CQN Magazine new issue out now! Police, law, Neil and Orange!


Issue 5 of CQN Magazine is out today with some exciting changes.  We’re moving print production into the UK for this issue, which will be available after the game against Rangers, with 8 extra pages not included the online version, covering all the drama from next week’s game.

We have a couple of retrospective articles touching on the momentous events of 2011, including an interview with George Galloway, discussing his book about the life Neil Lennon has had to endure.  As you would expect, George doesn’t shirk out of the tackle.

We also have an excellent interview with Elaine C Smith, talking about growing into her life as a Celtic fan, her work and tackling domestic violence.  We cover the recent Football Bill and question the possible agendas behind a senior police officer, and recent striking referee, reporting Celtic fans to Uefa.

We stick our first toe in the short story water, a clarion call to Reclaim the colour Orange, tons of great fan memories, many of which you’ll share and plenty more, it’s all there, including typos and deliberate mistakes!

You can order now with credit/debit card or Paypal and buy direct from the UK for only £3.50 + £1.50 postage and packing.  Shipping costs £2 to ROI, £3 to Europe and £4 to the rest of the known universe.  Click on the link below to order.

Click here to view the new issue of CQN Magazine online for free. You can support the online edition by making a discretionary donation here.

Many thanks to those who have helped get the magazine off and flying this year. Everyone who has contributed (or even read) are invited to the Cathedral House Hotel in Glasgow on Friday evening for a Christmas drink. Target time is 20:30, see you there.

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  1. Talking of playing in funny colours, I used to play for St Luke’s BG as a boy in the 60’s. When we played Celtic BC, the chap that ran St Luke’s (Tam Daly) often used to put us out in a blue kit to add a little frisson (I didn’t use words like frisson in those days – living in the Gorbals it would have been “illicit”). I remember we played them one night at Glasgow Green (can’t remember if Big Jock’s son George was playing for them that night) and beat them 4-1. Assetmanager scored all four for St.Luke’s .


    As I was walking off at the end an old fella came up to me, rubbed my hair and said “Well done son – ye paid back thae fenians for the other night” ( I paraphrase after all this time). He was referring to the skelping the Tic gave the huns in the Glasgow Cup the night before ( 4-0 at Ibrox – 90’000 crowd)



    I didn’t have the heart to tell him

  2. I must have missed this at the time.



    I see Man City were prepared to sell/loan Wayne Bridge to us in the summer but the player decided not to leave. He is being paid £90,000 per week and Mancini is most defintely annoyed that WB would rather sit in the stand than play football.



    The question is: do we still need/want him?

  3. 42 Senior Clubs?



    League reconstruction?



    Hmmm …



    It could be the answer to the Foe Malign’s future cash flow predicament.



    Were they to fold and be bounced down a division or 2, they could argue that it might be the right time to have a 42 team top division.



    Think about it: 41 games a season; each team gets to play all the others, although only once: season about.



    The league could well be decided each year on goal difference.



    I could see a lot of lower division teams voting for that. Including the once mighty Forces of Darkness.



    Or maybe not …

  4. Neil "Penfold" Lennon on




    Jeez, I’m 43……it was a long time ago. Think it was a guy called Brian with the same surname as one of our more succesful managers. Was about 6ft 2 and just as wide. Didn’t fight that much but saw him destroy a few guys. I could be wrong about the name though.

  5. Penfold


    Not sure


    But what the hell


    I have just turned 41 …. Did you know hammy or his brother




    What about Laura callan????


    Or chinks…??


    Round about your time there


    Mr Mathews was the school team coach at that time


    Good guy ….


    I was originally st Kenneth’s

  6. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo says:


    21 December, 2011 at 14:38



    Maybe they are worried about our form?

  7. Neil "Penfold" Lennon on




    You’d be the year below me. I remember Mathews and Laura but not the others. I was a St hilary’s boy. You’d probably have know some of the Sidneys, one of them was my best man recently, or at least one of the McEntagarts.




  8. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    probably recalled to the sty for further instructions and new agenda instruction.


    But regardless, their club is still undermining British soldiers in active service, how can they live with such shame.

  9. Lundy says:


    21 December, 2011 at 14:20



    I was at that game, with my father.



    We were getting beat, 0-2 at half time, if I recall.



    Charlie Gallagher was playing inside left, in old money and Bobby Lennox was outside right.



    During the interval, my father said to me, ” if I was Jimmy Mc.Grory, I would move gallagher to outside right and play that boy Lennox through the middle.”



    Lo and behold, it came to pass (seasonal reference), that the manager did exactly that in the second half.



    Celtic went on to score three ,with CG laying on two for BL, if I recall correctly.



    Bobby had phenomenal positional sense and new where the ball was going to be, in front of goal.



    Charlie’s range of passingbecame the stuff of legend.



    Charlie’s early Celtic career was dogged by claims that he was too soft.



    Inside forwards, at that time, were meant to charge up and down the park and tackle like demons.



    The late, great John White, of Falkirk and Spurs fame, redefined the role into a more thoughtful and creative one.



    Charlie was a disciple of that style and became a valuable member of the squad, usually as an understudy to Bertie Auld.

  10. Phew!!



    Managed to offload an unwanted pair of white socks in the works secret santa there.

  11. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on




    I was at that game too.



    Did we wear the green jersey with white sleeves and the four leaf clover, that day/

  12. Swiss Tony



    Sound advice …..from a man of the world!






    Don’t know the annex ……. was that the old music block?






    A lot of the chemistry teachers had beards …… I remember running a message and had to enter the Chemistry teachers staff room, jesus h christ there was that much ciggys and supplements in the tea that it was a miracle that the entire block never exploded….



    ……. your old man kid’s used to leave sandwiches on the back seat of his car which I semi regularly sat on when cars were used to ship us to away games …… I guess he is still in the News if he we are not at cross purposes.




  13. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Had to laff at swatty askin “If we are that bad why are we still on top”? Cos your lot bagged 5 points over the last 2 games when you shld have only had one at most. Now back to bed for your wee nap ya clown!!

  14. Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning! says:


    21 December, 2011 at 14:58






    I was at that game too.



    Did we wear the green jersey with white sleeves and the four leaf clover, that day/








    I honestly cant remember.



    However, Killie, in those day, wore identical Hoops as us, except that theirs was blue and white.



    Also, I think that it was the rule that the home team changed, in the event of a clash; so if you recall us playing in that strip, then you are probably correct.

  15. BSR – be careful what you say about the socks. You might put your foot in it.



    Taxi !!!!!……………

  16. Neil "Penfold" Lennon on

    EK Bhoy



    Aye, that would be our pieces and yes, I think you’ve got the right guy, he is often in the ‘News’



    I’m fairly sure he used to send pupils to get fags for him back in the day.




  17. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on

    Got a ten pound voucher for Watt Brothers in the Secret Santa.




  18. wayne bridge no thanks .i think he is one of the worse left backs i have seen .he has been found out at chelsea, man city. an absalute dumpling

  19. Ramie / Penfold,



    Was at St Bride’s 91-97. Played for and captained the school team while I was there.



    Is the Mr Matthews you are talking about the English teacher? He was brilliant.



    Another English teacher, Mr Wylie, was a massive Hoops man. He had newspaper cuttings of the Lions and the Centenary team up on the wall in his class.



    He let himself down though by having a picture of Simpson ‘doing’ Durrant , effectively ruining his career. How he got away with it I’ll never know……..



    Oh, and as for the colour of our strips – during 3rd and 4th Year we had a kind of petrol green top with black shorts and socks? In my final two years we had a red & white striped top (Sunderland-esque) with the same shorts and socks combo.



    God knows who was buying/picking the kit as you know the school colours are/were purple, yellow & black!!!!!




  20. seting free the bears,



    Thanks for taking the time to explain that to me and to Paul67 for his comments.


    The mood is good on CQN today. Long may it last.



    Árd Macha

  21. It has occasionally troubled me that the demise of the Orange Walk could see the loss of many useful jobs in Scotland, what with the white socks, black slip-on shoes, white gloves and bowler hat industries all potentially dependent on this steady stream of work …

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