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Kevin Graham with A Celtic State of Mind – Pat Bonner’s Testimonial: A Gerry Creaney hat-trick, Liam Brady cameo, and Billy McNeill & Jack Charlton in the dug-outs

A recent episode of the Strip Down Memory Lane podcast featured a match-worn jersey that was used in the Pat Bonner Testimonial. The game was between Celtic and a Republic of Ireland select and was played at Celtic Park on the 12 May 1991. The kit in

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Jeet Kune Do Master Tommy Carruthers with A Celtic State of Mind – What if the martial arts philosophy was instilled in footballers?

“Trying to achieve simplicity is the pinnacle of any sport, even football. To be so simple that you are able to just move enough not using a lot of energy; you’re so efficient when you move you make the other person tire out. Imagine that you are

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Kevin Graham with A Celtic State of Mind – Patryk Klimala: Time to see ‘The Devil’

As the Celtic players returned after lockdown, the club’s media team went into overdrive to suggest something was close to happening, something close to what we remember football was four months ago. One image caused the Celtic internet to break. Patryk Klimala, the 21-year-old signed from Jagiellonia

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The Painter & The Player: The Celt who was sketched by Pablo Picasso…

THE PAINTER AND THE PLAYER Frequently, public speakers (or writers) are advised to start off with a joke. Well, here goes: A spate of robberies had been causing concern in the French Riviera but eventually the police made a breakthrough. One of the investigating detectives made his

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Colin Watt with A Celtic State of Mind – Who will be Celtic’s first-choice keeper as we head towards 10?

The fixture list has been revealed; all Celtic eyes are focussed on the first weekend of August, and the first steps towards the historic ’10-in-a-row’. The rage from others still rumbles on from the season that was, and that fire will still have embers for months to

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Martin Donaldson with A Celtic State of Mind – 1985: The 100th Scottish Cup

In the days, weeks and months that have passed since the footballing world in Scotland was brought to an abrupt stop, broadcasters have had to rethink schedules and repackage old footage to satisfy the demand for a fix for hungry but patient football fans around the country.

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“I am proud to say (The Berserking) is the only Piano Concerto in the history of classical music to be inspired by the away-goals’ rule.” James MacMillan on the Partizan Belgrade game

Paul Elliott was correct in describing his second appearance for Celtic as “memorable”. It was one of the most remarkable matches in Celtic’s history, an astonishingly bitter-sweet occasion. To re-cap: Celtic had lost the first-leg of the European tie against Partizan Belgrade by 2-1 but had hopes

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“The former pavilion had been destroyed by a German bomb during an air-raid… the Luftwaffe should have presented a bill for improvements.” – Tom Campbell’s Junior Football Memories

The St Roch’s podcast revived memories that Junior Football once was a major player in Scotland and I remember attending their cup final at Hampden between Petershill and Irvine Meadow in 1951. A crowd of more than 75,000 was there that day … but my junior team

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“I have the utmost admiration for Big Billy… He had been a colossus of a centre-back… A marvellous man!” – Paul Elliott on Billy McNeill

In this ACSOM podcast with Paul John Dykes the former Celtic centre-half Paul Elliott comes across as a very positive character (despite suffering vicious racial abuse throughout his football career in England, Italy and Scotland). He was unstinting in his praise for Celtic supporters, midfielder Paul McStay

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“I loved Big Billy; he was a great inspiration to me.” – Paul Elliott with A Celtic State of Mind

“It means so much to me, the Celtic people mean so much to me, but if I’m honest with you, not just Celtic supporters but the quality of their human race – their honour, their love, their generosity, their compassion, their empathy. These are great human qualities

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