Be there on Saturday for yourself


Jock and BillyAt the front of Celtic Park on Saturday a statue will be unveiled to our greatest ever captain, Billy McNeill. Billy joins our founder, Bro. Walfrid, our greatest ever manager, Jock Stein, and our greatest player, Jimmy Johnstone, in being honoured in this way.

Achievers of this calibre are so rare I cannot imagine the circumstances under which another candidate for a statue will emerge. Even if we go on at some point in the future to win the Champions League, it will be nothing like what Billy and his team did. Modern European champions are the distillation of global scouting, money and big business. They don’t take the bus from the town they were born into training for years at the club they will collectively bring to the summit.

Without being distracted by contemporary issues, I have hope for the future, and for Celtic, but on Saturday we will peer through a telescope that looks back 128 years. Billy McNeill encapsulates the values and traditions which founded and nurtured Celtic throughout this period. Not only that, he is the man who led the team (in every sense of the word) to one of the most incredible sporting achievements in football history.

Get to the game early and be there for Billy. Be there for yourself. Our memories of Saturday will last. We’ll recall the first time we saw his statue, and that we were there to share his smile on the day.

Get your friends along.  Bring the kids. Tell them who he is and what he did. You or they will never again get a chance to honour Willie Maley, Jimmy McGrory, Jock Stein or Jimmy Johnstone, but you can be there to share an important occasion with Billy McNeill. That, my friends, will be a precious moment.


On Thursday morning, near Shawfield, Glasgow the Caring City are loading their latest batch of aid bound for migrants camped in Serbia. Much needed winter clothes are being shipped. They are looking for four volunteers to help load the container. Starting at 9:00 they should finish by 11:00.

It will be physical work but they are offering tea and rolls in compensation. If you can make it along to help these great people with such a worthy cause, email Ross Galbriath, and let him know. I bet you also get something out of the experience you’re not expecting.


Stocking fillers, books, DVDs and all sorts of wonders (actually, just books and DVDs, but they are great) are available at the CQN Bookstore.


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




    Its not a corner … just frequented by corner bhoys



    Standing at the new statue of big Billy on the celtic way – look towards the superstore and it’s on the right hand side ( corner ) of the building. To the right again is the burger van where big John fallon holds court with Charlie Gallagher.



    Usually about 10-20 cqners hanging around about 40 mins before kick off and if you can’t see them you will hear them as they all talk mince .



    If James gang is there you will spot us from afar as he’s about 10 feet tall with film star looks ( a younger taller version of me in fact; )

  2. mike in toronto on

    My sense of direction is nonsense …. I could get lost going from my bedroom to my bathroom some days ….



    but if we make it over in March (which is the plan), then KT will be along, and she normally gets us going where we need to be!



    although I am now a bit worried about having her head turned by all these tall handsome celtic fans …. I’m mean, she fell for me, so she obviously goes for that sort of thing! :)

  3. mike in toronto on

    at 6’3″, I dont think I’ve ever been called ‘the wee man’ … but, sounds like I might have to get used to it at CQN corner.

  4. Paul67 et al



    Aberdeen have had planning permission to build a new stadium, south of the city at Loirston Loch, for over two years, and have failed to progress the project. Milne now faces trying to sell Pittodrie at a time the city’s economy is likely to go into freefall, a balls up by any other name. Aberdeen have missed a major opportunity to establish themselves as a major club, preferring instead to hope that playing the Huns four or more times a year will compensate for the downturn in the local economy. Milne pretends he is a big player, but really he is a small-time, small-minded fool, and a masonic one at that. And an odious one into the bargain.

  5. An Teach Solais on 15th December 2015 8:17 pm


    I would happily match your donation :-)


    MiT, you would only be up to the shoulders of An T, and maybe reach the nose of Leftclicktic and Jamesgang :-)

  6. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    FULL TIME: Celtic 3 – 2 Falkirk. A great second-half fight-back from the Celts preserves their unbeaten domestic run.



    Allan, GMS and Breslin score as Dev squad come back from 2 goals down



    Celtic Dev Squad v @falkirkbairns Bailly; Breslin, Kelleher, McCart, Blackett; Hill, Hendry; Mackay-Steven, Allan, Miller, Cole

  7. I’m never really able to make the CQN corner but I would love to hear John Fallon holding court with my favourite Celtic player, Charlie Gallagher. (His cousin, Paddy Crerand, was some player too. My first hero, to be truthful, along with Bobby Evans.)

  8. mike in toronto on

    Cowiebhoy … and how come Martin ONneill never signed the three of them? sounds like his ideal backline.

  9. mike in toronto on

    off to meet my chinese pal tonight for our traditional chinese xmas dinner …. lobster in ginger sauce! woo hoo!



    as you can probably tell, I’ve hit the wall today… cant wait for the holidays!

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




    The original holy goalie usually gives me grief ( it’s an honour; )



    I remember the first time i met him there and I was chatting to him I noticed cg standing there too.



    I said ( like a wee boy ) – your Charlie Gallagher aren’t you



    He replied ” I used to be “

  11. Looks like Stuart Milne, who is a big freemason is helping his Level5 brethren in distress. Murdo, Walter & Jim must be desperate to salvage the wreck of SS Sevco as it heads for the rocks.



    The message has been relentless. Whatever happens Rangers must be back in the top flight. With play-off place a possibility and point deductions in the event of an administration event they are preparing for the worst.



    The brethren can also expect some help from those at Celtic Park if it comes to a push.



    I would be amazed if Bankier and Livingstone, at least have never donned the apron.



  12. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    That was getting them to sign a Celtic top for Kano whose birthday is today



    The foundation keep his memory going and it reminds me of our friend Pablo also

  13. I was at Celtic park last season with my son and billy was walking past. I didn’t want to bother him but when he saw my son he stopped bent down (a long way) and talked to him for a good while and then waited patiently while a fumbling dad took some photos on his phone. i was star struck but he was as relaxed about it as you’d expect from a 6 year old, but it obviously made an impression as he was talking about him the other day when we were talking about captains in football.

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




    Indeed it was and your reminder just made me think of the day we presented the shirt to Matt kane and Kingho



    And of course the night we went with you to your dad’s presentation in kirky with Pablo. …. I still have the pic of us all with big ears

  15. For those watching Scotland’s real hero’s,


    If paying attention, you will have just seen wee Cowieghirl if paying attention

  16. I would be amazed if Bankier and Livingstone, at least have never donned the apron.



    And that is why I rately post on cqn anymore.




  17. BIG NAN on 15TH DECEMBER 2015 9:19 PM



    Agreed, operation get Sevco back in the top league is in full operation mode. If they have a catastrophic crash in the league, watch out for league reconstruction suddenly appearing on the agenda again.



    On another note, seems a hell of a coincidence that Ashley is suddenly being attacked from different quarters now. Could the craft have a hand in that do you think?



    HH Dan

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

    Just had a wee squint into zombie media ( I figured the squint might fool them as gasl has a right bad one )



    Their response to milne is he can go fook himself and that what milne means is he wants the zombies to forget how we all ganged up on them and got them demoted without any cause or evidence



    Off for a shower and scrub down with a wire brush and swarfega

  19. Dan


    Just ask yourself why you never see anything on the tele about the masons, and even less anything that crits them in any way in any form of the media.


    They have it all sewn up.



  20. I can imagine that the Sheep won’t be happy with Milne today.


    I wonder if he’d be so bold if it were ST renewal time?



    Doubt it




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




    That very question was asked on the dons fans blog ….. they plan a protest banner

  22. TET,



    Indeed, have read some of Big Nan’s blogs, and it’s frightening how high up the corruption goes. Certainly seems to me with Ashley’s court case against King coming up last week, that it was a very strange coincidence that the stories were coming out about him. Don’t get me wrong, i have no time for him, or the way he treats his employees, but something stinks about the timing. And the hidden hand of the brethren behind it would make sense.



    Documentaries on TV, newspapers and MP’s having a go at him. Seems very sinister to me and as you say buddy, they have it all sewn up.



    HH Dan

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




    Currently washing my mouth put with budweiser.



    BTW. .. looking out the window in my Mrs living room and can see the celtic end and jungle lit up a mile away

  24. 3 out of 4 ain’t bad!



    Apart from Brother Walfrid – during my 60+ years supporting the Hoops, I’ve had the privilege of meeting/ interfacing with three of our illustrious legends on the Celtic Way.



    Big Jock – from Coronation Cup Final and the Double (as a wee lad) – European Cup and 9-in-a-row Manager. Met him through various Supporters events – the Big Mhan even got me and my pals tickets (off Ernie Walker in Liverpool) for the Anfield Wales WC decider.



    Jinky – numerous Supporters events – the wee Mhan even danced on top of our table at the 25th EC Silver Anniversary Dinner (to the chorus: we’ve got Jimmy, Jimmy Johnstone on the wing).



    Billy – from a gangly youth (late 50’s) – to Club Captain and the ’67 EC and 9-in-a-row – 10-men won the League – Centenary Double – Club Ambassador – LEGEND!!



    I’ve been privileged to have met him and known him since I was a teenager (delivered his and Liz’s messages as a schoolboy) – watching him win umpteen trophies on the field (plus those unforgettable headers) – manage us at key moments in history – enjoyed his opinion when meeting with Supporters – outwith CFC as a publican and during C-for-C as wise council.



    A Mhan for all seasons: 1957-58 and God willing – still going strong(ish) for years to come.



    H!H! Cesar – I’m delighted you’re being acknowledged in yours and my lifetime this Saturday!

  25. Last thing we need is animosity with


    other club’s fans.



    Let them get on with telling Milne what they think.



    Who knows it may just be a catalyst to get things going.


    Truth is wel as a support have done nothing either in preparation or organisation to deal the cheats.

  26. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on

    Good Evening fholks



    We have 50 entrants registered so far for CQN LMS6 starting this weekend, Woohoo!


    17 away from the magic 67 :-)



    Drop us a wee email if you fancy joining us, with a chance to be our Last Man Champion No 6, to win a fantastic prize ( LMS5 winnings was £645 with 72 entrants) and equally importantly helping Wee Shay along the Way (£740 raised for the wee mhan during LMS5).



    The cost to enter is £10 per person.