The Timaloys of Paradise (The Celtic support – March 1961)

Timaloys of Paradise photo 1961

In the 1950s and 1960s, Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly was one of the biggest selling football magazines in the UK.   The magazine’s coverage of the game in Scotland was sparse but Celtic fans did feature in a series about club supporters in March 1961.

The term ‘Tim Aloys’ is not one you hear often nowadays (although Celtic fans still regularly refer to themselves as Tims).   Mystery surrounds the origins of the label but it is believed that the support took this name from a Catholic gang based in the Dalmarnock area near Celtic Park.

The article highlights the charitable aspect of the Celtic support of the time and the respect in which players and club legends such as the towering figure of Willie Maley were held.   As the writer James Scott suggests, this was a lean spell for Celtic – seven years since the League had been won – and there were occasionally outbreaks of disorder by Celtic fans including pitch invasions which caused the Chairman Bob Kelly and his board some concern at the time.

It would be another four years before any silverware returned to Paradise – which made the scenes of celebration all the more joyous when Jock Stein’s team won the Scottish Cup in 1965.

(Click on the photo for a close-up view of the text if required – especially you, Dougie Dougie)

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This photo also featured in the March 1961 issue.  It features Jackie McInally, the father of ex-Celt Alan McInally,  who a leading goalscorer with Kilmarnock back in the day.

Not only is he smoking while posing for the camera, the picture also features Killie’s mascot sheep.   Maybe that’s why the Rugby Park mutton pies are so popular . . .

Killie sheep mascot

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