Lions, first treble after 50 years of darkness


With the Lisbon Lions ‘acting in concert’, as is often the case in Glasgow football circles these days, I hope Celtic plan to mark the 50th anniversary of another of their achievements this Saturday. The St Johnstone game marks 50 years to the day the Lions won Celtic’s very first treble.

A Bobby Lennox goal won the League Cup against Rangers on 29 October 1966, before two Willie Wallace goals took the Scottish Cup on 29 April 1967. The treble was completed at Ibrox, when Jimmy Johnstone scored twice to secure the point Celtic required.

Given the 50 years that we have enjoyed since that season, it is unimaginable to believe that this was the first occasion Celtic retained the league title for exactly 50 years. Last doing so with a win at Dumbarton on 7 April 1917.

It has been said here often before, but it cannot be overestimated what Jock Stein and the Lions did for Celtic. The European Cup and nine-in-a-row are merely the headlines. The titles are trophies you have enjoyed since are the substance. The story would more resemble that dark half century without retaining a league, without them.  When the club and New Balance launch next season’s strips later today, they homage they will pay to the men of ’67 is fully merited.

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  1. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    The dirty washing is now getting laundered:



    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman


    McGill says Rangers could not gain a consumer credit licence to take direct debit payments “because of one of the directors”



    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman


    McGill in 2009 club looked like was going breach bank credit facility, money borrowed from Ticketus, £5-6m that year and again in 2010



    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman


    McGill says Ticketus transaction did not appear on accounts as funds advanced in October and repaid in April, “no requirement to disclose”



    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman


    McGill says no desire to hide Ticketus transaction but they “recognised for some fans would be a sensitive issue”



    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman




    Hence no liability when accounts produced





  2. James Doleman (twitter)



    “McGill asked to explain difference between administration and liquidation. Says first is attempt to save a company, latter is end of it.”




  3. quiet in here today. strolled up and almost onto the podium ( top 3 )


    Looking forward to the leaked ‘reveal’ of the new shirt, and hoping it’s available very quickly.



    On another point – football – anyone remember that, amongst all the politics – this weekend may be the toughest game we face for the remainder of the season. St Johnstone have a strong ‘post-split’ record and have the added incentive ( as will the few teams we have left to face ) of being the team that stopped the undefeated run. We need to field the strongest team available on Saturday. despite the fact that you don’t win a prize for going undefeated for a whole season, you can bet the players will want that on their C.V’s. not many achieve that in their career.

  4. Hail Hail




































    Amazing how you feel even just writing that team of lions down.










  5. TURKEYBHOY on 4TH MAY 2017 12:15 PM


    Munter Media going into meltdown about the unsavoury reports emanating in todays Tabloids about the cretin who ran on the park .the one that ran up to Broony,then shit himself.That one.




    Deep joy.




    Loved the comment from court yesterday,which I have just read.



    “Explain the difference between,Administration,and Liquidation”



    “Administration is when A COMPANY tries to save itself,Liquidation is when it fails”.




    More deep joy.

  6. williefernie on

    Wonderful days indeed.My dad -a good Calton man- would take me to most of the games; both Cup Finals,4-0 at Ibrox in Glasgow Cup,Christmas Eve in Aberdeen,New Years Eve at Tannadice.Great memories!

  7. Bada Bing 11.32am.


    Thanks Bada,


    That’s me secured 2 tickets thanks to yer good self.



  8. South Of Tunis on

    Treble Day 1967?



    A veritable monsoon caused a power failure . Post game , I had an appointment to see a man about a dog in a delightful Paisley Rd West boozer called The Grapes. .. Lots of trouble after the game , lots of flying bottles etc..Made it to the Grapes in one piece -it was shut due to the power failure . No man with a dog !!

  9. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    Calton….St Alphonsus bhoy myself:)




  10. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    Bateen Bhoy on 4th May 2017 12:15 pm



    It should also be noted that they are only 6 points (and 4 goals) behind the Comedy Club who have to visit Perth on the last game of the season.



    That could be an ABBA day as well!





  11. CW TRIAL-



    James Doleman







    Advocate Depute “Did you know the firm Collyer Bristow?” McGill “I had walked past their office” #WhyteTrial



    James Doleman








    McGill says proof of funds letter gave “comfort that the bidder had the funds to continue” allowed bidder to “kick the tyres”





    “KICK THE TYRES” – so the search for a new buyer to own the old Rangers is being compared to buying a used car from the street?



    Which type of car best describes the ole Rangers (IL)


    I’ll start the bidding at – Gran (Master) Torino……

  12. “Administration is when A COMPANY tries to save itself,Liquidation is when it fails”.



    So, was it the Company which was deducted 15 points? What League/Division was that Company in?




  13. foghorn leghorn on

    Which type of car best describes the ole Rangers (IL)




    I’ll start the bidding at – Gran (Master) Torino……





    Fiat 500 million fans

  14. foghorn leghorn on

    Which type of car best describes the ole Rangers (IL)




    I’ll start the bidding at – Gran (Master) Torino……





    Fiat 500 million fans



    sorry, hang on, thats Sevco, not Rangers (IL)

  15. South Of Tunis on

    Cut and Shut FC .



    The Football club was founded in 1872 , incorporated as the Company in 1899

  16. For me the Kelty Hearts thing proves a break in time line. The argument that a club still existed in spirit and assets also stands up.



    I stand by my thinking by that reforming and starting at the bottom is the ultimate football punishment. And one which they may never recover as many of the clubs this happens to never do.



    All those clubs can rightly claim a link to the post financial meltdown.



    As for the Neil and the spfl they will only do what his paymasters say and he has always done that. Only clubs can change the rules and bring further charges. But, it seems to be finished no matter the rulings.



    Turkeys don’t vote for Xmas. And they need the blue new pound.

  17. Sorry, link to the past pre financial meltdown.



    Fat fingers. Cold fat fingers. This polling station is frozen and slow.

  18. When lads trot out the names of the Lisbon Lions it just must be a little hard on the Fallon family.


    There was a twelfth Lion, in that period there were no outfield substitutes but there was a substitute allowed for the Keeper.


    John Fallon was that man, his son is an esteemed CQN’er and John himself is today the epitome of what a Celtic Supporter should be travelling far & wide to support the ‘tic.


    Hail Hail to The Original Holy Goalie, a Lion then & still a Lion today.

  19. Greenpinata on




    Remember St Alphonsus well from school days. Every first Friday and holidays of obligation we would be marched from Duke Street down to the church. Pupil’s escapades trying to evade the teachers by jumping up closes etc put the great escape to shame.



    Went back in a while ago to relive memories.








    Well said,mate.



    In fact,I think Celtic now recognise The Lions as being all 16 who represented us in The European Cup that season.



    Heroes one and all!


    Ford Pinto.



    When it got shafted up the arse,it exploded.

  22. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on





    School long gone….glad the chapel is still there.


    I often pass by just to soak up the memories:)








    Two great Celts and two men who stepped in when a fellow Celt needed help, that will never be forgotten in the Green Valley:))



    HH TOHG and BT