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Where Are They Now ? - Owen Paul McGee
It could have all been very different for Owen Paul McGee.

It could have all been very different for Owen Paul McGee. The young Scotsman was all geared up to play football, apprenticed to Celtic, when he caught a whiff of Sid Vicious and thought "I want some of that!"

"I was fifteen and it was around the time of the punk boom," says Owen. "I was still on the books at celtic along with Charlie Nicholas, but everybody was forming bands, and I got roped in. I couldn't play an instrument but I could make a good noise and to everybody's surprise, including my own. Immediately I heard punk I knew I had to stop playing football."

Considering the fact that Owen's brother Brian went on to form Simple Minds, the move from football to music made sense. Paul moved to London to be involved with a number of lesser known punk and new romantic bands, before getting his big break on BBC2's Oxford Roadshow. At which point Owen must have thought that this was the start of something big. He was half right.



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Posted by voc1967 on Thursday 24 October 2019 - 11:02:06 | Comments: 1  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
On This Day - Johnny Doyle 19th October 1981
On 19th October 1981 he was involved in a tragic accident.

On 19th October 1981 he was involved in a tragic accident. Whilst rewiring the loft of his home in Kilmarnock he was electrocuted and tragically died at just 30 years old. His premature death was a big shock to the whole Celtic support who loved this gallus character.

On a fiercely cold March morning in 1976, an excited young man got out of bed at around 6am and went in search of a public telephone box. A week earlier, that same young man had come rushing down the steps of the SFA offices in Park Gardens, Glasgow, in no real mood to talk to anyone. He had been suspended over a sending off, but what had hurt him deeply was that it had come against his beloved Celtic on 27th December 1975.

A persistent sports writer following him to his home in Uddingston and, as the player cooled down, they sat in his comfortable living-room and he poured out his heart. "I'm fed up being kicked about for £30 a week," he told the reporter. And in the same breath added, "I want to go to the Celtic". The journalist wrote the story and the player promised him that if anything came of it he would contact him immediately. Now, a week later at dawn, the reporter's telephone rang. "I'm signing for Celtic at Glasgow Airport in a couple of hours," was the message. Despite the elements, the player had shown what a loyal person he was by giving the writer of the article plenty notice.



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Posted by voc1967 on Saturday 19 October 2019 - 11:10:05 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
On This Day - Jinky, The Wee Man, The Lord of the Wing
On this day 30th September 1944 James Connelly Johnstone  was born.

On this day 30th September 1944 James Connelly Johnstone  was born .

In 2002 Jimmy Johnstone was voted by Celtic supporters as the greatest ever Celtic player. To fully understand why `The Wee Man` was given this tremendous accolade we have to go back to his beginning.

Jimmy Johnstone had been kicking a ball for as long as he could remember, from a very early age he spent hours upon hours playing in streets and public parks, sometimes alone, sometimes with large groups of other youngsters and occasionally with his older brother Pat `Blondie` Johnstone. Pat was a fine player himself and Celtic were rumoured to be watching him closely, unfortunately Pat was injured playing for his local boys guild team and the resultant cartilage problem effectively ended his career. Years later Jimmy would say that he can remember the disappointment on his father's face (Matt Johnstone) when Pat suffered this injury and maybe, subconsciously, this drove Jimmy Johnstone on.



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Posted by voc1967 on Monday 30 September 2019 - 09:45:47 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
FIRST SCOTTISH CUP VICTORY -1892
Celtic won the Scottish Cup for the first time in 1892 in what was only their fourth entry in the tournament.

Celtic won the Scottish Cup for the first time in 1892 in what was only their fourth entry in the tournament.

On the next two pages are pictures of the teams that were expected to play in the final at Ibrox; there were, however, changes that were necessary after the newspaper supplement that was produced had gone to press.

The famous Queen’s Park right back Walter Arnott had to withdraw, and Donald Sillars was switched from right half, with John Gillespie coming in at right half. It was my father’s second Scottish Cup final; he had played in the club’s first-in their first season.



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Posted by voc1967 on Friday 20 September 2019 - 20:43:31 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Jullien Surprised Every Day - By Just How Big A Club Celtic Are
Celtic defender Christopher Jullien has revealed how he is surprised "every day" by just how big a club Celtic are since his move from Toulouse in the summer.
Celtic defender Christopher Jullien has revealed how he is surprised "every day" by just how big a club Celtic are since his move from Toulouse in the summer.

In a wide-ranging interview with France Football, the Frenchman also spoke of his disappointment at the club's Champions League exit and why he made the decision to join the Hoops in the first place.

About his move to Parkhead, he told the website: "There were clubs that were interested, but I think Toulouse had made it clear that the asking price was a little too high for Ligue 1 clubs. Regrets to leave? Not at all. I had done everything at Toulouse.

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Posted by voc1967 on Friday 20 September 2019 - 16:16:02 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Peter Grant I'm A Celtic Supporter First And Foremost
The ink was hardly dried on the page when Peter Grant picked up the telephone and called the Celtic View.

The ink was hardly dried on the page when Peter Grant picked up the telephone and called the Celtic View . The die-hard Celt had just signed for Norwich City , but it is the mark of the man that the first thing he wanted to do was put the record straight with the Celtic support , among which he still numbers himself .

Grant ended a 20 year relationship with the club that is embedded in his bones and he is the first to admit that Peter Grant of Norwich doesn’t have the same ring to it as Peter Grant of Celtic. But now he is committed to the East Anglian club after signing a three year deal that netted £200,000 for Celts. He said: “It’s been a long time but unfortunately the term ‘Peter Grant of Celtic’ had to come to be a thing of the past. “I wanted to have that phrase on my tombstone but I am a Norwich player now, although no one can ever take away from me the fact that l am first and foremost a Celtic supporter.



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Posted by voc1967 on Saturday 14 September 2019 - 21:35:34 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
A Summer Night On May 21st 1979
There are times when words can almost fail us even in the context of the annals of this, sometimes, unbelievable Club.

There are times when words can almost fail us even in the context of the annals of this, sometimes, unbelievable Club. Such a night was May 21st 1979 , a Monday night at Celtic Park in summer when the football season is normally long finished.

But 1979 had been a real hard winter, of the type that one seldom gets nowadays, in these globally warmed times. Celtic lost to Morton at Cappielow two days before Christmas and played their next League game on March 3 rd , January; February having been lost to the frost and snow, and when that relented, the rain and the wind.

There were blessings about this as far as Celtic were concerned. Before Christmas, Celtic had been a dreadful mid-table side, having lost six games and drawn five.



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Posted by voc1967 on Monday 09 September 2019 - 21:36:21 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
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