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. AuroraBorealis79 on

    Thanks to all those kind supporting words from my fellow bloggers.



    CQN is a place like no other!



    Our Forefather’s taught us well!

  2. Hunderbirds are Gone on




    Proof is a different measure than percent or ABV.



    Standard strength spirits are usually 40%ABV (Alcohol by volume). This figure in Proof measure is measured in degrees, and is 70 degrees Proof.



    In the U.K. 100% alcohol content (or 100% abv) would be 175 Proof. The US proof measure is different, but I will not make it any more confusing.



    It is common these days for people to refer to alcohol strength in “percent proof” but it is wrong. That is like saying I am six feet metres tall, or I must have been doing 80 mph kph. In fact a recent Will Young album is called 85% Proof. I heard him talking about it and thinking it was a really cool album title. In the “Old Days” sailors grog rations had to be 85 degrees Proof, Will Young picked this up wrong so “85% Proof” is in fact a really uncool name for an album, because it’s wrong. But then we are talking, Will Young, so maybe no surprise there.



    Sorry to prattle on about this, but I hear this misnomer more and more often, and it is my language bete noire of choice.



    Remember drinkers, it’s Proof or percent, not both!




  3. leftclicktic on

    FT in the @spfl Development League: @acciesfc 0-0 CELTIC. The young Hoops conclude their league campaign with a draw in Lanarkshire.

  4. An tearman



    Accept your point fully, in fact I agree that many Blarites betrayed and continue to betray us (accepting a job at a bank is one of the lesser betrayals).



    Nevertheless it was an anti- Labour man post, made by an Independence and (temporary) SNP supporter, on an election day.



    It is, therefore, disingenuous for Ernie to be accused of bringing electioneering on to the blog (and I know it was not an accusation made by you). I am just trying to play fair. It cannot just be political when it departs from a pro-Independence, pro-SNP or anti-Labour or anti-Tory or anti-LD line. They are all political.




    Turkeybhoy- See above



    Plus- “f you read back,no one came on supporting the SNP,or advocating voting for them”



    There had been several posts accusing Frank McAveety and the Labour group on GCC, in general, of being pro-orange and anti-Celtic. Did you miss them? Do they not count as political because they chime with your own views? Do they not count as anti-Labour and, are they not invariably made by people, like yourself, who have proclaimed their intention to support the SNP by voting for them in order to get Independence? I acept they may not have explicitly said Vote SNP but no-one reading them honestly would mistake that implication. And when someone, like Big Jimmy, for example, comes on and posts his views on why he is turning towards voting for the SNP, where are the posters decrying him for “bringing politics (or electioneering) onto the blog”?



    The answer is- there are none – because we have reached a stage of such uniformity that pro-SNP or anti-Labour stements are just ordinary and expected. When someone defends Labour it is seen as an abberation.



    So, I will remain not shy about defending my traditions and the traditions of my forefathers, and I don’t find them anywhere near the SNP.




    P.S. Big Jimmy is perfectly entitled to bring his politics onto the blog and is more than capable of dealing with any contrary view he gets about them.



    Some other posters, however, need to recognise that, no matter what shape of landslide result comes tonight or in June, some of us will retain our old values and fight for them within the movement. I never bought into the bright new dawns offered by the SDP or Militant Tendency so I am unlikely to fall for the “all progressive talk and no progressive action” on offer from the SNP.

  5. “First of all, we will look for men. Only men can take this job.”



    Fair enough I suppose

  6. huntlybhoy86 on

    Evening all.



    I’m looking for a bit of advice. I’m taking my 7 year old son and my Dad down to Glasgow on the weekend of the Cup final. We’ve got tickets to the Legends game on the Sunday and we’re also going to see Kiss on the Saturday night (unashamedly!)


    I was wondering if anyone could recommend a family friendly/Celtic friendly boozer where the three of us could watch the Cup final?



    Thanks in advance.

  7. AuroraBorealis79 on

    BCW, MikeInToranto




    I dont think anyone concerned with this would frequent this blog or, infact know me as Aurora.




    I am digressing this as I am trying to get some useful information & to put my mind at ease soo I can get a night’s sleep tonight.




    Your advice is greatly appreciated tho.

  8. AuroraBorealis79 on

    MIKE IN TORONTO on 4TH MAY 2017 8:04 PM



    If my Union ignore my calls & fail to act in my defense which forces me to get a Solicitor involved, will the Union have to foot the bill?



    Thanks in advance





    “So, I will remain not shy about defending my traditions and the traditions of my forefathers, and I don’t find them anywhere near the SNP”.






    Suppose the question you should be asking yourself is, not so much your traditions’ proximity to the SNP, but that of Labour’s ?

  10. Hunderburds




    Interested.. so when Snake Venom beer comes up – wgats yer take ?



    Scottish beer, has been the world’s strongest beer, at 67.5%, since October 2013. It has a sweet, nutty aroma, .

  11. An Tearmann on




    Well they did play like a lot of lassies kiddin on they had skippin ropes :-)




  12. Hamiltontim on




    Stay strong mate.






    The Phoenix on the Gallowgate allow children in.

  13. mike in toronto on

    Aurora …. generally, things like basic contract or business law principles are pretty consistent across many commonwealth countries … so, I sometimes throw my two cents worth in on CQN ….. but more procedural aspects (such as entitlement to costs) vary considerably from jurisdiction to jurisdiction …. unfortunately, I dont know anything about the costs provisions where you are, so am of no sue to you there …. sorry.



    but, even if it costs you a little bit, I would think getting proper advice would help you …particularly as it sounds like your union isn’t doing much to assist you.



    Sorry I cant be of more assistance, mate. Hope it works out okay for you.

  14. BCW



    Fair question- I still have the belief that they remain closer to them than any actions so far carried out by SNP who want to be all things to all people until their end is reached. They want independence and they will wnat to keep all constituencies) right, left and centre) on board till that is achieved.



    When they actually are faced with responsibility for budget management all their rhetoric about how badly the English are treating us will actually have to face up to the reality of breaking promises just to make ends meet. The last thing they want, despite all the talk of more sober fiscal projections this time round (the end of Project Big Rock Candy Mountain), they have not come close to telling the truth.



    We are in for a very rough time post-Brexit. If you add Scexit to that, we will have it twice as hard as even those hard projections. Who would wish such poverty on your friends and neighbours for the sake of a newly drawn borderline, a retained queen and currency?



    Anyway, I will now exercise my responsibility to keep (Labour) electioneering off the blog and , as punishment, go and watch this dire UEFA semi final


    AURORABOREALIS79 @ 9:04.



    Just thinking of you mate.



    Good luck and best wishes.

  16. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    My error on McAveety….mistaken identity.


    However, just because i consider the Labour Party to be fake, doesnt mean id support the Nats.


    Ive no time for party politics…they are all charlatans to me, Willie Rennie, Kezia, Roof and wee David, Neil and Salmon…take your pick.




  17. AuroraBorealis79 on

    MIKE IN TORONTO on 4TH MAY 2017 9:20 PM



    Every little helps.







  18. Hunderbirds are Gone on




    Shno too bad. Tashtes nish. Head feelsh dishzy…



  19. Aurora: Best of luck with your case.



    OldTim: I hope you overcome your health issues and that you make it to Lisbon.



    I won’t be able to go to Lisbon but fair play to BRTH for all the work he has put in.




    Hope you don’t mind me sticking my nose in here.



    My advice about seeing a lawyer is DON’T until you have exhausted all avenues with your union.



    20 years ago I was dismissed from my job. I had a stick on case but the union were dragging their feet with support.



    I wanted to take my case to an Industrial Tribunual. The union agreed but wanted me to be represented by the union official who had thus far lost all my appeals.



    I asked for a union lawyer and they declined. Only then did I engage an employment lawyer.



    I won my case in a day and the recommendation order was to reinstate me and pay any loss of earnings.



    The company refused the reinstatement. I asked the union to take this to the members for support only to be told by them as that I had employed a lawyer that I had effectively gave up my union rights.I only got increased compensation.



    As I said this was 20 years ago and the rules may have changed, but be careful with your timing.



    Wishing you all the luck in the world.







  21. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    MIKE IN TORONTO on 4TH MAY 2017 9:21 PM


    oops … sue should be use






    Force of habit, eh Mike? ;)

  22. Mike in Toronto 9:20ts) vary considerably from jurisdiction to jurisdiction …. unfortunately, I dont know anything about the costs provisions where you are, so am of no sue to you there …. sorry.


    ******Now there’s a Freudian slip if I ever saw one!


    Auroraboreal- it cost me £740 for a lawyer just to read the allegations and another grand if I wanted to avail myself of his services. Make sure you have a cast-iron case before you take it further. Total cost for taking on this case in excess of £8k. Good advice from Tonyrome.

  23. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Well played this season to our development squad.. Even though it didn’t pan out for us to win it., we weren’t far away. Scarce goals scored in our early home games has meant we pass on the league flag for now.



    I enjoyed each game I arrived at.



    Polls are closed, so good luck to Gail Casey and Danny Lennie.





    If the result goes our way (fingers crossed) you could do worse than go up to Celtic Park an hour or so after the match. If we’ve completed the Treble the team will bring the cup out to the supporters.



    Something for your Bhoy to remember.



    Hope you and your family enjoy the trip.

  25. Prince Phillip’s announcement of his intention to retire soon earns him twelve minutes coverage as the main item on BBC news.



    What a world we live in.




  26. ALMORE on 4TH MAY 2017 10:17 PM



    Prince Phillip’s announcement of his intention to retire soon earns him twelve minutes coverage as the main item on BBC news.



    *don’t you have tae work first before you can retire, never done a hauns turn in his life. he had the cheek tae tell the “common folk” tae get the finger oot tae.

  27. Tontine Tim


    Come on now, shaking hands is hard work as is masterminding a hit on a beloved princess, must have taken a fair bit of work No.




    Quote from Mike McGill at today’s proceedings.



    “He said the finances of Rangers were “almost entirely dependent” of participation in the Champions’ League each year.



    He added: “If you did not secure that TV and media money, the club would make substantial losses. That was the fundamental problem.”





    Bet your bottom dollar they needed CL money. I wonder if we will ever find out what lengths they went to achieve that. How honest were those mistakes?

  29. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on




    Absolutely agree; change from within. The SNP will use every trick that they can to secure independence (sic) whilst keeping the Crown, the British Pound and subjugation from Brussels.



    It’s no’ fur me!









    Correct,mate. And that masonic omertà must be a powerful thing.



    Either that,or The Legned scares the bejayzus outa them!