DAY OF DAYS … BEST OF TIMES

Dateline Lisbon, Portugal, 25th May 1967 …                                                      THE END OF A PERFECT DAY IN PARADISE … THE CULMINATION OF WALFRID’S DREAM … A      BEACON ON THE HIGH…

“RMS CELTIC” REVISITED …

ANYONE intrigued by our previous snippet about the early-twentieth-century liner that bore Celtic’s name and was a White Star Line forerunner and stablemate of the Titanic, as well as being a contemporary of the equally ill-fated Lusitania, might find some of the following links interesting: http://www.whitestarhistory.com/celtic https://www.nmni.com/titanic/Design-Build/Harland—Wolff/Launch-of-RMS-Celtic-1901.aspx http://www.greatships.net/celtic2.html Johnbhoy

“WEE TAM” … A CALTON BHOY!

R.I.P. TOMMY BURNS … another year, another reflection – gone but forever in the hearts of the truly Celtic-minded. Whether as Player, Manager, Coach or fan-in-a-jersey, nobody was more dedicated to the Hoops than “Wee Tam”, our very own “Calton Bhoy”.                 A young Tommy, depicted by Alexander…

LUSITANIA LINK

ON THE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY of the sinking of the “Lusitania” we recall the story of another ocean-going liner of the time that bore our club’s name and came to grief during a storm in the same waters that skirt the southern Irish coast, thirteen-and-a-half years after its more famous, U-Boat victim. Not everything in the Celtic Park…

THE MARK OF CHAMPIONS, ETC …

THE MARK OF CHAMPIONS is to find a way to win when the chips are down … and that’s exactly what Celtic did … BIG TIME … at Tannadice today, against a determined, dangerous opponent clearly harbouring a grudge over perceived injustices in the recent intense series of league and cup confrontations. That Celtic were…

SLIPPIN’ AN’ SLIDIN’ OUT OF THE CUP

BITTERLY DISAPPOINTED at Celtic’s flat, lacklustre performance in blowing our Scottish Cup and treble prospects today. Certainly, the appalling, indefensible, disallowed stonewall first-half penalty incident was THE pivotal point in the match; but our own under-performance resulted in us being harried and out-fought all over the pitch by a dogged ICT, who, by contrast, played…

AN GORTA MOR – THE DAMNING TRUTH

THE DAMNING TRUTH about “An Gorta Mór” (The Great Hunger), commonly but mistakenly dubbed the Potato Famine, is that there actually was no famine, as such, in Ireland at that time. The mid-nineteenth-century catastrophe that befell an already downtrodden native Irish underclass, initiating a worldwide diaspora and along the way spawning The Celtic Football Club in the east…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BERTIE!

Reproduced from an original sketch by Alexander Seton Bain (Rutherglen) THE NUMBER ‘7’ is iconic in Celtic folklore, invoking glorious memories of Jinky and Henke – today, the number ’77’ is equally prestigious, this being the 77th birthday of one of our most famous sons, the irrepressible “Ten-Thirty” … Wee Bertie (Auld), undisputed ringleader of our immortal…

Now that the dust has settled …

THE CAS today denied Legia Warsaw’s appeal against their elimination by UEFA from the Champions’ League Group Stage qualifiers. Since the whole undignified affair blew up, causing Celtic to be battered by a storm of totally undeserved opprobrium, this blog has refrained from comment, pending a definitive outcome. Now that one has been reached, a…