27th October – If you know your history

60 Years ago… Our Bhoys are still recovering from the shock of a sharp exit from their first ever excursion into Competitive European Football.

The things ye learn…

On 26th September, 1962, Bobby Carroll had scored our first ever ( and second) European goal(s) at the Campo de Mestalla, Valencia, Spain.

Paddy Crerand was the first Celtic player to score a European Goal at Paradise. But our first ever ‘home’ goal, was an ‘own-goal’ by Verdu the Valencia Right Full Back.

1962-10-24: Celtic 2-2 Valencia, Fairs Cities Cup 1st Rd (2nd Leg)

Unfortunately, Valencia win through 6-4 on aggregate. ( 1st leg reverse in Valencia 2-4)

Bobby Craig, the former Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday and Third Lanark inside forward, made his debut after signing on the day for £15,000.

He played after only arriving in Glasgow by train at 4.30 in the afternoon.

Celtic were missing international pair Billy McNeill and Jim Kennedy with injury.

Valencia went on to win the trophy by beating Dinamo Zagreb 4-1 on aggregate in the final. They beat Dunfermline and Hibs also on the way to winning it.

A crowd of 45,000 turned out to see Celtic’s first ever European game in this Fairs Cup tie.

In 17 minutes Clark missed a penalty, after Mestre had fouled Divers, when he sent his spot kick high over. Ficha scored right on half time but the referee from Holland, Roomer, had marginally blown for half time.

The game livened up in the second half and in 48 minutes Celtic scored when the unfortunate Verdu sliced Byrne’s cross into his own net.

Valencia upped their game and Guillot equalised in 63 and then in 80 minutes the highly rated Waldo scored with a powerful shot which was unfortunate for McNamee who had marked him superbly throughout.

In 85 minutes Pat Crerand, Celtic’s best player, equalised with a rising left foot shot.

At the end of the game the Celtic players sportingly applauded their opponents off the field but the fans jeered as they were not impressed by Valencia’s heavy tackling and time wasting tactics.

Valencia were highly rated but disappointing on the night and the feeling was Celtic had missed a good opportunity to go through.

Teams

Celtic: Haffey; MacKay, O’Neill; Crerand, McNamee, Clark; Chalmers, Craig, Divers, Gallacher, Byrne.

Scorers: Verdu og (48), Crerand (85)

Valencia:

Zamora; Verdu, Mestre; Chicao, Piquer, Recaman; Ribeiles, Roberto, Waldo, Guillot, Ficha.

Scorers: Guillot 63 Waldo 80

Referee: P Roomer (Holland)

Attendance: 45,000

Bobby Craig making his debut- our first home European Tie

Verdu lying on ground just scored an o.g.

In other news

On this day 60 years ago President Kennedy warns Russia (again) that the USA will not allow Soviet missiles to remain in Cuba.

Nikita Khrushchev sends note to JFK offering to withdraw his missiles from Cuba if US closes its bases in Turkey: offer is rejected.

XTC (Munich, Germany 1982) Living Through Another Cuba … “you all might end up red …or dead”

General stuff:

1863 Football Association forms in England, standardizing soccer, splitting with rugby

1881 Gunfight at the OK Corral: The most famous shootout in the Wild West occurs, between lawmen (including Wyatt Earp) and the Cowboys, with Tom and Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton killed

1901 First recorded use of “getaway car” occurs after holding up a shop in Paris.

1968 Future world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman wins the Olympic heavyweight gold medal when the final against Jonas Čepulis (Soviet Union) is stopped in round 2 at the Mexico City Games

2015 World Health Organization classifies processed meat as carcinogenic ( meat is murder…no, really!)

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 !

http://www.thecelticwiki.com/m/

Guest article by SeS

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POTY Competition

Good evening, friends.
Being the glass three quarters full guy that I am I attended last night’s game convinced we could still remain in Europe beyond Christmas by achieving 4 more points from our remaining 2 games. And while that’s still arithmetically possible (admittedly very, very improbable) it won’t now be enough to get us the 3rd place that I remained hopeful for. So domestic football, plus The Sydney Cup, will have to sustain us over the next 7 months.
On last night’s game, after the initial adrenalin fuelled first 10-15 minutes, I felt that both teams quickly settled into a fairly cagey approach, saying to my son that Shakhtar looked as if they may be delighted with a draw, then taking their chances in their final game v Leipzig. Little did Shakhtar know that Leipzig had other plans, beating Madrid 3-2 to seal the 2nd (or possibly even 1st) qualifying space. Strange results have been a feature of this year’s campaign but unfortunately Celtic have yet to be the beneficiary from any of them. Maybe that will come all too late when we play our final tie next week.
Celtic have now completed 18 competitive fixtures this season, winning 12, drawing 2 (both against the same team from Ukraine!) and losing 4 (3 being in Europe). 50 goals scored and 19 conceded.
As for the voting, my thanks as always to the 66 who emailed me their choices. The total votes cast for each CELTIC player (with my own choices asterisked) are as follows –
Hart: 6
Juranovic*: 12
Carter-Vickers*: 28
Jenz: 19
Taylor*: 57
O’Riley: 14
Hatate: 10
Abada: 0
Kyogo: 0
Giakoumakis: 49
Haksabanovic: 2

Maeda: 0
Mooy: 0
Forrest: 1
Turnbull: 0

And so, the top 5 players receiving POINTS for the game against Shakhtar Donetsk are –
Taylor – 5 pts
Giakoumakis – 4 pts
Carter-Vickers – 3 pts
Jenz – 2 pts
O’Riley – 1 pt

And after 18 games the overall standings are as follows –
41 points – Hatate
29 points – Taylor
26 points – Jota
24 points – Carter-Vickers
22 points – Jenz
19 points – McGregor
13 points – Abada, Giakoumakis and O’Riley
12 points – Juranovic
10 points – Mooy
9 points –Kyogo and Welsh
8 points – Bernabei
7 points – Haksabanovic
5 points – Forrest and Ralston
3 points – Hart and Maeda
2 points – Turnbull
0 points – Abildgaard, McCarthy, Siegrist and Starfelt

Perhaps I’m in the minority but we now have the game that I always look least forward to – a visit to Livingston on Sunday with a noon kick off. Of course, we know that we will start the game at least 1 point clear at the top of the league (looking down on the Sevco) so it’s just Scotland’s worst plastic pitch that we must negotiate.

Finally, it would be very remiss of me not to make mention of Scotland’s other Champions league representative who remain firmly on course to become the WORTS EVER Champions League side. That honour currently sits with Dinamo Zagreb who, in 2011/12 achieved no points, scored just 3 goals and finished with a goal difference of minus 19. Whilst readily acknowledging that our own record of 2 draws, 3 losses, 3 goals scored and a goal difference of minus 7 isn’t nearly good enough, Triggers Broom FC currently sit with 5 losses, 1 [ONE] goal scored, and a goal difference of minus 18. Don’t blow it in next week’s final game, Deady Bears!

Hail Hail!!

Mike in Toronto

Lots of good music on here. But Has anyone ever played any Indonesian music on SC before? if not, you are in for a treat

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SALTIRES

John McNamee didn’t allow the disappointment of that Fairs Cities Cup defeat to linger too long. He won it a few years later with Newcastle.

Also,re the Mastella,my Dad and I were there nearly four years ago. (Grateful thanks to Hugh and Sheila) We were a goal down after the first leg. Being in the home end didn’t faze us,we have been in worse-as my Dad pointed out when I said that I hoped we didn’t score. And I was only half-joking too…

No,I wasn’t worried about being attacked by the locals as we celebrated a goal,my concern was the sheerness of the drop we faced! Seriously,one false move…

I’ve never been in such a vertical stadium before in my life. It’s like the north face of the Eiger.

Leggy

Morning all,

SeS,
Brilliant article again and a few potential Celtic Quiz answers in there too. ( ie, First Celtic player to score in Europe and first ever scorer ). Must keep those in mind !!!!

Anyway, hope your well and are you going to The Shipbank tomorrow ???

Hope you are and catch up 👍👍

Is anyone else from this fine site going ????

See you there 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺

SeS

Bobby – cheers, didn’t know about John McNamee, an idea for a wee future item there…
Heard that about Mestalla and a few stadia in South America you need ropes to stay up.

Leggy – aye buddy. all good here and looking forward to catching up. Hope the recent good weather keeping the snows away from EK ? – we still have sunflowers and tomatoes growing here in sub-tropical Clyde Valley – forecast 17c today … remembering Summer ( ha!) 2015, when it didn’t reach 15c in the month of July and that’s a true, true story. Hoping this is giving folk some much needed respite on energy costs.

SeS

Jobo

Great stuff with the POTY charts. See Reo mustered 10 votes, and our other Japanese Bhoys and Abada with zero points… which seems a bit harsh .. then remember I didn’t vote for them either 🌞 Too many players having ‘off days’ in big games.

As a good few mentioned yesterday – it’s all very new to most of these guys, only hope they have learned how to handle such occasions.

Fine work buddy!

big packy

SALTIRES brilliant read with my coffee, remember my dad going to that game in 62 and begging him to take me, naw son yer too young.i cried all night.LOL.

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BIGPACKY

Aye,we can remember a few games when our Dads were a cruel type,denying us our pleasures! Of course,sensible as it was a school night. My Dad would either take me to as many Saturday matches as he could,or arrange for someone else to take me. Which isn’t bad,when you consider that I had only just turned 4yo when we first went.

But while I can’t remember my first midweek game with him,I can be sure I was very much older!

(Actually,it was probably the Frank Beattie Testimonial at Kilmarnock,so I wasn’t THAT much older)

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I’ve copied this over from e-Tims,and I hope RALPH doesn’t mind. Shocking story about turning up at Celtic Park just that bit late and being treated somewhat poorly.
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From Jim Smith

I drove a round trip of approx 230 miles to go to last nights game. Because of hold ups due to heavy traffic and diversions arrived 6 minutes late only to find all turnstiles closed and unable gain admission to stadium. A rude and belligerent steward advised us to go to turnstiles round the corner if we wanted to gain admission. He also advised us that it was Celtic FC’s policy to closed gates at kick off and in future arrive on time! After futile argument we headed to next turnstile only to be met by supporters and steward heading to where we had just left. After much chaos a turnstile was opened and we tried to enter only for my card to be rejected and my partners paper ticket also to be rejected. A delighted steward told us to go to ticket office for replacement tickets. You’ll never guess? replacement tickets didn’t work at turnstile! Advised to try another turnstile they had reopened. Success at last gained admission to hear roar as we scored. Between us we spent about £130 tickets and fuel, hours of travel only to miss first 33 minutes of action. As a club we can be extremely amateurish at times.

Amateurish is one word we could use, though I’d use two.

Downright ridiculous.

This, from the reply, seems to have affected quite a few fans, and apart from the completely unhelpful stewarding, closing the gates at kick off is an idea I’ve never come across before, and whoever made that decision should be held to account.

Supporters don’t all live in the G postcode area, and as a long distance traveller myself it’s not too difficult to see why Jim was upset.

Later today I’ll be asking john Paul Taylor to seek an explanation from the club, and also some sort of assurance that this won;t happen again.

At least we know he’ll try to find out what happened and why. I’ll let you know what he says.
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https://etims.net/?p=18015

I think the club need to look into this,ridiculous decision to close the gates at kick off,particularly as everyone attending has already bought a ticket.

(Unless of course you are sitting in the seats allegedly reserved for UEFA representatives and normally occupied by long-term season ticket holders. Who lose their seats as a result,decamped to the crap seats further up-only to discover that the UEFA allocations have been sold as corporate packages instead. Which surely cannot be the case,can it?)

SeS

Big Packy

Aye buddy, lost count of the games missed at nights at a time when we were going toe to toe and winning against giants of the game. When we were Giants too. Dad managed to get me Leeds at Hampden in 1970, but totally banned ( by mum) from both Inter ’72 and Atletico ’74. Never did any homework those nites … or any nite tbh as you can probably tell. Glad you got a memory you can cherish. I know I did.. and that’s another true story!

HH

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I should make clear that the part in the previous comment about the seats being moved is from me,not RALPH on e-Tims.

SeS

Bobby

Turnstiles aren’t staffed ? Why close so early unless the spreadsheet shows a significant saving if 50 gates x stewards x 15 mins means we can buy a proper defensive mid next season ( or whatever we call them now)

Ridiculous situation.

Jobo Baldie

Good morning, friends. Thanks for the article SeS, great work again.
Regarding the turnstiles closing at kick off time that’s news to me and bad news at that! In the not so distant past I used to provide the music each weekend in my then parish. A spin off from this was being asked to play at weddings, invariably on a Saturday afternoon. On 3 or 4 occasions I played at a 2pm wedding, playing the Wedding March around 2.45 and then bombing down from EK in my car hoping that I’d only have missed the first 20 minutes! Sounds like that wouldn’t be possible these days.
I do hope that JP Taylor gets a satisfactory explanation and that the ridiculous situation of Tuesdat evening turns out to be a one off.

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SALTIRES,JOBO

I get the part of the argument that the turnstiles can’t be kept open all night,but there is no reason why a steward cannot be available for each section,with the outside gates opened to allow genuine ticket holders access. (There’s a smaller access gate in each of them,if I remember correctly)

It’s very poor from our club,as is the removal of fans from their own seats in order to facilitate corporate sales under the umbrella of UEFA requirements.

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JOBO

Mailed you re POTY. Not necessarily for a response,just a thought or ten on things.

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SOLKITTS and I were notorious for cutting it fine for kick-off. (Clue,my local taxi company of choice has the phone number 523523,and five to three was usually when we left the pub. That’s how I can remember the number!)

We were usually only a minute or two late,nothing serious. But there was a game at Tynecastle around the time we were attending regularly,before life and geography got in the way of things.

Hearts v Aberdeen. 2-2 draw at the finish. And 2-2 after eight minutes! I don’t think I was ever late for a match after that one….

Leggy

Bobby,

The taxi to the game story, takes me back to the early 1980’s and an away trip to Dens Park.

First time at Dens so went early ( In pub at 11.00 ) with my pals skelped a few, and was introduced to “ Rolls in mince”. Absolutely delicious, ate 2, skelped a good few more and at 2.50. Decided to phone a taxi.

5 minutes later the Barman shouts “There’s your taxi lads ” so we jumped out and said “ The football please driver”.

With a wry smile the driver says “ No problem boys, drives 20 yards, and promptly says “ That’s the queue there” !!!!!!

Cost us £3 I think, but gave us and the driver a good laugh !!!!!

A sort of “ The Jerk” moment ( Now that is a funny film ).

MemoriesCSC 🍀🍀🍀

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LEGGY

You have to scout out the area,old son. Schoolboy error!

I’ll let SOLKITTS explain later his first visit to Love Street. Pretty much on the same subject,with the added twist of him slouching a bit and burying his face into a newspaper. Happy days indeed.

Love Street reminds me,I must ask MAGS something about The Doors next time he is on.

Jobo Baldie

Bobby, I’ve replied to your email.

Bobby

Frank Beattie Testimonial at Kilmarnock was Friday 14th May 1971.
In the tribute to Celtic the programme says…….

‘There could be no more glamorous opponents for Kilmarnock in Frank Beattie’s testimonial match then Celtic.
It was at Parkhead that Frank broke his leg and Celtic, whose willingness to lend a helping hand is legendary, were only too anxious to take part in the game.

There has, of course, always been a bond of friendship between ourselves and Celtic’

Now that last sentence will not resonate with some on here :).

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PRESTONPANSBHOY

Depends who is in the boardroom at the time,I suppose. You know what Ayrshire is like.

We have some strong connections though to Killie,not least that James McGrory managed them before he returned home. Though apart from Tommy Burns and Ally Hunter,I’m struggling here…

And as you doubtless know,the genuine Killie fans don’t like the huns any more than they like us,no favouritism there. Surprised they have any animosity left after they have taken it out on the Ayr United fans.

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JOBO

Got it,and thanks.

SeS

Excellent article.

Bobby

Re Killie, Davie Provan?

JimmynotPaul

BMCUW. 11.43.
I couldn’t agree more, the Killie fans, I know, hate Ayr, then dislike the ugly sisters as they call them and us.
Willie Fernie and Malky MacDonald managed Kilmarnock.
Davey Provan played with Kilmarnock.

Dumbarton……….

There was a chat on here about games at Boghead, can’t remember who with! Anyways…..found the programme, a truly remarkable programme in that it doesn’t give a time, date even the bloody year.

From its contents its obviously a mid-week league cup game and reference to a Parkhead 3:0 defeat gives it away……..25th August 1976 in a 3:3 draw!!!

Even more bizarrely Ian Archer, remember him, produces six paragraphs on the heat wave and concludes it will result in hard pitches and increase the chance of injuries. I doubt very much if anyone got to that last paragraph.

Bobby/JNP
Those Ayrshire derbies in the old stadium were mental. Remember Ayr scoring and most of my mates ran off to the Walker shed to start a fight. Killie were winning and won either 6:1 or 5:1, on a brighter note they left the carry oot bags behind.

SeS

BB cheers buddy

PB – interesting on the programme notes and result?!? – was thinking it was Frodshambhoy or Chalmersbhoy chatting about Boghead?

bada bing1

Lubo signed for Celtic, 24 years ago today…..

St tams

SeS and Jobo
Great stuff . 3 out of the top 4

BOBBY@9:18am
Read it on etims not surprised.

Danny Mac23

SeS

Thanks again for the education.I never knew Pat Crerand scored our first ever home European goal.From what I know Pat Crerand was an excellent player,skilful but but not the quickest.In his 6 years at Celtic he was a firm favourite and when he left or was invited to leave? he missed out in our biggest success.He would win it the following year but everyone remembers the first so I suppose scoring the first goal in Europe at Parkhead is an accolade in itself.

JNP

Pat D I believe was a good friend of Pat Crerand.I remember some memories over a pint.

jimbo67

Afternoon all

Just off soon to get my jabs. Hopefully no reaction.

Interesting reading back to the Frank Beattie testimonial – Friday night game. Dalglish got 5 or even 6 and that was a real surprise. I’d seen his home debut v Raith Rovers and thought he was okay, but his subsequent appearances made me think that peers such as Vic Davidson and Paul Wilson were better although my dad always thought Kenny was better and worth more than the two to four appearances a season he’d had up to that night. But my God he just looked sensational that evening and whilst 70-71 had been a really hard season (despite ending up with a double) the sight of this new goal machine who looked just like that red faced right half of a few weeks before filled everybody with, largely justified, optimism for the 71-72 season.

I don’t remember Rugby Park being too unfriendly a place to visit around then- always a cracking game and none of the Brockville or Broomfield hostility vibe. But I remember that changing by the 74-75 season when there was a lot of fighting during the game and at half time and certainly any time that I went to Rugby Park up to about 1981 it was not a friendly visit although still some way short of Tynecastle or Broomfield for nastiness. I know a few Ayrshire based Tims who don’t like them but I have to say I have never found Killie fans I’ve known to be particularly anti-Celtic – and when I lived in Edinburgh and went to the International Bar post-match a pair of Killie fans sometimes came in when they’d got to Edinburgh and they were fine. Ayr fans- and some of my Ayrshire Tims have them as their second team- absolutely hate Killie as passionately as we hate Hearts at least.

Oh and Mags I mind that night in Babbity’s and then Bar 67. Would it harm your credibility that I thought you were, to borrow an expression, ‘a thoroughly bloody nice bloke?’

Jimbo (but Dimbo)

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JIMBO67

A Friday night game? That explains me being there-though I suspect my Dad might have preferred being in the pub. But not after the game,no. I think we both knew that we had witnessed a star being born.

SeS

Couldn’t remember the score, but how the hell could I forget six goals, some team pool . The programme says…..
Latchford,Mcgrain,Lynch,P.mccluskey,Edvaldsson,Mcdonald,Doyle,Glavin,Gmccluskey,Dalglish,Burns,Wilson,Lennox

bada bing1
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JIMBO67

Your mention of seeing Kenny make his debut got me thinking about some debuts I’ve seen over the years. Discounting new signings and focusing only on our younger players coming through,possibly the most important for our future was Tommy Burns.

I think he came on as a sub against Dundee.

I missed Paul McStay,but pretty sure I was at his home league debut,definitely saw some of our poorer production lines of centre halves,the best of them probably being Derek White.

One debut that definitely sticks in my mind was at Ibrox. As usual,SOLKITTS and I are in the enclosure alongside the pitch,and I asked him why the bloody hell we were playing our mascot? Wee guy,blond hair,looked as if he got in via the boy’s gate.

Any idea who he is? Naw.

Maybe two minutes in,he damn near put one of their players-Cooper,I think-into their Centenary Stand. (Opened in 1973 to commemorate their founding a century earlier in 1873,not 1872,btw.)

Peter Grant took some stick over the years,but certainly not that day!

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BADABING

Can’t get that to open,mate.

A thing of beauty

SES,
Thanks for the article. Interesting socks for the game in Valencia. I assume there was a colour clash and we had to borrow their away socks.
Jobo,
Sorry about not putting in my top three. I completely forgot. I would have gone Taylor, CCV and GG so I was there or there abouts. I am becoming a little annoyed with Hatate at the moment. Every ball does not need to be a worldy, sometimes it’s ok just to keep possession and then try a pass. I accept Ange wants a quick one touch game but for me on Tuesday he either got the ball and turned back to the defence or he tried to move it on one touch when it just wasn’t on. Also etims alluded today that one of the squad will be moved on in January as they have let the team down by playing for themselves. I couldn’t see in the comments who people thought it was but my guess would be Jota. If that’s the case I think it’s harsh. He absolutely did play for himself, especially against Leipzig but he is young and should be allowed to learn. Sitting out the champs league games, especially a visit to madrid is punishment enough.

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ATHINGOFBEAUTY

I’m hoping that the “move him on in January” is a warning shot across the bows. Maybe a final warning as everything else has been tried.

Great pity if it happens,because I think that when Jota and Kyogo are in tune together,they are sensational.

Leggy

JiIIMBO67,

Welcome to the blog and excellent posts 👏👏👏

Might have to disagree on Kenny’s debut.

I’m sure I was there and Celtic played Hamilton Accies in the 2nd leg of League Cup, at Douglas Park.

Celtic won first leg, 10-0 ( Yes 10 !!!! ) and I’m think possibly Chalmers and Lennox scored 5 each !!!

Anyway Dalglish made his debut 2nd leg and I think we won 4-2, but again I could be talking shite !!!

Why I know this, I’m from Burnbank and it was my first ever game ( And still got a soft spot for Accies 😜 )

Don’t know where your from, but remember? There’s also a Mini hoot, round the corner 😜😜😜🍺🍺🍺

HH 🍀🍀🍀

big packy

EVENING ALL and JIM, JIMBO67, welcome to the blog,,wee joan has been on a diet for a month, no bacardi and coke, no chocolate ,no crisps or nuts, she got weighed this morning, she put a pound on, well the air was blue, i went oot wae the dugs it was safer🤩🤩 another true story.

Craig76
jimthetim53

Packy, LOL 🙂

Craig76, LOL 🙂

Craig 76

MAGUA
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Leggy

Craig76,

That’s a bit Rodney !!!!

Usually a stretcher for me 😜😜😜

Get yourself along to the Shipbank tomorrow 👍👍👍

BRRB, Is opening his wallet to the theme tune ;;

“ Who let the Moths out, Ooh Ooh “ 🎵🎵🎵

Leggy

Thanks for kind words.

Kenny’s debut was, as you say, at Douglas Park as a sub in autumn 68- but his home and league debut was a year later v Rovers. It was also, as it turned out, Ronnie Simpson’s last home game for us- played at Broomfield a week later and v Ayr at Hampden subsequently but I don’t think he appeared at Parkhead again until he led the Lions out for the last time in 1971. Could be wrong on Ronnie but am on surer ground with Kenny.

BMCUWP

I saw Grant’s debut- a 1-0 loss- but I’d seen him in friendlies and reserve games already. Not a player I ever liked. To an irrational degree.

Saw Tommy and Paul’s debuts versus Dundee and Queen of the South respectively. TB was stick thin, pale as milk and had the kind of red hair you don’t see now. Played really well, however. Paul was kind of invisible on a day Danny got a rare goal (I think.) Verdict on way to pub was he was not ready. A week later he was surprisingly picked for a game at Pittodrie and he scored a terrific goal. I am often wrong.

Big Whyte was a sub in a cup tie v Queens Park – not sure if he came on but he started v Hearts the next game and played quite well- my then girlfriend was a Hearts fan and I took her to the stand. She stole my woolly hat- a hat previously worn to a European Cup final I might add- and sat on it all game. No coarse comments. Big Whyte’s cousin Craig stayed in the flat below me- a big Jambo he is the only person I know who won a 6 figure sum on the lottery.

Jimbo

Mike in Toronto

Never really thought that the Daily Record had much of a sense of humor… but they have an article today on 6 things that, according to bookies, are more likely than Sevco putting 6 past Ajax and qualifying for the EL (350-1) …

one of which was Neil Lennon being appointed by Sevco to replace GvB… at only 33-1!

big packy

my first european game was 1966 at parkhead note parkhead not celtic park🤩 we beat dinamo kiev 2-0, .another true story.

big packy

meant to add jimthetim53 lifted me over the turnstile, well it was either him or solkitts.another true story🤩🤩