When we were kings


Our now-annual defeat against St Johnstone yesterday was a timely reminder of how close to defeat any team can be if they are even slightly off their game.  Despite fighting the urge not to be disrespectful to yesterdays’ victors, they are a poor team, previously without a win, bottom of the league and they had to cancel training during the week due to illness in their small squad.

But, they deservedly beat Celtic.

Kris Commons was a bright light among the largely disorganised looking team structure.  Tony Watt also did well, even if he is still beating himself up for passing up the best chance of the game in the dying seconds, but defensively we were turned over, the midfield singularly failed to control the ball and Gary Hooper looked miles away from scoring his first league goal of the season.

Did we need a sharp reminder of the level of performance required against Benfica on Wednesday?  It looks like it.

When we were kings

Don’t worry too much, a team with Fallon, Gemmell, McNeill, Murdoch, Auld, Johnstone and Wallace were turned over 0-2 at home by Hearts in 1969.  A few days later Eusebio and Benfica, who lost the 1968 European Cup final after extra-time, a year after Celtic won the tournament, walked off Celtic Park having lost 3-0.

Artur Jorge played for Benfica that night.  Apparently he still lurks in the corridors.

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  1. Think you are right Reilly. Game was a SC tie 1969? with a Tue? 2pm ko


    Why? canny mind might have been something to do with floodlights/dogs


    Remember dogging school to go though and that Shawfield was crammed to capacity

  2. Can’t go along with the criticism of Hooper. Thought he put in a shift and that it was Commons who, after a superb 1st half, nosedived in the 2nd, particularly in the last 15 minutes.



    Lustig-Forrest – doesn’t work down the right.



    Izzy-Commons – ditto on the left.



    Starting Miku – why? That speaks of complacency from the manager – ‘It’s only St Johnstone, let him settle in with a goal or two.’

  3. Maestro


    17:24 on


    16 September, 2012


    Bhoys seemingly YNWA is currently number 2 in this weeks charts my sister just called to advise me




    Is it not called the Hip-parade anymore ?








    Not being quite as old as you,haha,,my recollections are probably wrong,but the last time Faither stripped for the Hoooooooops was also against Clyde,first game of the season v Clyde when Jock gave us one last chance to watch The Lions.




  5. prestonpans bhoys on



    17:35 on


    16 September, 2012



    This ground is tight and you can see the players expressions. Now Miku loses the ball and runs about after it, showing frustration all over his face. Then Hooper did the same about two mins later and what was his reaction, he just rolled his eyes to the sky. I was more than annoyed!

  6. ,



    Correct,but, of course, he never played in the game.



    The South Stand enclosure was in the process of being converted to a seating area and Big Jock gave Bertie a roasting for sitting on the ball, a mark of disrespect to Clyde.

  7. This is my dilema – Back home again in Bermuda.


    I am in the hoops and so is my 2 year old grandson to watch a recording of the St. J. game. I explain to him about Celtic and the hoops – but they are not wearing them. Why? How do you explain this decision to a 2 year old when I don’t understand it myself? When do we wear the hoops and when do we not? Is there any rationale? It used to be that we had to change when there was the possibility of confusion with the opposition strips. Does that still hold true or is it all down to commercialism?



    Happy Hoopy CSC

  8. prestonpansbhoys



    Don’t base your ratings of players based on bad body language. Much of the criticism of Sammi came from his (post foul) hang-dog expressions – nearly cost us our best player.

  9. The Comfortable Collective on

    I recall Paul Lamberts tale of how he got real rollicking from the Dortmund manager not long after he had arrived.



    The manager asked Lambert how he had spent his day off. Paul replied that he had been painting his new apartment. Which raised the ire of the manager.


    To paraphrase the managers response;



    “You are here to play football, not to be a decorator! If you need someone to paint, we will send a painter. If he falls from a ladder and breaks his ankle that is ok”.







  10. Sargassosea



    If the team don’t wear these 2nd or 3rd strips then they won’t be bought by the supporters hence they must be worn at times.

  11. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on




    I think that Ronnie came out at the warm up but didn’t actually play.



    Celtic won 6-0 and bertie sat on the ball at least once, I think!



    Mind you my memory is poor anyway, but following a family wedding yesterday and a shocking hangover it is definately worse today.

  12. midfield m.yes my family lived beside THE RAFFERTY family your relatives for 100 years.tried to tell you that 2 weeks ago.ANDERSTON then YORKHILL my family had shops in ANDERSTON.

  13. up_over_goal



    My criticisms of Hooper aren’t based on body language, they’re based on poor performances and lack of effort.



    Gary did really well yesterday to move the ball quickly for the goal after it seemed to be trapped between his feet.



    That was it for him, 87 minutes of………..

  14. Sadly,the typical Brit player suffer from inflated opinion of their ability.They must be the laziest people in all sport.


    If I was in charge of a team in this country I would ban all alcohol during the season,in fact I would breathalyse them ,when they turn up for their work.You pay them fortunes,and they don’t work at their game,a disgrace,I would also include coaching staff in this.


    I remember,a few years back,listening to a couple of players,telling everyone about how high their break in snooker was,but ask them to kick a ball with both feet,no way.HH








    Faith restored in my failing memory.

  16. reilly1926. 


    It was formerly know as the hit parade I get you now.




    I’ve got a speech impediment – cannae say hit.

  17. The Comfortable Collective



    18:00 on 16 September, 2012



    I recall Paul Lamberts tale of how he got real rollicking from the Dortmund manager not long after he had arrived.



    The manager asked Lambert how he had spent his day off. Paul replied that he had been painting his new apartment. Which raised the ire of the manager.


    To paraphrase the managers response;



    “You are here to play football, not to be a decorator! If you need someone to paint, we will send a painter. If he falls from a ladder and breaks his ankle that is ok”.










    They know a thing or two about house painting, the Germans.

  18. Footballers here may be able to learn from other sports people who have excelled. In cycling, David Brailsford, a journeyman pro cyclist in France in the 1980s, has revolutionised the sport by studying, as in taking degrees in, sports psychology and nutrition since hanging up his bicycle clips.



    He said in the build-up to the Olympics that athletes can only be motivated if they are self-motivated. It has to come from them. For some, money will be the driver for that. And that can work for a time. For others, it’s pure passion, a love of the sport and a love of winning for winning’s sake. The best teams these days seem to have more of the former than the latter, but you need some passionate guys in the mix. No question.

  19. I knew there was a reason why I was looking forward to this game today.



    £2 Jermain Defoe / Tottenham 3-1 @ 85/1


    £10 Bale to score and Tottenham to win 7/1



    Decent Sunday. :)

  20. sftb



    ‘Next Wednesday, we will find out if Celtic are good enough to surprise the cautious and vindicate the bullishly optimistic or whether we are out of our depth and long overdue our first proper CL humping.’



    really hope not. I traditionally panic like fupp at this stage. Maybe being beaten by dreadful team might help us out.

  21. Seven Fishes Four Steaks



    Me and the lad have booked 3 nights in the Hotel Icaria Barcelona


    Avinguda d’Icària, it’s a wee bit further out just by Barcalonetta. Cost me £217 including breakfast.



    I’ve still to book tickets for the game and would be grateful for any advice you can give. Been before and got tickets from Barcelona fc, but this time I’ll have the laddie with me and want to avoid spending a lot of time chasing tickets.

  22. midfield maestro on

    favourite uncle



    With my dad just now, 89 today, what were the shops name, my mum here too, she is John & Dicks sister, quite sire they will know them.

  23. Seven Fishes Four Steaks


    17:18 on


    16 September, 2012



    Ref your Barca Hotel enquiry. Google the following if it is convenient and cheap you want.



    Hotel Lloret top of the Ramblas next to Catalunya Sq.probably a 1 star only but I have used it.



    Hotel Continental again top of Ramblas.



    Hotel Mongal same location.



    Hotel Gran Ducat just off Cat Sq.



    All within 2 mins of subway and if arriving at Barca Airport go on Aero bus low level of Airport,direct to Catalunya Sq.where each of these are 1 minutes walk. PS. buy a return bus ticket these boys dont do change.



    Avoid ( in my opinion ) Hotels near bottom of Ramblas ( Red Light Area) if you choose a Hostel stick to those on Passage La Gracia as opposed to Gothic area,if however there are a few of you then no problem.



    Irish/Celtic pubs can be found walking down Ramblas in direction of the Port(Seafront) on left hand side watch for left turn at KFC and MCDonalds at leat 3 or 4.



    Regarding tickets I intend going into Home end as our section is so high your better watching the TV.



    Hope this helps.

  24. Just a wee update for Wee Oscar fundraising , today some of the pupils from John Paul Academy in Summerston , Glasgow took part in a Bag Pack in their local Asda and raised the magnificent sum of £570.00 for Wee Oscar .


    Would just like to pass on my thanks to all who took part and to the school for such a great effort .


    Will keep you all updated with their next fundraising event for Oscar , cheers.

  25. jackie mac



    I have the same fear.



    I have seen teams with strong squads, expensively assembled, get beat when they come up against one of the top teams.



    Celtic have managed to avoid that fate up till now with 3:0 to Porto being one of the few occasions where we were outclassed on the pitch and with the result. Funnily enough, some elite teams like Barca, Real, Milan and Juve sem content to beat you without piling on ignominy and creating an atmosphere where the opposition defence gets reckless and injurious. They seem happy play keep ball if they get a 3 or 4 goal lead.



    It is the English teams and the Germans who seem to go for humiliating results. Liverpool scored 8, Man U scored 7 and Bayern got 7 too against CL qualifiers.



    The odds would suggest that, though Barca probably could take 5 or more off us, they are unlikely to try to do so.



    Hope that helps :-)

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