There will be no mention of ‘Drama Queens’ from me, but those who were uncontrollably distressed by ‘defeats’ in meaningless friendlies will no doubt be delighted to lean a Celtic team largely staffed by undergraduates got the better of Brentford yesterday. The rest of us remain unmoved, although I was pleased Amido Balde received some encouragement.
As many of you will know, the LostBhoys have been broadcasting podcasts covering Celtic’s history in recent months. It has been an incredibly professional, informative and entertaining look at our club through the years. This weekend they broadcast a decade I helped them cover, 1950-1960.
It encapsulated a seminal period for Celtic. When the SFA ruled the club would face suspension if they continued to fly the Irish flag, we could have gone out of business, or forever been robbed of our heritage. The decade saw many of the great names in our history at Celtic Park: McGrory, Tully, Stein, Fallon, McNeill, Chalmers, Auld, Gribben and Hogan, as well as the ever-influential, Sir Robert Kelly, but to those at the time it looked like we were heading nowhere. Celtic lost more games in the 50s than in any other decade, but as we know, it’s darkest before the dawn….
There are great contributions from Charlie Gallacher and John Fallon, and Terry Dick, son of Glen Daly, who recorded The Celtic Son, told us how the song came into being (it was basically the work of Charlie Tully).
You can download this episode here but catch them all, you’ll be glad you did.
Two days until football returns to Celtic Park; can’t wait.
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