Twelve Celtic pics at Christmas – 31st Dec

This photograph was taken before the ‘Jungle’s Last Stand’ match on 1st June 1993. A crowd of 19,316, in spite of the heavy rain falling on the stadium, watched the final match played in front of ‘The Jungle’ as a standing area. A match was played Celtic’s 1967 Lisbon Lions side ( only Willie Wallace, domiciled in Australia was missing) and Manchester United’s European Cup-winning side of 1968.

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In this shot, Billy McNeill and Pat Crerand ( himself an ex-Celt) prepare to come out on to the field with the European Cup.

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Twelve Celtic pics at Christmas – 30th December

Two photographs of very talented Celtic centre-forwards at memorable moments in their lives.

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The first shows the incomparable Jimmy McGrory nipping to score the only goal of the 1933 Scottish Cup final against Motherwell at Hampden. The watching Celts are Bertie Thomson ( left ) and Alec Thomson (right).

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The second shot is of Billy McPhail slamming in the fourth goal in the 7-1 League Cup Final win against Rangers in 1957. The despairing Light Blues players on the goal-line are goalkeeper George Niven and right –back Bobby Shearer.

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Twelve Celtic Pics At Christmas – 28th December

This squad of players from the turn of the 1920s/1930s was a very talented one, even if this picture hardly does them justice. The photographer obviously did not bother what the surrounding area looked like when he took the shot.

Metal railings and tenement s at the back; a mucky-looking and rough running track underneath their feet; they are seated on what looks like a roller; and as for the old shoes, the baggy shorts and that woollen jersey – which must have itched like mad – probably the less said the better. Anyway, at the back from left to right, are Willie Cook, Peter McGonagle and John Thomson; in the middle are Chic Geatons, Peter Scarff, Peter Wilson ( who has obviously found something much more interesting than the camera to look at?) and Alec Thomson; while in the front are Jimmy McGrory, Charlie Napier, Jimmy McStay and Bertie Thomson

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Twelve Celtic Pics At Christmas – 27th December

A study in concentration. The two men who guided Celtic through the good days of the late 1960s and early 1970s follow the line of the ball Sean Fallon has obviously just played. Jock Stein and Sean Fallon had been colleagues in the Celtic side of the early and mid-1950s and were close buddies. However, whether it was a game of bowls – as it was here – or a game of golf or even a hand of Hearts down at Seamill, the competitive edge took over and each one was keen to beat the other.

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Twelve Celtic Pics At Christmas – 26th December

The period from 1965 to 1978 was the most successful one in Celtic’s history and this shot was taken on the day it all began. Celtic have just beaten Dunfermline in the 1965 Scottish Cup Final and Billy McNeill, scorer of the winning goal, proudly shows off the trophy to the waiting Celtic fans as he boards the bus outside Hampden. Just below him, from left to right, are Tommy Gemmell, masseur Jimmy Steele and trainer Bob Rooney.

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