Doncaster beats No Surrender Longmuir


The appointment of Neil Doncaster as chief executive of the newly formed Scottish Professional (sic) Football League was a forgone conclusion, No Surrender Longmuir was interviewed out of professional courtesy, and the clubs realised that the calibre of external candidates they would attract at the moment would be from the bottom of the corporate pile.  Frankly, a heavy hitter would not apply.

Now that Doncaster is freed from his previous preoccupation – trying to parachute a new club into top flight football – he can worry about his key performance indicators, bringing commercial income into the league.  If he can’t deliver a good deal, or scams a ‘Homecoming’-type deal, by pulling money already committed by a benefactor, like his pal along the corridor, we’re better off without him.

My thanks to Billy No’well for inviting me onto his podcast show, Desert Island Tims, available here.  I had great fun choosing material for the show and even more fun talking about Celtic, and life, with Billy.
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  1. Bhoys I’ll let you into a wee secret.


    With P67 being on holiday a new article appears at noon and hay presto ( later safeway and now morrisons)…


    Like taking candy from a baby and not tax from an orc

  2. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on




    The sooner you get back to work the better



    well done anyway

  3. JinkyvJohnGreig-saysitall on

    5 years till super Sally hears the Champions League music again at Ibrox?



    Time they got their big screen fixed and they can watch the hoops much sooner than that!




  4. Doncaster eh? Thanks Peter.



    He steers one bus off the cliff so you put him in charge of the new one, sorry, this is the guy who was savaging the thing he was charged with running. Rediculous.

  5. I see Bank Street in Coatbridge is closed eastbound tomorrow for a ‘major event’. I also hear on the grapevine that there has been a ten year wait for this event. Will be very surprised if there are no casualties.

  6. Bawsman


    With the options available he was the only choice.


    Should have been advertised imo.


    Why was it not? That is the bigger question.

  7. Bobby Murdochs Ankle on

    Listening to Nick Clegg on R2, must be off station all I can hear is blah blah blah.


    Any suggestions………




  8. Livibhoy,



    Just saw your last response.



    I agree with just about everything…..except Efe in midfield:-)



    We’re better off if the Wanyama deal is finalised soon and we can get in the replacements!!

  9. Rock bottom!






    Joint Administrators of Heart of Midlothian plc offer for sale


    Business and assets of this Edinburgh-based


    Scottish Premier League football club, including the


    brand and freehold stadium.



    – Founded in 1874, with 16 League and Cup wins



    – Freehold of 17,500 all-seater Tynecastle Stadium



    – Average attendance of c.13,000, with a loyal fan base including


    c.10,000 season ticket holders



    – Heart of Midlothian Football Club brand and associated goodwill



    – Squad of 22 players, together with a highly skilled, loyal and experienced workforce



    Formal offers should be submitted to the Joint Administrators


    by 5pm on Friday 12 July 2013.



    Please use the ‘Contact Seller’ form for more information






  10. blantyretim



    Will Kayal stay fit?






    I think Efe fits the bill. Unless Neil decides to go 3 at the back! Plenty options.




  11. Paul 67



    listened to the podcast this morning and may i say a good choice with the Ray Charles song




    Tictalker talking tic


    ERNIE LYNCH. 1220 previous



    Quite possibly. Not likely to make any impact on a tory majority down here though.



    And if you are relying on that to stop the nats being in control,then I have to question your judgement.





    Bargain Hunt?



    Conclusive proof that daytime telly is a conspiracy to get people back to work!



    Get back on that site FFM linked you to. And watch some decent movies from the sidebars.





    Oh boy…..



    I know you are really really desperate to be up and running again,but you are a faffin’ DEAD MAN the minute yer passed fit!



    Bet you canny wait though…

  15. New hospitality: cafe 1888 opens its doors for 2013/14


    By: Newsroom Staff on 05 Jul, 2013 11:15


    AS the players step up their pre-season in Germany, we’re continuing to make our own preparations for the new season back here at Celtic Park, and are delighted today to announce details of our brand new cafe 1888 facility.



    Situated in the North Stand, cafe 1888 will offer guests a fresh and vibrant setting in which to enjoy matchday hospitality, before taking their seats for the match in an excellent central location within the stand.



    Featuring stylish contemporary furniture, plasma TV screens, and stunning Celtic artwork, this all new hospitality offering provides the perfect setting to enjoy, pre and post-match, here at the home of the champions.



    Guests within this area will also enjoy a complimentary bar pre and post-match, with on-site betting facilities, as well as half-time snacks, and a selection of bowl food.



    Car parking facilities are provided, as is a complimentary matchday programme featuring a company listing. Also included within the package is the right to buy further home and away match tickets, and an invite to our Annual Patrons’ event here at Celtic Park.



    A seasonal corporate package within cafe 1888 is priced at £2,750 + VAT for the 2013/14 season. To discuss availability with a member of our team, call 0871 226 1888* (Option 4) or email matchdayhospitality@celticfc.co.uk








    Re “The Final Whistle” photie….



    My thanks to DJBEE for originally posting it. My thanks also to RWE for reminding me it can be printed off.



    So I’m gonna print off a few copies on A3 hi-white paper tonight.



    Looking at finding a way to do it on A2 as well,but I have to rotate the image,so that may take some time.



    If anyone wants one that size,let me know. I’ll pass them on in September.

  17. South Of Tunis on

    BMCUW @ 12 21 .



    Thanks —-it ‘s good to get some vox pop .



    Definitely off oot . Mrs S of T is ready for the beach . 3 big bags worth of preparation . She’s driving [ ” you can load the car ” ] Load also means unload and transport bags from car park to her chosen spot . [ return journey included ]

  18. Gordon_j.


    Being a published author surely you must have a few notes to go with the change.?


    ARGIE FRANCIE just text to say POPE JOHN PAUL 2 is to be canonised.he tried to get BT on phone but got no answer.3 hail marys and a glory b for you next time you go to ST SIMON’S.

  20. ROW Z - Let Celtic Flourish By The Cleansing Of The 'Den! on

    Both the SPL and SFL required to follow tupe hence no external candidates. big question is how much is Longmuir getting for not doing the job? Tupe requires transfer to newco on existing terms.








    Just rejection notes.



    It’s a hard job getting published,and I admire GORDON J both for achieving his goal,and for sticking to his goal.



    Few authors are accepted right away. Even the best ones.

  22. I see the club are doing alot to appeal to the corporate customers, i was wondering why they don’t open up such a cafe for those arriving early on matchdays (Irish Fans & those travelling from further afield) surely the ordinary fans want to get some grubb, some drinks, browse the shop. There is nothing to entice fans to get to the ground early and spend a few quid with celtic. Once this new development takes shape hopefully that will be the case.

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