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  1. Is this an anti-Canadian thread eh?
  2. Wonder do they still grace the back windows of coaches hired by supporters clubs? Recall seeing a few belters throughout the years in various trips to Scotland.
  3. I owe a few apologies here it would seem. Sorry to: those who think I've hexed/goatmouthed the Gers; those who look forward not backwards; those who take it one game at a time; those who are barely old enough and don't quite remember; those who are too young; those who don't remember; those who couldn't make it; those who did make it and got soaked; anyone else my post offended.
  4. From the bygone days of yore, perhaps you remember the 1970 League Cup Final. We hadn't won a trophy for some years (over four) and celtic had some team in those days. but beaten they were by Derek Johnstone. Don't remember this game much - the beers more than the years - but other posters have pointed out that Derek became a very popular boys name around this time. Still remember a photo of Derek and Colin Jackson (a personal fave of mine) smoking a cigar with the cup. We all wore younger men's clothes in those days. Maybe some of the more seasoned bears can share their memories of this game. Warms your heart when you're 8,000 miles or so away.
  5. Reading some responses to my earlier post ("Fifty years ago yesterday"), there were some posts about Peter McCloy. I only saw him a few times over the years but recall him as a capable and competent custodian. Not sure if he was ever capped for Scotland but I think that I saw him once in a friendly with Brazil at Hampden. If any of our statisticians are reading, perhaps they can cite his record with clean sheets. He certainly lasted a long time for a goalkeeper, over fifteen years or so.
  6. Sorry Williamson. I live overseas and it's such a long ride on the supporter's bus so I don't make it back very often. This game has always stuck with me for some reason. The team was aging and hadn't won a trophy for a while. Will try to think of warm and fuzzy memories just for you.
  7. Saturday, October 11th, 1969. Windswept with drizzle, Rangers vs. Hibs at Ibrox. Peter Marinello scored twice and tore us a new one as Hibs won 3-1. I think Joe McBride scored the third. Norrie Martin's last game for the Rangers. Were you there? I was. Wonder what ever happened to Peter Marinello?
  8. Met a member of the Manchester LOL in 1979 at a home game vs. Morton. He told me that the RSC marched in the Orange parade down there. That's the best I can do from the 'Couve. Wonder if that would happen these days.
  9. Walter Smith travelled on the Carmyle bus and Jock Wallace was a member of a club on the east coast. I'm sure there must be many more.
  10. Not too upset in the 'Couve. We weren't unlucky, we weren't cheated, there wasn't a massive gap between the teams. We were rank rotten in terms of selection, tactics and performance. No complaints. If we can't change our shape, it will happen again. Your move, Mr. Gerrard.
  11. Spare a thought for us out on the west coast with a 4am kick off. Early to bed tonight, up at 3am, some coffee and toast and get set for the jamboree. I'll be the only one in the house up at that ungodly hour. Back to bed if we win, lose or draw. Well, that's the plan. Nae swearing, nae singing, nae chanting, nae enjoying yirsel. On previous occasions when we've lost (heavily), I've taken to long strolls to recharge, enjoying the 'Couve.
  12. Surprised that nobody mentioned Billy Ritchie and his brother Mabboza.
  13. Many years ago, at an installation in Toronto, I was asked which three brothers played for celtic. At first, I wasn't quite sure how to answer this one but my host told me Jock Stein, Bobby Evans and Bertie Peacock. Just curious as to which brothers played for Rangers. I met Davie Wilson in lodge many years ago but not sure if that part of our heritage has long since faded (like other parts).
  14. Not quite the image of my first games at Ibrox but fairly close to it. Recall plenty of bunnets and quite a few shirt and ties. No one wore strips in those days and scarves were beginning their era. Often wondered when we'll have a public exhibition fo changing fashions of fitba' fans or spectators as they've also been called. I would presume that a good few of the gentlemen in the picture would have probably worked in the morning in shipyards or factories.
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