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On 25 May 1967 Inter were the most formidable team in history

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Inter were an incredible side.  They were top of the Italian league and aiming for their fourth title win in five seasons.  The one time they lost was after a play-off.  The European Cup had become as much their domain as the Italian title.  Having won it in 1964 and 1965, they lost the previous season’s semi-final in controversial manner to Real Madrid after some debatable refereeing.  Reigning champions, Real, would suffer retribution, losing home and away to Inter in the ’67 quarter final. No team in European history had been so dominant.  Real won five European Cups in a row but could not combine that with the kind of domestic domination this Inter team enjoyed.

On the morning on 25 May 1967 they were truly the most formidable team in history.

The game has to be seen to be believed.   We won the European Cup, you know that, but HOW we won it is the most startling thing.  I was a teenager when the first ‘video recorded’ arrived in the house.  Soon thereafter a copy of The Celtic Story was purchased.  I knew the legend but nothing prepared me for the onslaught, I’d never seen a football team destroy opponents in this way.

A CQN’er kindly prepared the stats for us:

Total shots – Celtic 45, Inter 3
Shots on target – Celtic 16, Inter 3
Shots off target – Celtic 29 (3 against the woodwork), Inter 0
Possession – Celtic 64%, Inter 36%
Crosses into opponents box – Celtic 40, Inter 4
Corners – Celtic 10, Inter 0
Successful passes – Celtic 310, Inter 224
Misplaced passes – Celtic 49, Inter 79
Passbacks to goalkeeper – Celtic 7, Inter 20
Fouls Committed – Celtic 19, Inter 21
Offsides – Celtic 5, Inter 1

No prizes for guessing the top two passers, Bobby Murdoch (60) and Bertie Auld (51) but it surprised me that John Clark and Jim Craig came joint third with 43 each, considerably higher than Tommy Gemmell (27), next on the list.

Someone suggested to me that the European Champions tournament had been devalued by a team winning by ‘parking the bus’ in front of their own goal.  I disagree.  This is football, spoiling has always been part of the game and the Champions Final is not always pretty, which makes the special times all the more special.

Someone lifts that cup every year, but few have done so with such devastating style as the Lisbon Lions.

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  1. Ally McCoist, assistant to then Scotland manager Walter Smith, wrote in his Daily Record column, “When I heard the news of his three-match suspension, with no additional points added to his disciplinary record and a return date that puts him in line to play against Hearts on October 15, I was surprised to the point of being staggered by the SFA’s leniency.”

     

     

    “If I was the match official involved I would feel I had been let down by my employers at the SFA.

     

     

    “Before anyone is narrow-minded enough to think I’m speaking as a former Rangers player, let me nail that one to the wall straight away.

     

     

    “If Fernando Ricksen had clashed with Dougal at Ibrox in an identical manner, I would have advocated the same, heavier sentence for him too. This is about the punishment fitting the crime and nothing to do with allegiances.

     

     

    “Whatever I have to say about Lenny’s case is the opinion of someone trying to be an objective journalist. And someone who, as part of Walter Smith’s coaching team, is trying to think of what’s best for Scottish football.

     

     

    “If Lennon had been given a five game ban on Tuesday night at his Hampden hearing I’d have said that was a real result for him.”

  2. archdeaconsbench on 25 May, 2012 at 12:12 said:

     

     

    From ONLY AN EXCUSE:

     

     

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Sept. 17— Four gunmen burst into an amusement arcade here today and killed a Roman Catholic businessman, the 50th victim of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland this year

     

     

    Roy Orbison’s anthem became a favourite among Rangers fans many years ago and was until recently played in pubs and clubs before games until the club adopted it after it’s burgeoning popularity among the supporters and played it over the tannoy after Rangers’ 3-3 draw with Motherwell last June. According to RangersPedia, the song gained popularity after a singer from a group in Belfast sung it at charity events and the song stuck and was a firm favourite with fans ever since.

     

     

    So have Rangers fans been singing this anthem to celebrate the death of a man, as was also claimed of the song ‘The Bouncy’ despite it being sung for decades at Ibrox and not immediately after the death of someone? Or is it yet another ill-fated attempt at claiming a song is sectarian to cause problems and spread unfounded rumours to encourage hatred among fans?

     

     

    HUN PEDIA:

     

     

    Many wonder why this is a Rangers song but a woman from Platoon used to sing it all the time at charity events and functions and it just sort of stuck. The Rangers fans got a great rendition of it going on the day we won our 53rd title and it was played over the Ibrox tannoy for the first time as the team did the lap of honour after the draw with Motherwell. The song is now frequently played over the tannoy pre-match and occassionally at half-time. As shown in the video at the bottom of the page.

     

     

    Penny Arcade was originally written and recorded by Huddersfield fan, Sammy King, and his version was sang before the crucial Old Firm game on Easter Sunday 2011. The song was made famous by Roy Orbison. Claims by Douglas Alexander of the song having a “sectarian subtext” couldn’t be further from the truth.

     

     

    From Monday 18th April 2011, Rangers fans began a campaign – similar to the Simply The Best Campaign – to get the song to number one while rasing money for Erskine. The song has been recorded by the original artist and has agreed to give all proceeds from the sales to Erskine.

     

     

     

    Funny how it disnae tell yae whit number it goat tae?

     

     

    Whit iz it wae huns & raising money for soldiers/war etc…whit about hungry innocent weans or people born into poverty- dae something fur them!

  3. Paul67 et al

     

     

    Real Madrid

     

    Benfica

     

    AC Milan

     

    Inter Milan

     

    Celtic

     

    Manchester United

     

    Feyenoord

     

    Ajax

     

    Bayern Munich

     

    Liverpool

     

     

    It is the company that you keep!

  4. Can it possibly be, that due to shredding processes, there is no relevant documentation to be sent to the SOL?

  5. miki67 on 25 May, 2012 at 12:04 said:

     

    How come Los Dufferos are still maladministrating?

     

    Didn’t someone,live on the visual valium just the other night,say that if they didn’t go voluntarily after being caught out in a major conflict of interest that they should be “forcibly removed”?

     

    waitingpatiently csc

     

    …………..

     

    They bhoys are wringing every penny of value out of Scotlands shame, leave them to get on wae it I say…….. The party’s over….. What about the football governance within Scottish football, the real shenanigans will lead to the sfa……

     

    V

     

    Hx2

  6. quonno on 25 May, 2012 at 12:32 said:

     

     

    No, because Mark Daly has copies of it. If he has copies of it, then somebody has it available to send to the SPL. In fact it would put Rangers in a very suspicious position if they were to claim they don’t have any documentation, when it’s now in the public domain that it exists.

  7. I’ve been very lucky – I was at the game in Lisbon 45 years ago today – as a 12 year old. Years later I had a season ticket for AC Milan, and I remember invading the pitch (actually, just wandering onto the pitch, it was no big deal) at the San Siro after they won the league in 1992. I got talking to a couple of Milan fans, who just wanted to introduce me to everyone when they realised that I was a Celtic fan – even for them, the defeat of their “Forces of Darkness” by Celtic in ’67 was an occasion to celebrate; for the defeat of their rivals, but also because we cut them to ribbons.

     

    I agree with Paul that defensive football is part of the game, but winning in style is different. People will remember Barcelona for years after the current Chelsea team are forgotten. And Celtic are remembered internationally as a great team who won the European Cup in style; who but a Villa fan now remembers that Aston Villa won the Big Cup?

     

     

     

    Oh, and of course “The boat that I row” was writen and recorded by Neil Diamond – who does an absolutely superb version – and I’m no Neil Diamond fan.

  8. In the jail that held McSweeney,

     

    In that prison where he died,

     

    Lies two daughters of old Ireland,

     

    And they fill my heart with pride..

  9. Over the years much has been rightly made of the Lisbon Lions being Scots all born within a radius of forty or so miles of each other.

     

     

    Perhaps less known but equally remarkable is that two them, Billy McNeill and Bobby Murdoch had attended the same school. Our Lady’s High Motherwell.

  10. thomthethim CQN (genuine) Badge Wearer on

    Jab a, et al.

     

     

    When thieves fall out.

     

     

    This could get ugly!!

  11. I need to get out of this blog and get my life back….

     

    …if only they’d unlock these restraints…

  12. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    quonno

     

     

    that is amazing as every body I know from Wishaw as well as Motherwell are the poorest footballers and athletes I have ever seen. I blame the Craig.

     

     

    HAil Hail

  13. hoops mccann on

    tobago street

     

     

     

    wondered how long it would take……….I thought everyone had gone to the movies….

  14. Southern bound from Glasgow town

     

    She’s shining in the sun

     

    My Scotston Lassie

     

    On the border run

     

    We’re whistling down the hillsides

     

    and tearing up the climbs

     

    I’m just a thiever

     

    Stealing time

     

    In the border reiver

     

    Eight hundred thousand on the clock

     

    And plenty more to go

     

    Crash box and lever

     

    She needs the heel and toe

     

    She’s not too cold in winter

     

    But she cooks me in the heat

     

    I’m a six foot driver

     

    But you can’t adjust the seat

     

    In the border Reiver

  15. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail on

    kitalba on 25 May, 2012 at 12:29 said:

     

     

    The hypocrisy is absolutely astounding …….. And hilarious …!!!

  16. traditionalist88 on

    Look at this Irish Independant article and look at some of the ignornant comments:

     

     

    http://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/celtic-striker-gary-hooper-wants-to-play-for-barcelona-3118860.html

     

     

    I’ve left a couple of replies to point out a few things(still awaiting moderation) as you dont have to register and can give a fake email address if you like and post as a guest.

     

     

    Feel free to leave your comments and put the D4 Man Utd lovers right.

     

     

    HH

  17. voguepunter on 25 May, 2012 at 12:28 said:

     

    Vmhan on 25 May, 2012 at 12:25 said:

     

     

    Get sewing machine oot,resize Jujitsu outfit.

     

    You and me gonna rumble.

     

    ####### Vmhan###

     

    Erm whit? Yir birthday was yesterday old chap, I’m an auld Mhan you widnae/ shouldnae rip into me like that, I have feelings my friend……. Yir armchair is about to be upholstered…… Wae you in it… TAL

  18. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    and dropping off the top spot this week .. Sandie Shaw

     

     

    I wonder if one day that,

     

    You’ll say that, you care

     

    If you say you love me madly,

     

    I’ll gladly, be there

     

    Like a puppet on a string

     

     

    Love is just like a merry-go-round

     

    With all the fun of the fair

     

    One day I’m feeling down on the ground

     

    Then I’m up in the air

     

    Are you leading me on?

     

    Tomorrow will you be gone?

     

     

    I wonder if one day that,

     

    You’ll say that, you care

     

    If you love me madly,

     

    I’ll gladly, be there

     

    Like a puppet on a string

     

     

    I may win on the roundabout

     

    Then I’ll lose on the swings

     

    In or out, there is never a doubt

     

    Just who’s pulling the strings

     

    I’m all tied up to you

     

    But where’s it leading me to?

     

     

    I wonder if one day that,

     

    You’ll say that, you care

     

    If you say you love me madly,

     

    I’ll gladly, be there

     

    Like a puppet on a string

     

     

    I wonder if one day that,

     

    You’ll say that, you care

     

    If you say you love me madly,

     

    I’ll gladly, be there

     

    Like a puppet on a string

     

     

    Like a puppet on a….. string

  19. traditionalist88

     

     

    That is the paper that accused us of being charged with Sectarian chants from UEFA then amended the article.

     

     

    When the fine was announced they then stated we had been found guilty of Sectarian behaviour. Nonsense of a paper.

  20. From Jabba’s drivel: “Or do the BBC believe all Rangers fans are like Sammy Paterson?”

     

    No,ya bam;they,like everybody else,know that a majority RFCia fans are ultra-violent fascist thugs,despised wherever they wash up.

     

    But as long you keep acting as their poster boy,the quicker their demise.

  21. traditionalist88 on

    ASonofDan

     

     

    Doesn’t surprise me. Nothing wrong with the article as such this time but it seems their average reader is the arrogant, EPL is the centre of the universe type clown.

     

     

    HH

  22. I see Los Dufferos have been on a beano to Noo Yawk…good..mair filthy lucre drained fae Rankers dusty coffers.

  23. Son of Warsaw

     

     

    Thanks for posting that. Goosebumps and a tear in my eye whilst watching it. I can only pray, that I get to witness our great club lift that magnificent trophy again! And you know what, I’m only thirty and I am confident that I will.

     

     

    Hail hail, have a great weekend everyone.

  24. In May 1967, in a land without time or calendar, The Queen of the Apostles sought out Andrew Kerins of Ballymote, County Sligo, smiling she said, “My son made heaven and earth but you gave us Celtic, for that alone, the poor, the destitute, and we, we thank you”

  25. TheBarcaMole on

    Should be back in Larkhall on 4/5th June for our annual sojourn so Hamilton races on the 7th sounds like a plan…………..

     

     

    Regards & Hail Hail

     

    TBM

  26. 67Heaven … I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail:

     

     

    I’ll find the rest of that article for you. Ally McCoist a journalist? (sic)

  27. hoopeddreams on

    hoops mccann

     

     

    I sussed you ages ago. By the way, did you get that special delivery I sent over a few days ago?

  28. 67Heaven … I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail:

     

     

    By Ally McCoist ’05

     

     

    NEIL LENNON will know he was the luckiest man in the world to get just a three match ban from the SFA for his collision with Stuart Dougal and his assistant James Bee at Ibrox And if Neil doesn’t feel that way, then I can only say he should feel deeply relieved.*

     

     

    He crossed a line players of his vast experience know instinctively not to go near and my reaction to the sentence imposed on him by the SFA’s disciplinary committee is easily summed up.*

     

     

    When I heard the news of his three-match suspension, with no additional points added to his disciplinary record and a return date that puts him in line to play against Hearts on October 15, I was surprised to the point of being staggered by the SFA’s leniency.*

     

     

    Neil lost the place when he went to the referee after the full-time whistle and he behaved in a threatening manner. He can count himself extremely fortunate to have been dealt with in the manner he was. If I was the match official involved I would feel I had been let down by my employers at the SFA.*

     

     

    Now, before anyone is narrow-minded enough to think I’m speaking as a former Rangers player, let me nail that one to the wall straight away.*

     

     

    If Fernando Ricksen had clashed with Dougal at Ibrox in an identical manner, I would have advocated the same, heavier sentence for him too. This is about the punishment fitting the crime and nothing to do with allegiances.*

     

     

    Whatever I have to say about Lenny’s case is the opinion of someone trying to bean objective journalist. And someone who, as part of Walter Smith’s coaching team, is trying to think of what’s best for Scottish football.*

     

     

    For the record, I’ve met Neil on a couple of occasions and I’d have no hesitation in saying you couldn’t meet a nicer bloke. That’s why I can’t believe he got into trouble on the scale he did at Ibrox four weeks ago.*

     

     

    Everybody knows Neil winds up opponents and rival supporters.*

     

     

    But he always keeps himself in check. Or at least he did until the last Old Firm game.*

     

     

    The simple rule of thumb to be applied is this – No referee, no game. You can’t abuse the referee’s right to be in control of the match.*

     

     

    But the SFA have backtracked on their earlier, harder stance where Hearts’ Saulius Mikoliunas was concerned. He was suspended for eight games after clashing with assistant ref Andy Davis during a Hearts-Rangers game at Tynecastle and then had his sentence cut to five matches on appeal.*

     

     

    If Lennon had been given a five game ban on Tuesday night at his Hampden hearing I’d have said that was a real result for him.*

     

     

    If I was a Hearts official I’d be asking if there is really one rule for the Old Firm and another, more lenient rule for the rest of the clubs in Scottish football.*

     

     

    I can see no distinction between what happened to Neil at Ibrox and any other offence of this type that’s previously been witnessed.*

     

     

    If you do the crime you have to do the time, and Lenny’s walked off with a generous sentence. But in his private moments I’ll bet he realises how daft he was that day and he’ll have promised himself never to be that reckless in future.*

     

     

    There can be no witch-hunt against Neil because I’m freely admitting what he did was out of character.*

     

     

    Old Firm games are hard to negotiate but they’re no harder than they were in my day. I’d even suggest they’re easier to play in today because of the high number of foreigners on both sides who don’t fully appreciate what this rivalry means to people who were born here.*

     

     

    Stuart is a good referee who isn’t prone to thinking he’s a bigger personality than some of the players on the park, which has become a modern-day phenomenon on the Continent.*

     

     

    This isn’t about individuals or the nature of the occasion. Fraser Wishart, the Players’ Union representative who accompanied Neil to Hampden, said afterwards we had to forget what happened occurred during an Old Firm game.*

     

     

    And he’s right. If a player at Stenhousemuir had jostled a referee, he should also have been in line for a longer ban than three games.*

     

     

    There can’t be two sets of rules based on a celebrity justice system.

     

     

    But I don’t think the disgruntled referees in this country will contemplate strike action out of sympathy for Dougal. The bottom line is they love the game every bit as much as the fans and the players. But they are entitled to know that everyone on the park understands they can’t manhandle referees and their authority will never be allowed to be undermined by intimidation.*

     

     

    Neil, I’m willing to guess, will be feeling embarrassed over what’s taken place. The SFA should be experiencing the same emotion, but for a different reason altogether.