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. Delaneys,


    will let you know tomorrow,


    you can be my chaperone if I have


    to meet loads of scary CQNrs,


    would like to meet the legend that is Oldtim

  2. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on




    Where are they having it now ? Just heard theyve been knocked back from london again, surely not ?

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

    Evening All.



    Can I just add my condolences to Midfield Maestro on the loss of his father. Thoughts and Prayers.



    Can I also thank all those who have been in touch re auction and raffle prizes for the St Ambrose Coatbridge appeal. There have been some really cracking things offered.



    You are a great bunch of people so you are.



    Lastly, for any lurkers or strangers – I have stayed in quite a few of the Grange hotels in London and very good they were too.



    I recommend them highly especially the one at Holborn and the one in Fitzrovia.



    And while I think about it — if you come out of the Fitzrovia on to Bolsover Street I think, turn right and then turn left walking towards Marleybone High Street and Baker Street, you will come across a traditional looking pub which is anything but traditional inside with big couches, chez longue, tables full of books and magazines and all with a nice bar from which to purchase a drink.



    And why do I know this?



    Well I was walking along that way one day a good few years back when I spotted what looked like this rather traditional pub in the distance.



    I was intrigued by the name of the bar which just happened to be ………1888.



    I just had to go in didn’t I?

  4. Phyllis Dietrichson on

    DD – which vote will drive the stake through the heart though?



    Vote for MA – on the face of it that’s the temptation, because all the zombies are against him.



    Vote for DK – where MA owns all the revenue streams and is the largest creditor in an Administration event.



    I’m tempted to vote for DK and the 3 Bears.

  5. WITS



    He posted today he was looking for a swally in Dublin tomorrow before Echo and the Bunnymen gig.


    Was looking for you in Belfast on Saturday. Your fellow Dub Almore is a really fine Tim. Was a pleasure to meet him.

  6. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on






    I’ve taken the survey and I wish you’re son all the best in his exams.

  7. What is the Stars on




    I would have loved to make but life intervened



    My daughter went on a school trip to France and had to dropped to the airport on Saturday morning,


    Next time

  8. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on




    Shocking, but fair play to the lad ,he fair stood his ground, what a shower of scum




  9. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on




    Good point, in fairness they’re both as bad as each other, same mentality, total morons




  10. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on




    Agreed 100%, but Ive had a few bad experiences with that chelsea mob in my time and think there’s definitely a (non) cultural bond between them and the sevco mob




  11. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on




    Sub-Human, they beggar belief. Goodnight and God Bless mate




  12. Aha….Hows it going comrades.


    Ive been absent from the blog due to a bout of serious work, which I have just this minute finished…and damn fine work it is as well:)


    So, now im free to wax lyrical.



    DD. Bognorbhoy will be jetting in Thursday….no doubt there will be a huddle….maybe catch up with you, some interesting “nuggets” to discuss…if you get my drift.





  13. Ok Lhads…you are all crashed, so I will now lounge around my living room, with suitable attire of one particulary fine monogrammed smoking jacket, with matching velvet slippers.


    So…If Bognorbhoy, The Mighty Tim, or DD catch this….Text me tomorrow.




  14. the green man



    01:19 on 18 February, 2015



    Sent text to mighty tim and delaneys dunky, don’t have bognorbhoy’s.



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!