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Shuggie Edvaldsson, character and experience

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It is almost impossible to explain the excitement generated ahead of Johannes ‘Shuggie’ Edvaldsson in 1975.  He was the first non-Scottish born Celtic player in my lifetime and his arrival marked a philosophical shift at the club; the development plan that secured the European Cup only 8 years earlier was no longer fit for purpose.

1975 was also the year we lost the league for the first time since Jock Stein arrived a decade earlier, almost certainly prompting the manager to broaden his search for reinforcements after the retirement of Billy McNeill and release of Jimmy Johnstone.

His first season at Celtic brought the harsh experience of Rangers winning the treble; the glory years were well and truly over, but Shuggie tasted glory as part of the double winning side in season 76-77.  Kenny Dalglish’s departure that summer dealt the club another blow as it finished fifth in the Premier Division, failing to qualify for European competition just 11 years after reaching the summit, but Edvaldsson was one of that campaign’s highlights, finishing top scorer at the club.

Season 78-79 is remembered for its climatic conclusion, but it was a dogged campaign.  Celtic were poor for much of the season with painful reversals, exactly the kind of attrition Edvaldsson had the character to overcome.  He was provided crucial experience to a young Celtic team who beat Rangers 4-2 with 10 men on the final game of the season.

It was good to see him back at Celtic Park with visiting Motherwell teams in the 80s and good to remember him today, may he rest in peace.

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  2. The Battered Bunnet on

    Nicely done, Paul.

     

     

    Thoughts with David66, SFTB and others who have lost a family member lately.

  3. RIP Shuggie.

     

    A Celt from my Panini days, before I’d ever seen my heroes play live.

     

     

    For this interested in drugs and sport, Icarus and Pantani are both brilliant insights into the murky world of cycling. Pantani was like the De Canio of cycling, though fortunately without his politics. A pure raj, who cycled like we love to play – attack, attack, attack!

     

     

    HH jg

  4. “Owner Roman Abramovich said Lampard’s status as an “important icon” of the club “remains undiminished” despite his dismissal.”

  5. Bhoy From The Boyne on

    If only our custodians had the balls to make the change similarly back when we lost to Sparta at home.

     

     

    Roman Abramovich said,

     

     

    “This was a very difficult decision for the Club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him.

     

     

    “He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers.

     

     

    “On behalf of everyone at the Club, the Board and personally, I would like to thank Frank for his work as Head Coach and wish him every success in the future. He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains undiminished. He will always be warmly welcomed back at Stamford Bridge.”

     

     

    The Club will be making no further comment until such time as a new Head Coach is appointed

  6. Bhoy From The Boyne on

    That picture of Brown, Lennon on the bench looking 4-1 down v Sparta at home felt like the defining moment for me. The ending of an era that needed to have been addressed. Who knows which way it might have went thereafter had the club acted. I think likely that a competent coach would have had taken us within couple of points of Sevco by this point of the season.

     

     

    Sevco were there for the taking on Jan 2nd. We would have done it with better in game management from coaching staff.

     

     

    It’s a hard one to swallow.

  7. RIP big Shuggie. Was at his debut v. Derby County in 1975 when a shirt sleeved crowd watched an entertaining 1-0 victory in the warm sunshine. I recall a guy sitting directly in front of me and my late dad in the main stand. “Mon the Sellik” he roared, “play fitbaw and humiliate this mob. They’re no used tay grass parks” ! Those who, like me, are of a certain vintage will recall the mud heap which was the old Baseball Ground.

  8. Chelsea have a minimum requirement for this season that they’re in danger of not meeting.

     

     

    So despite being ‘only’ 5 points of 4th, with FA Cup and CL ties to come, they’ve acted now while the season is salvageable.

     

     

    Meanwhile we waited till we lost our season, although, thankfully, Neil Lennon has agreed to stay to the end of the season…

     

     

    Roll on renewal time.

  9. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    Big Shuggie was a man who knew how to clear a set piece.

     

     

    Maybe we should play some of his old vids to the current centre halves.

     

     

    If they’re sober enough to watch.

     

     

    RIP Shuggie. From a time we had real men in the team rather than today’s primadonnas.

  10. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    What I will say in relation to Chelsea and the way they have professionally dealt with Lampard is that I would still rather have our incompetent circus of fools that be a front for Putin’s blood money.

  11. The January review took place this morning and the Celtic Board can confirm it is in fact still January

  12. Some admiring abromovitch and Chelsea… Fs…. Its not just the team that’s sunk to a new low!!!

  13. RIP Big Shuggie

     

    Was at his first game v Derby County, my auld man took me

     

    Was my birthday that day

     

    Got new football boots from a shop on High St (cannae remember the name) – might even be a pizza place now !

  14. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    GENE on 25TH JANUARY 2021 12:19 PM

     

    The January review took place this morning and the Celtic Board can confirm it is in fact still January

     

     

    Well i don’t believe them.

  15. Big Shuggie seemed a likeable guy and was a good player in a number of positions, midfield, defence and forward. I think he ended up staying in Scotland?

  16. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Re 76/77

     

     

    “but Edvaldsson was one of that campaign’s highlights, finishing top scorer at the club”

     

     

    To scorer? Really? From Centre Back?

     

     

    As for calls on here for Celtic’s executive leadership team to show the same “balls”?

     

     

    We have posters (who may very well be Celtic supporters) projecting the virtues of Dave King and Roman Abramovich?

     

     

    Sign of the times I suppose reflecting the dissatisfaction.

     

     

    Once heard of a guy who had a very effective global business model for his internationally sought product range.

     

     

    Carlos Escobar was his name.

     

     

    Maybe Celtic need to be more like him too?

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Keep The Faith

  17. Think Lampard suffered from a familiar problem.

     

    Spent heaps on players who didn’t improve the team.

  18. I see sevco are planning for next season, signing pre contract players now.

     

     

    I wonder how their closest competitors will react. Well, as close as a 20 point gap can be.

  19. Bada , i was a teenager still at school . What a night . Seeing grown men cry , kneeling down and kissing the terracing steps . I got what Celtic meant to so many that night.

     

    RIP Johannes Edvaldsson

  20. PETERLATCHFORDSBELLY on 25TH JANUARY 2021 12:16 PM

     

    What I will say in relation to Chelsea and the way they have professionally dealt with Lampard is that I would still rather have our incompetent circus of fools that be a front for Putin’s blood money

     

     

    Here here.PLB.

     

     

    HH

  21. 44,000 at the derby county friendly. Edvaldson scores the winner again, but he didnt sign until a week later.

     

     

    Foote the referee, MIB.

     

     

    Teams

     

    Celtic:

     

    Latchford, McGrain, Lynch, McCluskey, MacDonald (McNamara), Edvaldsson, Hood, Glavin, Wilson, Dalglish, Lennox. Subs: Connelly,

     

    Scorers: Edvaldsson (62)

     

     

    Derby County:

     

    Moseley, Thomas, Nith, Rioch, McFarland, Todd, Newton, Gemmill, Davies, Hector, George. Subs:

     

     

    Referee: I M D Foote (Glasgow)

     

    Attendance: 44,000

     

     

    http://www.thecelticwiki.com/page/1975-08-02%3A+Celtic+1-0+Derby+County%2C+Friendly

     

     

    http://image.wikifoundry.com/image/3/37f426ee19d7e69869d539b16d6f1bd5/GW1046H690/

     

     

    I am in the jungle there, who can spot me ?

  22. MARKIEBHOY on 25TH JANUARY 2021 12:38 PM

     

    Think Lampard suffered from a familiar problem.

     

     

    Spent heaps on players who didn’t improve the team.

     

     

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    Also at the whim of a russian oligarch.

     

    Who has spent more on management settlements than most clubs have as an actual transfer budget.scary eh.

     

     

    HH

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