A decade on from Basel


Ten years ago this morning we were celebrating what appeared to be the importance of a Momo Sylla goal two minutes from time to give Celtic a 3-1 first leg lead against FC Basel in the Champions League play-off round.

The previous season Celtic defeated a formidable sounding Ajax team at the same stage so when they were drawn against the Swiss team confidence was high.  Two weeks later our record of poor results away from home in Europe’s top competition was further cemented as Basel gained an away goal advantage.

That failure worked out well for Martin O’Neill’s team who dropped to the Uefa Cup and progressed all the way to the Seville final but Neil Lennon will be aware that Helsingborgs carry no less a reputational threat to Celtic than Basel did a decade ago.  Basel were not a better team than Celtic but a slow start to both games, and a missed penalty, cost us entry to the Champions League.  We will need to be better prepared next week.

Paul Larkin’s latest book, Albert, Dougie and Win, is available to purchase from Lulu.  The three-in-one book covers the days and events surrounding Celtic’s 1986 league win in From Albert, with Love, the SFA’s 2010 challenges in Dougie, Dougie, and the men who stopped 10 in Wim’s Tims.  Fascinating stories written by one of the very best Celtic authors.

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  1. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    patrick27 10:15 on15 August, 2012



    Thanks for that …….. Further proof that green is at it, and ‘working his puppets’ …….silly bhuns

  2. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    How do you get to the New Article without loggin’ off and on again?

  3. The Pantaloon Duck on

    I remember the second leg against Basel extremely well. I was trying to have a business meeting with an extremely attractive American redhead in the lounge bar of a hotel in Livingston. The game was on the TV which was in the background. Extremely attractive American redhead… business… Celtic on the TV… I couldn’t really concentrate on any of them…

  4. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    Oh, and a top 10 as well!



    ………I’d like to thank my parents, my wife and kid…….

  5. Irish War of Independence



    Witness Statement of Rev. Ft. Aloysius Statement 1, 38 pages (note: pages 1 through 18 are of the original document text of lecture by Rev Ft Aloysius missing 1 or 2 pages while 19 through 38 is a full retyped copy of same lecture.)



    Date of Statement: Dec 1949



    Chaplin to I.V. Leaders 1916



    Subject: Origin of Document Registered as C.D. 117 (Account of rising 1916).



    Witness Statement of Rev. Ft. Aloysius Statement 2,  18 pages



    Date of statement: 9th March 1949



    Confessor to some of I.V. Leaders prior to their execution in 1916.






    a) Notes on trial of Rev. Ft. Dominic 1920.



    b) Covering letter/statement.





  6. sixtaeseven: Supporting the Finest Team in Scotland on

    Made up that bit about St Etienne, but they really should.



  7. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Philbhoy-MH suggests you click on CQN logo at top of page.



    ‘Home’ button seems to have got lost in the flit.

  8. DBBIA / Philbhoy



    There is another link at bottom of page now just called “Celtic Quick News: not lazy journalism” in a grey box.




  9. harryhoodsdugbitme on

    Paul. The site looks fandabby old man. I remember the Basle game well and thought we were through. Seville kinda made it better right enough. HH.

  10. Palermo are also owed money (over £200k) by the orcs.



    This is Cosa Nosta’s favourite team remember!



    I thought that by now they would have made Chuckles an offer he could not refuse!



    Maybe they have!



    Could get ugly!




  11. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Ally McCoist has demanded to know the names of those who haven’t paid DU the money.

  12. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    philbhoy – it’s just the beginning!



    10:40 on


    15 August, 2012


    How do you get to the New Article without loggin’ off and on again?




    Jjust hit the black CQN ICON at the top of the page

  13. It’s back!



    CQN fantasy league :- fantasy.premierleague.com



    To all those who played last year, its a simple 5 minute job to re-register and set up your team, most of you will have probably forgotten your passwords so just type in your email and a recovery password will be sent to you.



    New players just register normally, will take no longer than ten minutes.



    This year I’ve gone for the classic league, literally most points wins over the course of the season compared to last years head to head system, where you played different people every week and three points for win, one for draw etc.



    To join the league the code is :- 721106-181775



    Enjoy :0)

  14. Paul67



    Couple of points on the new look…



    On my Galaxy S3 the last two letters in each line don’t show on screen in either portrait or landscape mode and in order to go to the homescreen I have to scroll all the way to the top then click on CQN.




  15. Moonbeams WD. Kano 1000 \o/ Supporting Neil Lennon 100%. Champions. C’mon Wee Oscar.


    10:43 on


    15 August, 2012


    Irish War of Independence








    ive been dipping in and out of these when I get a moment, hugely interesting, and often humbling.



    If you get a chance , put any of our towns into the search box, some really revealing information about the IRB and Sinn Fein brigades in Scotland.



    I cant search just now, but there was a good statement from a commander about meeting in Port Glasgow Co-Op hall in 1921, which was opposed by the local Hibs brigade and the preists.



    nearly 100 years later, we ourselves are witnessing the end of days for the last remnants of the Empire.



    keep posting them



    keep it lit

  16. Morning all,



    Was lurking, well, reading back really for about 5 minutes before the new article was posted.



    There’ll never be a last word about Thatcher but my (first) and last word about her on this blog is: never forget, that by her own actions, she allowed an elected member of (her) Parliament to die in prison.

  17. I only have fond memories of the Basel game as me and Timmy7-noted were there on a freebie thanks to my season book being pulled out of the hat in the “renew your season ticket early” draw. We travelled on the team plane and stayed in the same hotel as the dignitaries, laptop loyal and the German female volleyball team . What was the score again?…….

  18. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Good to see Neil Simpson getting a benefit match last night from Aberdeen.



    I always felt this guy was hounded out of Scottish football.

  19. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on




    Fascinating stuff and thanks for posting it.



    Unfortunately I do not have time to do the research myself at the moment, but I do know my Grandfather was directly involved.



    He has the same name as me.



    If you come accross anything, it might be him!



    Thanks again!

  20. playfusbal4dguilders on

    I still have the scars resulting from the Chris Sutton miss late in injury time in Basel.



    the ball sort of hit him on the shin as he ran towards goal



    it was in, in I say, in till it hit the advertising hoarding.



    the pain.




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