Finally! The latest batch have been scanned and received back, all 287 of them, the programmes were sent in early March and since then have sat waiting to be scanned. I’d forgotten how long it takes to upload each programme to the site as it’s been so long, several days later and 287 programmes have been added to the site, taking the total amount of programmes available to view to 1934, and 55358 pages of Celtic related content to browse.
The years added to are from 1951 all the way through to 2018 , nearly every year has had programmes added to it and as quick as these have been uploaded more have made there way to the scanners. All through this period I have been buying up more and more programmes and must have another 500 plus to have scanned, the last decade is more or less complete and I have nearly every programme available for the 1980’s, 1990’s and 2000’s, these are next to go on to the site on top of whats already available to view.
Where’s the time going? Its March already and so much to sort! I’ve got a few little projects on the go and its non stop with work chucked in the mix! Spending my free time with the site more or less sorting everything I have rather than adding barrow loads more programmes to the to do list. In among all the activity I managed to get myself a sneaky trip up the road to watch Celtic play Copenhagen and have a couple of days off with a friend who’s now been up to see Celtic three times and it will be his last, three times up and three defeats, he’s jinxing it every time!
I’ve now opened up pages for the 1950’s I’m starting to get more of the older ones scanned, the years added are:
1957, 1958, 1959 and I have added a fair few more to the 1960’s, which are 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 93 programmes in total, there’ also some odd ones for the 1970’s and 1980’s that made it into the latest scan, a couple examples are below:
The recent trip to Glasgow was well worth it, always brief but always worth it, catching up with a few people I haven’t seen for a while, and on my return I have a big box of programmes to sift through. Knowing the Celtic programmes I always know what to expect based on the era with the designs and layouts, however many of the away programmes I have personally never laid eyes on many of them!
The programme count is now up to 1552 scanned, uploaded and fully accessible, that includes 46746 pages! Every page of the website on this upload has had programmes added to it. It is a huge amount of content and pictures, that I am just getting to grips with. I haven’t fully appreciated the content as I’m too busy sourcing programmes and then detailing what I have and having them scanned and uploaded. There will be one more bulk upload before the end of the year which will see the total amount of programmes uploaded near 2000, the ticket figure will be in excess of 1000, which is great considering we only went live in August.
There are many pre-season friendlies in this batch and there are some weird and wonderful fixtures, there is also Version 1&2 (V1 & V2) of certain programmes as I have pirate copies that are often in the native language and I felt it would be worth uploading rather than leave them out. A couple examples are below, the Sunderland one being my favourite, mainly down to its unusual size, being A6.
You may have noticed that there is now a tickets section to the website, and in the same way as the programmes are uploaded the tickets will be added year by year and in fixture order, currently my inbox is filling up on a daily basis with thanks to John who has kindly scanned and emailed over 700 ticket stubs to me from his own collection, that I will upload to share with you as soon as I can! There are a couple of examples in years 1994 and 1995, that give you an idea of what to expect, and that will leave me to upload the remaining 702, which I’ll now get on with……
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One of the more intriguing parts of the programmes is coming across the ones that have autographs, I know there are a fair few autograph hunters out there who can easily identify who made the squiggle, personally I haven’t got a clue unless its literally in plain text! I have been tweeting and asking a couple of contacts I have if they know whats what, and so far I’ve managed to identify a few but there are far more uploaded to the site I’m yet to try and identify!
The programmes that have squiggles I have managed to add an annotation to easily identify them, its a little bit crude and I am trying to make the annotations as discreet as I can but I feel its worth having that information on the site. See below a couple of examples I have managed to add a note to. All the links are included for a closer look!
Brian McClair testimonial, If it is Brian who signed it, he was clearly in a rush, to me it looks like someone has tried to get their pen to work! Any clues who signed this programme kindly let me know!