50 Years On

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30th November 1968: Hibs v Celtic  League

28th November 1968

No Rest Celtic Prepare for Hibs

Everyone in for training this morning and as you might imagine, the atmosphere in the camp was excellent. It was quite a tough session too, as the Boss was a great believer in getting any stiffness from the game and the flight straight after the match out of the system as quickly as possible. And he was pleased that there were no injuries from the Red Star game, although Ronnie was apparently not quite ready to play again. Read More →


23rd November 1968:  Partick Thistle v Celtic –  League

18th November 1968

The guys who had played against Raith Rovers on the Saturday were given the day off. The Reserve team full-timers were in because the Reserve side had a match on the Wednesday, a Reserve League cup tie against Falkirk at Brockville.

Tommy Gemmell was unsuccessful with his appeal against a caution in the match versus Hearts at Tynecastle and while the papers that Monday were not exactly fulsome in their praise of the players’ performance against Raith Rovers….. Read More →


16th November 1968:  Celtic v Raith Rovers – League

14th November 1968

The previous evening had been a good one for Scottish football, with the four clubs involved in European competition all having good results. The main headlines went to European Cup representatives Celtic, especially the showing of wee Jimmy –

Johnstone the Tornado

It’s Ace Destroyer Jimmy!

Belgrade Fans Want to See Wee Jimmy

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13th November 1968:  Celtic v Red Star Belgrade –  European Cup  2nd Round First Leg

10th November 1968

After a very light training session at Celtic Park on the Sunday morning – more of a wind-down in reality – we all boarded the bus for the trip to Seamill, our usual haunt before a big game. I should perhaps clarify the use of that word ‘all’. Ronnie Simpson had been left behind at Parkhead in the hands of physio Bob Rooney, as the keeper had not quite recovered from the leg knock he picked up in Scotland’s World Cup qualifying match against Austria the previous week. Read More →


9th November 1968: Arbroath v Celtic – League

4th November

All the guys – except those who were in the international squad – had the day off, which gave me the chance to be in the dental practice full-time and catch up with some paperwork.

The papers were more concerned with match coming up against Austria on the Wednesday and the weather seemed to be causing some problems down the Ayrshire coast – Read More →


2nd November 1968:  Celtic v Dundee –  League

28th October

The whole squad was given the day off from training, although, as was the norm, anything with an injury of any sort did report. However, from what I heard from the guys in the days following, no one turned up that day and the Boss was apparently quoted in the press as “expecting everyone to be fit for the match against Dundee at Celtic Park on Saturday”. Read More →