TCN’s 125 years Tribute

I’ve been sitting thinking over our amazing 125 year journey. From a club set up by Marist Brother Walfrid who with others set up a football team to put food on the table of the poor of Glasgows east end to the current Global football club competing at the very top of Club football.

I’ve thought about all the great players and managers even chairmen like Sir Bob Kelly who had the vision to allow Jock Stein total control of the football team from the first team to the youths.

There have been so many high points and records broke. Winning 9 championships in a row, winning every trophy we competed in in 1 season, the 7-1 humiliation of the now defunct Rangers. We have the highest goal scorer in British History in Jimmy McGrory, the wonderful Mr Celtic Willie Maley, Jinky,Henrik,McNeil the list goes on and on.

Lets not forget 2 European Cup finals and one UEFA Cup final where 80,000 Celtic fans won the hearts of the football world. We have also played in the largest attendance in a European match against Leeds Utd when a crowd in excess of 136,000 turned up then there is the final against Aberdeen when over 147,000 filled Hampden in 1937.

So many great memories through out our history it’s impossible to pick a favorite moment. Most I suppose would go for Lisbon 67 but I have decided to dedicate our Birthday to one of the greatest men ever to grace our club. Quite simply the man who made us world famous and changed how football was played around the world.

Bhoys and Ghirls I give you Mr Jock Stein

Comments

  1. JasCam

    It is difficult to argue that a tribute involving Celtic should not revolve around Big Jock. He is the man who lifted the club from goodness to greatness. However, I wish, on this occasion at least, to put aside our ‘glorious achievements’ on the field of play in order to focus on our magnificent ethos. If Mr. Stein put us on the global football map, Brother Walfrid and most of those who followed placed us on the global map of good works.
    In the end, it is, perhaps, not terribly relevant which aspect you consider or from what starting point you develop the story. The history of Celtic Football Club is one of an untarnished reputation embodied in its dual-purpose ethos of being open-to-all and helping others combined with achieving glory and success in football. Celtic is known to have lit many beacons on the horizons of club and world football but it is without doubt, its unsurpassed leadership in caring for those less fortunate that is the eternal flame of the Celtic Family.
    I openly and unashamedly admit to a swelling heart and some welling in my eyes as I try to express my emotions here. If I had a chest of note, I would stick it out till the buttons on my shirt burst. That is how proud I feel today. I have always held my ‘green’ head high, for in 125 years my football club and its support has done not one thing that is so shameful it is not worthy of forgiveness. As in any real family there are blips in the standards of behaviour but good families learn and move on from these. Celtic continues to follow that tack in spite of unwarranted criticism, all out attack and a bias that would have blasted a weaker vessel well off course. I have witnessed and still do witness and feel the love within the club and the Celtic family and when love is that strong there is a unity that binds us in an enviable harmony and determination. It compels us to win through even at our lowest ebbs. Yes, we shall overcome – always.
    I am certain the founding fathers of Celtic Football Club held similar sentiments and convictions. Theirs is the spirit of victory that Jock Stein took to Lisbon on 5th May 1967. It was not new. He simply revived it. He, certainly more than any Celtic man in my lifetime, epitomised the moral fibre of Brother Walfrid and those who supported him. Jock understood their ambitions and their desire to succeed in the face of overwhelming odds. That is why he is rightfully high up in our respect and admiration.
    To all good men, past, present and to come, from wherever and whatever walk of life, whatever your beliefs or opinions, who support Celtic Football Club, who embrace the aspirations and continue the good works of those gone before and to those who remain faithful in the face of adversity, I wish you a very happy and sincere 125th anniversary.
    In unity of purpose, we SHALL overcome. And in your hour of need, “you’ll NEVER walk alone”.
    To all the Celtic family, you will be in my prayers as I join in spirit with those privileged to be present at St. Mary’s, Calton tonight, to give thanks for my many years following this exceptional and inspirational club.

    Hail Hail

  2. JasCam

    It is difficult to argue that a tribute involving Celtic should not revolve around Big Jock. He is the man who lifted the club from goodness to greatness. However, I wish, on this occasion at least, to put aside our ‘glorious achievements’ on the field of play in order to focus on our magnificent ethos. If Mr. Stein put us on the global football map, Brother Walfrid and most of those who followed placed us on the global map of good works.
    In the end, it is, perhaps, not terribly relevant which aspect you consider or from what starting point you develop the story. The history of Celtic Football Club is one of an untarnished reputation embodied in its dual-purpose ethos of being open-to-all and helping others combined with achieving glory and success in football. Celtic is known to have lit many beacons on the horizons of club and world football but it is without doubt, its unsurpassed leadership in caring for those less fortunate that is the eternal flame of the Celtic Family.
    I openly and unashamedly admit to a swelling heart and some welling in my eyes as I try to express my emotions here. If I had a chest of note, I would stick it out till the buttons on my shirt burst. That is how proud I feel today. I have always held my ‘green’ head high, for in 125 years my football club and its support has done not one thing that is so shameful it is not worthy of forgiveness. As in any real family there are blips in the standards of behaviour but good families learn and move on from these. Celtic continues to follow that tack in spite of unwarranted criticism, all out attack and a bias that would have blasted a weaker vessel well off course. I have witnessed and still do witness and feel the love within the club and the Celtic family and when love is that strong there is a unity that binds us in an enviable harmony and determination. It compels us to win through even at our lowest ebbs. Yes, we shall overcome – always.
    I am certain the founding fathers of Celtic Football Club held similar sentiments and convictions. Theirs is the spirit of victory that Jock Stein took to Lisbon on 5th May 1967. It was not new. He simply revived it. He, certainly more than any Celtic man in my lifetime, epitomised the moral fibre of Brother Walfrid and those who supported him. Jock understood their ambitions and their desire to succeed in the face of overwhelming odds. That is why he is rightfully high up in our respect and admiration.
    To all good men, past, present and to come, from wherever and whatever walk of life, whatever your beliefs or opinions, who support Celtic Football Club, who embrace the aspirations and continue the good works of those gone before and to those who remain faithful in the face of adversity, I wish you a very happy and sincere 125th anniversary.
    In unity of purpose, we SHALL overcome. And in your hour of need, “you’ll NEVER walk alone”.
    To all the Celtic family, you will be in my prayers as I join in spirit with those privileged to be present at St. Mary’s, Calton tonight, to give thanks for my many years following this exceptional and inspirational club.

    Hail Hail

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