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. Shielmuir


    Discussion on here the other night on the Committee. Can only be purchased via Amazon cannot be purchased UK or Ireland due to libel laws. I got mine brought from US. A bit sensationalist but a decent read. I gave a shout out to that Anne Cadwallader book Lethal Allies excellent read. The David Anderson book on Kenya was the first time I had came across the Kitson Experiment which was the model forBritains” Counter Insurgency” tactics in Ireland ie handlers controlling establishment gangs and “terrorising the terrorists”. Hence the mid ulster UVF under Billy Wright (two Andy Gorams Friend) and the Mount Vernon UVF under Mark Haddock. I was going to say it defies belief but sadly(if you know your History) it doesn’t .

  2. John O’Neil



    12:30 on 18 February, 2014



    There’s a kernel of sense in that post.



    It’s almost like you’re taking a materialist approach to history.



    I suggest you have a wee lie down.

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