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We had a plan, we had Fergus, we had McStay, Collins, Boyd, they have 10 goal Miller

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My brother made the point to me on Saturday, even during our mid-table era in the 90s, we had players like McStay, Collins and Boyd, who would get into any team in the country. We usually had a striker who could boast a better return than 10 goals in all competitions by this stage of the season (the mark Newco’s PotY Kenny Miller has reached), and the Celtic manager would send his team onto the field with some battle in their bellies.

What’s more, Celtic fans had a plan. We had Fergus, he had money, or at least access to money, and the inch of personality he possessed was enough to convince 10,000 to buy shares and put us on the way to several dozen in a row.  Some of us also knew David Murray’s speculate to accumulate strategy would inevitably crash.  So despite the dark decade between Big Billy and Wim the Tim, the forward path was clear.

The Great Anniversary

We are now in May and three weeks away from the Great Anniversary.  Hundreds will travel to Lisbon, thousands will gather at The Hydro.  Television documentaries will air and we will all drink-in the experience.  I truly believe that without Jock Stein and the Lisbon Lions catapulting Celtic from four decades of mediocrity to international fame, very little of what we have achieved since would be possible.  Our modern club was built on their shoulders.

Stein and the Lions stood on the land worked on by volunteers, who 70-odd years earlier leveled ground to create a football field, so that funds could be raised to feed the city’s poorest children.  Without that unique creation story, the Lions would never have happened.

Two weeks ago I decided I would run the Stirling Marathon on 21st of this month, in aid of the Celtic Foundation.  I’ve done ‘the half’ twice before but never gone beyond that.  I suspect the decision was part midlife crisis (story for another day), but I needed to mark one of the biggest influences in all our lives with a  significant act.  This is it.  It will put me in touch with why I’m a Celtic supporter, why I started this blog and mark a turn in my life.

Use this Great Anniversary to get in touch with lots of things we take for granted.  We will never have another opportunity like it.  And if you can’t run a marathon, you can support the Foundation at the page I’ve setup for this purpose, as well as putting some bounce in my shoes on the day.

Thank you.

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  1. BABASONICOS71 on

    STARRY…

     

    The SMSM probably helped pen that particular ditty.Gifted lyricists it has to be said. ;))

  2. mike in toronto on 2nd May 2017 2:09 pm

     

     

    no trial updates today?

     

     

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    TheTimReaper and VFR are both posted missing.

     

     

    And I just don’t have the energy.

  3. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Seriously though, how can sevco survive?

     

    It stinks like rotten fish.

     

    Surely Charlton Heston as Moses could sort this out.

     

    Failing that we could divert the course of the Clyde to wash it all away…..Forever:)

     

    This must be one of the most corrupt wee countries in the world.

     

    Still….Glasgow is Green and White:)

     

     

    HH

  4. Findlay “You are chucking Rangers overboard”? Shanks says that was the deal Findlay “Is the answer to my question yes”? Judge intervenes

     

     

    @jamesdoleman

  5. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Starry Plough

     

     

    Concentration?

     

    Certainly not, im on CQN today.

     

    So there’s no need

     

     

     

    HH

  6. Larsson and McStay on

    Looking to the future , I predict Sevco will win the league , pipping us after a thrilling final day , which will go down in folklore as “Jetpack Sunday”

     

     

    Hail Hail

  7. THE GREEN MAN SAYS SACK THE BOARD

     

     

    Pulp Fiction mate in answer too a bigot:))

     

     

    Yer slow the day..

     

     

    Standards GM standards!

  8. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 55s55 seconds ago

     

     

    Shanks confirms bank had “no interest” in minority shareholders being “wiped out’

  9. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    CANAMALAR

     

     

    I sent BJ a text a few minutes before I read your post.

     

     

    Similar sentiments,but wow you put it so much better than I could.

     

     

    Wur battering against a tsunami,mate. It’s a downright shame.

  10. mike in toronto on

    Davidop

     

     

    No problem mate. I’ll check in on Dolman’s twitter feed later… but, I generally find the CQN commentary on it more amusing.

  11. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Starry Plough

     

     

    yer right…i am slow today:)

     

    Although, i have been reading widely today.

     

    This came to my attention, it reminds of the attitudes of certain zombies.

     

    ” The ‘native’ is declared impervious to ethics, representing not only the absence of values, but also the negation of values. He is, dare we say it, the enemy of values. In other words absolute evil. A corrosive element, destroying everything within his reach, a corrupting element, distorting everything which involves aesthetics or morals, an agent of malevolent forces, an unconscious and incurable instrument of blind forces”

     

    Fanon….pissed off:)

     

    Insightful though.

     

     

    HH

  12. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    Findlay “we have all sorts of documents that people thought would never see the light of day”

  13. leftclicktic on

    Findlay “we have all sorts of documents that people thought would never see the light of day”

     

    Looks like wee Craigy new he was being stitched up early doors

  14. O.G.Rafferty on

    LARSSON AND MCSTAY

     

    Even Marty McFly’s DeLorean wouldn’t be enough for that one

  15. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    BMCUWP,

     

    and most of them only question selective msm story’s, specifically regards their team, while every other aspect is taken at face value, talk about …..

  16. williefernie on

    To all you fans who suffered and survived through the Nineties,I fervently hope you are experiencing a great feeling of karma at the goings on at Ibrox.I left Eastfield for Australia in 1982 and so was somewhat divorced from it all-no internet in those days.Hat doffed to you all.Just maybe,this is a REAL Generation of Domination.HH.

  17. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    This hun trial should just go directly to the conclusion, where they find Sir David has been insulted, and award him 10 million from public funds, so that he doesnt become too scarred by this terrible trauma in court.

     

    In fact, give him a new super-duper knighthood for his services to himself.

     

    Crying shame that a man like that finds himself being questioned by some Victorian bigot headcase with sideburns.

     

    Shocking:)

     

     

    HH

  18. THE GREEN MAN SAYS SACK THE BOARD

     

     

    That’s what happens when you’re ruled by fear.

     

     

    Deep down they know they are traitors and how can you reconcile that in your own community but to look for a scapegoat and transfer the responsibility and shame to said scapegoat.

     

     

    As their club traditions they have exclusionism and hatred of all things around them that don’t fit a very narrow world view, meanwhile they fail to see they have been left behind in so many areas of society.

     

     

    As relevant as the KKK and twice as ugly. The desperados encroachment of the playing field on Saturday is a sad inditement of just how broken their traditions and hatred really is.

     

     

    The stench of fear and desperation surround “The Establishment Club” and long may it continue until the final act of this disturbing grotesque theatre plays out in front of single figure thousand crowds.

     

     

    Extinction beckons and not before time..

     

     

    Wretched ideas from wretched people who see their culture dying and who are powerless to stop it as they were the authors of their own destruction, like the traitors and cowards they are they stood by as their club died. When you’ve given your power way what else can you do?

     

     

    Good riddance to bad rubbish as ma auld Ma’ would have said.

     

     

    Truly great times to be a Tim..

     

     

    Wee Griffs laying of a Celtic scarf on the penalty spot on Saturday was symbolic of how much we own them now.

     

     

    We Shall Not Be Moved.

  19. ernie lynch on

    LEFTCLICKTIC on 2ND MAY 2017 2:48 PM

     

    Findlay “we have all sorts of documents that people thought would never see the light of day”

     

     

    Looks like wee Craigy new he was being stitched up early doors

     

     

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    This witness is speaking to events that pre-date Whyte’s involvement. I assume therefore that the documents have been discovered as part of the preparation of the defence rather than by any James Bond stuff by Whyte.

  20. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 22s22 seconds ago

     

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    Shanks says Murray Metals was to be sold as part of Project Charlotte, cannot recall specifics

     

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    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 1m1 minute ago

     

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    Judge intervenes and asks the relevance of Murray Metals question’

     

    Findlay “is vital to line defence is taking”

     

    Question allowed

     

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    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 4m4 minutes ago

     

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    Findlay “Who was going to get money for selling Rangers”?

     

    Witness: “Mike McGill and Donald Muir”

     

    Findlay “How much”

     

    Witness “A percentage”

  21. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Starry Plough

     

     

    They are living in some Empire type historical dream.

     

    Where Britons rule the waves:)

     

    Its a bit like some of the Terry Pratchett stuff, or Hitch-hikers guide to the galaxy…..Lord of the Rings-Game of Thrones type malarky.

     

    Wee tin soldiers dressed up with sky blue uniforms, throwing sticks aboot like numpties.

     

    And they call that fun eh:)

     

     

    HH

  22. Am I correct in saying that we could end this season with our greatest points total ever?

     

     

    Currently on 94 points with 12 left to play for.

  23. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Cathedral View

     

     

    Seriously……its so bent, its laughable.

     

    SDM is a total ****, he needs jailed:)

     

    Or fired out of a cannon.

     

     

    HH

  24. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    BSR

     

     

    Wasnt that the one where somebody left a banana skin on the pitch, and Kenny slipped on it:)

     

     

     

    HH

  25. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    Ernie..,

     

    Whyte was doing his due diligence at the time so documents would have been available unless witheld

  26. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    the fact he bought the club for £1 would indicate he had access to all the relevant information including this stuff.

  27. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Has Findlay got to the bit about The Dallas Cowboys yet?

     

    My favourite, along with the Arsenal Shares :0))

  28. NAT

     

     

    Need a statto but SMSM are still busy with ‘biggest ever win against Rangers away’ myth.

     

     

    TGM

     

     

    Has Kenny Miller landed yet?

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