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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
 
 
 
 
 
Billy's Last Hurrah
I suppose at some stage in everyone's life there comes the moment of realization that, while the old-age pension may not be quite round the corner, time is not standing still.

I suppose at some stage in everyone's life there comes the moment of realization that, while the old-age pension may not be quite round the corner, time is not standing still.

It could be when a familiar land-mark. like the street where you lived, is knocked-down, or when a daughter brings home her first boy-friend, or simply when the police men on the beat do seem to be getting younger.

I have to admit reluctantly that the moment of truth came for me with the announcement after Celtic’s Scottish Cup victory against Airdrie that Billy McNeill was retiring from football.



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Posted by voc1967 on Saturday 14 September 2019 - 21:01:42 | Comments: 2  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
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