Courts, offensive law and a club for the downtrodden


I’m a bit disappointed RIFC were not in a position to advise their shareholders the results of the votes this morning.  Doing so would not have added 10 minutes to proceedings.  My expectation is that the board would win both votes, giving them a resounding platform this weekend to sell tickets for lower league football.  Perhaps there’s more going on than I thought.

You have to wonder what that expensive legal business in London and Edinburgh yesterday was all about?  Many details of Sports Direct’s deal with Newco are public knowledge, and the void of missing details is filled with pretty stark speculation.  It struck me that counsel for Sports Direct noted the chronology of the new board being appointed, the subsequent leaks and that Newco had not denied they were the source of the leak.  All now on record, in court.  Confidentiality is, of course, a condition of the agreement, which could now be argued is in breach.  That would be a source of regret.  For some.

More on Dave King over the weekend.  He can’t help himself.

You have to admire those who work to expose the absurdity of the Offensive Behaviour Act, designed by the SNP government to “equalise” non criminal offenses with criminal offenses.  Unfortunately, the campaigners are wasting their time, the Act is here to stay, anyone in doubt should read the news this morning that 80% of people surveyed support it.  Ask the average person in the street if they support a law against Offensive Behaviour and they’re hardly likely to say ‘no’.  This type of survey is manipulative nonsense.  Police with guns on the streets and politically motivated laws are a by-product of blind populism.  This is an offensive law and I am horrified.

Robert King is one of the Angola 3, who were incarcerated in solitary confinement in the Louisiana town of that name, and who have become causes célèbres for miscarriage of justice campaigners and prison reformers alike.  King spent 30 years in solitary before having his conviction overturned.  If you don’t know about the Angola 3, go find out.

He pitched up on CNN yesterday dressed in distinctive attire (below).

My relationship with Celtic is different to King’s.  I’m a Celtic fan because that’s the way I was brought up, but I’m pretty sure King’s roots don’t reach back to the Emerald Isle.  Chances are, I’d be a Celtic fan whether we were a club with a social mission or not.  For others, for King, the reasons they wear a shirt on TV, buy a season ticket, or simply share in our joy on occasion, are different.

We are the club of the underdog, a beacon for the downtrodden, a place where they will find a welcome.  No one can plan for this, it either survives over the decades or it doesn’t, so it’s worthwhile telling this part of our story now and again, to set ourselves a core target: Remain the most ethical football club in the world.

To deliver on this you and I need to step forward, this is not a job that can be outsourced to the club, it takes all of us.  You can start here by signing up for the Great Scottish Run for the Foundation.  I know at least 30 runners who read this, sign up before I see you in person!

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  1. Chicagobhoy1967. Excellent post.



    I’d contribute to bring Mr. King to a match also.

  2. ExSlaemuirBhoy on






    17:53 on



    12 June, 2015





    Great way to come across the “Hoops”, you will love it when you make it over

  3. Greeninbingley on



    17:53 on


    12 June, 2015



    What an excellent and touching post.



    I was born into Celtic – Glasgow Irish ma and da – and I hav


    e always had a special respect for those supporters, like you, who weren’t handed this great gift on a plate, as it were.



    Your post has just reminded me how lucky I am.

  4. Greeninbingley on

    And I would gladly contribute to bring Mr King to a match.



    I hope someone in the club’s press office is arranging an interview with him now on how he came to be a supporter.

  5. While I could not claim to feel the way that all of you do, I feel an intellectual and emotional attachment to the club that’s quite different from the teams I have followed in Chicago my whole life.






    The fact that you can write so beautifully about your attachment means that you do “get it”, and therefore you feel exactly as we do :)

  6. So how did the GSL’s trip to Londinium on ‘club/clumpany business’ go today I wonder?




  7. Jimmynotpaul on

    Chicagobhoy 1967.


    Beautiful post.


    Hail Hail to you.


    Mr King has given Celtic some wonderful publicity.


    I am of the opinion that the club should invite him over at their expense. Hopefully after such a long time in prison, solitary confinement,I believe, he would be able to cope with the experience.


    I loved his statement, it gladdened my heart.

  8. Chicagobhoy1967,



    I hope you make it to Paradise and, maybe particularly, to a European tie. Even the likes of Messi love that atmosphere. Sure, Rod Stewart, like the rest of us, have been known to shed a tear on such an occasion.

  9. Neustadt-Braw on




    would like to add my admiration of your post ….a braw post from the heart …keep it lit ….hail hail




  10. Chicagobhoy 67



    I have always wanted to go to Chicago.



    I’m a big Blues fan.



    Is it really that windy there, ‘tho?!




  11. BT – If yer looking in I’ll be home June 23rd to July 6. Thanks for getting back to me via FB, I was hoping to be home for the CQN golf tourney but sadly not.


    However, I’ll be around and can make it to the BV if you or any of the other CQN’rs fancy meeting up for a pint:)





  12. Chicagobhoy



    You’d better promise to let us know when you’re coming……..



    I mean that.



    HH jamesgang

  13. Dbba


    Scrolling back.


    Really??? “Suprised at you”( said in best Teachers voice).

  14. I am delighted to see Mr Robert King


    On cqn today.


    I have been aware of this case for a few years and purchased the documentary


    “In the land of the free”


    Narrated by Samuel L Jackson


    It tells the story in great detail .


    It is freely available on that auction site and is only £6.99.


    A must have for further info and an understanding of this heinous miscarriage of justice!.



    I would love to see Mr King at Celtic park and would be happy to donate to any fund to make this possible .

  15. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    I’m away on holiday but I’m sure the bhoys will welcome you with open arms in the BV

  16. ….to all the Green Fingered Tims………






    ……….that’s me just finished the…….. gra(ss) mo chroi !




  17. Been inblognito all week and missed the Robert King stuff.



    Any tell me what/if he had the Hoops on for? Did he say anything about it?




  18. Someone said on the blog we live in truly great times. Yet in a week when Ogilvie walks into the sunset and Barry Ferguson is boasting of titles under Walter, I ask where is the justice.


    As Celtic supporters over the age of 22 will testify it’s not all titles and cups.


    I exercised a few demons today and returned to the worst year of my life. Personal and Supporting Celtic. Celtic coca cola league cup final. And the night I took my fists to knife fight, that no one told me. The fact the perpetrator then went on to murder leaves you of questions of what if.


    Looking back and seeing Stevie Crawford and Jimmy Nicholl two people my dad,s friends with was a bit emotional.


    Anyway to the memory of the deceased, I can’t get this song out of my head.


    Looking in the mirror chanting at a loud noise I reckon if I could lose a stone I would be a dead ringer for Big Mike. Can I also thank James Forrest, the clumpany for the reminders, I feel like I’ve lost a load today. Take it away Mike, KARMA.



    Lyrics to A Rush Of Blood To The Head


    He said i’m gonna buy this place and burn it down,


    I’m gonna put it six feet underground.


    He said i’m gonna buy this place and watch it fall,


    He said i’m gonna buy this place and burn it down,


    I’m gonna put it six feet underground.


    He said i’m gonna buy this place and watch it fall,


    Stand here beside me baby in the crumbling walls.



    Oh i’m gonna buy this place and start a fire,


    stand here until I fill all your hearts desires.


    Because i’m gonna buy this place and see it burn,


    and do back the things it did to you in return.



    He said i’m gonna buy a gun and start a war,


    if you can tell me something worth fighting for.


    Oh and i’m gonna buy this place is what i said.


    Blame it upon a rush of blood to the head.



    All the movements have started to make,


    see me crumble and fall on my face,


    And I know the mistakes that i’ve made,


    See it all disappear without trace.


    And they call as they beckon you on,


    they say start as you need to go on.


    (start as you need to go on)



    Said i’m gonna buy this place and see it go,


    and stand here beside me baby, watch the orange glow.


    Someone laughed, some just sit and cry.


    Ill just sit down there and you wonder why.



    So i’m gonna buy a gun and start a war,


    if you can tell me something worth fighting for.


    and i’m gonna buy this place is what i said.


    Blame it upon a rush of blood to the head, upto the head.



    Alll the movements I have started to make,


    see me crumble and fall on my face,


    And I know the mistakes that i’ve made,


    See it all disappear without trace.


    And they call us, they beckon you on,


    they say start as you mean to go on.


    (start as you mean to go on)


    (start as you mean to go on)



    So meet me by the bridge,


    Meet me by the lane,


    When am i gonna see, that pretty face again,


    Oh meet me on the road,


    meet me where i stand,


    blame it all upon, a rush of blood to the head







    Publisher: Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group


    Powered by LyricFind

  19. chicagobhoy1967 on





    Born in Chicago, half Irish (Armagh), half German, so perhaps a half-Hun. We’re all mutts here.







    The Windy City actually gets its nickname from our politicians and the hot air that they expel. Obama cut his teeth here.





    Thank you for the kind words everyone. Seems the fixtures will come out soon. We have friends in Manchester, hoping to catch a match down south as well.



    I did see Celtic in Chicago a few years back. The corner of our little stadium was filled with traveling CFC support and those few hundred made such a racket.

  20. ExSlaemuirBhoy on






    18:45 on



    12 June, 2015





    When in Mankchester you are not far from NFL’s home ground, Go see Lenny’s team and stay clear of the 2 soulless outfits in that city

  21. chicagobhoy1967



    18:45 on 12 June, 2015







    Born in Chicago, half Irish (Armagh), half German, so perhaps a half-Hun. We’re all mutts here.






    Cubs or Whitesox?

  22. I’ve been in Chicago a few times and it’s a great city! The craic is mighty, as they say. Welcome to the CQN family ChicagoBhoy from the ex-pats, St. Pauli and Dresdeners that make up the Dresden CSC! Hail! Hail!

  23. Craigellachie10 on

    Well done ChicagoBhoy 1967! First post and you outed Tallybhoy (I’m a big Blues fan) :)



    Seriously though great post, and as one not born to Celtic nice to hear of your moment of conversion. Mine was simply being of an impressionable age when jinky, George Connolly and then Kenny were doing their stuff.

  24. Chicago bhoy – that’s a great story. I’m third generation Celtic supporter. Born in to the Celtic supporting community really.



    It doesn’t matter why people are drawn in. Irish diaspora, parental influence, the style of play, the colour and noise, the social mission- it’s where we are all at and the common bond it gives us.



    As we always say we’re a club open to all. A broad church. Hope you get to paradise soon!! Hail hail.

  25. Careful With That Tax, Moonbeams on

    Chicago ? One of my fav films ..



    Henry: portrait of a serial killer ..



    ”Ferk the Bears” ..




  26. Tartan Army out in force in Dublin this evening, great craic. Think I’ll get the new kilt on for the game tomorrow .



    Only been to Chicago once but had a great time. Lake Shore and blues bars were cool as.

  27. Not sure if anyone has mentioned this, but one hundred years ago today, former Celtic player Willie Angus walk across a field near Givenchy, he was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery and valour in rescuing Lt James Martin who had fallen wounded a few feet from the German line. Angus was wounded 40 times in the process and lost an eye.

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