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It will not have escaped your attention, that in the last week in October, the Celtic machine is purring away magnificently, but Aberdeen sit aside them at the top of the league table. The form of Aberdeen is the great untold story of this season; so far. That untold element will change tonight if they extend their unbeaten run, against Celtic.

There are clues as to the pattern of play we can expect. The Dons have conceded just one goal in their last five league games, they will give us lots of the ball, but deny us space in and around their box. They do this well.

Celtic will need two weapons to combat this: Patrick Roberts’ cunning in tight spaces, and Tom Rogic’s ability to ping shots in from the edge of the area. I would like to see us pass the ball more than we did for long spells on Saturday, but our usual arc of possession around the opposition box is unlikely to create space. We’ll need to take shooting opportunities and hope Patrick’s on form.

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  1. Morning CQN from a still dark and cold SE Texas – 42 F!!! Baltic for this neck of the woods!!

     

    Reading back from yesterday, sincerest condolences to Weet Weet Weet, CCB, BMCUWP and PapaJoe. Thoughts are with you at this sad time.

     

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    Bateen Bhoy…not quite a Bay City Roller!! :) I am about mid-way from downtown Houston and Bay City. Still pretty much country out this way. Not a baseball fan, but the place is buzzing with the Astros in the World Series.(Still no clue as to why it is called The World Series!)

     

    Which part of Aberdeen ye in? I lived in the area for 10 / 11 years.

     

    HH

     

    TC45

  2. Celt45

     

     

    World Series was originally sponsored by a publication call The World – so I am told :-)

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Hitting my cot,so fingers crossed for tonight.

     

     

    Am I right in thinking that Ryan Christie can’t play for them tonight?

  4. South Of Tunis on

    BMCUW @ 1.03 .

     

     

    It’s a very old choon . . A choon that dates back centuries . The English Folk revival dug out lots of traditional Folk Ballads which use that choon . Liverpool fans used to sing a song called Poor Scouser Tommy which uses the choon -don’t know if they still do .

  5. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    MOJO on 25TH OCTOBER 2017 1:15 PM

     

    Wee BGFC

     

     

     

    I have 2 but you’re no well so you stay in your bed and get better pal

     

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    Hello this is WEE BGFC. 2 spare??

  6. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. I appreciate the consideration but im never that no well that I’d miss a game :)

  7. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. We’ll take them if they’re spare!! Paracetmol is a great thing!!!!

  8. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Just spoke to Da he said if we can get two tickets we are going. Im going back to school tomorrow anyway!!!!!!!!!!

  9. THECELT45

     

    I’m not far from the Big Tesco store in Danestone – just off the Parkway, if you know Aberdeen.

  10. Another gem from a downtrodden Hun (Paisleyprod). Please excuse the bad language. Tho whole world is against them and its no fair.

     

     

    It’s beyond obvious we are being treated differently to other clubs both on and off the park.

     

     

    The compliant officer seldom sees an offence by anyone in green be it Hibs or Celtic. Media are bang out of order and failing in their duties. The police and politicians are blinkered.

     

     

    What agenda is being followed and why are other clubs sitting back and accepting the clear bias favouring one club in particular?

     

     

    What’s the end game here? Are they trying to drive Rangers fans away? I’m fed up with it all but happy to give Rangers my cash but seldom go to away games now as not amused by clubs complicity in what is going on with the scandal that is the bias in Scottish football.

     

     

    Brown, Gordon and other Celtic players get away with elbows, stamps, reckless high challenges and the referees turn a blind eye as does that prick masquerading as a compliance officer. Hibs and Motherwell get away with all sorts v Rangers yet Rangers player gets cited, it’s fucking ridiculous.

     

     

    I’m glad the club has spoken out but they need to do it all the time. If refs appear to have cheated, call the bastards out.

     

     

    I don’t have the solution to this. We fight thuggery back on the pitch with like for like we’d end up with seven players. I reckon it may be down to the loyal fans to apply pressure and ease the obvious agenda. Will it take boycotts (not popular but the biggest weapon we have) or some sort of unrest or something else?

     

     

    No one else looks likely to help address the blatant discrimination, cheating and foul play that we regularly are having to put up with.

     

     

    It will have an effect on fans at some point but when will that be? %^*& lining a diddy clubs pockets to watch them boot the shit out of our players, ignored by certain shite bag refs like Beaton, McLean, Clancy, Thompson and others then deliberately misreported by more biased bastards in the press who are no better than paid trolls these days.

  11. Bateen Bhoy on 25th October 2017 1:37 pm

     

    HH mate!! Bridge of Don?

     

    Used to know ABZ really well, but I am sure it has changed and grown over the years.

     

    Had many a fun night in the City!! Was a regular in Prince of Wales.

     

    I worked in Altens for a spell, but mainly offshore.

     

    TC45

  12. THECELT45

     

    Bridge of Don, yes – Danestone is the posh part :-)))

     

    The Prince of Wales is still there, and still as popular with the ‘more mature’ crowd. You’d probably recognise some of the regulars who seem to have been a permanent fixture – same as Ma Camerons, which you’ll know.

     

     

    Lots of changes in Aberdeen, for sure, and lot’s of new houses all over the place.

     

    Kind of guessed you would be O&G related. it’s amazing the amount of people you bump into who’ve spent time in Aberdeen. We got chatting to some Americans from California at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix a few years ago – turned out they lived not far from where we are now. Small World.

  13. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC

     

     

    O MoJo, MoJo! wherefore art thou MoJo?

     

     

    HH

     

    Wee BGFC

  14. Really,I know we all keep saying it,but sometimes it can become so repetitive,that we actually start to take their ,stupidity,gullibility,total lack of irony,for granted.Its when you read the likes of some of their posts,pasted on here today,that the incredulity once again washes over you.

     

    Just finished the first episode of series 8 of The Walking Dead.More intelligence shown by the Zombies on there,than their brothers from the Southside.They are beyond parody.

  15. BATEEN BHOY

     

     

    Was in Aberdeen on Saturday with good lady and daughter for Aberdeen University Open Day.

     

     

    What a great experience for us all!

     

     

    I was most impressed by all that I saw and wish now I’d gone there 50 years ago when I had the chance.

     

     

    The new library is an absolute work of art.

     

     

    Loved the whole experience.

     

     

    Unfortunately the wee yin prefers Robert Gordon, but both tough to get into.

     

     

    We’ll see.

  16. HomeSportFootballAberdeen FC

     

    We’re ready to ‘massive statement’ against Celtic insists Aberdeen star Kenny McLean

     

     

     

    Enough,please enough with the statements.He might end up playing for them,so maybe just getting in some practice.

  17. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Dost thou hath tickets, or is thou full of it?

  18. A friend took me to Stockport a few years back and laughed himself sick when I heard the tune played as the home team took the field. I have visited the town a few times since but will not go back to that venue ever.

     

     

    Watched the Hibs game yesterday evening. Now utterly convinced that Dallas Junior is the worst referee I have seen in a long time. At one point last night he appeared to have the look of a man totally lacking in any knowledge of the game. But worse still his absolute incompetence could lead to some player being maimed for life. How do these guys get to be referees at the top level? Oh, of course, I forgot….

  19. Philboy,

     

    yes, Aberdeen is not a bad place to be, all told.

     

    Aberdeen Uni has more kudos, and more traditional degree courses, but RGU is gaining a very good reputation for Engineering / Technology/ Buisness related subjects.

     

    It’s an expensive place to live, so if your daughter is looking for somewhere, and isn’t going into student accommodation, let me know – definitely some places she wouldn’t want to be looking at rental properties.

     

    No doubt we’ll catch up on 11th – I think we’re both going to be in the same place at the same time :-)

  20. Philbhoy on 25th October 2017 2:14 pm

     

    HH Philbhoy, my son graduated from RGU, really good school.

     

    TC45

  21. BATEEN BHOY

     

     

    Thanks for your kind offer!

     

     

    Will definitely have a blether on 11/11.

     

     

    I suggest we do it early as I don’t make much sense after about 3 pints!

  22. THECELT45

     

     

    Wee yin loved RGU and that is her first choice at the moment.

     

     

    Unfortunately I was not with her for the open day due to work commitments.

     

     

    She’s still raving about it!

     

     

    I was impressed by Aberdeen University.

     

     

    It is a mixture of ancient and modern buildings, the older one’s, eg, Elphingstone Hall, looked like it was straight out of Chariots of Fire.

     

     

    Just lovely!

  23. It’s often spoke about the demise of English leagues once tv cash dries up.

     

    How the domestically born players are made to look better because of talented foreigners.

     

    The money may dry up but the foresight of the FA has them well prepared for what lies ahead.

     

    The youth set up in England is producing fantastic talent.

     

    The FA unlike the masonic frauds running our game have invested at youth level and they are reaping the rewards.

     

    Englands U17s just gave a spanking to Brazil to reach the world cup final.They won 3-1 but could easily have been more.

     

    Their under 20s also won the world cup this year.And various others of their young teams have reached finals and semis to put them in elite category .

     

    Unlike our officials whose sole purpose seems to be earning moneys for free jollies for blazer wearing frauds the English have applied a long term strategy with emphasis on youth.

     

    Their future looks bright while our frauds have us furiously pedaling backwards.

  24. South Of Tunis on

    Your choon for the afternoon .According to the writing on the sleeve it was bought on the day Celtic beat the Maryhill Magyars 6-2 .

     

     

    Moral seems to be dont’ make assumptions .

     

     

    Borrowed by Deep Purple ( cough ) for Black Night

     

     

    https://youtu.be/-ZJ6QvBp51g

  25. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. I’m guessing at this point that he was full of it so DOES ANYONE HAVE SPARE TICKETS!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. But if I am mistaken sand mojo is not full of it then we will take the tickets :)

  27. Fan-A-Tic

     

    I said years and years ago that if the huns decided they wanted to play football, the referees in scotland would have been on song and the footballers would have been protected, but in their wisdom they obviously could see that they would never in a month of sundays be able to compete with the likes of Celtic in the footballing dept, so they decided on hammer throwers and the referees responded, shame as when it’s played well, it’s a beautiful game, just a pity we don’t see too much of it in scotland.

     

    HH

  28. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    MOJO on 25TH OCTOBER 2017 1:15 PM

     

    Wee BGFC

     

     

     

    I have 2 but you’re no well so you stay in your bed and get better pal

     

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    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Where are you???!?!?!?

  29. Gordon

     

    Lustig Bitton Boyata Tierney

     

    Roberts Armstrong Brown Sinclair

     

    Rogic

     

    Dembele

  30. SOUTH OF TUNIS on 25TH OCTOBER 2017 1:18 PM

     

    BMCUW @ 1.03 .

     

     

    It’s a very old choon . . A choon that dates back centuries . The English Folk revival dug out lots of traditional Folk Ballads which use that choon . Liverpool fans used to sing a song called Poor Scouser Tommy which uses the choon -don’t know if they still do .

     

     

    *it was originally a love song called Irish Molly O with the words “she was young and she was beautiful” and then circus performer Johnny Patterson adapted the words “the hat my father wore” tae the tune with the line “and on St Patrick’s Day I love to wear the hat my father wore. Gene Kelly sings a version of it in “take me out to the ball game”.

     

     

    True tae form they copied it, same with follow follow whose original lyrics are:

     

     

    Follow! follow! I will follow Jesus! Anywhere, everywhere, I will follow on! Follow! follow! I will follow Jesus! Everywhere He leads me I will follow on

     

     

    It was allegedly the last hymn played as the titanic sunk.

     

     

    The hymn’s music has been adopted by the fans of deidco and sevco, as their club anthem.

     

     

    There have been disagreements over the hun fans’ usage of the hymn’s music as their anthem with claims such as from the Boys’ Brigade complaining that using it and changing the lyrics prevented it from remaining a major hymn in their organization because of the association with them. Even the apprentice trooser lifters want nothing to do with them.

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