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Bobby Murdoch - A Throw-Back To A Wing Half Of The Thirties
lf a careers prospectus was made up for kids planning a career in football what would the identikit picture of the modern soccer star look like?

lf a careers prospectus was made up for kids planning a career in football what would the identikit picture of the modern soccer star look like? I expect many of the fans who fill the stadiums every week or watch their idols flit across the TV screens would give an answer with a description resembling a refugee from the chorus of ‘Hair’. If your son has not got a moustache, long hair or sideburns don’t put him into football would seem to be the message from the football fields of Britain.

It is the time in football when the world of pop and soccer have merged , when the screams of girl fans at an Ireland-England international when George Best touches the ball can rival any roars from the male section of the Belfast crowd. Fortunately Best produces his own inimitable brand of football magic, as well as fulfilling his role in his girl fans eyes of star swinger of the sixties.



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Posted by voc1967 on Saturday 19 October 2019 - 20:31:44 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
John Hughes - Let Me Take You Back To 1960
This is the age of the teenager.

This is the age of the teenager. It’s the time when fresh-faced seventeen year olds can shoot to overnight fame, whether their world is football, or pop records. I wish them all luck.

But at the ripe old age of 26 I can honestly say . . . they’re welcome to it. I’ve been through it all before. The adulation, the brickbats, the teenage wonder tag, and a few other names as well, most of them unprintable. For after nine seasons in Celtic’s league side it’s only in the last two years that I consider myself a fully qualified professional. Let me take you back to 1960.

That was when the Hughes and Celtic story began. Maybe now it had the wrong kind of start . . . it was too good. I was only seventeen, my first season at Parkhead, and after only two weeks I was playing against Rangers in a League Cup match at Ibrox.



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Posted by voc1967 on Thursday 17 October 2019 - 18:14:33 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Willie Wallace - The Day I Signed For Celtic
The day I signed for Celtic I posed for a picture in the dressing-room in front of the number 7, 8, 9 and 10 strips.

The day I signed for Celtic I posed for a picture in the dressing-room in front of the number 7, 8, 9 and 10 strips.

I never realised I was going to use them all'! Still, I have no complaints about where I am fielded. After all, I finished last season as Celtic’s leading goal-scorer, so it shows that switching around does not affect my play.

When I started with Stenhousemuir, my first senior club, I was outside-right, an old-fashioned winger with sawdust on my boots.

Then when I moved to Raith Rovers it was Bert Herdman who was then their manager, who moved me to centre. And I have shuffled around the three inside-forward positions ever since.



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Posted by voc1967 on Thursday 03 October 2019 - 10:59:57 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Billy McNeill - My One Position
My one position, almost without exception, since I bowed my way into the Celtic first team around ten years ago has been centre-half.

My one position, almost without exception, since I bowed my way into the Celtic first team around ten years ago has been centre-half.

It’s the position where simply you are there to stop goals being scored, not to get your own name on the scoresheet.

That's why every time I look at a list of scorers and see the name McNeill I still wonder a bit about it all.

When I started in First Division football everyone was liable to think a centre-half had gone out of his mind if he put a foot over the half-way line.

The start of the change for me came one March afternoon in 1961. It was completely unrehearsed, a move which sprang from a halftime chat in the dressing-room.



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Posted by voc1967 on Wednesday 18 September 2019 - 19:02:24 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Jim Craig - I Am A Part Time Full-Timer
I'm the odd man out at Celtic!

I'm the odd man out at Celtic! For my life in football is dfferent from the rest of the first-team pool . . . I am a part-time full-timer.

Let me explain just what that means. I combine my job as a footballet with a career as a dentist.

The old idea of a part-time player who trained twice a week in sessions which he managed to squeeze in after his work has no place in modem football.

I train with the rest of the first-team every morning, I am available for any extra sessions and any foreign competitive matches which we play. However if the team are going perhaps for a golf outing, or a few days relaxation at their coast headquarters, then I am excused attending it.



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Posted by voc1967 on Wednesday 18 September 2019 - 15:48:34 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
The Jimmy Johnstone Show
For the football fans and players who believe in omens and which of us doesn’t even if it’s only slightly?

For the football fans and players who believe in omens and which of us doesn’t even if it’s only slightly? the rearranged European Cup draw was a good sign. It put Celtic against the current kings of French football, St. Etienne, instead of Ferencvaros, the Hungarian team they had been supposed to play.

The successful European Cup campaign of 1967 had included a victory against the then reigning French champions, Nantes . . . was soccer history going to repeat itself ?

But the signs were soon to go wrong! Yet again the new campaign started with an outward show of normality, those inevitable spy trips that are now so much of the soccer scene before the actual games.



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Posted by voc1967 on Monday 16 September 2019 - 19:15:07 | Comments: 1  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Jimmy Delaney Looks Back
He moves smartly across the trim living-room of his home to show me his unique collection of Cup medals.

He moves smartly across the trim living-room of his home to show me his unique collection of Cup medals.

He’s maybe not as fast as in his soccer hey-day, but for Jimmy Delaney the fact that he can walk normally is one of his greatest triumphs. A few years ago a crippling illness in his hips threatened to do what few full backs at the peak of his career ever achieved . . . bring him shuddering to slower than walking-pace. Fortunately an operation restored him almost to full health, a vast improvement on the pain that lived with him for so long and became as persistent and difficult to shake off as a shadow. Jimmy Delaney is unique in many ways, his Cup-winners’ medals won with Celtic in Scotland, Manchester United in England, Derry in Northern Ireland and runners-up medal with Cork in Eire prove that.



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Posted by voc1967 on Sunday 15 September 2019 - 12:42:52 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
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