YOU MUST BE JOKING, BHOYS!

CALL ME faint-hearted if you like … but I have been aghast since the release of the SPFL post-split fixture list, at the alleged calls by some of a Celtic persuasion for the Hoops to drop points against Hibs at Easter Road, in order to set up a 7-I-A-R-clinching opportunity against TFOD. Quite apart from…

CELTIC & IRELAND IN SONG AND STORY

HERE’S a link to a book and accompanying CDs that you may find of interest.  The package interweaves the rich heritage of Irish song and history with that of Celtic: http://www.celticsongbook.com/ Compiled by Raymond Daly and Derek Warfield (Wolfe Tones), Raymond’s Introduction speaks for itself: “This book and the contents within present a definitive yet…

HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY, BERTIE!

Original Sketch Copyright Alex S. Bain “Ten-Thirty” The shuffling gait, the cheeky grin; the hitched-up shorts, the jutting chin; the ‘faithful’ drooled o’er every flick – he really made the Celtic tick. The iron will, the nerves of steel; the bottle to face down the De’il; with cunning ploy and subtle trick, he really made…

THE WEE BARRA

ON THE DAY that would have been Bobby Collins’ 87th birthday, we are delighted to post a special 25thmay1967 verse tribute to the wee man: “The Wee Barra” The ‘Barra’ was a stalwart of the Bhoys in days of yore – a giant, though of stature quite compact. A mainstay of the squads that wrote the ’fifties into…

The ‘What’ Trilogy 3: Moving On …

WHAT circumstances would justify ‘Moving On’ to those of us who can’t as things currently stand in Scottish Football? It’s quite simple, really.  All we’ve ever wanted is justice: For Establishment whitewash to be to be stripped off to expose the malfeasance that has been poisoning the game in Scotland for more years than we…

What could yet be …

CONTINUING the general theme of the previous post (“What might have been …” ), we speculate on what might yet be possible if the proponents of good governance in Scottish Football keep the faith, keep their nerve and keep banging the drum for the need to set the record straight once and for all before…

What might have been …

There was a wee fella called Fergus – he saw off Jim Farry with ease.
If he’d been around when the cheating was found, they’d’ve probably rued EBTs.

A WORD ABOUT PENALTIES …

PENALTIES, apart from the rare, genuinely indisputable “stonewaller”, are ALWAYS contentious.  Those who welcome the award tend to defend it to the hilt, while those who resent it, are outraged and tend to condemn it out-of-hand, often even when it is fairly conclusive.  It’s in the nature of things.  Just like legitimate “banter”, it is…

“UNCLE PHIL”

TODAY is a very special occasion. Not only a Cup Final … but a Cup Final that will be played against a highly emotional backdrop.  Phil O’Donnell has a special place in the hearts and minds of both finalists and their respective fans.  Hopefully, today’s spectacle will be played in a true spirit of mutual…

ONLY SAYING, LIKE …

IN COMMON with all Timdom, I rejoiced heartily over the proclamation, post our 4-0 victory at McDiarmid Park on Saturday 4 November, that Celtic had broken our own 100-year-old record of 62 consecutive domestic matches undefeated.  In the prevailing euphoria at the time, it never for one minute occurred to me that the claim might…

Right Back To 67 THE LISBON LION DIARY

TODAY, we present a preview of a fascinating NEW book by Jim Craig, Celtic’s right-back on that breathtaking day in 1967 when, in Lisbon, Portugal, Jock Stein’s Celtic stunned the football world by becoming the first Scottish, British, North-European and non-Latin club to win what was then known in the English-speaking world simply as – The…