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. BMCUW



    Just finished dinner – I’m stuffed.



    May 1st 1971 – Celtic v Clyde.



    The last ever appearance of the Lisbon Lions – Ronnie led them out but Evan Williams played. The south enclosure was a building site – seating being installed.



    We won 6-1: Lennox (3), Wallace (2) and Chalmers.



    Bertie had actually been given a free transfer the day before, and joined Hibs a week later.



    Who you calling old by the way?!



    The 1st round is on you when we meet up – cheeky young pup!




  2. midfield maestro on

    favourite uncle


    Nay use at cryptic stuff, only name they ever mention in shops is Clarke or new Archbishop, his family had chippies.

  3. big result for AIK in the Stockholm derby. Big Dan Majstorovic played centre back, and Bangura scored an absolute peach in a 3-0 win. Bangura was playing wide right.

  4. Thanks to all. Good to know there are others with the same affliction as me.



    God bless all cqners and Celtic



    Hail Hail

  5. Seven Fishes Four Steaks



    18:38 on 16 September, 2012




    It’s worth asking your hotel about tickets, they might be able to help.

  6. midfield maestro on

    favourite uncle


    Old man says only bookies he knew was Bud Hampton. Both 89, so memories not too good

  7. I remember seeing footage of Di Canio staying behind to train at West Ham. If I remember it was drills with a medicine ball. A superb player who was obviously fit but I also remember him losing the ball against Hearts. It was the same game when he stood on the ball to make it spin backwards round a bamboozled Hearts defender. On the point of losing the ball Paolo could have tracked back and forced the player wide but he chose to stare at his well honed naval.



    Mind you Paolo probably wouldn’t have much time for the pointless exercise of yesterday. We got embroiled in the kick and rush match. Players went for headers. Heading straight to an opposition player when they could have let the ball fall and challenge for it on the deck. We also took shots when a pass would have been better (Kris Commons). To be better than the type of opposition we had yesterday you either need 11 headless chickens who can run faster and further than the oppositions headless chickens or you could beat them with skill. Sometimes our decision making and concentration defies belief.



    This decision making permeates from our general malaise as a nation. Others this evening have discussed diet, attitude and training. I’ll bet most of us see nothing wrong with 5 or 6 pints of an evening, a bottle and a half of wine another, a bag of kettle chips maybe? Hangovers are always hard so throw in some stodge the next day. UK footballers are no different from us and bar a few exceptions follow similar diets to ourselves. It seems our poor diets and need to consume alcohol are taken as God given. I once read Lee Sharp say that he saw nothing wrong with a fish supper once a week washed down with a pint of Ribena. Eh? A professional saying this?



    I always think that footballers should consider their power to weight ratio. Imagine how good you would be at less than 10% bodyfat. That fish supper aint going to help. Every professional club on mainland Europe makes a concerted effort to weigh their players on a daily basis. Measuring every once and putting right anything that seems out of place. Our footballers encourage a lack of professionalism.

  8. Hi everyone, just wondered if you can help me with the Celtic website. I want to buy 2 tickets for the Celtic V Barca match. I live abroad but will be back home in time to catch that match but sadly no other Celtic champions league match. I went on the Celtic website and they seem to only be selling a 3 match package at a bargain basement price of £100 per match! Anyone know how I can get a reasonably priced ticket just for the Barca game?




    I’ve been to Barce games a few times,and I’ve seen tickets being bought at Camp Neu,Take a chance and go to the turnstiles that are selling them before the game,or,you can get some spaniard to get them for you,A bit risky as you have to put your trust in the messenger.


    Neu camp is quite easy to get to.Metro from Las Ramblas to Camp Neu, either the bottom of Las Ramblas-Drassanes to Badal,or Liseu about 3/4 miles up Las Ramblas.

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




    If you are looking for an email from BMCUWP, ckeck your junk mail!

  11. Mullet +Co, I agree with a lot of what you said, but only a generation or two ago footballers were far less rigid in what they ate and drank. I’d love to see some research into the rate of injuries between then and now. We could take 6 Celtic teams at 10 year intervals and look at how many players in each squad were injured. Then if we do see a difference between generations, we could look at the difference in preparation and diet. It would be interesting to see if modern footballers’ bodies are tweaked a little too much or if clubs are too cautious when they just have a wee niggle.

  12. Cheers oldtim, I might just take the chance on the turnstiles. Unfortunately, Barca is a bit far to go though since I’m in the Middle East, am tempted to try though. Cheers for the advice.

  13. I was invited to the 50th anniversary mass at St.Barnabas in Shettleston this afternoon, the mass was said by the new Arch-Bishop, he sat with me and my Da for the lunch, he is a lovely down to earth man I really enjoyed his company, what else would you expect from an East End boy. My Da reminded him we were all from Carntyne and he was from the posh area in Dennistoun.


    A couple of old St. Thomas’ Primary boys having a laugh. Glad his first celebration mass was in the East End, always a good start.



    He had no comment on Lenny persisting with 2 wingers, the rest of us did, No more playing with 2 wingers it is not working.

  14. Philbhoy



    Aye very funny :-)



    Not my fault this time, he was sending to gmail and not hotmail.

  15. midfield maestro on

    favourite uncle



    Cheeky. I am the baby of both families, 48. Paisley till 10 months ago.


    Uncle John taught at St Mungos.

  16. Mullet and Co



    good post – I agree to an extent, although am aware Celtic are trying to change this. the salaries involved in modern footbwll mean players look after themselves better in order to prolong their careers. Neil commented last week that Miku is the ultimate professional, with a strictly planned diet etc.



    Personally i feel that some football clubs place too much emphasis on ‘weight’ of their players – statistics like body fat percentage and (as you mentioned) power-weight ratio are far more relevant imo – Celtic have (in recent seasons especially) had a number of playes who required more muscle, and should have been on a strength training programme. some (uninformed) football managers still believe that ‘muscle slows you down’ whereas in other sports it is common knowledge that this is rubbish.



    Neil has commented that the Club are trying to ensure the sports science is correct, and in place. i personally feel that the Club should throw as much resources at this as possible, as we cannot afford to buy players with the skills of Messi, but can compete in the champions league with a bunch of good quality (1M-2M ish) players, who are exceptionally fit, good athletes, strong powerful individuals etc. I do get the impression that the Club are trying to target players who approach the sport like a pro athlete should, and get rid of some of the bums, drunkards etc (O’Dea being a good example).



    The fact that pro football in the UK still has tons of players who eat kebabs and sit about drinking is staggering though. My local team is FC Metz – they are currently down in the third division in France. their entire team is made of guys who look like slightly smaller versions of wanyama – athletes first and foremost. This is the same throughout football in france, germany, belgium, holland etc, and has been for years.

  17. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Fav Uncle



    Just got ur reply thats brill. If you send it via the just giving link the appeal gets the extra money from the tax man So mind and tick the box.



    HaiL HaiL Ps Brill hat trick btw.

  18. Evening all.



    I see mention of wee Bertie sitting on the ball against Clyde. My recollection was that he did it at Shawfield. I remember shouting at him about getting on with the game. Then it was pointed out to me that he was doing it to try and get Clyde to come out of their own area and play. It was their version of the 11 man defense perfected by Levein and Bertie was doing his best to overcome it.

  19. finally found an under the counter copy of downfall in waterstones cameron toll edinburgh…







    and i will say this ….



    a must read for the ostrich loyal….



    eye opening stuff

  20. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/


    Got your reply earlier then got dragged on the “asda run” :)))


    Hope to put some more faces to names on saturday.



  21. moonbeams wd. kano 1000 \o/ supporting neil lennon 100%. champions. c’mon wee oscar.



    It’s great mate , don’t normally get many replies so this makes a nice change , cheers .



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