29th June – If you know your history

91 years ago …and on this day (Monday) Celts conclude their USA tour and their 13th match Stateside with a victory in Baltimore.

The previous Thursday Celts had played their first ever game under floodlights* , with a victory (0-5) in Detroit, against Michigan All-Stars. A signed match programme sold at Christie’s for an undisclosed price:

Michigan All-Stars v. Celtic, match programme, 25/6/31, played at the University of Detroit Stadium, USA, the cover bearing eight autographs, comprising: Tom Maley, John Thompson, James McGrory, Charles Napier, Peter Scarff, Peter Wilson, Robert Whitelaw and James McStay, vertical fold

On the Saturday 27th June, Celts travel up to Toronto to play Ulster United and secured a win (1-3)

Celtics opponents were the Toronto Ulster United but since they were enhanced by 5 players from The Toronto Scottish –including Billy Somers, the son of a famous Scottish international (could this have been Peter Somers?), and Davie Weir who had played for Glasgow Rangers before coming to Canada, also were described as United but might have also been referred to as Toronto Ulster/Scottish.

Then it was back to USA for the final game of the tour on Monday evening.

1931-06-29: Canton S.C (Baltimore) 1-4 Celtic, American Tour

There appears to have been some confusion as to who scored two goals for Celtic. The Herald has it McGhee while the Scotsman has McGrory. In John Cairney’s book on Jimmy McGrory “Heroes are Forever” he quotes from McGrory’s diary for 28 June. ” some of us went to the Brooklyn Paramount Picture House, and others went off to play in a floodlit match against Baltimore Canton, which they won 4-1. I think we had the better time than they did.

The last match of the tour seems to have been hastily arranged as a fill-in for the postponed Newark Americans fixture. According to press reports the U.S.F.A. would not sanction the Newark Americans fixture. Other press reports of the game against the New York Yankees on the 28th June refer to that match as the last of the tour, and this may explain the dearth of US newspaper coverage of the Canton game, and also the crowd, which was the smallest of the tour.

The Scotsman – Saturday, 4th July 1931, page 17


New York, July 2.—Well pleased with their tour in the United States, during-which they scored 43 goals against 18, the Glasgow Celtic left for home aboard the Transylvania yesterday. Officials of the United States Football Association, including Colonel G. Randolph, and a delegate of Knights of Columbus were at the pier to bid them good-bye.—Press Association.

Teams (n/a)



McGhee, (2); Hughes, Whitelaw.



Attendance: 2,800

Venue: Hornewood Field, Baltimore.

The Scotsman – Thursday, 2nd July 1931, page 14



Baltimore, July 1.—There may be better football teams than Glasgow Celtic, but the people of Baltimore admit frankly that they have never seen them.

Before more than 2800 spectators, and beneath scores of floodlights, Celtic, who sail today from New York for England, gave a splendid exhibition, and beat Baltimore by 4 goals to 1.

Baltimore were surprised at the skill of the Scotsmen, and were quite outplayed. McGrory (two), Hughes, and Whitelaw were the Scottish goalscorers.

Celtic thus scored their tenth victory out of 13 games played in this country during the last five weeks.—Press Association.


BALTIMORE, Wednesday.

There may be better football teams than Celtic, but the people of Baltimore admit frankly that they have never seen them. Before more than 2,000 spectators and beneath scores of floodlights, Celtic, who sail today from New York to England, gave a splendid exhibition, and beat Baltimore by four goals to one. Baltimore were surprised at the skill of the Scotsmen, and were quite outplayed. McGhee (2), Hughes, and Whitelaw were the Scottish goal-scorers.

Celtic thus scored their 10th victory out of 13 games played in this country during the last five weeks.–Press Associates Special Telegram.


Native American Chief

To commemorate Celtic’s first tour of America in 1931, the Bhoys were presented with a Native American Chief Statuette from the United States Football Association. During the tour, which was centred around Pennsylvania, New York and Baltimore, Celtic played 13 games, won 9, lost three and drew once.

The Scotsman – Saturday, 11th July 1931, page 20


Members of Celtic Football club, who have been on tour in America and Canada during the past two months, had a boisterous welcome last night when they disembarked from the Anchor liner Transylvania at Yorkhill, Glasgow. As the liner passed up the river there were cheering crowds on both banks, and many waved Celtic’s colours.

There was one member of the team missing. He was James McGrory, the centre-forward, who left the ship at Moville, in the North of Ireland, early in the morning. McGrory was married a few hours after reaching Irish soil.

In an interview, Mr Tom White, chairman of the club, said the team had had a wonderful trip, though he thought that the arrangements on the other side could have been a little better. The team had had a strenuous time. They had to make, long journeys, and, with the excessive heat, he thought they were a bit unlucky. He attributed the club’s three defeats to the abnormal conditions.

Mr William Maley, the manager, remarked that the refereeing in America was terrible. They had rules of their own, he said, and football would not make much progress there until they had better control of the game.

*General query to Sentinels – was this really our first game under floodlights? .. fairly sure we saw details of a game played under artificial lighting in Glasgow many decades earlier ? Maybe that was gaslight .. not electric ‘floodlight’

In other news:

SCOTS IN NEW YORK REMEMBER BURNS New York, June 28. — The various Scottish Societies of New York City paraded through the streets to Central Park today, led by a pipe band, in memory, of Robert Burns.—Reut

The General Election in Spain has overwhelmingly endorsed the Republican candidates and rejected the monarchy.

General stuff:

512 A solar eclipse is recorded by a monastic chronicler in Ireland

1540 Former Lord Privy Seal and Chancellor of the Exchequer of England Thomas Cromwell indicted as a heretic

1613 Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, burns down during a performance of “Henry VIII”

1659 The Russians, led by Prince Trubetskoy are defeated by the Ukrainian armies of Ivan Vyhovsky in the Battle of Konotop

1906 US Open Men’s Golf, Onwentsia GC: Scotsman Alex Smith wins first of his 2 Open titles, 7 strokes ahead of runner-up and younger brother Willie Smith

1958 FIFA World Cup Final, Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden: Vavá & Pelé each score 2 goals as Brazil beats Sweden, 5-2

1986 FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City: Argentina beats West Germany, 3-2 in front of 114,600

2000 Eminem’s mother goes to court claiming defamation of character in a $10 million civil suit, after taking exception to the line “My mother smokes more dope than I do” from her son’s single ‘My Name Is’

2008 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England; Leonard Cohen the highlight singing “Hallelujah”

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 29, 2022 8:00 am


You certainly did join in at the wrong time last night!

Sorry I wasn’t around either. I was in Cambridge at around that time.

June 29, 2022 8:06 am

Thanks once again SeS for another illuminating leader. My, thon Davie Weir had some longevity…😉🤣

June 29, 2022 8:15 am

Friesdorfer —aye buddy, he did too, but his bhoy is still a bhoy, or so they say 🌞

The Real McCoy
June 29, 2022 8:22 am

Morning Sentinel Celts 👋🏻🍀 and especially Weefra 💚 it’s so good to have you here.
I’ve finally succumbed to The Virus 🤧
Probably ridden my luck or maybe I’ve been careful as I did work in a ‘ haphazard’ environment during the year of fear. But it’s still out there 🦠.
Only discovered this song recently. Somehow escaped my attention or has it been ignored 🤔
It’s a poignant reminder of what our frontline heroes have been through and are still actually experiencing 👍🏻👏👏👏

Working On The Frontline- Jessie & The Leonards


HH 🍀💚

The Real McCoy
June 29, 2022 8:42 am

Love hearing about that early American tour.
It reminds me so much of reading The Celtic View and the DR when The Celtic Cubs went Stateside in the summer of ‘66 in preparation for
The Season of All Seasons when they grew into LIONS 🦁 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🍀

Celtic Tour of America 1966

Loved the clip of Billy, John and Big Cush 💚

The Real McCoy
June 29, 2022 8:48 am

Bobby Lennox ( anecdote from’66 tour).


This tour of the States started with the team having a holiday in Bermuda and playing against a couple of local teams. It was on this tour living, sleeping and eating together that a young team of Scottish youths would be moulded into the team that became the Champions of Europe in the coming season. Jock Stein saw enough on this tour to convert Bertie Auld from a traditional winger to a midfielder and a partnership with the late, great Bobby Murdoch. We all know how well that worked out.

Bobby Lennox mentions this tour in his 1982 autobiography “A Million Miles For Celtic” (written by Gerry McNee and Forwarded by Jock Stein – ISBN 0 09 150240 3, Stanley Paul publishers). Reading it it is obvious that Bobby really enjoyed himself on this tour for he tells us “… it was a dream and really gave us a chance to mix and get to know each other. Morale was sky high” He goes on to remember some funny moments from the tour –

We were there only a couple of days when my buddy Jimmy Johnstone and I bought a couple of ‘Texas-Style’ hats to make us look like a couple of big shots! We had decided to mosey along to the room shared by Billy McNeill and John Clark to show off our purchases. Billy looked really impressed as he took the hat from my head then with a grin and a flick of the wrist sent it spinning across the room, over the balcony and down eight storeys! I remained calm and casually picked up a book by his bedside and inquired, “Enjoying this Billy?” Before he could reply I had sent it spinning in the same direction as my hat. He froze in his tracks with a look of horror on his face and I remember thinking, “It can’t be that good a book”. John Clark flew past me onto the balcony and as I ran over it was raining five pound notes. Billy’s entire holiday money had been hidden in the pages!
In eleven matches played, Celtic scored 47 goals and conceded only 6. The table below shows a list of all matches played, dates, venues, results and indicates if a programme was issued or not.

Tour dates: May 12, 1966 – June 12, 1966. Results: 8 wins, 0 draws, 3 losses | Goals: 47 for, 6 against.

” with that impressive record behind us we looked forward to 1966-7 with confidence yet not realizing that for all of us the greatest season of our lives was about to dawn.”

Bobby Lennox
Celtic returned from this tour to win every competition that they entered during the 1966/67 season. They won the European cup, beating Internationale Milan 2-1 in the final in Lisbon, pipped a great Rangers team to the Scottish League Championship, beat Aberdeen in the
Scottish FA Cup final and won the Scottish League Cup beating Rangers (again) at Hampden Park.

June 29, 2022 8:49 am

Good morning all from Govanhill. F.A.O. Twisty and other sportsmen. My horse Ustath is running in the 2.50 at Thirsk today. Trappy contest, 20 runners. Small stakes advised e/w. I’ll watch it in the pub as I may take to the drink after the race.

June 29, 2022 9:12 am

Morning all. HH

St tams
June 29, 2022 9:13 am

Another fantastic read.
I also thought our first game under floodlights was in the UK.

Will need to have a look

June 29, 2022 9:17 am

The Real McCoy – great stuff on that tour cheers – seems that we have a good tried & tested model for building team spirit.

St. Tams – cheers – aye thought that too but couldn’t find it.

June 29, 2022 9:19 am


Enjoy today buddy and good luck on horses – ye can buy us cocktails on Thursday with those winnings ( Btw – now meeting
Nearer 1pm btw if you got update from Leggy?)


The Real McCoy
June 29, 2022 10:23 am

Found this on t’internet.
‘The first match @ Celtic Park under electric light was a 1-1 draw between Celtic & Clyde on Christmas Day 1893. Sixteen lamps tried to penetrate the gloomy, foggy evening with 3,000 inside the ground. On 11th January 1894, Walter Arnott playing for St.Bernards complained that the electric cable strung across the pitch hampered the play in his side`s 8-1 defeat to Celtic! When Celtic raised the league Champions flag(a Union Flag in green) on 7th April it went up on one of the poles used for the lamps.’
Not sure if first time ever for Celtic, but first at Celtic Park 🇮🇪 🍀

BRRB- 🤞🐎🙏🏻🍺

June 29, 2022 10:34 am


Strange you should mention the Brazil team of 1958,perhaps the one that led to the ultimate highlight,THAT side in 1970.

Two years earlier,a 23yo,only three years into his career,had made his debut for England in a friendly against Brazil at Wembley. He scored twice,and was widely regarded as the fastest player in the domestic game.

He died yesterday,89yo. There’s a fine tribute to him in The Guardian. Including the fact that he was on the same bill-and paid the same amount-as The Beatles! He was known as The Singing Winger,I kid you not.

I reckon wee Jinky and him will be having a few discussions upstairs about who was the best winger-and who was the best singer! So if we hear a heavenly chorus anytime soon,you’ll know why…


June 29, 2022 10:37 am


Good luck with the virus. It certainly IS still there. We had an outbreak of it at my work in April. I’ve missed it so far,but I still try not to take liberties.

The Real McCoy
June 29, 2022 10:41 am

Hope you don’t mind. Had a quick Oddschecker and Ustath 🐎 is available 10-12/1.
B365 , Skybet paying 6 places e/w .
Of course it’s going to win 🥇 👍🏻

She’s A Winner – The Intruders


June 29, 2022 10:41 am


Billy’s book,20th Century style…

June 29, 2022 10:44 am

From Fabrizio Romano on Twitter Schalke are set to sign Christopher Jullien from Celtic. Done deal and medical ongoing right now – gonna be loan deal with buy option included. 🔵🤝 #Schalke04

Contract to be signed later today, right after medical tests.

Bada Bing
June 29, 2022 10:46 am

Jullien to Shalke,loan deal with option to buy

June 29, 2022 10:47 am

The Real McCoy.
Hope you don’t get it too bad, I’m still testing positive, for it, bit like a heavy cold, last 3 says groundhog day, not any better nor any worse.
My wife is on road to recovery, she tested positive a few days before me, though.

June 29, 2022 10:48 am


AFAIK,Jullien is in the last year of his deal anyway. Loan with option to buy makes no sense.

June 29, 2022 10:52 am


A good move all round for Christopher, hope he can rebuild his career in Germany

Bobby – interesting stuff there and amazing what us out there to check out.

The Real McCoy – apologies I missed your c19 updates- hope it goes well.

Good find on the Floodlights information was fairly sure there ere much older events under lights. Is there a distinction between floodlights and lights ( even if both electric)?

The Real McCoy
June 29, 2022 10:53 am

Absolutely brilliant 🤩. Howling 😭😃
Thanks pal that was a nice wee uplift 🙏🏻
As for virus, although it’s rife and mask wearing has fallen off a cliff, I think I was too complacent.
Can’t pinpoint a source though.
Think I’m over the worst 🤞. Just need to care for Lady McCoy now 🏥
JNP – sounds similar, thank you.
SES – 👍🏻

June 29, 2022 11:19 am

Another most enjoyable read and even managing to squeeze Eminem, in, superb.
Here’s one he produced ,Ghetto Gospel, Tupac had recorded it, 12 years previously, Eminem asked permission , from Tupac’s estate to work on it, thankfully they said yes.
He slowed it down and welded it with Elton John’s Indian Sunset. Elton said, how Eminem managed to meld, the songs ” I will never know. It’s just genius ”
Of couse, The song was written by Tupac as an outcry to “end the war on the streets”, addressing the futility of racial difference and dissidence, particularly under the unifying banner of poverty. He also pays tribute to murdered black activists Malcolm X and Bobby Hutton in the song.
Elton John’s song, Indian Sunset written by Bernie Taupin, chronicles the story of an unnamed American Indian warrior on the verge of defeat from the white man. Bernie Taupin was inspired to write the lyrics after visiting a Native American reservation.


June 29, 2022 11:27 am

TRM- missed the 12/1. Got 10/1, best odds guaranteed.
SeS Leggy can’t make it, he’s too many days out with me and is in rehab. I might be later if Mrs BRRB wants a lift. Where are we going?

St tams
June 29, 2022 11:28 am

Disappointed that Julien is going.
The best centre half at the club as far as I’m concerned.
But Ange calls the shots.

June 29, 2022 12:08 pm


A fascinating read & link buddy thanks

Prestonpans bhoys
June 29, 2022 12:09 pm

Romano tweeted:

Schalke are set to sign Christopher Jullien from Celtic. Done deal and medical ongoing right now – gonna be loan deal with buy option included #Schalke04 Contract to be signed later today, right after medical tests.

Does this Romano guru guy not know that CJ is in his last year and can sign a pre contract after Christmas. More like off on loan and pay his wages😱

June 29, 2022 12:10 pm


Aye Leggy told me he is out and about at another gig. No probs buddy the plan back of 1 at the original venue.

You can get my details from Leggy and I’ll share venue (offline)


June 29, 2022 12:30 pm

Another great read 👍
A quick Google search seems to confirm Billy was the son of Peter.

This is good

June 29, 2022 12:51 pm


I knew you would get that one sorted ✅

Great video too ✊

The Fenian Whaler
June 29, 2022 2:06 pm

Apparently Celtic has an optional year extension on Jullien’s contract – so basically he could still have 2 seasons left contractually. If the loan deal at Schalke works out for Julien Celtic is likely to use the year contract extension to try and wangle some money out of Schalke in transfer fees. Would be a bit harsh if they did this IMHO. They obviously don’t want the big Jessie so I’d be inclined just to let him go to free up his substantial wage which is allegedly an eye-watering £23k p/w.

June 29, 2022 2:47 pm

Oh please,can we stoap denying wurr history.i checked my electronic TL and it comes up saying Cellic only goat thi floodlights to help thi looftwafer during the blitz

Great reading today.Thank you.
The 1-1 game v Hakoah was a bit of a rough house.They were an Austrian jewish select,some perished in the years to come.once the nazis chaos gripped.

See youz over weekend

The Real McCoy
June 29, 2022 2:52 pm

BRRB has just been declared as substitute jockey 🏇🏻 on Ustath . Odds now 20/1😱

The Real McCoy
June 29, 2022 3:02 pm

The Nabbla ,
They wurny floodlites. It wiz connels oot the chaipel 🕯🕯🕯🔥

A thing of beauty
June 29, 2022 3:09 pm

St Tams,
I have never had full confidence in Julienne, I always felt there was a mistake round the corner. I recall he played really well at ibrox when we beat them 2-0 there very early in his celtic career but other than that I just couldn’t trust him.
People say he lacked physical presence and whilst that is true to a certain extent I will excuse him for that. There is physical presence and there is being concerned that you are going to get elbowed every time you jump for the ball and the referee allows it. He’s remembered for making Lyndon Dykes a player but for me it’s harsh. Dykes fouled him consistently and the refs just ignored it. I hope he does well in Germany for no other reason really than we’ll get a few pounds back for him. I don’t think he’s a miss.

June 29, 2022 3:14 pm

TRM, that was my last chance at glory. I’m keeping the training fees for BEER!!!! 🤣

Bada Bing
June 29, 2022 3:23 pm

Seems we have triggered Jullien 1 year extension before he went to Shalke,makes sense

The Real McCoy
June 29, 2022 3:45 pm

You stay in training 🍺
Always next time 🏇🏻👍🏻😂

June 29, 2022 3:48 pm


Yet another brilliant piece of writing. Cheers for that. From memory, the original experiment with artificial lighting, was terminated quite quickly. Apparently, the ball kept striking the overhead cables, during the match. This was deemed too dangerous an idea, to continue with. Again, from memory, in 1955 or thereabouts, Celtic hosted English champions Wolves, to celebrate the coming of floodlighting, to Paradise. Shortly after, Celtic legend Bobby Collins-the wee barra-was sold to Leeds United, much to the dismay of the supporters. It was widely rumoured at the time, that this sale paid for the new floodlights. Who woulda thought it? A Celtic board acting like a shower of tight-fisted gits. That noble tradition continues to this very day.


Here’s to a speedy recovery for you both.

Hail Hail.

June 29, 2022 3:55 pm


Great stuff!

June 29, 2022 4:00 pm

Have John McEnroe & Art Garfunkel ever been seen in the same room…

…where the ragged people go..

June 29, 2022 4:06 pm

TRM, next time I’m putting Lord Lucan up on Shergar. I’d stand more chance. 🤣

June 29, 2022 4:17 pm

A small but select bunch of drunks meeting at the Horseshoe Bar, Glasgow 1pm tomorrow. All welcome, no exceptions.

June 29, 2022 4:35 pm

Craig76, cannae be right mate, we guided the Luftwaffe in during WW2. Fecking stupid huns. 🤪

June 29, 2022 4:38 pm



Castro & Khrushchev conspire with Celtic in cunning plan to guide missiles…

Burgess, Philby & MacLean CSC

June 29, 2022 4:41 pm

SeS, some half back line. 😂

June 29, 2022 4:44 pm


Midfield -Otherwise known as the low (soviet) bloc

I’ll get ma coat

St tams
June 29, 2022 4:48 pm

I feel the exact same with Starfelt.
His body shape is all wrong when receiving a pass and looks so uncomfortable in possession. Also, considering he plays on the left hand side of defence. He just cannot use his left foot.
There is no way we can go into the CLwith him in that position.

June 29, 2022 4:49 pm

SeS, is there no end to this folly? 🙄