A Personal Diary - 50 years on ...


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

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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. The hard work to get fit had all been done already; from now till the end of the season, it was just a question of maintaining that fitness. And we were in that Monday morning, apart from any of the squad who were in the party for the match against Carlisle. They turned up in the afternoon, ready for the trip over the border.

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18th January 1969: Dundee Utd v Celtic – League

13th January 1969

The headline and comment in one of Monday’s dailies after the Aberdeen match 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’.

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28th December 1968: Airdrie v Celtic – League

23rd December

In for training after the draw with Kilmarnock the previous Saturday and in spite of Christmas approaching, Parkhead was not the happiest of places at that time. Of the 10 matches played since the beginning of November, we had won 7 and drawn 3, a record that might have regarded as excellent for a number of teams; Celtic were supposed to be different. Dropping a point against Red Star Belgrade might be accepted but to lose points against Falkirk and Kilmarnock – the latter at home – was not what the manager or the fans expected.

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