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  1. Miles and miles away, decades too, still love to see pictures of the institution. Even better, love to read impressions, memories and anecdotes of the punters. Wish I had known in my young manhood how special it would be to me in the later years.
  2. Don't hold back, sir. Let us know what's really on your mind.
  3. Perhaps it's growing older, wiser, more mature. Maybe it's the miles and years in between life in Scotland. Some would say it's the tiresome regularity of these fixtures, a reflection of the sorry state of Scottish football. I'm not sure. But I do know that these games don't excite me like they once did. From Wednesday to Saturday we argued, worried and looked forward to the big game. From Monday to Wednesday, we argued about the game. Not sure if that's still the same as it once was. You'd be pals all week with celtic fans at work and rivals on a Saturday - and it was only on Saturday or Wednesday that these games would be played - and there was a ton of banter. And you'll notice certain trends. In general, the team that scores first does not lose and generally wins. How many times has the team who conceded first came back to win? Scores are generally limited to two goals, occasionally three. Red cards occur frequently. The teams are very, very rarely equally matched - generally one team has superiority over the other, sometimes by a marked degree. And you never see many classic games or classic football. Contrast today's games with games in the 1960's or 1970's. I'll tune in to the game tomorrow but feel somehow, somewhere, it's not the same. Things ain't what they used to be.
  4. Archie Knox playing for the Saints that day.
  5. My cup runneth over!! Many thanks to those who toiled in the archives to provide these details. Great to read the team line-ups and see the photos. This old man in Vancouver appreciates your assistance.
  6. Long shot but here goes. Can any bear with archives at hand give me details of this game? As I recall, Baxter was in his second spell at the club and Davie Provan scored with a penalty kick. Any details of line-ups etc. would be greatly appreciated. I was there, impaired, and don't recall too much of the action. I'm very grateful for any assistance with this request or any referrals to help me with it.
  7. Can't recall too many times when this happened. Recall an Old Firm game some years ago when this may have happened. Was there a sending off or three? Also recall a game when Norrie Martin exchanged positions with an outfield player after our goalie was bandaged. Perhaps bears of a certain vintage can remind me of the details. Old Firm game, Glasgow Cup perhaps.
  8. There is a precedent. In the 1960's, we gave them a guard of honour after they had managed a good result in Europe. Not sure of the details - it's beyond the length of my cabletow - but honour them, we did. Also agree with simplythebest's comments. We should do it. It should hurt too. Maybe we can use that to build a victory.
  9. Interest from North American bears flagged a little when we dropped down the leagues. I don't visit clubs these days but I keep in touch with a few friends who are still loyal and staunch .......... sort of.
  10. Very interesting history piece. Thanks to all involved in any way. Made me very proud to read this. Living so far away at the time, I have very hazy memories of the event but I've done some research in recent years to find out the details and to remember what I'd forgotten.
  11. Lucky to have a dvd of "Just Another Saturday" which I watch now and again. Rangers poster on the wall and picture of John Greig too. Also watched an episode of "Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads" that features a team of Rangers fans. I'm sure we've featured in a good few other tv shows.
  12. Nova Scotia, Toronto, Ottawa (in a lodge social club), Ottawa for a Ne'erday game when half the bar was green, the other half blue (and orange) as the Gers raced into a 3-0 lead in the first quarter of an hour. Also watched games in Manhattan. Prefer my own basement with a cup of tea and breakfast.
  13. Recall losing three home games in a row around August 1994. I was over in Scotland for a holiday but we lost vs. AEK, celtic and Falkirk and it ruined the holiday for me somewhat.
  14. Has a King Billy tattoo on his chest. Just like Jock Stein. And Craig Beattie.
  15. More dropped points, more pointless possession, more limitations revealed. For a season that promised something, we are running out of steam. Not sure who is more responsible: the players are inadequate in many instances but they don't select themselves. In the long term, are we destined to become the Everton FC of Glasgow, occasionally winning a cup but crumbling and stumbling along for the most part as our city rivals maintain a permanent upper hand? Thoughts?
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