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Well that’s 18 hours of uploading complete and to be honest I’m sick of it! I’ve had to walk away from my desk a few times to re-focus, I’ve got square eyes and a sore back but there’s light at the end of the tunnel, the cups of coffee consumed counter is very accurate! The upload is now complete and is made up of 381 programmes, which includes away fixtures, testimonials and friendlies, which brings the total amount of programmes to 1331, and brings the total amount of pages scanned to 40930! The next upload will bring the site towards 2000 programmes which is great progress.

The years uploaded are:

1960, 61, 62, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 71, 72, 76, 77, 78, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07.

There are a few programmes I need assistance with as they have signatures from various players from various fixtures, most of which I have no idea who they are! What id like to do is have them identified, I have put ‘Signatures’ next to the programmes that have them, one being Peter Grant’s testimonial below, page 40:

Click to access 22ND-JANUARY-1997.pdf

If you can identify the signatures please let me know so I can annotate the programme.

On another note I have been in contact with a ticket collector called John who has kindly offered to scan his ticket collection to then be shared on the site in line with the programmes, I feel it will be a great addition to the site. He has been collecting tickets for the past five years and has tickets from the 1970’s to date and these will soon be added for you to view.

Things have been quiet posting wise over the past few weeks with a hectic schedule! Although I have been busy in the background faffing with the site making edits.  As previously mentioned, adding the away programmes, the friendlies and testimonials is something I’ve wanted to add eventually, despite the obvious headaches this will bring! I have box upon box of the away programmes I to date haven’t opened yet to see what I have, well now I have begun to sort through them.

 

 

Thankfully the boxes of away’s are marked and I know roughly what’s in them, this batch ranges from 1987 through to 2002. Nearly all of the home programmes I have are uploaded, and I have a trip to Glasgow to collect a few hundred more in the next few weeks. In the meantime the away’s will be scanned and uploaded, hopefully within the next week and this should bring the amount of programmes uploaded to 1200/1300 in total.

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There are now 950 programmes uploaded to the site, only a few more to go then! I received the latest batch back from the scanners a week or so ago and have uploaded them for you to view. This takes the amount of pages copied to a staggering 28994!

The years that have been uploaded are:

1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

There are many more currently being scanned and I will continue to upload as and when I receive them back. I am so far behind where I want to be with the site, but it is what it is, and I can see there are lots and lots of visits to the site which is encouraging. Things have been a bit quiet on the posting front as there have been a few issues that needed sorted with the site in the background that are now rectified!

The response to the site has been fantastic, and a big thank you to those of you who have registered and contacted me with parts of their collections they are happy to sell, and others who have contacted me offering to post in items to scan, I’m very grateful for the offers which will help complete this collection as far as possible.

 

Here’s how it’s done…

The beginning of cataloguing the programmes. The scanning process uses a Kiosk A2 book scanner to digitise all of the programmes. A digital image is taken from above after creating settings for each job.  Each page is manually turned to capture each image.

Its a bit strange hearing your own voice back, but bear with me!

Being impulsive as I am and already having a few items in my Celtic collection I thought it would be a good idea to try and collect as many of the match day programmes as possible. Well, it turns out that it is not going to be an easy task, so in for a penny in for a pound! Here I am several years later sat in my office as HQ will not allow my football addiction at home scratching my head wondering what to do next with pile up on pile of programmes.

Choosing which way to go with the programmes has been difficult and I have narrowed it down to home league fixtures that include European and the domestic cup fixtures for the time being at least, there are many boxes of away fixtures that I still haven’t touched but will look to eventually add to this collection.

If you have had a search through the site you will by now probably see that certain pages have no content at all, and others have a few programmes added, others have every fixture, this is down to how the programmes are being scanned and uploaded, as time goes by I will upload more. I have also made a note on each page that states the *Celtic score is always shown first, which at first glance doesn’t make much sense as there are only home fixtures,  this is in anticipation of adding all the away fixtures that will in time be scanned and uploaded.

1934

Programmes Scanned

55358

Pages Scanned

293

Cups of Coffee Consumed

(Keep an eye out for the counter as the figures will change with every upload!)

Collecting programmes isn’t a new thing, the detailing of the results is not either, and I now have a tick list taking me back to my sticker book days of ‘Got, not Got!’. What I have noticed is the detailing of the programmes is never there, so I have all of these programmes, with fantastic artwork, interviews, advertising, player signatures, ticket stubs all collated and are sat in folders that nobody can see, which is a great shame. So my intention is to scan and detail every page of every programme that will then be archived, for any Celtic fan if they so wish to read, look up and to use for their own research purposes.

This has already taken me years to get to this point and it will take me many more and it is a real pleasure to go through the Celtic history in this way.

If you would like to contribute to the site and if you notice any mistakes in what I am producing please feel free to get in touch, I am learning a lot as I am going along and there are many other collectors out there who have far greater knowledge than I do about the history of the club.