A kind of transubstantiation


Bobby Clark was the first Aberdeen goalkeeper I knew.  He was thought of highly, until Jim Leighton and colleagues stepped the performance levels up a pace at Aberdeen.  He has two places in the history books, one for the longest period not to concede a goal in Scottish league football, which when established in 1971 was also the European record.  He was also the first goalkeeper in European competition to face a penalty in a penalty kick competition.

Back in the dark days of the late 90s I had a Celtic mug with the message ‘Records can be broken but history can never be changed: Celtic, first British team to win the European Cup, 1967’.  Bobby Clark lost his European record within months and at Tynecastle next week Fraser Forster can break his Scottish record.  Bobby’s place as first to face a penalty competition is his in perpetuity.

Records are harder to break than they should be.  People get nervous when they approach, but it will be enormously satisfying if Celtic can sail through 31 minutes at Tynecastle without conceding.

Back in 2011 and early 2012 practically the entire CQN community was discussing Rangers impending insolvency event as an absolute certainty, but we’ve never been the most impartial community.  It was not until Daily Record journos stopped applying to Our Hero for a job and suggested ‘this excrement is about to get real’ that the penny dropped in many places.

This included portions of the Celtic support, who responded to the ‘news’ with a Congo line at Inverness, at the same time forever changing the substance of jelly and ice cream; a kind of transubstantiation, if you like.  This was no longer a sweet, it is nourishment for the ages.

Now the same newspaper has been authorised to run a story that there is doubt over this month’s payroll – would they dare suggest as much without authorisation?  When your friends are telling you they can hear the bell toll, you know where this is heading.

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  1. !!Bada Bing!!



    Just checking – is your email still mm.67etc?



    Got a wee work Q? to ask.




  2. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    22:06 on


    17 February, 2014


    macjay1 for neil lennon


    21:09 on 17 February, 2014,


    What a can of worms you have opened up!




    Not guilty,mate.


    Read back.

  3. scullybhoy



    Which is why I put the bit in brackets on Option 2 about trying to reach the stupidity elements.



    You can denounce the IRA, republicanism or Irish Nationalism on CQN to your heart’s content, and feel good about yourself, achieving nothing.



    Or you can try and identify the aim that you have for the club and work hard to educate and persuade people to go along with you.



    Too many on either side of the argument, content to be “back-bar revolutionaries” (© Ralph McTell)



    I’m off oot now

  4. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    She’ll please she will tease you.



    2 lines from the quiz song on Iain Anderson tonight. Clue is 2 people wrote it only one person sang it.



    Answer please

  5. gearoid1998



    22:19 on 17 February, 2014



    Yep Scullyboy


    But only one of the teams had a sectarian signing policy.





    Yep, we know the truth but I just want to move on. I cried when Bobby Sands died but I no longer want to sing about the struggle at Celtic games. Hail Hail…………..

  6. setting free the bears supports Res. 12 & Oscar Knox



    22:27 on 17 February, 2014



    or we could follow the rules and ensure that the hun vanguard is plowed asunder in Scotland instead of encouraging it.

  7. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    setting free the bears supports Res. 12 & Oscar Knox


    21:54 on


    17 February, 2014







    The question.


    Why do I have to be associated with the I.R.A.against my will?”



    Take your pick from my answers:-



    a) You don’t. You merely share supporting space with IRA sympathisers, nationalists and republicans, but you feel differently about the matter.



    b) It’s a matter of competing rights. If you can’t assert your “right” to not be mistakenly associated with the IRA, only by suppressing the “right” of others to promote that association with the IRA (or cure the stupidity rampant in the people who make the association of you with them, through a related common cause) then some shared negotiating of rights has to take place. Or you could just ban the opposing view.



    c) It’s an open secret that we’re a club that supports Irish identity and nationalism and we have from our founding. Why would you want to change it now?






    We ,as a club, are associated with Catholicism.Many supporters are,or were, Catholic.


    Our founder was a Marist Brother.



    Would you be comfortable to have banners of the Pope or the Virgin Mary on display at Celtic Park? God Bless our Pope from the G.B.? A Novena at half time.


    Act of contrition for broken seats?


    Mind boggling?


    I`m sure you get my point.:-)

  8. Did anything happen in a court today affecting Sevco?



    Apparently not if we take the bbc site as gospel.



    Not as much as a whisper of any news as far as I can see. Ah, that old paranoia…..

  9. Secret tapes of former Rangers owners Craig Whyte and Charles Green set to be used as evidence in £28m court case http://t.co/K4fAYc4OTB


    Eh? @Daily_Record …” The club’s liquidators…”



    Confused now. Was it the club or the company?

  10. Off to watch a movie



    Goodnight lads and Mags.



    Remember the quiz on Friday at 9pm for the Good Lookin.

  11. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Ta Bhoys Ill let you know. Suppose ill need to share the 50k ist prize with you now??



    H H

  12. Not the old ‘not in my name’ line again surely?


    We’ll be keeping politics out of sport any minute now…

  13. Scullyboy


    As I said in a previous post. As Celtic supporters we are a very broad church and I feel that this is one of the many strengths of this blog. I might fundamentally disagree with some of the posters on here yet I enjoy debating the toss with them. Some I feel post just to stir the pot and get a reaction and some are Huns posing as Celtic supporters. Sometimes it’s really hard to spot the difference. To me supporting Celtic,my sense of National identity and my politics are inextricably entwined. It’s difficult to demean one without that impacting upon the others but that’s just me. HH Scullybhoy.

  14. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar


    16:43 on


    17 February, 2014





    Cheers mate I had read about that before.



    Mad Willie Frazer has been known to claim that Robert Nairac was in fact responsible!!!




    It’s not often I’m in agreement with my fellow Armagh citizen but this time he is bang on the money!

  15. Jude,


    Sorry. I omitted to say that the James Forrest thing you asked about (if I understand you correctly) is about an old (well not really really old post by James Forrest, not the footballer) on the site On Fields of Green. Hope that helps.

  16. We started the next CQN Book last May after this blog was full of excellent posts about supporter experiences in Seville. It took ten years for us to talk about it properly. Since last May we have been working on creating what we think is a wonderful book about an enduring love affair – between Celtic and her wonderful supporters.



    Seville – The Celtic Movement was completed about five minutes ago. It has over 420 pages – 64 colour pages, great cartoons featuring prominent CQNers, adapted from their stories on here, SFTBs writes about ten very special seconds in all our lives – when Henrik scored the winner against Boavista, BRTH has taken his story telling to a new level and we have academics writing, younger supporters in awe our Seville experiences, we find out how the Celtic supporters in New Zealand went to incredible lengths to watch the match. This and so much more – for everyone who was in Seville, or for those inspired by the stories told by over 80,000 lucky supporters – this is your book. The story however starts in Lisbon and we uncover stories of the 12,000 Celtic fans who were there, that day. It moves to Milan and then to Seville. Celtic supporters were the winners that day. Jose Mourinho even this weekend is still talking about us.



    Seville – The Celtic Movement launches at CQTEN – we are very proud of it. Hundreds of you guys are mentioned in the book. It is a fitting tribute to this blog too and of course the final chapter is written by Paul who asks what happened to the Seville money?

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