The Celtic Spirit, the Celtic way, the Celtic family 1967&1986

This is the first thing I see every morning, exact picture
This is the first thing I see every morning, exact picture

As a very young kid aged roughly 8 years old my big brother used to take me to Hearts games, I never really got into and by the time I was 10 I was a Celtic fan, my Uncle has 4 Daughters and all of them were Celtic fans. I went to my first game aged 12 if I remember correctly, so 1984 season or there about, it was against Aberdeen and it was 1-1 as I stood in the old Jungle, I am sure it was Aberdeen and 1-1

I remember standing in the Jungle below the TV gantry watching these guys I hero worshipped from the TV, each player had a song the jungle would sing and for me at the time, same as any kid I loved Mo Johnston “Mo, Mo Super Mo” I remember singing and unable to see much of the game for adults but eventually someone sat me on one of them leaning poles and I could see better, I could have died and gone to heaven there and then

Back then Aberdeen were a real good side and so we Dundee United. Sadly back then my Dad told me I was not allowed to go to a Celtic v Rangers game, not even with my Uncle, my Dad hated football and I cried like a child, well I kind of still was as I couldn’t go, but this was a time the casual scene was picking up and I guess my Dad thought it involved the whole crowd, god known’s

From that day on there was never a going back, I get called a Hearts fan from certain Celtic fans but I laugh it off now. The day Celtic beat Hearts to the League in 1986 was brilliant, I was in my Brothers house and he was giving it Large Hearts had already won it, we had it on the Radio as it switched from Dundee to Paisley and when we won I think I truly lost my brother for years, lol

St M 5game
A day in my life I won’t forget

The emotions this video brings back

Being a Celtic fan as a kid was Hero worshiping for me. As the years passed on I supported through the 90’s getting to many games there were 2 seasons I missed only 3 or 4 games before my own kids started playing and I had their interest at hand. I was at the Hibs v Celtic game the day the great Henrik Larsson made his debut, his 1st touch was to Chic Charnley who hammered a cracker home to win it for Hibs, so Larsson wasn’t the instant hero, but we all know what happened next. Being able to say I seen Larsson play for me is like older people who seen Jimmy Johnston playing, or those that went to Lisbon that day. Watching Brian McClair and Tommy Burns, wow, feed the bear Roy also it was just all fairy dust to me

Now I get to the odd game at the start of a season when the weather is decent and also now I commentate on every game here on TCN and it is a total privilege to sit every match day and try and get the score and what is happening to the Celtic Family through TCN and Twitter where you can get me @TCNLiveblog, Players come and go but we all remain, so we get up’s and down’s, all teams do, even the best, but I still love doing the games, so much fun, TRULY wish I could do voice commentary (Reading Boss? 😉 )

Being a part of such a forgiving family of people who for me are my Kin almost is amazing. I made a lot of enemies once and it was all my own stupid fault. But I don’t want to go back there, pointless, I now want to focus on doing my best for TCN and enjoying what I hope we all will and that is Celtic and Lenny bringing back more thunder to a remarkable place where dreams come true for many

Many things have been said and written about Celtic

 “Unlike many other Celts, I cannot claim that Celtic was my first love … but I can say that it will be my last love.”

“I lost some friends when I made the move, but if that’s what matters to them, then they’re not really friends at all.”

“It is up to us, to everyone at Celtic Park, to build up our own legends. We don’t want to live with history, to be compared with legends from the past. We must make new legends.”

Looking at a still of History into the eyes of legends
Looking at a still of History into the eyes of legends

We all know who said these 3 quotes and he will go down as the very best and with the very best, we have a statue of the man at the front door. He made Celtic what we are today, a huge football club

Fergus McCann for me is number 2, he saved us, we really were dying, the North stand should be named after him.

We all have memories from games or history with Celtic and I am just sharing enough of mine people may read, if I make it too long it becomes a book.

So I simply ask, what made you support the best team in the World and what is your greatest memory from following the club and being part of the best family on Earth.

I am proud to be a small insignificant part of the family but proud none the less. I put in a lot of time here on TCN but should I be asked to give more I would, in a heartbeat.

I love the club, the culture, the reason, the love and everything that comes with the experience supporting  the greatest club on Earth

You? What are your memories? Why do you support Celtic? 



6 thoughts on “The Celtic Spirit, the Celtic way, the Celtic family 1967&1986

  1. Shaun

    What can be said after that. Quite breathtaking! Thanks for the uplift.

    Personally, I fell into supporting Celtic through family as most fans do unless they follow Manchester United. But we know they are an in-fashion culture rather than a football club. There was no Saul on the Damascus Road experience that converted any Celtic man I know to the club or left an indelible imprint that he or she could never get rid of. For me there was little incentive into the bargain beyond family as I started in the midst of the McGrory famine. I guess the commitment and enthusiasm of my old man, my uncles and the women of the family, few of whom went to matches, was a virus that struck from birth, through infancy and into adult life. And you either fight it, well not really if you have any sanity at all, or it simply imbeds in the system. The Celtic bug did exactly that to me both during the highs which included Lisbon and the lowest depths such as the 50s and 90s.

    But, if there was one thing that super-glued me to the club for my lifetime, it has to be the Celtic ethic. I saw it in a vague way in the club itself with its wispy, fragile links to charitable causes in the Kelly and White family years. Of course it blossomed under Fergus McCann then bloomed in the years to follow right up till the present time. But even in that misty era of dungeonesque, biscuit-tin economics at Parkhead, the ethic was fully alive and well in the hearts and minds of the supporters. Many a wee nun could vouch for the excessive weight in her tinny after a match at Parkhead. The number of charities that had a rich harvest on a Saturday around Paradise are too many to name. And the reputation of the Celtic support turning up in their thousands every time for charity matches earned the club an enviable reputation for providing opposition in testimonials or any other money raising matches.

    Even if the directors of the club somewhat lost sight of this charitable commitment during the paucity years, my father, uncles and family and friends were giving, giving, giving, in spite of their own hardships at the time, in support of causes promoted by Celtic fans. It was this generosity of spirit revitalised by Fergus and invigorated by a current breed of exceptionally motivated fund-raisers and the unprecedented generosity of fans, that kept me in love with Celtic even when I was in the depths. When, in recent years, there have been mountains to climb and crosses to bear, it is that outstanding, all-consuming ethic that has kept my faith in the Celtic family alive. Oh yes, I grump as much as any man, some may say much more than most, and there has been many a good reason for grumping over the years and there still are some gripes around, but in the deep recesses of my heart there is a flame that burns and the only extinguisher that just might have a slim chance of putting it out, is my own demise.

    H H

    1. WOW, Arthur thank you for sharing your why’s and how’s. For me being in the East Coast it is all Hearts and Hibs and even as a kid I tired of the family arguments. It was a GOD SEND for my Uncle and my 4 cousins to take me to Paradise and make my blood flow green. When I shared my reasons I said “Reasons” The reasons are exactly as you said, the spirit of love and charity that still exists today with the food banks, and also the Thai Tims/Good child foundation half a world away. And I remember testimonials, many in the 90’s where all the big players from England would call on the Celtic support knowing we would fill the stadium and create an atmosphere of friendship, something we still offer to most clubs we visit or who visit us that “Reason” is one reason I am so proud of my club.

      Can I ask you something Arthur, off topic in the realms of this blog. Football, fans, how the game was played..How has it changed from the 60’s say? Have the fans got better or worse and the brand of football on the park, how has that changed for you. I know money is in the game to stay now. What was it like back in the day when the players played not for the money but for the pride and wanting to.

      Quick example about 2 seasons ago Tony Watt tweeted “I am sick of being stuck in hotels all over Europe” or something like that. I called him on it, telling him he is living OUR DREAM. He of course blocked me. But it does show the difference between say a Lisbon Lion day player and a young kid making it today.

      Your thoughts would be interesting.

      Thank you for sharing my friend..


      1. Hi Shaun

        I promise to work on this. I have been asked to do similar before but have resisted because I simply do not trust my memory. However, I could probably get away with impressions rather than definite facts. So, on that basis I will do something.


        H H

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