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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.

Sunderland v Celtic – 7th of August 1965 – Friendly – 5-0

Harnosand v Celtic – 31st of July 1985 – Friendly – 11-0

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!

Manchester United v Celtic – 15th of April 1997 – Brian McClair Testimonial – 2-1 – Signed 

The Tennent Sixes, all but two have been identified, if you can identify them, please get in touch!

Tennent Sixes – 24th & 25th of January 1993 – Signatures – Benny Rooney, Gerry Creaney, Tom Boyd, Brian O’Neill, Mark McNally, Barry Smith, John Collins, Chris Morris. Two unidentified, please check page 10.

This one is far easier and I could make out two of the three but wasn’t 100% sure until confirmed, a fixture versus Hibernian from 1969. 

Celtic v Hibernian – 13th of September 1969 – 1-2 – Signed by Peter Lorimer, Peter Cormack & Pat Stanton

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.