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28th April 1969: Celtic v Morton – League

27th April 1969 The previous evening, the night of the Scottish Cup final, we had celebrated our 4-0 win over Rangers at a party in the house of one of the players, although just which team-mate I find hard to recall after all these years...

26th April 1969: Celtic v Rangers – Scottish Cup Final

22nd April 1969The shock news about wee Jimmy missing the final (see post on Kilmarnock match) was still hard to take in and we enjoyed our day off in something of a dwam...

21st April 1969: Kilmarnock v Celtic – League

20th April 1969 We were in on the Sunday for some training and there was just the vaguest hint from those in charge that they had not been too pleased with the performances against both Rangers in the Glasgow Cup and Airdrie in the League...

19th April 1969: Celtic v Airdrie – League

14th April 1969 Day off for those in the squad not involved with the Scotland group down at Largs prior to the match with West Germany.

9th April 1969: Celtic v Falkirk – League

7th April 1969 It was a wonderful day to report for training, as the sun blazed down from a cloudless sky...

11th April 1969: Celtic v Rangers – Glasgow Cup Semi-Final

10th April 1969 The bad moments of the previous evening were swept under the carpet and frankly, all that we needed to – and wanted to – remember was that we had seen off Falkirk by 5 goals to two and kept our momentum going towards those two still possible big moments of a momentous...

5th April 1969: Celtic v Hibs – League Cup Final

2nd April 1969 The morning press was full of praise for our come-back the previous evening in Perth – Champion Celtic : Great Muirton Fightback There was also news of one of our colleagues in obvious difficulty – Hughes : Three Treatment Sessions Today And when we arrived at training on that Wednesday morning, Yogi...

1st April 1969: St Johnstone v Celtic – League

30th March 1969 I went to 9 o’clock Mass in my own parish on the Sunday morning but left straight after the communion as I had to report to Celtic Park for around 10am...

24th March 1969 Celtic v Hibs League

23rd March 1969 We actually got the Sunday off, although there was another match coming up on Monday evening.

22nd March 1969: Celtic v Morton – Scottish Cup Semi-Final

17th March 1969 We had ground out a reasonable result against Partick Thistle on the previous Saturday – at least it was a win – but there was still a feeling of disappointment among the players over the result against A.C.Milan in the quarter-final of the European Cup...

15th March 1969: Celtic v Partick Thistle – League

13th March 1969 There was an almost deathly atmosphere at Celtic Park when we arrived for training the morning after the loss to A.C.

12th March 1969: Celtic v A.C. Milan – European Cup QF 2nd Leg

10th March 1969 While we were arriving at Parkhead and then enjoying the coach trip to Seamill, the Celtic fans buying the morning and evening papers would have noticed that the victory over Raith Rovers at the weekend was almost over-looked...

8th March 1969: Raith Rovers v Celtic – League

6th March 1969 We were back in for training on the day following the victory over Arbroath, a result which received a special headline in the morning press – Celtic Power Sinks Arbroath It was very noticeable on that Thursday morning that the Boss was missing, so Sean Fallon and Neilly Mochan took the training...

5th March 1969: Celtic v Arbroath – League

3rd March 1969 There was an eye-catching headline in one of the morning dailies – Stein Fixed Cup Saints Before Match This was a reference to Jock Stein’s late tactical switch which was only announced just before the start of the match, with Bobby Lennox at outside-right, Willie Wallace at centre-forward and John Hughes...

1st March 1969: Celtic v St Johnstone – Scottish Cup Quarter-final

25th February 1969 The reports in the press informed us that Jinky had volunteered to play against Clyde in last night’s Scottish Cup replay at Parkhead although he was suffering from an ear infection...

24th February 1969: Celtic v Clyde – Scottish Cup Replay

20th February 1969 It was a pretty satisfied Celtic party that made the trip back to Glasgow the day after the match against A.C

19th February 1969: A.C. Milan v Celtic – European Cup QF

13th February 1969 After a 0-0 draw against Clyde in the Scottish Cup, all of us might have thought that we would receive a bit of criticism in the press but, in actual fact, the opposite was the case...

12th February 1969: Clyde v Celtic – Scottish Cup

3rd February 1969 Nine of the squad – including myself – were in the Scotland pool of players who had undergone a day of light training down at the Centre on the Clyde coast on Sunday 2nd February...

1st February 1969: Celtic v Hearts – League

30th January 1969 We were all in for training that morning but the session was a very limited one, really designed to take the stiffness out of our legs rather than anything else...

29th January 1969: Celtic v Partick Thistle – Scottish Cup 3rd Round Replay

27th January 1969 The draw for the next round of the Scottish Cup came out as – Motherwell/Clyde v Celtic/Partick Thistle Rangers v Hearts Dundee United v Ayr United Stranraer v Morton East Stirling v St Johnstone Airdrie v St Mirren Aberdeen v Dunfermline Montrose v Kilmarnock At a meeting of the SFA Referee...

25th January 1969: Partick Thistle v Celtic – Scottish Cup 3rd Round

20th January 1969 For most of the guys in the squad, this was a week of some light training which meant, at this time of year, some sprints, some shooting practice and some tactical innovations...

18th January 1969: Dundee Utd v Celtic – League

13th January 1969 The headline and comment in one of Monday’s dailies was right on the button – That Celtic Gold -Mine! ‘This was a triumph of teamwork by a Celtic side confident in their own ability and that of their colleagues’.

11th January 1969: Aberdeen v Celtic – League

6th January 1969 This was a nice day for all the troops, neatly summed up in one of the evening papers – Seaside Celts ‘Celtic got away from the Arctic wastes of Glasgow today – away from Parkhead, which was unplayable and Barrowfield, where training would have been difficult if not dangerous’...

4th January 1969: Celtic v Dunfermline – League

3rd January 1969 It was a bunch of fairly disheartened players who came in for training the day after the Rangers match.

2nd January 1969: Rangers v Celtic – League

Morning of the Match There had been some discussions beforehand apparently among the managerial and coaching staff about just what to do before this match.

1st January 1969: Celtic v Clyde – League

30th December 1968 The reports from all the matches on Saturday were clumped together under the headline Urgh!

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28th December 1968: Airdrie v Celtic – League

23rd December In for training after the draw with Kilmarnock the previous Saturday and in spite of Christmas approaching, Parkhead was not the happiest of places at that time...

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21st December 1968: Celtic v Kilmarnock – League

16th December 1968 All the players got the day off from training but there was plenty for the fans to read about in the press- What Could Maldini Think?

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14th December 1968: Falkirk v Celtic – League

9th December 1968 Some of the guys were involved with the Scottish party getting ready for the World Cup tie against Cyprus; three were getting treatment at Parkhead; and the rest of us got the day off...

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7th December 1968: Celtic v St Mirren – League

2nd December 1968 The whole squad had the day off today and the papers had to try and concentrate on other matters, one of which involved me.

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27th November 1968: Red Star Belgrade v Celtic – European Cup 2nd Round 2nd Leg

24th November 1968 There had been a family do the previous evening and I spent most of it with the males of the species, all of whom wanted to ask questions about the goings-on at Celtic Park, like how did I get on with such-and-such a player, what was Jock Stein really like and did...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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12th October 1968: Hearts v Celtic – League

10th October The inside of Celtic Park was like a war zone this morning, with various players making their way to and from the treatment room while the un-injured ones squeezed past to get to training...

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9th October 1968: Celtic v Clyde – League Cup Semi-final

7th October 1969 There was a reduced number that Monday morning at training, as a friendly match had been organised at Cowdenbeath to celebrate the new floodlighting system at the ground and quite a number of the first team squad had been selected for that game...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Oct 8, 2018
Jim Craig's Football50 · Oct 8, 2018

5th October 1968: Celtic v Dundee United – League

3rd October 1968 The headlines after the St Etienne match were both lavish and complimentary – This Was Celtic’s Finest Effort Celtic Overcome Deficit with Emphatic Win The Super Celts Find That Magic Touch Irresistible Celts – French One well-known reporter with one of the evening papers summed the occasion up both neatly and precisely...

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2nd October 1968: Celtic v St Etienne – European Cup 1st Round Second Leg

30th September 1968 We all reported early that morning to Celtic Park and boarded the coach which would take us to Seamill, our haven before major matches.

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28th September 1968: Celtic v Aberdeen – League

26th September There was a particularly good atmosphere at training that Thursday morning...

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25th September 1968: Celtic v Hamilton – League Cup Quarter-Final

22nd September 1968 You could always get an indication of how the team was being regarded by the fans at Mass and on that particular Sunday, it was like running a gauntlet.

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21st September 1968: Dunfermline v Celtic – League

19th September 1968 It would be fair to say that the atmosphere in the camp after the defeat to St Etienne was poor.

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1 “Rangers” 8 7 0 1 26 5 21 21
2 Celtic 8 6 1 1 22 7 15 19
3 Motherwell 8 5 1 2 15 10 5 16
4 Aberdeen 8 3 3 2 10 10 0 12
5 Ross County 8 3 3 2 10 11 -1 12
6 Livingston 8 3 2 3 12 11 1 11
7 Kilmarnock 8 3 2 3 6 7 -1 11
8 Hamilton Academical 8 2 2 4 7 15 -8 8
9 Hearts 8 1 3 4 9 13 -4 6
10 Hibernian 8 1 3 4 7 17 -10 6
11 St Mirren 8 1 2 5 3 8 -5 5
12 St Johnstone 8 0 4 4 7 20 -13 4

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