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. Friesderfor. Les Grey is the kite flyer. He is there on the payroll of police scotland to test the water and gauge reaction. If it’s too extreme then it’s just les grey. If it’s accepted its police policy.



    I reckon even police Scotland can’t believe the latitude they are getting. We are, to use a football analogy, in their back pocket…..

  2. 31003



    U still got yer big photie of Claire above the fireplace?


    Or are they better best forgotten??

  3. Sandman



    Saw Davidson there. Couldnae agree more with you. All the masonic big guns are coming out. Pity they are damp squibs.

  4. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    Sipsini : Rcovered after third pint of day though that was 1930 hours! Only completely finished the last one though. Getting too old for these all day all night libations consumption

  5. Delaneys Dunky


    23:11 on


    17 February, 2015





    Big excitement building for Thursday. See you there soon. :)







    23:14 on


    17 February, 2015





    60,000, under the lights, against the side we beat on our greatest day. Buzzin’!!!!







  6. Fried order part of my job is to ensure that hospitality recording or gifts and benefits recording happens across the private financial services company I work for. It’s a challenge…

  7. cosy corner bhoy



    23:18 on 17 February, 2015



    Mick TT: Young man’s survey completed.





    Cheers….ya rascal…




  8. dena29



    23:20 on 17 February, 2015



    Mick TT



    Completed survey







    Thanks Dena29…




  9. gordybhoy64



    23:21 on 17 February, 2015





    survey of luck to the young fella




    Thanks….. to one and all..




  10. neganon2 at 2313


    I think it is safe to say that we have had the odd disagreement in the past, but I wholeheartedly agree on the m.o. of Les Gray. And, that Police Scotland – especially the Chief Constable – need reined-in big style, by the politicians (not holding my breath here).



  11. Delaneys,


    I am gonna take my leave of this blog if


    you don’t stop going on about how good a weekend it was


    jealousbassacsc :-)))

  12. sandman,



    My thoughts exactly, while listening to his drivel.



    Totally agenda driven, a sad man, that should be putting his voters first, rather than some angry mob.

  13. Friersdorfer. If only I was an opposition politician in Scotland. It would be easy to take the piss out of the so called policing in Scotland. Then again I would probably be dawn raided on so,e pretext or other…….

  14. Hamiltontim


    23:14 on


    17 February, 2015





    60,000, under the lights, against the side we beat on our greatest day. Buzzin’!!!!





    ‘The side we beat’. I hope it is- cause Sarti and Mazzola must be right old now.









    PS : Buzzing also I must admit though

  15. Nothing to beat a full house European night at Paradise can’t wait, even gonna make an effort to get to the BV

  16. Delaneys,


    often been mistaken for him,but never met him,


    some day I hope to,along with plenty others,


    might come into town on Thursday,but no ticket,


    will keep in touch

  17. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    Oor Phil’s latest



    Be careful what you wish for.



    At the moment The People are beside themselves in anticipation.



    They think that the good old days are about to come back.



    There is a mood of excitement among The people and they state very forcefully that they want their club back.



    Moreover they are convinced that deliverance is at hand and that Mr David Cunningham King is the embodiment of that final victory.



    Oh dear.



    The General Meeting of Rangers International Football Club (RIFC) will either result in victory for the requisitioners or it will not.



    There does not seem to be any middle ground or possibility of a deal at this stage.



    However, if there is a rapprochement between, say, the Douglas Park consortium and Mr Ashley then it would be unexpected, but the sky would not fall in.



    At time of writing I cannot envisage a deal between Big Mike and Mr King.



    I recently spoke to a senior member of the Toon Army who works an EPL club as their in-house lawyer.



    He is a veteran Ashley watcher and he told me that he simply cannot see Big Mike losing this one.



    It is safe to say that my buddy will never send the Sports Direct magnate a Christmas card and he passionately wishes him to leave his beloved club on the Tyne.



    That said he has more than grudging respected for how he goes about his business.



    Ashley is, in the opinion of my legal buddy, “an operator”.



    If Big Mike does lose the General Meeting then I have no doubt that he will have leave behind various contractual presents for the new board.



    I think they will find that Mr Ashley is the man who has put the Tort in torture down Ibrox way.



    My Toon buddy stated to me that if Big Mike wins the day then the Ibrox home crowd will have a football club to cheer on into the future.



    However he was not so sure about Sevco’s longevity of Mr King won the day.



    I understand that Mr Llambias and Mr Somers have strongly communicated their feelings to the AIM via the NOMAD apropos the South African based businessman.



    The genius of Big Mike is that he understands that there are emotional idiots who will run loss making football clubs while he looks are the profitable components of the business.



    In a recent meeting with the Rangers fans Board (RFB) Mr Derek Llambias stated as an assertion that it is the business plan to do just that.



    At the moment the key issue are the circumstances under which can Big Mike demand repayment of his loan.



    The accounts of The Rangers Football Club Limited (previously Sevco Scotland Limited) show an annual loss of £8.1m.



    Even if that could be covered by a combination of increasing season tickets and selling more of them then it would be just at breakeven point.



    That would not pay back Big Mike and while he is owed that money then he has security of major assets like Murray Park and the world famous Albion carpark.



    After the basic stupidity of the RIFC Initial Public Offering (IPO) it is unlikely that there will be much appetite in the City for further idiocy.



    Then it comes back to Mr King seeking out like minded chaps to subsidise the Ibrox operation and he said this at his recent presser.



    The ‘business plan’ advocated the South African based entrepreneur does not really survive a collision with the financial evidence.



    This is a loss making business with no credit line from a bank.



    King’s response is to find people willing to lose money in this noble cause.



    At some point the cash will run out.



    I understand that the King Camp recently gave a presentation to the River & Mercantile chaps.



    Sources inform me that these City types were not impressed by what they heard.



    Of course Mr David Cunningham King and Mr Paul Murray were members of the board of old Rangers.



    Their collective narrative is that they knew little of what was going on during their time on the board due to David Murray’s management style.



    I understand from sources close to BDO (the liquidators of the old Club) that they strongly refute this and they have a very different view about what the directors of Rangers knew.



    However all of this is washed away by the emotional trauma of The People.



    Since 2011 they have been banged up inside Planet Fitba’s hurt locker.



    Now someone is telling them that it can all be at an end and soon.



    What the South African based entrepreneur seems to be peddling is a fairly toxic form of nostalgia to both The People and to the stenographers.



    As Inter Milan are in Glasgow to play the club they met in Lisbon on May 25th 1967 that historic sporting achievement by Celtic cast a long cold shadow over the original Rangers.



    It forced them to overspend, scam the taxman and eventually die.



    An Ashley controlled Sevco will not self-destruct.



    If he maintains control at Ibrox then Mr Llambias will bring in a new order whereby New Rangers will be financially sustainable.



    The people in control of the Blue Room will care not a jot that they are not ’simply the best’.



    It will be a guaranteed existence shorn of hubris and moonbeams.



    If, in the event of King being defeated, there is a further fan boycott then Mr Llambias and Mr Leach will simply adjust the budgets to cope with that.



    Big Mike does not require the adulation of the home crowd at Ibrox and more than he needs the love of the Toon Army.



    You will note that there has been a marked absence of any charm offensive from his side.



    Ashley’s guys have simply gone about their business quietly and diligently.



    Those of you who have enjoyed large helpings of Ibrox themed schadenfreude over the past

  18. Eddie



    Hope you Isobel and family are well.


    You are the guy I am looking forward to seeing most at the corner. And not just cause you are holding our tickets. ;))