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21st July 1967: Week 1 Ends

The first week was nearly at an end and judging by the voluble chat in the dressing room, we were all surviving pretty well.

Oh! there were the usual complaints. The sprinters complained that there was too much long stuff; the middle distance runners objected to the amount of short runs; and those who did not like running at all moaned at just about everything. And there was usually a queue at Bob Rooney’s door complaining of blisters/muscle strains/cuts/grazes/etc. He did not deal with dandruff ; and if you were suffering from diarrhea or constipation, you normally phoned in sick! And yes, sometimes his room it could be like the TV series of the period ‘Emergency Ward Ten’.

The fans were always keen to know about what was going on at Celtic Park and on that particular day they got the chance to find out some club thoughts as the latest edition of

The Celtic Football Guide, covering the previous season, became available. I will deal with the ‘Manager’s Report’ after the weekend but the section which caught the eye of most fans was the ‘List of Players’ for the new season of 1967-68 –

 Name                Last Club                     Date Joined
Robert Auld Birmingham City 1965
James Brogan St Roch’s 1963
David Cattenach Stirling Albion 1963
Stephen Chalmers Ashfield Juniors 1959
John Clark Larkhall Thistle 1958
James Clarke St Michael’s Kilwinning 1967
George Connelly Tullialian 1966
James Craig Glasgow University 1965
John Fallon Fauldhouse United 1958
Charles Gallagher Yoker Athletic 1959
Thomas Gemmell Coltness United 1962
David Hay St Mirin’s Boys Guild 1966
Samuel Henderson Ashfield Juniors 1962
John Hughes Shotts Bon Accord 1959
James Johnstone Blantyre Celtic 1962
Robert Lennox Ardeer Recreation 1961
Joseph McBride Motherwell FC 1965
Hugh McKellar Ardeer Recreation 1967
Patrick MacMahon Kilsyth Rangers 1967
William McNeill Blantyre Victoria 1958
Lou Macari St Michael’s Kilwinning 1966
Robert Murdoch Cambuslang Rangers 1961
William O’Neill St Anthony’s 1960
James Quinn St Roch’s 1965
Anthony Shevlane Hearts FC 1967
Ronald Simpson Hibernian FC 1964
John Taggart St Patrick’s Coatbridge 1967
Anthony Taylor Kilmarnock FC 1964
William Wallace Hearts FC 1966
John Young Neilston Juniors 1961

 

John Cushley : left for WHU
© Daily Record

So, 30 players in total to cope with what everyone expected to be a tough season, with one player in particular having a lot depending on him, as one of the Glasgow evening papers pointed out that night –

‘Billy McNeill, who joined Celtic from Blantyre Victoria 10 years ago, is now the only recognised centre half on the Parkhead playing staff.

Since the end of the season, three pivots have left Celtic – John Cushley at a fee of £20,000 to West Ham plus John Halpin and Frank McCarron, on free transfers’.

 

 

 

 


There was some debate among the guys as to whether we would get the weekend off but right up to the end of training on that Friday, not a word had been said. Then, just as were changing  after our baths and showers, Sean stuck his head round the door and with a twinkle in his eye and a lilt in his voice, uttered the definitive words ‘”See you in the morning, lads”. That put a Friday night out into perspective!