31st August – If you know your history
Another wee freshen up from the usual format: The following item was sent by Bawheid in honour of our esteemed visitors from Spain.
Hopefully, this will inspire others to share their fitba memories here.
Everyone and anyone welcome…you choose the format etc., etc.
In Dreams They Come To Me. Nostalgia FC.
Looking back, looking through rose-coloured spectacles, back in time to the years following WW2, a decade after, when the country was just beginning its long journey of recovery.
Slowly, new houses began to appear, the Pits were very busy, fathers and friends disappeared into the bowels of the earth extracting coal, to power houses, railways and industry, it was the “Wind Of The Past”, smog, soot and smoke hung over the cities, polluting but never diminishing our spirits and our hopes for the future.
We played football on red ash, on vacant land, and when it got dark, under the street lights, with jackets for goalposts, where cars were seldom seen. A pal had been given a size 5 Mitre football for his birthday; this was our bhoyhood in 1955 – 60 B.C. (Before Celtic).
We were Madrid, the Real Madrid. We jostled to be our hero’s, Di Stefano – Puskas – Gento -Santamaria – Del Sol – Kopa. We thought that they were the greatest football team ever, and perhaps they were.
At school, my spectacles changed colour and forever more would be coloured green. Dreams of playing football delayed any scholarly success, thankfully that would come later on. Back then only football mattered, on Saturdays we played school football, the ‘First’ team played with green tops, the ‘Seconds wore all white, as a youthful player I was relegated to the second team but, as team captain, memories of Madrid continue.
Real Madrid, European Cup winners in 1955 – 56 – 57 – 58 – 59 – 60.
Alfredo Di Stefano with 5 European Cups in a row.
Di Stefano: The brightest star in the constellation of stars in that team.
Puskas: Who fled communist Hungary, to join Madrid rivalled the Argentinian Di Stefano for best player in the team, as an inside left, scoring goals, or dropping deep his arrival forcing Raymond Kopa onto the right wing where he was superb.
Raymond Kopa: (short for Kupiszewski) A Polish immigrant and ex miner, who eventually made France his home, a French Ballon d’Orr winner in 1958. The team’s playmaker before Puskas’s arrival.
Santamaria: The rock at the back of the team.
Gento: One of the best left wingers ever in footballing history.
You would be hard pressed to find so many footballing legends in one team, legends, a term much over used today. The stars surely aligned to build that team.
The 1960 European Cup Final: 18th. May, the fifth European Cup Final. Real Madrid verses Eintracht Frankfurt at Hampden Park, with 127,000 watching (a record crowd still unmatched today) and an estimated 7 million watching on TV. If you look closely you might spot “Young Heid”. But certainly watched by big Jock and many other footballing greats.
The greatest football match of all time, the highest scoring final in the history of the European Cup, finished 7-3 to Madrid, 3 goals for Di Stefano and 4 goals for Puskas.
Frankfurt goal scorers Kress and Stein.
Real Madrid at Hampden Park 1960
The memories and the dreams of my youth are still embedded in my psyche, never more so than of Celtic and Real Madrid, it seemed like they would never play one another again. I look back in time to Alfredo DiStefano’s Testimonial game, The Alfredo DiStefano Cup, when Jinky reigned supreme, his performance that day was such, that the Spanish supporters shouted out ‘Ole! whenever he touched the ball, Bobby Lennox scoring the only goal of the game. It was said that before the 1967 European Cup Final in Lisbon, that DiStefano, visited big Jock in the Celtic hotel to offer his best wishes for the final, perhaps then, he made up his mind to ask Celtic to play in his Testimonial game, the match took place on the 7th. June 1967. Just days after Lisbon, when Celtic were European Cup holders, what great, momentous times.
Remember, remember the 6th of September 2022, when new memories will be created as old friends visit Celtic Park. ☘
Guest article by Bawheid
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Thanks for the article bawheid. Great memories for those lucky enough to see the euro final against Frankfurt. I have been to madrid to watch real play but have never seen them against Celtic. I actually have no memory of them playing us in 1980 either despite being nine. That was before I caught the bug for football which was crystallised by the 1982 Brazil team. I wonder if there are any teams now that would ignite an interest in the beautiful game for a youngster?
I see some mention on the previous article of votes for posts. Get that nonsense tae …. I post some utter drivel on here and if I have to say it out loud to an actual person it would be a roaster. Down with that sort of thing.
Thanks for your article, Bawheid. Memory pleasantly jogged.
I was at the 1980 EC QF 1st leg at Celtic Park. Wow!!
Although not a vintage Real side, they had a few galacticos in Santillana, Uli Steilike, Vincent del Bosque and Laurie Cunningham. They wore an all blue strip and had us pinned back for much of the first half. Then Allan Sneddon hit the two best crosses of his life for George McCluskey and Johnny Doyle to give us a 2-0 win. We could easily have taken three or four off them and I floated up Gallowgate that night.
I think the current Real side is truly awesome, but so was the Inter Milan team in ’67. Neither do I think our current side is comparable with the Lions, although on a given night, under the lights, CP rocking ……….. We can but dream.
Cheers, Bawheid ..fascinating.
Celtic v Real Madrid head-to-head
P3 W2 L1
How many teams can say they’ve a winning record v the most successful team on the planet?
(No jokes about Sevco)
Good morning friends and a Big Happy Matchday/Pensionday/Payday!
That Madrid side were something else. Did they eventually get to keep that version of the trophy shown in the photos above? When did ole Big Ears then get introduced?
Excellent article Bawheid…
That really was a phenomenal football team.
This is why our Manager is such a great fit – visionary ambition with stoic pragmatism…
… “I want us to be a Champions League football club. What does that mean? It means we qualify every year and every year we get a little bit stronger. You can only do that in stages. You can’t go from here to there in one transfer window for a club like us. So what i’m trying to do is build a Champions League club and every year just build and get stronger, the idea is, this year let’s have a real go at it, next year qualify again and get a little bit closer. I think when you do that, the players you bring in will match that level.” – Ange Postecoglou.
Have a great day Celts
3-0 to the good ghuys in Dingwall.
Morning all thanks for the article Bawheid great stuff.
Was at the Madrid game in 1980 and I have waited all this time to see them again at Celtic Park and I’m away on holiday on Sunday.
Hopefully get a ticket for the Bernabeu
Did football change dramatically after this game? I think that it did. Just Like the Lisbon Lions, It surely was an inspirational team. Tactically and coaching wise it lifted football forward, took it out of one era and into another. I think of the football managers who came later including big Jock, and many others who drove European and UK football forward after learning from this game.
I look at the many talented players who came from different countries who combined and were moulded into one formidable unit, football became global as millions of others like myself were inspired by the talent that this Madrid team displayed. Five European Cups in a row, this team showed just how football could be played.
When I was a bairn, you would come out of the cinema, with your coat wrapped round your shoulders after watching the ‘Three Musketeer’s’, playing swordfights with your friends. This game made you want to play football, only 6/7 years later, came the ‘Lions, if that wasn’t inspiring then take up knitting. (with all due respect to knitters).
Ses, thanks for all your help. It was good to read yesterday the expressions of love for your friends. Celtic is a precious club, it needs Sentinels to guard it, to stand up against the bigots and the haters, there is no place in our club for any of that.
Thanks for your replies, much appreciated and yes, we are moving forward, lets hope that the club enjoys its European experience.
Second bloody time I’ve typed the next bit
Training with my amateur team (Weirs) the night before I’d been hit heavily and hurt my wrist. Sleepless night and, luckily, working at the Royal Infirmary, was sent for an X-ray. Broken wrist and stookie. Think the plaster was still wet but I kept it close to my chest in both senses. When Johnny scored, I can see it in slow motion, there was absolute bedlam, guy next to me grabbed my arm and shook my hand. Nearly hit the Jungle roof ! For a wee while, we were Kings again.
Being of a certain age I was at the game. A vivid memory of the First Aiders, St Andrews Ambulance, running into the ‘halftime entertainment Athletics Race ‘ still sticks, although I might be confused 😁.
At least it wasn’t £3.35 (three pounds seven shillings) for a pie as there weren’t any! Only ‘Erra Macaroon Bars.’
A great game indeed although I don’t think anyone cared who won. A slight leaning towards Real as the Germans, and I think they were all Germans, had thumped the Original Govan Works X1 6-1 and 6-3 and we couldn’t have Thems saying they lost to the eventual winners😁.
Thank Bawheid for the memories. All Our Yesterdays Productions.
Much longer detailed post refused to ‘Post Comment’. Fn beelin’!
Great article Bawheid and cracking footage of Di Stefano’s testimonial. 👏👏👏
Regarding the 1980 game v Madrid at Celtic Park.
I wonder if I actually stood next to anyone on here when I was in “The Jungle” that night.
It certainly was crammed, but always was. !!!!
Brilliant night and atmosphere 💚
ATHINGOFBEAUTY et al
Automatic WORDPRESS updates play merry hell with our settings,but fortunately ASWGL knows how to rectify things.
The comments turn transparent-I know,mine are usually opaque in the first place!-and that dreaded vote thingy appears. Rest assured that we have no intention whatsoever of adopting that!
Another first for Celtic.
The original trophy was presented to RM after they won again in 1966, and we were first side to win the new trophy.
That Ange quote is interesting.
Success in the CL, starting out in Pot4, is incremental.
Best ( realistic) hope this year is we are competitive enough to push for a third place finish and post Xmas football. At the very least avoid humiliating defeats.
Win the league and qualify directly again next year- push for second and last 16.
The inference is that Ange sees himself staying around to direct our progress. I hope he does.
Thanks for a tremendous article,rightly singing the praises of an outstanding side. I have always wished I had seen Ferenc Puskas,who averaged a goal a game,plus an assist in every second one.
Phenomenal,especially as he wasn’t a striker-and had the physique of a wrestler rather than a footballer!
I attended the home match in 1980,and we coulda shoulda taken more off them. That was some night.
Yes,I got that inference too. I hope we are right.
Ange regularly refers to his “young family.” It might well be that he and his wife have decided it is unfair on them to have to up sticks any more.
However,that may change…
When they start talking in a Glasgow accent!
It’ll be a posh St Aloysius Glasgow accent though!
I think,on reflection,that perhaps the best way to highlight our two excellent competitions is to c&p the results onto the top of the comments page on Tuesdays,rather than have them as the main article itself.
Similar to how we provide a link to them on the Friday/Saturday.
I hope that suits all parties.
We are proud and grateful to host them,and they deserve more prominence than we have currently given them.
That school would be consigned to history if my mate Vinny had got his way in the late 70s. He was expelled for trying to burn it down!
Morning al. HH
Bawheid that was a super article! 🙂 My father attended that European Cup Final in 1960, I don’t imagine my mother was best pleased, my wee brother was born in the house a few hours later that night! LOL 🙂
Vinny( I’m picturing Joe Pesci ) …did he have an anti Jesuit agenda?
Naw,he was just a fruitcake! Seriously though,he really hated the place,didn’t want to be there. Or any such school. Just wanted to be at the local comp.like everyone else in the area.
Quite a few like Vinny at my Alma Mater!
Good morning my friend I hope you are well. HH
Excellent stuff Bawheid.
Whilst it was not purchased in 1960 I have a copy of that match programme at home.
Some goalkeeping display against Bayern.
Yes a number of factors will determine Ange’s longevity in Glasgow, a week is a long time in Scottish football.
There’s the factor of everytime we have looked like progressing to this level the Board have pulled the horns in and brought us down to a level that is easy for them to manage.
Of course they now have a manager with stated Ambition and likewise a rival who show no sign of playing the mediocrity game.
This Board may have to shape up or ship out…
Weefra, looking forward to the game tonight. It should be a comfortable win BUT if RC play as louts/thugs it can put a dampner on things. In an ideal world the referee would put a stamp on this behaviour early on but it will be an SFA referee!
” This game made you want to play football,”
It certainly did. It was inspirational.
I had only got interested in football two years before thanks to my one year older companion who could play a bit and got me interested.
We both came home from St Mungo at 4.30 and I popped into my gran’s flower shop where my mum was..
” How would you like to go to the game tonight? my Gran asked.
” I’d love to but I’ve no ticket” was my reply.
Whereupon she produced two tickets, one for me and one for John my footballing mentor.
Sadly he died in a car accident in Rome where he was training for the priesthood a few years later, but I’m forever grateful to him for setting me on my football journey.
I mentioned yesterday about our wee group in May last year having three attendees at that match.
I also made the same point as BAWHEID did in today’s article-that it was probably the best match ever. Ya lucky basterts!
Can’t/ won’t dispute that.
The current signs though are positive with our CEO and Manager working together.
Unpalatable as it is, the improved performance levels of the Huns would appear to have a beneficial impact on our habitually moribund Board. 10 years of treading water( the BR experiment aside) seems to be replaced with a progressive action plan.
Ange’s words in that quote defining the direction of travel.
Good afternoon from the White Cart in Busby.
Just arrived after a long walk.
Nice pint but Jasper attack 🦟🦟🦟
linked with this guy
And how did your school deal with Vinny trying to burn it down? Sent him to my school, that’s how.
So glad they did, by the way, he’s a top bloke.
Reporting in Austrian media that Ajeti is going to Sturm Graz
Hope ye enjoyed yer brunch,ya smug wee git!
Aye,I know. I don’t think any of the Catholic schools would let him in!
A couple of years later,I was out for a drink with the professor of Management Sciences-get me,eh? He used to set us these puzzles,and first one to get them right was on for a beer with him in The Aragon. Strangely,I usually did. Carrot and stick approach,I suppose.
About the third time we were out-and by this time getting on very well together,despite his bad memories as a Leeds fan in 1970-he asked if I knew a certain Vinny from Ardrossan. Oh,aye. Great guy,I said-without mentioning THAT incident.
Yes,he seems so,but there’s something at the back of my mind that I just can’t lay my finger on when I see him.
Oh,do you know him too? Yes,he’s going out with my daughter.
You’ve never seen me change a subject so quickly or so adroitly in your life!
And I still hold him responsible for me only being runner-up in the QMU drinking contest. Bugger overtrained me.
Should get him for next to nothing due to the club’s finances and the war in Ukraine.
Stoke in for McCarthy
Leggy- that’s an old haunt of Lawwell….
Bobby & Mahe
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While I fully understand the point that ATHINGOFBEAUTY often says about preferring Celtic to win in Europe,rather than be patronised about the great atmosphere,there’s a paragraph in this article which explains it.
For those who can’t access it…
“ And there will be scenes, too. Real Madrid, the reigning and apparently perennial European champion, will walk out at Celtic Park and wince at the roar of a place that impressed Lionel Messi so much that he keeps a Celtic jersey at home as a memento, an atmosphere described by Xavi Hernández as “incomparable,” an arena where the host’s winning so much as a corner generated a noise that made Antonio Conte think “the stadium was falling down.”
Nothing patronising about that.
Genuine appreciation by those who should know.
You don’t know my sister!
Thumbs up, ATOB!
Excellent piece, Bawheid, I’d family at that game and they spoke of it in awe until their dying day.
And, Leggy, I was in the Jungle that night but right at the front, on the halfway line, and some drunk wee neds had a go at us before KO before being called off by an older lad (who was about 15).
I couldn’t believe that Celtic were just about to play Real Madrid and all those wee fuds could think about was attacking fellow Celtic fans 2 or 3 years younger than them.
So that was my one & only time in The Jungle and I preferred the calm reflection of the Celtic End anyway but it was just phenomenal to watch that match from right on the touchline and to see such skills at close proximity.
Still one of my greatest Celtic memories and will remain so til my own dying day 💪🍀💚🇮🇪