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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...
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...
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...
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’.
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’...
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...
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...
18th November 1968 The guys who had played against Raith Rovers on the Saturday were given the day off.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
19th September 1968 It would be fair to say that the atmosphere in the camp after the defeat to St Etienne was poor.
15th September 1968 It would have quite amusing in other circumstances but the day after a defeat in an O** F*** match was not the time.
15th August 1968 The headlines in the press offered great praise to the boys on the field – Sizzling Celts and also gave the fans good news about important players – ‘O** F***’ Pair Should Be Fit ‘Rangers centre-half Ronnie McKinnon and Celtic left-half Jim Brogan had stitches put in gashed brows after last night’s game...
5th August 1968 In the days after the defeat by Leeds United at Hampden, the comments in the press were still fairly uncomplimentary about Celtic’s loss while at the same time recognising the quality of the English side...
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