“Cheeky” Charlie Tully

Who’s that leading out the ‘Gers?
Stories are ten-a-penny about Celtic’s iconic Irish star of the 1950s, “Cheeky”  Charlie Tully. Surely one of the most surprising, though, is that of the night the  ‘bould’ Charles Patrick CAPTAINED a Rangers select as a guest in a friendly to  mark the hanseling of a new floodlighting installation by Inverness Caledonian.
It’s debatable whether the invitation was intended as an honour, or as revenge for  the many roastings Charlie had given the Ibrox outfit. Certainly the roguish Bhoyo  must have felt distinctly uncomfortable decked out in lurid red, white and blue for  the occasion … and many’s a ribbing he suffered for it afterwards.
Charlie’s light shone all to briefly at Celtic Park. While it did, though, it lit up a  stop-start era of the club’s history that so often flattered to deceive, with many  great players, a few truly delicious triumphs but ultimately an overwhelming sense  of under-achievement.
Mind you, it gifted us Jock Stein and heralded the most glorious era of all for  Celtic.

Who’s that leading out the ‘Gers?

Stories are ten-a-penny about Celtic’s iconic Irish star of the 1950s, “Cheeky”  Charlie Tully. Surely one of the most surprising, though, is that of the night the  ‘bould’ Charles Patrick CAPTAINED a Rangers select as a guest in a friendly to  mark the hanseling of a new floodlighting installation by Inverness Caledonian.

It’s debatable whether the invitation was intended as an honour, or as revenge for  the many roastings Charlie had given the Ibrox outfit. Certainly the roguish Bhoyo  must have felt distinctly uncomfortable decked out in lurid red, white and blue for  the occasion … and many’s a ribbing he suffered for it afterwards.

Charlie’s light shone all to briefly at Celtic Park. While it did, though, it lit up a  stop-start era of the club’s history that so often flattered to deceive, with many  great players, a few truly delicious triumphs but ultimately an overwhelming sense  of under-achievement.

Mind you, it gifted us Jock Stein and heralded the most glorious era of all for  Celtic.

[podcast]http://www.25thmay1967.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/6.-_Cheeky_-Charlie-Tully.mp3[/podcast]

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