Alcohol, if you’re rich enough


As you and I know, alcohol is sold at football games.  If you are in a corporate seat, you can drink before kick-off, at halftime and again at fulltime.  Prohibition only applies to the cheap seats.

Alcohol-related issues remain a problem in towns across Scotland in the hours after big games, but suggestions by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, that there is a potential correlation between those drinking from cheap seats at games and violence (including the domestic kind) are simply unfounded.  People are free to get tanked up before and after games, the wealthy can do so during games, and millions can do so in pubs and at home while watching games on TV.

I have some concerns about reintroducing alcohol for the rest of us.  Alcohol requires appropriate infrastructure and ambiance – like there is at the Kerrydale Suite, for example.  The North Stand Upper, where I sit, does not have the space, supervision capabilities, or even the toilets to become an appropriate venue to encourage the consumption of any more fluids.  In the 20 years it’s been up, it’s never had enough paper towels to make it to halftime, and may God go with you, if you need to spend a longer visit, but don’t let that be a reason to stop the rest of you.

Modern football stadiums have many safe areas where alcohol can be consumed.  Those who cannot handle their drink, would find themselves supervised to within an inch of a football banning order. Scotland needs to learn what a healthy attitude to alcohol looks like – check out the Kerrydale Suite for a glimpse.

Build the lounges, toilets, and grills.  Put carpet down, dress stewards in black ties, have them welcome fans as “Sir” or “Madam”, treat football fans like responsible adults.  It works in the hospitality areas and in the Kerrydale Suite, it’ll work from Palmerston to Peterhead.

Thank you for the tremendous response yesterday to the line-up for the CQN11 St Patrick’s Dinner.  We have (St) Packy Bonnar, Tommy Coyne and Joe Miller for a Q&A, an unmissable address on Jock Stein by Archie Macpherson, and Celtic’s First Lady of Song, Patricia Ferns, for those of you who enjoy a song or dance.  Let me know if you’re still looking for tickets,

And Celtic, how hard can it be to put enough paper towels in the toilets? I love the family approach the club has now, but bringing kids means dealing with the toilets, and that’s never a highlight of the trip.

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  1. Hamiltontim.



    Question.not wishing to be intrusive but do you normally carry a laptop type bag,as I had a very brief exchange at Perth along the lines of “that was harder than it should have been” with a fellow traveller when leaving the ablutions.?

  2. the alcohol ban in football grounds is outdated and has no merit whatsoever. it does discriminate against a particular group in society i.e. lower income football supporters. you can dress it up anyway you like but that is exactly what is practiced and embedded in law.



    all the waffling about increased domestic abuse, violence, anti social behaviour etc… could easily be levelled at Christmas, birthday celebrations, valentines day, Easter holidays, concerns, night clubs, pubs and even good bloody weather for goodness sake…



    I drink alcohol about 4 times a year if I am lucky and as such drinking alcohol in stadiums is hardly gonna change my match day experience, but football supporters should be given the same opportunities as anyone else that decides to attend any other type of sport/ entertainment venue.



    TBH I am baffled by many aspects of the stadium:



    the avenue of hero’s does not have any hero’s leading to the stadium, WTF is that about?



    we have a large waiting list of disabled supporters because our stadium does not have enough facilities to cater for said group, why not alter opposite corner (at GB section) its not like we get a full stadium all the time?



    p.s. the area just outside the LL stand is like a hill, very uneven, ironic given that the new disabled area is situated there.



    what the fuck is with that wall behind the JS stand about looks awful and antiquated



    the child/ baby changing facilities are well, none existent, get them in young seems not to be evident?



    toilet need upgraded



    why is there no comfortable seated areas in the stadium for supporters ?



    everybody and there granny wants standing area, wtf is club doing about it?



    done stadium tour last year, directed to burger van for bite to eat afterwards, wtf is that about, facilities piss poor, although I did enjoy the tour



    what’s happening to the planned museum, superstore with associated café?



    what about the restaurants, bars and hotel, wtf is happening?






    we are never gonna be the best football team on the planet i.e. winning, but our custodians could make an effort to make sure that our fans are treated to the best facilities and services available.




  3. sunny calmachie on

    Mickbhoy 1888.



    Thanks for the information regarding searches,


    I don’t mind being searched, but


    my point is that it should be a policeman who searches me,not a steward,

  4. excathedra44



    Not me mate I joined the Belfast swallie at the weekend and had given our tickets away.



    Ps and eh naw, never a laptop type bag!! :-)

  5. You’d think Police Scotland would find a spokesman who doesn’t come across a such a complete idiot as Les. Gray?

  6. Burghbhoy –



    When Celtic issue their own tickets for home games, they are reprintable, which means you can print your ticket at home or in the office etc. Hampden tickets are not reprintable, so they are sent via recorded delivery.

  7. gary67



    18:45 on 17 February, 2015


    You’d think Police Scotland would find a spokesman who doesn’t come across a such a complete idiot as Les. Gray?






    Ha ha good luck with that :-)

  8. i.e the price of a pukki (wages and fee) would have paid for a lovely museum, superstore, café and new disabled seated area, just saying like!

  9. Hamiltontim



    18:28 on 17 February, 2015



    It’s a matter of contract.



    You buy a ticket, which is subject to conditions, and you can get in.



    One of those conditions is that you may be searched. You can’t insist who searches you.



    If you refuse to be searched by a steward they can refuse you entry.

  10. HT/Mickbhoy1888



    Thanks for your replies.


    The information just says that duplicate tickets can’t be issued.


    Duplicates can be issued at Celtic

  11. Tom



    Thanks for replying.


    Didn’t notice it before my last post.


    Don’t understand why the tickets can’t be reprinted if lost

  12. Hamiltontim


    18:44 on


    17 February, 2015





    Not me mate I joined the Belfast swallie at the weekend and had given our tickets away.



    Ps and eh naw, never a laptop type bag!! :-)





    Thanks for reply Just wondered, its amazing the number of guys you nod to at away venues and never know if they are posters.




  13. glendalystonsils on

    sunny calmachie


    17:59 on


    17 February, 2015





    Great Eastern hotel is now lovely wee flats, I think they call it Collegelands. ..



    Who woulda thunk it. The yuppiefication of old Glesca

  14. Tom McLaughlin



    so you get told no and drop it dead!!! sorry expect a club with our legal team etc… to be able to proactively challenge council after all there are many in use stadia that has unsafe standing areas

  15. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on




    You geezers up in the gods don’t know your born



    The punters in the lower north have to use stacks of paper towels to dry off their seats from the rain so there are often no paper towels before kick off



    Ps … Take some wet wipes and use your scarf to dry your hands … Always carry an old sash in your bag in case the bogs run out of lavvy role

  16. Leftclick.


    Thanks for posting that video bout the story of Catalpa.sent it onto my nephew in ireland who plays in a band of that name.


    Pint for you next time we meet :-) much appreciated



  17. ernie lynch



    18:47 on 17 February, 2015






    Yes they have the right to refuse entry. My point is you can refuse to be searched by a steward and ask for a police officer to carry it out instead.



    I’ve witnessed, and asked for the same, on numerous occasions.

  18. excathedra44




    Yes I know what you mean. I got tickets for a poster and his son recently for Dingwall and had certainly noticed them before at away games.

  19. Wee question for any of you good people who’ve been in to collect cup final tickets. Did you need to have all season cards with you?

  20. murdochbhoy,



    I’m only a wee worker myself, my brother and my mate are regulars at the hospitality and give me the nod when the situation arises.



    Must admit, it is good day out and meeting the lions is always an honour. HH

  21. Midfield maestro,



    Really sorry to hear of your dad passing.



    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.




  22. Tet,



    I know a lot frown at us for listening in, but as you say it’s comedy magic to here the huns hurt.



    Hope all is well. HH

  23. hamiltontim



    18:28 on 17 February, 2015



    We will agree to disagree fella,there a some matches now played in Scotland where there is no polis presence and you could be in for a long wait if you elected to be searched by the polis before gaining entry. Most places of licensed entertainment venues now incorporate a condition of entry wherby you may be subject to a search and refusal to do so would bar you from entry. Pubs and clubs throughout the city adopt this policy on busy Friday and Saturday nights

  24. surely big Mick is not going out quietly? – If King wins enough votes (and it looks like he has more than enough) then he would simply pay the loans owed to MA and that is that!



    I see MA has only 2 options;-



    1 – Take sevco in to admin, he will benefit as the largest creditor.


    2 – Try and use his financial power to win over votes at EGM


    3 – Any others?



    he’s up to something!

  25. Jackimac badabing Gearoid



    Q61 who owns ibrox and auchenhowie?



    Hehe.jeez each time I read list something new pops out.





  26. The Battered Bunnet on

    An Tearmann



    Top recommendo on hills to walk into, then top recommendo on local scofferies.



    I like you more and morer.

  27. Mickbhoy1888



    I do take your point but football stadia are different from your normal run of the mill concert venue/bar/club/casino etc.



    That’s why we have the OBaF Act :-)

  28. eurochamps67



    19:14 on 17 February, 2015




    Thanks for that. Normally I just give client codes but wondered if they were going to be picky.

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