10th August…..if you know your history.

Twisty made the following request (3rd August 2022):

“May I respectfully ask you that when doing next weeks article you have a look at August 10 1970. The Glasgow Cup final. There’s some great reading re that final, in particular concerning Cattenach, Sean Fallon and Alex McDonald. (Yes, the AMcD from the dark side)

Happy to oblige Twisty.

Really must confess that I didn’t know this story. Was this the start of The Bash … ah mean …Quality Street Kids? ( help)

52 years ago … 1970 On this Day ( Monday) a “youthful” Celtic team meet full-strength (sic) Rangers.

“Son, that’s the greatest tackle I’ve ever seen in my life…”

1970-08-10: Celtic 3-1 Rangers, Glasgow Cup Final (Hampden)

Season 1969-70 Glasgow Cup Final. No space in the fixture list could be found at the end of the previous season to play this game and it was decided to postpone it to now. Played at Hampden.

Jock Stein only made one announcement pre-game and that was that Evan Williams would start in goal. John Fallon had been set to continue but the sudden death of his brother saw him committed to family matters.

Billy McNeill was rested as was Brogan, Johnstone, Lennox, Hood and Hughes – very much a second choice team in terms of position and mix – who had all played in the season opener against Hearts in the League Cup. Bobby Murdoch captained the side.

It was clear that Willie Waddell the new Rangers manager wanted to win this one and they fielded a strong side.

At Hampden Park attendance 58,144 Celtic fielded, in essence, a second string team and won convincingly against Rangers’ first eleven. Stein left out McNeill, Brogan, Clark, Johnstone, Hood, Lennox, Hughes, Chalmers and Auld from the team and still won with ease.

There was a considerable gap between the sides and Celtic let up long before the end.

Connelly got the plaudits for a masterful display at centre back with strong defending and magnificent long range passing from defence. Connelly was placed behind twin markers Cattenach and Hay and the new formation was an outstanding success.

Quinn’s goal was reminiscent of Lennox, a speedy burst through the Rangers’ defence and a strong finish.

Great story from George Connelly’s autobiography

They decided they were gonna do Alex MacDonald during a game v Rangers as he was always a dirty bastard against them. The chance came and Cattenach caught up with him around the throat with his boot as Macdonald bent down to header a ball. MacDonald got carried off and Cattenach gets away with it.

They go in at half time, dressing room cock a hoop at getting rid of MacDonald. Stein comes in and goes mental at Cattenach: “If you ever make another tackle like that again it will be the last time you wear the hoops!”.

Dressing room falls silent and all the players have their heads down as Stein goes for it.

“I was walking towards the door to go out for the second half chastened with my head down ” said Davie Cattenach.

“Next thing is I felt an arm going round my shoulder, I look round and it’s Sean Fallon.

“Sean Fallon whispers in my ear: “Son, that’s the greatest tackle I ever seen in my life!”


Celtic: Williams, Craig, Gemmell, Murdoch (captain), Connolly, Cattenach, Hay, Callaghan, Wallace, Macari, Quinn (Davidson)

Goals:- Gemmell 2 (3 19), Quinn (48).

Rangers: RM Watson, Jardine, Mathieson, Greig, Jackson, D Smith, Henderson, Conn, Stein, McDonald (Miller), Johnston

Goal:- Greig (27).

Referee: T. Wharton (Glasgow).

Attendance: 58,144.

Evening Times 11th August 1970:

Hay there, haud on Davie… relax man, he won’t see the second hauf …

George Connolly absolutely dominated Colin Stein for 90 minutes.

Who is crossing this? (Help)

In other news …

Singer Jim Morrison’s trial for “lewd and lascivious behavior” begins in Miami, Florida

The Doors at Dade County Courthouse… only open from the outside…

In August and September of 1970 Jim Morrison was put on trial on charges of obscenity in Miami, Florida. It was a case that pitted one of rock n roll’s most outrageous performers against conservative southern America.

The charges resulted from Morrison and The Doors performance at the Coconut Grove’s old Dinner Key Auditorium the year before. Morrison was eventually found guilty of just two charges, indecent exposure and open profanity and sentenced to six months in jail and a $500 fine. Morrison was appealing the judgement from his new home in Paris when he died aged 27 in 1971.

General stuff….

610 In Islam, the traditional date of the Laylat al-Qadr, when Muhammad began to receive the Qur’an

1316 Second Battle of Athenry, Anglo-Norman victory over Gaelic clan alliance. ( according to our history office… a few jaickets on shoogly pegs in there…)

1566 Protestant Iconoclasm “Beeldenstorm” begins in European Low Countries

1776 American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London

1787 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his chamber piece “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” (A Little Serenade)

1792 large scale insurrection against the French monarchy occurs in Paris

1893 Chinese deported from San Francisco under Exclusion Act

1934 Babe Ruth announces this is his final season as full time player

1971 Roy Keane, soccer ( fitba!!) player born in Cork, Ireland.

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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August 10, 2022 6:25 am


Great article.

Evoked some fantastic memories and a reminder of what a tremendous talent George Connelly was.

Much appreciated.

August 10, 2022 7:29 am

As ever, a fabulous read. Wednesday’s are great, I don’t work on a Wed and I get to read your article, at my own pace.
You’ve even managed to touch on the first game, I attended, which was the Hearts, League Cup, game, mentioned in the report.
What a talent George was, a real case of, could have, would have, should have. In the short time, he played he was an undoubted star.
I think anyone who ever saw Alex McDonald, play against us, would agree with the players thoughts on him.

August 10, 2022 7:38 am

Superb as always 👌
Had a wee search online and the player crossing the ball could be Tommy Callaghan

Jobo Baldie
August 10, 2022 7:54 am

Good morning, friends.
Another good breakfast read, thanks SeS. An interesting start to the back page Daily Record report of that game – “Celtic’s gay babes in the mood won brilliantly at Hampden Park last night…..”

August 10, 2022 8:13 am

Thanks for that, indeed for the continued hard work you obviously put in to these articles.

I had never read that story either until I stumbled across it.

August 10, 2022 8:18 am

Here’s a wee story of how this blog can create wonderful acts of kindness.

I related a story on here last week about my regret at throwing out all my Celtic Views. ( well actually I inherited them from my brother)

Someone from this site got in touch with me to offer me their collection free of charge.and delivery free of charge too.

What a lovely thing to do eh? Kindness and generosity.

He wouldn’t want name checked but I’ll risk his wrath by name checking him anyway

Chalmersbhoy- what a gent.

August 10, 2022 8:58 am

Morning all,

Looks like a Roaster today !!!!!

And that’s only Belmont Brian 😂😂😂

Only kidding BB 👍

Another inspired article as usual 👏👏👏

George Connelly, what a player and what a player he could also have been ( If that makes sense).

Another player who could have been in that category was Stevie Murray. Anyone remember him ??

Enjoy the ☀️Everyone 💚

August 10, 2022 9:14 am

This is from the same poster yesterday. Chalmersbhoy.
I’ve got a box full of the broons and oor wullie from the 70s onwards my maw stopped buying me them when I was 30.
You can have them if you want..I’ve read them so many times..

Jobo Baldie
August 10, 2022 9:36 am

A bit of a random question but can anyone tell me whether our main domestic rivals are Going for 56? It all seems a bit quiet on that one?
ps I do know that, if anything, they’re going for 2 but you certainly won’t hear much mention of that!

Bada Bing
August 10, 2022 9:38 am


August 10, 2022 9:40 am

Lovely gesture. You’ll enjoy those.

August 10, 2022 9:46 am

I very gratefully turned them down, I’m not looking for a collection, I just bought a couple out of interest and nostalgia. They’re still up for grabs if anyone is interested! (Maybe 🙂 Ask Chalmersbhoy)

Prestonpans bhoys
August 10, 2022 9:47 am

The huns game, started to watch it second half until the third goal. What struck me was the poverty of football on display from both sides. Passes not reaching intended target and merely goes out of the field. The third was goalkeeping at school boy level.

August 10, 2022 9:51 am


In their delusion “56” seems to matter a lot to them. Don’t know why, I believe their good friends across the water have already achieved that number of League titles or flegs!

As always, another team gets there before them😉

Record breakers only in their own festering minds.

Permanent embarrassment, occasional disgrace.

Billy Bhoy
August 10, 2022 9:59 am


It was a dreadful game. Really pitiful.

Sevco played like Wimbledon FC in the 80s. Ugly route one football.

The constantly shelled hopeful balls into the box. Bar a good header from Colak it produced nothing – until that defender stuck out a careless arm. It gave Sevco a lifeline they otherwise weren’t getting.
The second half was a repeat. I almost switched off as it was a waste of a lovely evening but then they scored their second. I thought maybe USG would now come out and make a game of it and they did to an extent. However, the passing from both was so sloppy that at one point I burst out laughing. I was laughing so much my wife upstairs assumed USG had scored.

The third goal, again from a hopeful punt, was as farcical as the first.

I’m reassured by some comments I’ve read earlier that PSV will pump them.

I’m disappointed they got through but a wee bit of fixture congestion might mean a dropped point or two before we play them.

August 10, 2022 9:59 am


And their first was a give away of a pen, I heard.

The luck of the Devil that lot.

Big Audio Dynamite
August 10, 2022 10:01 am

Woke up this morning feeling like I’d been tackled by John Grieg!

Chalmersbhoy, while you’re in the mood to give yer stuff away, I’ll take the telly, fridge and cooker.

Wow, what a great site this is! 😜

Btw, that was a lovely gesture, buddy 😀👍

August 10, 2022 10:01 am


They play Hibs away between PSV games.
Hopefully Boyle is inspired as he was when he came on v Jambos.

Big Audio Dynamite
August 10, 2022 10:27 am

SeS, the guy crossing the ball is scorer Jimmy Quinn.

August 10, 2022 11:01 am

Cheers folks it was all Twisty’s idea and the scenario reveals a wee insight into how Jock managed his group….maybe?

After that ‘tackle’ did Jock say to Sean – ‘that wee scrote needed sorting out, but Sir Robert will demand action on perceived roughhouse play – so I’ll give him the right big bawling out – you put your arm around him …

Good cop, bad cop ?

Or was Jock really upset?… ( I hae ma doots)

Some of the older SC guys will have an more informed idea on that dynamic.

Craig76 & BAD – I guessed TC too, but he had big Sidey’s growing by then? Jimmy Quinn is a player I don’t remember watching. So thanks for replies.

Jobo – aye an unusual headline even for early 70’s

August 10, 2022 11:09 am


I remember Steve Murray being signed from Aberdeen – was he supposed to be a replacement for Bobby Murdoch??

Don’t remember watching him or how he played, but seem to recall an injury or a poor run of form ??

August 10, 2022 11:14 am

Good morning all

The bad news is my mobile phone is gubbed. Dropped it in water last night and today it’s in a bag of rice to see if that will save me a few hundred quid. HH

August 10, 2022 11:26 am

Nae luck Weefra, although Big Packy texted me and said you actually dropped it in a pint of beer!

St tams
August 10, 2022 11:30 am

I know every Wednesdays article is great.
But I think you’ve surpassed them all today.

A thing of beauty
August 10, 2022 11:49 am

Terrific article as ever. I’m too young for the game but am heartened to realise I am not that much older than Roy Keane. Always something for everyone!!
As regards the Sean Fallon anecdote, having read his book I believe he mentions this and will try to look back and say what he says about it. It is one of my favourite Celtic biographies and I urge anyone to get a copy.
Terrific gesture and clearly much appreciated by twisty.

August 10, 2022 11:58 am


Nah nae chance, if it wiz dropping into a pint of beer, it wid have hit me in the back of heid. Lol. HH

August 10, 2022 11:59 am

Weefra, LOL 🙂

August 10, 2022 12:00 pm

Right, away fur a shower. Play nice. 👍👍. HH

August 10, 2022 12:26 pm

Leggy / SeS


Steve was a great player plagued by injury.
I admit to being biased as he, and Evan Williams, are St Pat’s Dumbarton FPs. They both kept a bit of contact with the school when I played there so were well liked.

SeS – great article as usual. Thanks

August 10, 2022 12:47 pm

Morning Twisty and all. Ustath declared for 4.18 Wolverhampton Friday, Johnny Peate on board. Also entered for Southwell 5.03 Sunday.

Awe Naw
August 10, 2022 12:56 pm

Scheisse I just found out that my Ma threw out last summer all my Playboy, Penthouse and Mayfair magazines. The complete collection of them all … going all the way back to the 50’s

Angel Gabriel
August 10, 2022 1:24 pm

Another terrific article. Thanks.

Twisty, thanks for prompting, by your request.

Chalmersbhoy. Lovely generosity.
As a now sadly departed friend used to say
“ it’s nice to be nice “ .

HH everyone, & enjoy the sunshine. ☘️

Prestonpans bhoys
August 10, 2022 1:47 pm

Just booked my André Rieu & European Christmas Markets – Maastricht. Then suddenly thought early December we have CL games on, bummer. However world cup to the rescue leagues well stopped beforehand😱

August 10, 2022 1:57 pm

Andre Rieu? that should be enjoyable Prestonpans bhoys!

August 10, 2022 2:07 pm

Before last night, the Hun’s European co-efficient was 50.25, compared to our 33.00. If they beat PSV, they will be top seed in Pot 4. The gulf in the co-efficient is a direct result of Lawwell’s meddling and interference since Seville. We have now watched the Hun reach 2 European finals since our loss to Porto, while we have endured quite a few humiliating exits and several maulings. ( The Huns have had their Neiderkorns, but never seem to get mauled ). Lawwell’s shameful treatment of the Res 12 stalwarts, his blatant lying to shareholders and his passive stance in allowing a 10 year old Club to overtake us in Europe, constitute valid reasons why he should never be Chairman of our Club.

I hope PSV win, but having watched Dundee Utd handle their rivals Alkmaar, I am not confident. And if the Huns succeed, knowing that they have the luck of the Devil, I would not be surprised if they drew Benfica from Pot 3 and Frankfurt from Pot 1. Benfica took 7 off Midtjylland, who eliminated us last season, but the Portuguese have never beaten the Huns, drawing twice with them in the Europa 2 years ago, and escaping from a 1-3 deficit in Lisbon. Oddly, Portuguese teams have played the Huns 20 times in Europe, but have only won one game.

Ironically, if the Huns fail to beat PSV, and given their recent record over 5 seasons, they will have good odds on progressing from their Europa League Group, stretching their massive co-efficient lead further over us. In our last 2 Europa League ventures, we twice finished last out of 32 teams in terms of goals lost, narrowly missing the worst defensive record ever. That takes some doing. Last season, our Euro adventure culminated in the third tier and being gubbed twice by an above the Arctic Circle team in pre-season mode. Have we beefed up our midfield and defense sufficiently to avoid heavy defeats in the first tier Champions League? Have we developed a strategy whereby when we lose the ball, the European opposition do not cut through our midfield like a knife through butter?
Can’t see it, but would of course be happy to be proved wrong.

Bada Bing
August 10, 2022 2:17 pm

IniquitousIV- excellent insight there…

August 10, 2022 2:20 pm

Iniquitous!V, Agreed re. Lawwell. He was also sloppy in the summer transfer market, never in a hurry to sign players in good time for our European qualifliers etc. He preferred to try and get ‘bargains’ in the last day.

August 10, 2022 2:23 pm

Lawwell is more suited to being a stallholder at the Barras rather than trying to run the football department of a club.

NanaMouskouri C.sc
August 10, 2022 2:29 pm

Some of those old Playboy,Penthouse and Mayfair mags are collectors items now and worth serious money. As with all collectable items they need to be in pristine condition that would likely have ruled out Awe Naws collection I think

August 10, 2022 2:44 pm

NanaMouskouri C.Sc

Pristine condition !!!!!

That will be a first !!!!!

MrMagooCSC. 😜😜😜😜

Awe Naw
August 10, 2022 2:58 pm

NanaMouskouri C.sc

but not Chalmersbhoy`s collection 😉

August 10, 2022 2:59 pm


Chapeau. Brilliant as always. You should check out the book:

The Quality Street Gang by Paul John Dykes. Tis a treasure trove of information, on that group of wonderfully talented youngsters.


Apparently, what the Huns’ support fear most of all, is the Celts winning 56 titles, before they do. We would then be the most successful club in the world… according to their logic. It’s all bollox of course, but that’s just how their tiny minds think. They have sure boxed themselves into a corner, with all that 55 lark.

Iniquitous IV

A quite brilliant post.


Is it just my imagination, or has the blog turned into the Benny Hill show, over the last few days. 😀😀


Fair play to ye.

Hail Hail.

A thing of beauty
August 10, 2022 2:59 pm

Iniquitous IV,
Absolutely spot on. The levels we have sunk to in Europe is a stain on our name now and the blame lies squarely at the door of PL. The only reputation that soared under his tenure was his own and that was only in the eyes of his bank manager.
As for the Huns. I doubt any one on here thought they would not turn that round last night. They have turned their stadium into a fortress akin to ourselves under Martin O’Neil. Teams genuinely fear the atmosphere there now whereas we get patronised by other teams about our great atmosphere before they take the three points off us with a pat on the head.
I like yourself can’t see that changing this season. We will give teams a fright and score a goal or two but our defence will concede far more than we score due in the most part to the lack of protection in front of them. There’s no Lennon and Lambert now and much as I love Calmac he will be bullied in that position against good sides. He is vital to how we play though so unless we can find a six who is an actual defensive mid but can also knit the play together like Callum then we have to go with what we have. Unlikely someone with those qualities is in Celtics price range.

The Real McCoy
August 10, 2022 3:00 pm

Awe Naw,
I was thinking of going up in the loft to find old Broons and Oor Wullie books. Also hoped to locate Debbie Harry and Kate Bush whilst I was up there 😱
Now that you’ve lost your prize possessions of female artistic models journals I shall endeavour to locate replacements for you 👍🏻
I may be some time however 👀👨‍🦯
#Clearingouttheloftdear 🫣

Awe Naw
August 10, 2022 3:03 pm

The Real McCoy

I baggsed Chalmersbhoy´s pristine collection first. 🙂 LOL

Thanks Chalmersbhoy … can you ensure it´s recorded delivery

August 10, 2022 3:03 pm

Being saying that for a few years totally agree.
What channels do you watch the games on in the States.

Awe Naw
August 10, 2022 3:05 pm

The Real McCoy

If those mags land then I´ll be telling the tale very soon afterwards about when I kidnapped Debbie and Kate and hid them in my loft

August 10, 2022 3:19 pm

I cannot help but be impressed by Sevco’s result against a very naive Belgian team. Union were probably better technically than Sevco but they were brushed aside by a type of football that reminded me of the effect that drips of water have upon hard rock over a long period of time. Sevco’s water is the long diagonal cross into the opposition defence. They played it continually, hoping for something to happen. At the end of the first half, it did happen but not as they anticipated. A Union defender misjudged the flight of the ball which ended up hitting his upper arm. Was he unsighted or just daft? Whatever, this was the turning point of the game.

Even at this point Union could have retrieved the situation. It was obvious from Tav’s positioning and short run up where he going to place the ball. The keeper did not read it and went the other way.

After that, it was just a matter of time as Sevco saw that the Union defence was now nervous about Sevco’s main weapon….the cross into the box. Playing 352 did not help their cause because nobody from the “5” challenged the Sevco players who planted the crosses into the box. Simple football but one that plays to Sevco’s strengths…their heading ability. This is what we should expect to see when we play them.

Union had the reputation of being a counter attacking team but appeared to lack the confidence to do it. They produced too many poor passes to a team mate to trouble Sevco. Sevco gave the Union players cause to think by offering robust challenges whenever they could. Again, we should expect the same and more when we play them.

The bottom line is that they are a very real threat this season despite their re-build.


St tams
August 10, 2022 3:32 pm

Excellent post.
No we haven’t improved the defence or midfield enough for the CL.

Another great post.
We have been overtaken in Europe by a 10year old team.
Lawwell and the board should be ashamed of themselves.

August 10, 2022 3:35 pm

The first half of the Lawwell years were marked by relative success in the CL- last 16 three times. The second by a well documented nosedive into mediocrity.
The conclusion being that in the early years we were in an arms race with the Huns which kept competitive performance levels up.
Once that threat disappeared, the insular policy of average being enough was a form of football isolationism. And the rest of Europe marched on.