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Michael Dolan - Celtic’s First Goalkeeper
Myself along with Padraig Coirneal another member of Randalstown Hoops were down in Old Monkland Cemetery Coatbridge toady.

Myself along with Padraig Coirneal another member of Randalstown Hoops were down in Old Monkland Cemetery Coatbridge toady .

We knew that Michael Dolan Celtic’s first goalkeeper was buried there so we took a walk around to see if we could find the Grave which we did after 20 minutes .

The both of us give it a bit of a clean and it was good to track down a bit of Celtic’s History .

Michael Dolan will go down in history as Celtic’s first goalkeeper, and this was at a time when there was really no protection for the man between the sticks.

Practically anything was allowed, and the old tactic of bundling from the corner kicks was a major tactic.

So he must have been a brave soul. He was called "Lanarkshire's best goalkeeper".



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Posted by voc1967 on Thursday 10 September 2020 - 10:53:18 | Comments: 1  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
From The West Of Fife He Came
John Thomson was born in in Kirkcaldy, Scotland on 28th January, 1909.

John Thomson was born in in Kirkcaldy, Scotland on 28th January, 1909. He grew up in the mining community of Cardenden in Fife. His father worked as a miner at the Bowhill Colliery. His parents, John and Jean Thomson, were members of the Protestant sect, the Church of Christ.

John was educated at Denend Primary School and Auchterderran Higher Grade School. He was a talented goalkeeper and was a member of the Auchterderran team that won the Lochgelly Times Cup. His teacher, N. E. Lawton, later pointed out: "He was very keen on football, and was always training and hitting away at a punch ball. He was a born goalkeeper."

At the age of fourteen he became an oncost worker at Bowhill Colliery. Thomson worked about 300 yards below the pithead surface and it was his job to uncouple the chain clips of the waggons that carried the coal that was brought up from the seams of the mine.



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Posted by voc1967 on Saturday 05 September 2020 - 16:51:44 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Caught In Time - Celtic Win The Tennent's Sixes 1992
The annual indoor tournament began in 1984, a two-day six-a-side event squeezed into January involving Scotland’s top teams, with each match lasting 15 to 20 minutes.

The annual indoor tournament began in 1984, a two-day six-a-side event squeezed into January involving Scotland’s top teams, with each match lasting 15 to 20 minutes. Rangers were the first winners on the artificial turf at the Coasters Arena in Falkirk, and after moving to Ingliston a permanent home was found at Glasgow’s SECC. This was Celtic’s only victory, coming with a 4-2 win over St Johstone in the final before a capacity 7,500 crowd.

John Collins lifted the trophy and is pictured flanked by Tennent’s models Avril Archibald, left, and Catherine McClelland. “There’s more to come,” proclaimed Celtic’s stand-in captain, in the absence of Paul McStay, but Celtic didn’t win a thing for three more years.



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The Dubai Super Cup
The Dubai Cup was deemed an "unofficial British championship" played between the champions of England and Scotland in the United Arab Emirates.

The Dubai Cup was deemed an "unofficial British championship" played between the champions of England and Scotland in the United Arab Emirates.

During the mid 1980s the former fishing port of Dubai was still far from the luxurious millionaires resort and metropolis of spectacular sky scrappers and excessive consumerism that it now is. Indeed there were a few eyebrows raised at the prospect of two British clubs playing for a trophy in such unfamiliar surroundings.

However the ambitious UAE regime recognised that football was an excellent instrument to promote their relatively new nation to the western world. Whether they had the likes of Tony Shepherd and Pierce O’Leary in mind when devising their global marketing plan is another matter! But with English clubs in the early years of their post-Heysel European ban the Dubai Cup was something teams from south of the border were only too happy to embrace. .



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Posted by voc1967 on Tuesday 25 August 2020 - 14:46:33 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Celtic Park - Monday 21st May 1979
THERE are few events in Celtic history which can arouse the passion of the fans quite as much as those which involve Rangers.

THERE are few events in Celtic history which can arouse the passion of the fans quite as much as those which involve Rangers. There have been cup finals won and lost against our old rivals of course, and the idea that at the end of the day there will be only one winner, adds to the spice of the occasion. Elsewhere in these pages, you will no doubt read about some of those cup finals, and quite correctly we remember them fondly.

However, in modern times, the romance of the cup does not carry the same imperative as the winning of championships. With the winning of a league title comes passage to the top European competition, the prestige of carrying the country's flag abroad as the best on offer within our shores, and the opportunity for our fans to remind their opposition counterparts fifty-odd times the following season that "We ARE the champions".

Championships, though, are never a sprint. They are won and lost over the course of a long season. In Scotland at least they never regularly go to the wire, instead tey tend to be over earlier than most lovers of keen competition would like.



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Posted by voc1967 on Sunday 23 August 2020 - 12:59:37 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Michael Davitt - First Turf of Grass
A small but nonetheless historic moment in Celtic history occurred on the evening of April 10th 1995 in a small field in the tiny Donegal townland of Mullachdubh, in the beautiful Rosses region.

A small but nonetheless historic moment in Celtic history occurred on the evening of April 10th 1995 in a small field in the tiny Donegal townland of Mullachdubh, in the beautiful Rosses region.

Hundreds of people from across the Celtic heartland that is Donegal gathered to witness members of the Rosses CSC cut a sod of turf to be laid in the centre circle of the newly revamped Celtic Park. Local Fife and drum bands marched to the field accompanied by hundreds of Celtic fans and the local parish priest who blessed the turf.

The sod of Donegal earth then travelled with 50 supporters from Gweedore and the Rosses on a bus to Glasgow. To ensure the sod made it to Parkhead in good health the grass was watered in Larne. The party was met at Celtic Park by Fergus McCann, along with Donegal’s own Packie Bonner and other Celtic Officials.



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Posted by voc1967 on Wednesday 19 August 2020 - 15:47:28 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Simply Celtic
A lush green carpet of turf

A lush green carpet of turf
Beneath pale blue Glasgwegian sky's
A surround of steel, bricks and mortar
Its what we Celtic fans call Paradise
From Kerrydale street to Janefield
Our North, South, West and East
The blood that moves in the body
Its in the air, we Celtic fans breathe
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Players with such pride in the jersey
The Hoops, its the green and the white
Cup finals, Historic league titles
Its Celtic park, on a big European night
Our history, the songs, the occasion
A very Celtic meeting of minds
The phoenix that rose from the ashes
Heart and soul, are the ties that bind



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Posted by voc1967 on Thursday 06 February 2020 - 12:25:55 | Comments: 1  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
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