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. Anyone know why the option of going into ticket office to collect is not there any more.


    I’ve rarely been offered a cup final ticket in all the years I’ve had a season ticket anyway. The last time was the ’95 cup final.


    I’ve had more tickets off here than I’ve ever been offered from the club.

  2. Livibhoy



    I’d be lying if I said yes.


    I remember Brother Walfrid bus but the rest is a bit of a haze.


    TBH I was a bit wobbly when I left the Centurion which stayed specially open for us until our departure in the wee small hours!



    Some trip it was though!

  3. Careful With That Tax, Moonbeams on

    Still, you’ve got a longer life expectancy in Palestinian ghetto, than a typical Glasgow Labour constituency .




    In alphabetical order, former and current members


    of Labour Friends of Israel include:


    David Abrahams – former Treasurer [10]


    Lord Archer of Sandwell[11]


    Sir Stuart Bell MP [12]


    Luciana Berger MP, Former Director of LFI[13]


    Tony Blair former MP and Prime Minister[14][15]


    Lord Janner of Braunstone Q.C. Former MP for


    Leicester West, Former President of the Board of


    Deputies of British Jews & Current Chair of the


    British Israel Parliamentary Group.


    David Blunkett MP and former Home Secretary[11]


    Gordon Brown MP and former Prime Minister[14]




    Chris Bryant MP[11] and former Minister for




    Stephen Byers former MP and Secretary of State


    for Trade and Industry[11]


    Wayne David MP[11]


    Andrew Dismore [11]


    Michael Dugher MP[17]


    Louise Ellman MP, Vice Chair of LFI [11]


    Derek Foster, former MP[11]


    Lord Foulkes MSP and former MP[11]


    Mike Gapes MP – former Vice Chair of LFI (2004)




    Anthony Greenwood, Lord, Former MP, first Chair


    of LFI (1957)[2]


    Andrew Gwynne MP, Chair of LFI (2010)[11]


    Fabian Hamilton MP[11]


    Joan Humble, former MP[11]


    Baroness Hayman[11]


    Barbara Keeley MP[11]


    Barry Gardiner MP – ish


    Jane Kennedy, former MP, current Police and


    Crime Commissioner for Merseyside[11] – Chair




    Ivan Lewis MP, former Vice Chair of LFI [19]


    Lord Macdonald of Tradeston[11]


    Denis MacShane MP[11]


    Anne McGuire MP – Chair (2013)[20]


    Jonathan Mendelsohn – former Chair of LFI Jonathan Mendelsohn – former Chair of LFI Jonathan Mendelsohn – former Chair of LFI Jonathan Mendelsohn – former Chair of LFI (2002)




    Alun Michael MP, former Leader of the Welsh


    Labour Party[11]


    Andrew Miller MP[11]


    Jim Murphy MP – former Chair of LFI (2001),


    former Secretary of State for Scotland [22]


    Dan Norris former MP[11]


    Nick Palmer, former MP[11]


    James Purnell former Chair of LFI, former MP and


    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [23]


    Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale[11]


    John Reid former MP and Home Secretary (2007)




    Rachel Reeves MP[25]


    Terry Rooney, former MP[11]


    Dari Taylor, former MP[11]


    Gary Titley, former MEP[11]


    John Woodcock MP, Chair of LFI (2011)[6]


    Glenis Willmott MEP, Vice Chair of LFI


    Lord Winston[11]


    Iain Wright MP, former Chair of LFI (2006)[11]


    Lord Young of Norwood Green[11]

  4. Geordie Munro


    I don’t know about the latest semi final but i normally get my ticket from CP or ticket office outside Hampden Park, never a problem as there is normally only around 25k there.

  5. “Anyone know why the option of going into ticket office to collect is not there any more.”






    Still there as far as I can see.




  6. lionroars67


    15:17 on


    17 February, 2015





    YOU are probably the BIGGEST TROLL on the forum today – you post absolutely no coherent input and/or argument – and merely attempt to shout down those with whom you disagree, with childish name-calling and verbal bile.



    For your information – voting YESNP and saying that you are NOT SNP, is a distibction without a difference – if you don’t know what that means – look it up!

  7. ALfie you still lurking? Once more can you name the “Green Huns” who post on here. In the absence of a reply or names I’ll have to assume you do’nt have any – fair comment? H H Hebcelt

  8. a light insanity on

    I don’t think the debate should be party political. As I said I enjoyed my experience at a German football game and think Celtic should try to replicate it. The weather brings up issues but a fanzone outside the Jock Stein area could be good and not just for beer as I said there could be music games for kids etc.

  9. Careful With That Tax, Moonbeams



    15:20 on 17 February, 2015



    I predict that lionroars67 will shortly accuse you of trolling.

  10. Tom McLaughlin




    14:53 on 17 February, 2015




    The extra cost of ordering tickets online is to cover recorded delivery. I am happy to pay it for the comfort of knowing my tickets will arrive securely as was the case for the semi-final.



    The £1.50 is to pay for the agency that runs the website. Buy any ticket online for any show or concert and there is a booking fee.



    MoaningForMoaningSake CSC






    Tom ,




    I am happy to pay the fee for recorded delivery of tickets (charged for Hampden games because there is no reprint facility if they go missing in the post)



    I wish we did it for all tickets ( or at least have the option)



    for instance …



    I purchased 4 tickets for Thursday (me , two sons and a mate), they arrived more than 2 weeks ago.



    When we had the option of buying additional tickets before the public sale I purchased 1 extra ,this ticket unfortunately did not make it to wilds of West Lothian…



    The ticket office confirmed that they will provide a reprint before the game


    …which means an early, early departure on Thursday to queue up ( or miss most of the first half)



    Considering that the Celtic Crest is visible in the envelope address window I am always pleasantly surprised that any tickets make it to my door.



    Perhaps a redesign , or a blank envelope with address sticker would be a better option.



    If I worked in the Post Office sorting office and I saw a Sevco badge on a ticket I think Lerwick and Stornoway would be getting a lot of extra mail…



    The Onlooker

  11. Careful With That Tax, Moonbeams on

    longer life expectancy in a Palestinian ghetto ..



    Pesky Nats blocking ma signal :)

  12. Burghbhoy



    It was a crazy trip that one. The Bathgate CSC went on a bus from Cumbernauld, East Kilbride or that direction and they were allowed no drink on board. I think the fighting started before they left Scotland. They ended up with the infamous banner behind the goal which I’m sure everyone on that trip will never forget.




  13. Jimbo67@12.49


    Why would you? Depression is a blight on our society. I do some voluntary work with teenagers who are depressed or have low self esteem. West Belfast and North Belfast have some of the highest suicide rates ,particularly among young males, in Europe. 19.6 per 100k of population.


    I genuinely do believe that a lot can be learned from those that have already walked that path hence my salutation to Philbhoy. Hh jim.

  14. Alfie Noakes


    15:23 on


    17 February, 2015



    For your information – voting YESNP and saying that you are NOT SNP, is a distibction without a difference – if you don’t know what that means – look it up!



    Was there any distinction without a difference with voting NO with the BNP and the orange order



    Sorry SFTB,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, it wis shooty in

  15. Ps


    Delaneys. I was talking about my taxi tour not that overpriced, sanitised version you and petec went on lol.



  16. Back to the fitba



    Collins: Celtic are ready for Inter challenge


    By: Mark Henderson on 17 Feb, 2015 15:15



    JOHN Collins insists Celtic are capable of stepping up a level and prevailing against Inter Milan in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League.


    Domestically, the Hoops have been in fantastic form, winning eight games on the spin in all competitions and conceding just one goal in nine matches.


    Top of the league, in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals and with a League Cup final to look forward to, a clean sweep of trophies remains a viable prospect.


    While acknowledging the calibre and class of the Italian giants, who have achieved some impressive results in recent weeks, Collins believes the Hoops shouldn’t be fazed by the challenge that awaits them in Thursday night’s first-leg encounter in Paradise.


    “We’re playing very well and, of course, you have to believe you can win it, but at the same time we know we are up against a very good team and one who are maybe hitting form,” he said.


    “In the last couple of games, they have won by three and four, so it looks as though the manager is getting his ideas across to his players.


    “But we’re in a good place at this moment in time. The players are doing their job all over the pitch, we are working as one unit, we’re looking sharp, we haven’t been conceding goals and we are creating lots of chances and scoring goals.


    “We know we’re not playing against an SPFL team but one full of internationals and which has had a lot of money spent on it. They have a hugely experienced manager who has won things at the top level.


    “It will be a challenge for us and to win the tie we will have to play very well in both games, but we are more than capable of doing that.”


    Kris Commons faces a race against time to be fit for the visit of the Nerazzurri as he recovers from a hamstring injury picked up in the Scottish Cup fifth round victory over Dundee.


    The 31-year-old is making progress and a final decision will be made on his availability on the morning of the match.


    “Kris has trained the last couple of days but not full sessions,” said Collins. “As every days goes by, we are continuing to monitor him. He will do a little bit more tomorrow and we will see what he is like on Thursday morning – probably 50/50 would be about right.


    “It’s a hamstring injury, a slight one, and you have to be careful with it. We have lots of games coming up, and this is a hugely important one, and we would love Kris to be available, but we would be daft to push it and risk him doing further damage.


    “But he is an experienced player and knows what he can do and what he is capable of. We are taking it a day at a time.”

  17. The Onlooker what have poor Lerwick and Stornoway done to deserve extra Sevco mail, I protest sir!!! Hail Hail Hebcelt

  18. Ah ….forgot about Filthy,Rich and Catflap,who throw twenty pound notes at weans who watch yer motors…..



  19. Just got the Paddypower early weekend coupon ,and see that Raith Rovers are 7/2 for the win on Friday.


    I’ll be taking some of that.



  20. Careful With That Tax, Moonbeams





    So anti-semitism goes ‘hand in glove’ with SNP supporters and Labour-haters.



    We should not be surprised – a previous leader of that party wanted to cow-tow to the great anti-semite Adolf, and cut itself away from the rest of the UK – much as Salmond tried to do and was ‘gubbed’.



    The Labour party have been a force for good in this country for over a century – without it the working class would not have the social safeguards and rights it has today.



    SNP have NEVER done anything for the working class, or, the poorest of our society – they were, are, and always will be…..The Tartan Tories – who joined with the Tories to defeat Labour by ONE stinking vote, thereby inflicting Margaret Thatcher on Scotland – the same Tartan Tories who joined with the Tories to form a government at Holyrood.



    The discredited perjurer Sheridan has, with his campaign against Warrant Sales & the Poll Tax, done infinitely more for the poor than the whole SNP could manage in over EIGHTY YEARS.




  21. The Battered Burnet



    Don’t forget the roller coaster. The Celtic Wahhhay!



    Seriously the area in front of main stand if properly utilised could be very profitable for support and club.

  22. OG Rafferty



    I prayed and wept at the Bombay St. Memorial garden yesterday. It is a beautifully kept shrine to some enormously brave heroes.



  23. Auldheid



    Don;t know the layout myself but what about hiring part of the Emirates arena for a booze hall?




  24. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    I was going to write a sarcastic post about how I would have to give up cycling, golf and hill walking because I can`t drink whilst enjoying those pleasures unless I go to a pub.


    I accept that some activities are more enjoyed when accompanied by a drink.


    Why, though?




  25. Gearoid



    Next time we are over, I would like to go on your taxi tour.


    Still raving about your stew. :))

  26. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked



    It’s a fair point but I think the club is missing out on huge revenues considering a large % the current attendees at our games go for a drink elsewhere.


    It would be like not providing food facilities and losing out on that revenue. It may also entice people who want to go for a full day out experience.


    Personally it doesn;t bother me much anymore but if it puts 10k on our weekly home gate it would be a positive.




  27. Careful With That Tax, Moonbeams on

    Tartan Tories .. Aw naw .. Have Ernie blabbering on about Billy Wolfe next ..



    Yeah .. Signed up to another 5 years of brutal austerity, tartan tory bhoy. FFS.

  28. alfie noakes



    15:38 on 17 February, 2015



    Another Labour character who cant tell the difference – or distinction – between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism



    You are the Jim Murphy Renegade and I claim my £1000.

  29. It is a small world!



    Family moving up to Scotland from down south were in the office a minute ago looking for advice on housing etc.



    The wee laddie is wearing a big green jacket and I ask him who he supports.



    “Celtic and my favourite player is John Guidetti!”.



    So a conversation gets started.



    His Dad posts on here under the nom de blog of NEILLY MOCHANS MAGIC SPONGE!



    A lovely moment and another friend from the Blog!

  30. I had an executive seat for 2 years when Fergus first opened the new stand.Sitting next to me was ,as he introduced himself,MP for Motherwell North or South,John Reid.There were around 8 of us in the company at games.We would meet up at noon,and proceed to buy rounds.Usually got about 6-7 pints down by kick off.We would pre order our drinks for half time,and scoff them down as well.I cannot really remember much about any of the second halfs I watched.Another couple after the game,and Mrs TB would have to come and get me as I staggered out of CP.Never fit enough to go anywhere with her every second Saturday.


    Best thing I ever did was give that seat up.Fek the drink at games.A couple of pints before,is now my limit.

  31. Dear Points of View,


    I have just been charged £5.83 postage and a £1.50 internet fee for a ticket costing £35, i think these charges are far too cheap,and would like to pay 8 times as much,how do i go about actioning this truly amazing gesture?


    Yours sincerely,






    Handsore City



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