Cruyff silenced in 82 after dismissive comment


When tickets went on sale for Saturday’s game against Kilmarnock the hope of many was that this would be the game 8-in-a-row would be tied up.  What could have been a party will instead be a day we gather to respect the memory of our greatest ever captain.

Many, especially the older generation, will just want to be at Celtic Park on Saturday, to sit among friends and recall times of joy and angst.

Memories of Vojvodina, Cruyff – three times, 10 men, standing nose-to-nose with a referee on the touchline.  Of the utter joy that was the Centenary Season, the glory and celebrations of a lifetime at the top of the game.  Other fields bestowed greater prizes on Billy, but Celtic Park was home.  I’m glad we will gather there this weekend.

I loved Cruyff, but he had an edge to him.  He twice got the better of Billy in the early 70s, those encounters leaving an aftertaste that lasted until the 1982 European Cup meeting between Celtic and Ajax, when Billy was manager and Johan back as a player at Ajax.  After a first leg draw at Celtic Park Johan made a dismissive comment that loosely translated as ‘getting the better of McNeill as a manager, as well as a player’.  The Dutchman was silenced in Amsterdam two weeks later.

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  1. Almore – neither! Its the new-ish BBC SCotland channel that launched a few weeks ago. You can watch the channel live via BBC iPlayer (I understand) but some of the cleverer clogs on here might be able to supply more detailed advice.

  2. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    An Tearmann at 1.54am on the previous thread. Thank you for posting Frantic07 ‘s photograph of Billy holding the big cup looking down the Celtic Way.



    Its a photo as classy as Billy was.



    Thanks again to Frantic for his work and your good self for sharing it here.

  3. jobo: Thanks. I’m trying to watch it through an IPTV subsciption but that channel isn’t listed.

  4. So not only did I convince myself it’s Friday and head into town to meet my nephew, I had already tagged the game for a reminder…this getting auld is a basturt ;-))

  5. Paul67 et al



    Lenny is well intended but I hope we ignore his idea that the number 5 strip is ‘retired’. Although we are getting into NFL numbers squad wise, I hope we do not go down the road of American Sports. We didn’t do it with Jimmy, Kenny and Henrik got that opportunity, and we should not do so with Billy’s jersey. If there is a player that can fill it, and there might well be, let him wear it.

  6. FrannyB67 thanx…so it’s not jist me then ? Both teams still trying to settle…bloody hell Sevco jnrs shot in the box deflected for corner…and another

  7. Ffs…corner breaks to edge of box…Dixon places in into left hand bottom corner 0 – 1 down grrrrrr

  8. Rotten start, clearly they have been working on set pieces, need the next goal to let the bhoys settle

  9. Corner Celtic…just cleared by defence…better one driven in…Celtic player down burst nose