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Pat McCluskey, one of the 44

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Pat McCluskey, who died yesterday, was one of the 44 players who won nine-in-a-row first time around.  He was from a generation of Celtic players who returned to the club when their careers ended, as fans and in other capacities.

Pat was a popular figure on for Supporters’ Nights, where he would share tales of how it was in those other glory years and give his take on current events.  Celtic players are different today.  For a start, few come from the neighbourhood and many live elsewhere after leaving football.  The loss of Pat’s generation will not be easily filled by those able and prepared to give up their evenings to meet fans.

My earliest memories of Celtic are patchy; mostly of big crowds and travelling to and from games, without specific memories of the games themselves.  The Scottish Cup Final in 1975 was different.  Hampden in the sun, Paul Wilson (twice) and Pat with the goals, now both sadly lost.  I know for sure that Pat’s penalty and Paul’s headers are the earliest goals I remember.  That was the first team I knew well and could recall effortlessly (I got it wrong when I tried this morning: Steve Murray!!).

Celtic pivoted that season, nine years of unfettered success ended.  Billy McNeill retired and Jock released Jimmy Johnstone, but Pat, Paul, Billy and the others made sure there were no mistakes against Oldco Airdrieoneans in the final.

Pat is a part of our rich history. Our sympathies to his family and friends.

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  1. That centre forward the Hungarians have got could make mince meat out of our “defence”. Let’s hope he has an off night.

  2. The way I see it, we came undone against Cluj, Athens and Copenhagen with the wrong tactics because the opposition manager out-thought our manager.

     

     

    I just hope Lenny has learned and makes the right decisions.

  3. Burnley78

     

     

    Lovely tribute to your dad , he won’t have gone in your head and never forgotten.

     

    I keep reminding myself to appreciate them more when they’re there.

     

    Your post has reinforced that thought, thanks.

  4. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.

     

     

    Back in action now after a wee bit of jiggery pokery with my comp.

     

    Reading back I’ve missed a few birthdays, so belated happy one to you all.

     

    Not so happy with some of the negativity I’ve missed, some posts were

     

    relevant but quite a few were just attention seekers but we all know who

     

    they are.

     

    Fantastic post from Burnley 78, that’s the kind that brings us back here

     

    constantly, kudos to you B78.

     

    Alas, a post I thought I wouldn’t ever need to make with the passing of big Pat

     

    McCluskey.

     

    Not only a great player, but a great ghuy, a great workmate too.

     

    I worked with Pat offshore and his first stint was as a store man and our first

     

    port of call when we needed a hot coffee in the back of his wee haven.

     

    Nightshift and struggling with a huge lump of steel all night, the sleet freezing

     

    up our eyelids, ” feck this, lets go and have a chat with Pat ”

     

    He loved a good story and kept us amused with loads of little anecdotes from

     

    his time in Paradise.

     

    But his favourite one to listen to was one I’ve told it on here before about the

     

    MCP-01 a gas platform run by Total oil.

     

    Don’t want to tie up the blog with a big spiel again, so the punchline of the

     

    story was about the big hun from Kilwinning who traveled up and down on the

     

    Aberdeen train, and had to listen to the Rebs constantly from a coach full of

     

    Tims.

     

    He had a lightbulb moment and said ” a’ve just realised whit that MCP-01 means ”

     

    ” The feckin place is full of Micks, Catholics, Papes and the Odd 1 me, is a hun ”

     

    And so it was, thanks to the unseen fenian hand lol.

     

    Pat loved that story and I had to repeat it many times in company in The Hoops

     

    bar in Gallowgate.

     

    God bless you Pat RIP.

     

    H.H. Mick

  5. Good morning cqn from a tearful Garngad after reading back, especially Burnley78, wow. Such a lovely post.

     

     

    RIP your mum and dad

     

     

    Thanks for that post B78 as it has just reminded me of my own dad and younger days and it will resonate with so many on here.

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    COYBIG

     

     

    D :)

  6. MM – good to see you on.

     

     

    PC sorted?

     

     

    Hope you and the family are all safe down under.

     

     

    D :)

  7. BURNLEY – saddened for your loss but warmed by your affection for your dear departed Da.

     

    To you & FRIESDORF, I was only on the EAG/BUSBY bus a few times (always playing rather than watching).

     

    Yous surely know the legendary Sharkeys or big Shug Cassidy?

  8. Melbourne Mick on

    DAVID66

     

     

    All good David, we seem to be getting on top of the virus again, but

     

    another 2 and half weeks to endure this lockdown with a warning from

     

    the health experts restrictions could be kept in place for a further 6

     

    months to a year.

     

    Don’t really understand how the U.K will manage with figures well in

     

    excess of Oz, and the threat of a second wave.

     

    Lets hope a vaccine will be accessible soon for everyones sake.

     

    H.H. Mick

  9. Melbourne Mick on

    G’day QUADRO

     

     

    How are you getting through this lockdown up the peninsula?

     

    Plenty of exercise I hope.

     

    H.H. Mick

  10. BURNLEY78 on 25TH AUGUST 2020 10:48 PM

     

     

    Wonderful post….take care and may your dad rest in peace.

  11. Burnley78 on 25th August 2020 10:48 pm

     

     

    Thank you for sharing such lovely memories. My Dad got me hooked in 1967 (I was 9) and we travelled from the North of Ireland for games together for the following 50 years until Parkinson’s left him unable to travel. Sadly, he passed away a week ago.

  12. MM – we’re going good and ta for asking. Trust all’s well wi you and yours too.

     

    Jealously looking at QLD and WA wishing the hotel quarantino balls-up hadnt left us so confined to barracks.

     

    1-hr exercise kills the cycling – usually take a ball down the park for a bit of ‘wall-y’ to keep me on my toes.

     

    Stay well – HH

  13. Burnley 78 and Sculleybhoy condolences on the loss of your father’s .

     

     

    We have a lot to thank the people for ,who led us to Celtic park .

  14. i'vehadtochangemynamebacktojackiemac on

    My thoughts and prayers go to the families of those just passed.

  15. Burnley78 on 25th August 2020 10:48 pm

     

     

    I am sorry for the loss of your Dad – May he Rest in Peace

  16. Scullybhoy. So sorry for your loss. These are hard times.

     

     

    I find memories, legacy and faith are great comforters personally. Celtic kind of connects these in a strange way.

  17. BURNLEY78 on 25TH AUGUST 2020 10:48 PM

     

     

    Great post, which many of us can relate to. HH to your dad, but also a huge HH to your mum who continued your Celtic ” education” .

     

     

    In fact, HH to all the mums in the Celtic family.

     

     

    Cheers and HH.

  18. Good morning, friends from a grey but just about dry East Kilbride. So, tonight we again get to see The Champions play in what is likely to be a tough tie. Enjoy the build up and let’s get those positive vibes flowing!

  19. Friesdorfer / Quadrophenian

     

     

    Charlie Sharkey was a legend. On the bus and in the village. My dad said he was a really good footballer in his time but as with many never fulfilled the potential due to a fondness for the bevy.

     

    Thanks for your kind comments.

     

     

    Friesdorfer. I am involved a wee business in St Andrews area. So I am up there a lot. I live in Fife now. We will definitely know each other. I was on that bus pretty well every game home and away from 69/70 until 78/9.

  20. Thanks to all of you for your kind messages. ‘Faith Family and Football‘ as a great Celt once said. CQN bonds these things well.

  21. FRIESDORFER/BURNLEY – Cheers soo’siders!

     

    Our neighbour big Charlie was a big rangy, wild, curly-heided legend in all respects ;)

     

    They said he could play and party equally well. I vividly remember him joining one of our pre-teen games – him peshed – and 10 yrs+ our senior, spraying the ball about Baresi style and tackling (work boots on) with the lusty abandon of Stuart Psycho Pearce. I learned to ride tackles from that one session only!

     

    His younger brother Gerry (nearer my age) was a smashing player who coulda been a contender.

     

    Scullybhoy; condolences to you and yours too. KTF

  22. Burnley78

     

    Sorry for your loss but you touched a few raw nerves last night. There will be many ( myself included ) who will completely empathise with you.

     

    My own parents followed Celtic- to the ends of the earth – till they passed away and they passed that gift on to all the family.

     

    Good luck to the Celts tonight.

  23. Burnley78 on 26th August 2020 8:29 am

     

     

    Scullybhoy. So sorry for your loss. These are hard times.

     

     

    I find memories, legacy and faith are great comforters personally. Celtic kind of connects these in a strange way.

     

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

     

     

    Usually a Wake is such a healing experience, but with the Covid-19 restrictions it was quite a lonely time. Luckily the music, singing and liturgy at the funeral Mass were beautiful (the priest even described my father’s life-long passion for Celtic).

     

     

    Now I find myself expecting a phone call to say that Pat McCluskey is passed away, or to ask if I think Duffy would be a good signing (my Dad was also a Republic of Ireland fanatic) – then I realise those calls won’t be coming anymore. We all have to go through these things, but as you say, faith and memories will sustain us.

     

     

    H.H.

  24. I would love to see Luca Connell get some game time. He made some lovely forward passes in that early season game.

     

    If there’s one thing does my head in it’s watching a player, (usually our wing backs) steaming forward only to have to slow down, or worse still, backtrack to pick up a pass from a teammate

  25. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Glendalys – re MTK ….

     

     

    …. Before my time but, much later, stories emerged suggesting Robert Kelly told the manager not to shut up shop in the away leg as Celtic had a duty to entertain the paying public of Budapest.

     

     

    Do you recall if this actually happened?

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Keep The Faith

  26. Burnley 78/Quadrophenian

     

    A legend is an apt description of big Charlie Sharkey. I have a vivid recollection of our bus getting windows panned in by a bunch of stickies, and Charlie almost single-handedly taking them on – to their cost. What a mhan!

     

     

    CRC of this parish was also a regular, although possibly a few years later (whippersnapper 😉😉)

     

     

    B78, I know of the business you are referring to, and I have every intention of having a tour as soon as circumstances permit.

     

     

    HH

  27. In fact, the abuse young Mr Taylor receives is often not warranted. Watch the amount of times he passes then moves down the wing but never receives the return pass. All because we love a sideways or back pass

  28. Strange comments by Lenny on the Turnbull transfer.Far too much nonsense being taken as truth by us all.We were all told Monday he was in for his medical,by nearly every outlet,including Celtic ones,now Lenny is saying,he knows nothing about it.Very strange.The Duffy story is now becoming farcical.There are other CHs out there.Too much faffing around when we need a CH in now.Lets face it,he ain’t no VVD,I am positive we can find as good,cheaper as well.