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. Truth_Beauty_and_Freedom on

    MWD & leftclicktic


    Thanks for the info! MWD’S unseen fenian hand description was especially helpful! :-)



    Yours in Celtic,




  2. livibhoy



    08:54 on 18 February, 2015


    Celtic captain Scott Brown will miss the return leg of the Europa League tie is he picks up a booking in Thursday’s first leg.









    Don’t tell us, tell Broonie!!!






    HH jamesgang

  3. TB&F



    Corner of Pools Office at Celtic Superstore.


    7.15 will be my arrival time at the corner.


    Hope to see you there!

  4. 70 plus hours of continuous torrential rain ( with occasional hailstorms / hailstones the size of Maltesers )



    Inter – Italian fitba papers rumoring that Mancini will play Kovacic tomorrow night.Much hot air re Kovacic being given the chance to perform on a big stage.

  5. A mentioned on here at the end last year my brother mick had cancer of the bladder and was waiting to go in and have it removed.


    Well just to let you know the operation was a success and he has now been given the all clear after a scan yesterday.


    Can i on behalf my wee bro’ thank you all for your promise of prayers, looks like they have been answered!.



    Thanks and god bless.



    Ps, (he’s pestering the surgeon tae let him hame the morra for the game, the man’s a lion!!!.




  6. South of Tunis



    Weather lovely here, good enough for sunbathing!



    I see that Icardi has been mouthing off that they will not be intimidated by the CP atmosphere.



    Hopefully their defence will!







  7. tallybhoy



    Old codger down the valley shuts his eyes when they are ‘ defending ‘ and requests the help of the relevant Saints.If Dodo plays , he will be lighting candles.



    Truly foul weather .Could be the Outer Hebrides .



    Auguri !

  8. delaneys dunky



    09:13 on 18 February, 2015





    Corner of Pools Office at Celtic Superstore.


    7.15 will be my arrival time at the corner.


    Hope to see you there!






    Delaney’s ‘arrival’ is usually such a blaze of flamingo feathers, tinsel and faux fur that many folk thought Lady Gaga had become our newest celebrity supporter.






    HH jamesgang

  9. Up pops Mourinho to claim that he is rooting for Inter .Being a compulsive shit stirrer he was unable to resist stating that ” My Inter ” was so much better than Mancini’ s Inter.

  10. SoT if your weather is like it is here in the Outer Hebrides you’ve got it bad, even the seagulls are grounded here today!!!! Hail Hail Hebcelt

  11. Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon



    09:48 on 18 February, 2015



    So maybe they should care that no one likes them … can’t find a hotel in the whole of London to have an AGM??





    I may be wide of the mark here but I read the comments from the 2 x hotels as being that they had received threats from sevco fans. The Tower Bridge hotel stated that they were concerned for the “comfort and security” of guests and staff? It wouldn’t surprise me if this were a concerted effort on people working for some factions to ensure the venue had to be AyeBrokes

  12. Hebcelt



    Can vouch for that. Some great Stornoway lassies. All called MacLeod, the ones I met. :)

  13. As we are on the subject of Lewis, how is Lewis ‘Messi’ Macleod doing at the mighty Brentford?



    Who feckin cares!




  14. Friesdorfer





    There is a draft ready to go to SFA. After it does and it should be this month, although with legals you never know, then we can perhaps be more expansive.

  15. ohits yep thats the sheepies version but DD stuck with the original “Hey you get off a Macleod” H H Hebcelt

  16. If you missed it last night, could I ask you to complete this wee survey, it’s for my bhoys modern studies exam….


    Thanks in advance, has over 100 hits on it and he’s really delighted with the response, he’ll buy you all a drink when he’s Prime Minister….



    Ayrshire is Green and White






  17. Auldheid


    10:15 on


    18 February, 2015





    Ta muchly. Slowly slowly chatchy munky.

  18. Micktt



    Did the survey earlier.



    I’ll have a pint of Guinness and a large g n t!