 then seen a police car at the side of the road with a grey old looking vauxhall car in front of it, the driver was in the back of the police car, went on my walk, 3/4 of an hour later the 2 cars were still there, then I noticed on the front and side of the police car the word heddlu it was a welsh police car, I did not know the welsh police had jurasdiction in england ,anyway as I passed it a local taxi turned up. JIM would have loved this, the policeman put the driver into the taxi and they sped off, im only presuming the driver of the vauxhall had no tax insurance or mot, because if it was a stolen car they would not have let him go ,JIM sherlock poirot solve that one😎

June 22, 2022 3:44 pm

MIT. 3.20.
I will pass on your message to Fairhill Bhoy.

June 22, 2022 3:44 pm

That sounds like a good explanation Packy. Although my expertise is murder! 🙂

Mike in Toronto
June 22, 2022 3:47 pm


thanks. Appreciate it.

Mike in Toronto
June 22, 2022 4:01 pm

Pre-season friendly with Rapid Vienna?!

Why not just go all the way, and line up a pre-season friendly tournament in Belfast between Celtic, Atletico Madrid, Sevco and Linfield … with Celtic’s share of the profits to go to Celtic’s favourite Charities… Celtic and Peter Lawwell?

big packy
June 22, 2022 4:05 pm

JIM loved that ,stop pinching my jokes😎

big packy
June 22, 2022 4:07 pm

JIM was thinking back, was it bishop scanlan that confirmed us,??