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Jim Craig's Football50 · Apr 29, 2019

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...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Apr 26, 2019

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...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Apr 25, 2019

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...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Apr 19, 2019

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.

Jim Craig's Football50 · Apr 15, 2019

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...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Apr 11, 2019

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...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Apr 5, 2019

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...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Apr 5, 2019

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...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Apr 5, 2019

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.

Jim Craig's Football50 · Mar 25, 2019

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...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Mar 15, 2019

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.

Jim Craig's Football50 · Mar 15, 2019

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...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Mar 9, 2019

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...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Mar 5, 2019

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...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Mar 5, 2019

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...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Feb 27, 2019

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

Jim Craig's Football50 · Feb 27, 2019

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...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Feb 12, 2019

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...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Feb 3, 2019

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...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Jan 30, 2019

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...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Jan 26, 2019

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...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Jan 18, 2019

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’.

Jim Craig's Football50 · Jan 11, 2019

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’...

Jim Craig's Football50 · Jan 5, 2019

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.

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