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.

Thank you to all who have sponsored me for the Celtic Foundation. I’m running the Stirling Marathon on 21 May. I know there are a million demands on you but all support is appreciated.


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  1. West End of East End on

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 13m13 minutes ago


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    £1.7m for “health and safety” issue


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    This keeps coming up all the time that back in 2011 the stadium needed this amount spent on it. As far I can make out this has never been addressed and no or little work has been carried out.



    Where are the SFA here asking the questions on H & S ? Never mind all the other board room stuff, lawyers will squabble over that, this needs addressed by the football authorities and GCC…

  2. As my wee MAW used to say ” There’s always GOOD that comes out of EVERY BAD” !



    Maybe, the Tory/UKIP ( Same Mob) gains in Paisley and Shettleston will awaken other Scots in other areas who previously voted “NO” to Independence….will now decide that IF there is another Indy Ref soon…they will vote “YES” ?….to make those Tories/UKIP Voters completely irrelative /


    I Dunno cos I aint educated enough, but from my own point of view on hearing about Shettleston and Paisley….my gut feeling is one of feck this for a laugh….give us Independence…..ANYTHING away from The Tories…..and feckin UKIP….which the Tories have now become !



    Either that, but I get enough money in my piggy bank…and feck off out of here…..The Lunatics are taking over…..




  3. Problem is there is a generation now who canny remember the thatcher years.



    God help us, this cow is a clone a tell ye!!.



    Independence will happen now!.



    Personally a think most English tories will be happy with that!.

  4. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Might not get horse picked on Saturday so may as well lob my donkey on today



    Nap – 2.20pm Newmarket – Kimberella



    Best of luck to all



    Cheers GFTB

  5. weebawbabitty on

    Big jimmy , your are fast becoming my fav poster some excellent comments

  6. Lads,



    very sad this week to hear about the passing of one of our own from both the CQN community and a valued contributor amongst the CQN napsters – TheBarcaMole.



    RIP Franny.



    My thoughts and prayers go out to all your friends and family.




  7. Morning all



    White lilac 15.00 Wexford



    Good luck



    RIP Barca mole

  8. I can see Ryan Moore having a blinder today, my nap is Washington DC in the 220 at hq, good luck all. RIP the barcamole, very sad news

  9. bigrailroadblues on

    I’ve just got home and nearly sobered up. What was the score last Saturday again?


    Kachy 220 NM



    Condolences to all who knew and loved THEBARCAMOLE.



    I did. I got lucky there.



    HH and R I P,Franny.


    Next Stage.



    1:50 Newmarket.



    Good luck Lhads




  12. Bloody *#*#… just backed Gossiping at 25/1, but never napped it !



    So, today’s nap – at a much shorter price – in the 2000 Guineas @ HQ :



    Barney Roy (15:35 Newmarket)



    Good luck to all !








    Know how you feel,missed a 10/1 winner at Thirsk cos of new staff and an eejit in front of me.



    Ten seconds late placing the bet,a good five minutes waiting to do so.






    Btw. The slip returned to me didn’t say Bet Void. If the horse had lost,I wouldn’t even had my score back!