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. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    sean thornton



    11:01 on 18 February, 2014



    Yep…..Murphy’s in O’Connell Street…..

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  3. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    11:07 on 18 February, 2014



    To their eternal shame….

  4. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    sean thornton



    The IB is as close as you get in Edinburgh but Malones is decent enough although it will probably be full of rugby punters at the weekend. Ireland are on at 4pm against England. Might be worth contacting the HWEUCSC. They may have a meet up on. They are good lads and I believe now meet in Drop Kick Murphy’s just off the grassmarket.


    IB is a bit run down these days. Still got the rebels on the jukebox but it was attacked by the Hibs CCS a few years ago when Celtic fans were in it. I go for a pint there sometimes as I like the place.




  5. lilys grandpa-Me and Lily backing Oscar on

    Kitalba, &Bigbones






    This is CQN at its very best, I know its a Cfc site, and people will say stick to football, but IMO, Kitalba this morning, and Bigbones last night, both class, thanks both of you.



    Kitalba, your post this morning truly was an eyeopener, Ive read Irish and other history books for years, and never heard of any of that before, thanks again.




  6. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    Sean Thornton



    There’s a big pub on the corner but can’t remember the name, you’ll see all the Celtic supporters drinking around it. Remember it’s not illegal to drink in the street in Auld Reekie, it would put off too many tourists :-)

  7. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar



    That’s The Roseburn Bar. I watched a Ricky Burns fight in there and the punters were cheering on the other fella. Rabid jambo boozer but does a job for a quick pint before the game IF you can get in!




  8. Shieldmuir Celtic on

    There is an excellent book on the official collusion and corruption during The Troubles called ‘The Committee’. I think it was only published in Ireland. Perhaps this is where the S..F.A. and Scottish officialdom got their ideas from.

  9. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    shieldmuir celtic



    11:22 on 18 February, 2014



    You haven’t wished me a happy birdie……oil report you to the committeeeeeeee..

  10. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    If you want a decent insight into the struggles and anguish of the Finucane family, read Rebel Hearts by Kevin Toolis.



    The book is split into chapters dealing with different individuals/events throughout the war in Ireland.



    The chapter dealing with a young volunteer from Derry, Paddy Flood, is particularly harrowing given that it transpired that he wasn’t a tout at all.

  11. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Good Morning Folks,



    Can I just remind everyone that we are selling virtual tickets to CQ10 so that people who cannot physically get to the event can feel part of the night.



    In return for the price of £50, each virtual ticket holder will get:



    A hinged copy of Seville



    A match style souvenir ticket



    A menu etc from the event itself



    A specially commissioned CQ10 T shirt



    A CQN Badge



    Plus whatever other goodies we can throw into the bundle which we will post out to you.



    Every Virtual Ticket sold will result in £20 of the purchase price being donated to the Malawi Kitchen fund which we are running in conjunction with Mary’s Meals.



    If you are interested in buying a virtual ticket then please send me your details by e-mail by writing to editor@cqnmagazine.com



    Oh — I should add that by buying a ticket this way you also get the benefit of not having to look at all the ugly mugs who will turn up for the dinner!!!



    Lastly, and on a completely different topic — Books:



    Right now I am reading Tomorrow You Will Die by Andy Coogan. This book was sent to me by ACGR via Paddybhoy 88 and it has taken me ages to get through my book list so only started it fairly recently and am about half way through.



    It is a fabulous read about an ordinary ye extraordinary man from an Irish family living in the Gorbals and his trials and tribulations during the Second World War .



    Within you will find a well forgotten history and the tale of one man’s dignity and courage.



    It is both fantastic and inspiring.




  12. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on




    I’d imagine because of its location that it’s usually a Hearts’ pub, however, when the Celts are at Tynecastle it’s a green and white haven.

  13. traditionalist88 on

    Inverness have a point about the ticketing arrangements for the League Cup final at CP – whatever bright spark has come up with the seating plan three/four full sections in the lower tier and a similiar number in the upper, directly behind the goal and either side, all in full view of the TV cameras, will be lying empty. Meanwhile all the sections outwith the gaze of the cameras will be full.



    Where do we find these clowns who run our game? Have we learnt nothing on the marketing front?



    Thankfully the arrangement has not yet been finalised but there could be yet another massive own goal on the way.

  14. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar



    Aye it is. Been in it many times when we have been at Tynecastle. I would avoid the pints tho!




  15. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on




    Ha ha indeed :-)



    In fact there’s a wee Tesco Express right across the road that does the job!!

  16. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    Sean Thornton



    As Livibhoy has said, it can get VERY busy so you’d be wise to get there as early as you can.

  17. Big Nan @ 10:49



    Thanks for that …



    I’m aware (and thankful and impressed and inspired) by all the great work your doing on this.



    (Note to others: see: http://www.tomminogue.com/blog7.php)



    It’s exactly your kind of internet bampottery that exemplifies a point I was trying to make: what you’re doing would have been impossible not that long ago; such work will be possible to others, for evermore.



    The trick, I suppose, is getting a readership: invoking sufficient interest to reach the tipping point, beyond which change will become inevitable.



    But my (mid-fifties, ‘youthful’) optimism remains intact: the times they are a-changin’ …




  18. Frank Ryan's Whiskey on

    For any who are interested another decent book that covers the subject of the attmpted ethnic cleansing of Ireland and the deportation of native Irish as slaves to the new world during the Cromwells rule.



    “To Hell or Barbados , the ethnic cleansing of Ireland”

  19. lilys grandpa-Me and Lily backing Oscar if you are referring to my post of 10:47 concerning the British Army (?) in Germany post war, you should compare what happened then, and how the guilty escaped, with the stories of Bobby Sands and other internees and how little had changed and how the truly guilty walked free with a pension while innocents went to their graves, damned in the British press.

  20. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar



    The Tesco Express is a godmine there for the fitba and the rugby. I would imagine the jambo’s will be out to make a name for themselves this weekend. Anyone travelling take care. If you are ging by coach you will probably be fine but going by train will be risky. Watch yourself with colours on. They are a sneaky horrible lot and will think nothing of beating up 2 or 3 guys with about 20 strong in their ranks. It’s probably the last time we will play them for years so they will be out in full force.




  21. Trad88



    I agree the unfinalised plan looks a bit daft.



    Imo, every club should be entitled to a section in main stand and another section behind one of the goals.



    But due to the size of both the venue and the ict support I can see where the problem will lie.

  22. BRTH good to meet and greet again on Sunday are you going to the ICT game on the 1st? Need to get your address/phone no to pass on the hamper for CQN10. Hail Hail Hebcelt

  23. lilys grandpa-Me and Lily backing Oscar on




    Sorry never made myself clear, but in all my years Id never heard of the Irish Slavery, but Ill make it a priority now, thanks again .




  24. lilys grandpa-Me and Lily backing Oscar:



    No disrespect but I thought you were talking about what the allies did to the Germans, and others, after the war was officially over.

  25. Morning/afternoon all.



    A few points:



    Happy birthday to 67 heaven. Are you 67 yet?



    Fitba tops?



    Plenty of green n white ones to be had – hunners in fact.



    Willie Frazer?



    Complete choob! Cant differenciate between the Irish and Italian tricolours. I can and I’m colour-blind!



    Curling at the Winter Olympics.



    Been watching it – the female variety – and cheering on the Scottish women. The Italian commentators – men – have all fallen in love with Eve Muirhead. Me too! She looks very Mediterranean.




  26. The British Army have a long history on these issues, i remember reading of concentration camps set up by Lord Kitchener during the Boer War when,as part of his “scorched earth” policy the women and children of Boers were held in 50+camps in which 26000 died,in 64 camps 14000 Africans died.

  27. lilys grandpa-Me and Lily backing Oscar on




    No,no, and its sound, plenty of reading to be done,




  28. Not my words, but would you believe this:



    – show how white settlers and British troops suppressed the Mau Mau revolt in Kenya in the 1950s. Thrown off their best land and deprived of political rights, the Kikuyu started to organise – some of them violently – against colonial rule. The British responded by driving up to 320,000 of them into concentration camps. Most of the remainder – more than a million – were held in “enclosed villages”. Prisoners were questioned with the help of “slicing off ears, boring holes in eardrums, flogging until death, pouring paraffin over suspects who were then set alight, and burning eardrums with lit cigarettes”. British soldiers used a “metal castrating instrument” to cut off testicles and fingers. “By the time I cut his balls off,” one settler boasted, “he had no ears, and his eyeball, the right one, I think, was hanging out of its socket.” The soldiers were told they could shoot anyone they liked “provided they were black”. Elkins’s evidence suggests that more than 100,000 Kikuyu were either killed or died of disease and starvation in the camps. David Anderson documents the hanging of 1,090 suspected rebels: far more than the French executed in Algeria. Thousands more were summarily executed by soldiers, who claimed they had “failed to halt” when challenged.





    Very true,mate.



    I usually drink in the street when I’m in Edinburgh.



    Too dear in the pubs.