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. Steinreignedsupreme on

    South Of Tunis 15:09 on 5 July, 2013



    Live Aid – they shamelessly used that to revive their flagging career.



    Writing on those album covers seemed like a good idea at the time…

  2. The Battered Bunnet on




    Fair point about the harvest labour. You might also make the same point of the wimmin.

  3. Gene’s a Bhoy’s name



    13:46 on 5 July, 2013



    Just popped in to ask for you prayers for my brother who is gravelly ill. Won’t be back on for a few days.











    I will say a wee Prayer that the Lord gives your Brother and hopefully us all, mair time together.

  4. bournesouprecipe



    15:25 on 5 July, 2013



    Meanwhile somewhere in Greece Eurochamp67 has caught more fish then all the local fisherman, put together.





    The Tranquil Sea, there is no justification, unless he was moonhowling his catch by turning it into the Ouzo Sea.

  5. buick makane on

    Jeezo,does the old bigotfest start early now, just been caught adjacent one in fielden st.near Celtic park,never heard them though, Windows up and guns n roses on full blast.Made sure I made eye contact with a couple of those dressed up as Mr Benn and made sure they seen my massive grin. They knew and they know we know:)

  6. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    Thanks for your last two posts. Yeah I know what you mean. Be rest assured I dont do walking away ;-) but its not a game or sport anymore in Scotland. The product and the deliberate product placement forced upon a support within a supposed sporting context regardless of the social cost to that support. Look up Campbell Ogilvie.



    I cant take any Scottish football seriously or our pretend dignified hands off routine about the resurrection of the huns.



    I cant see me watching it anymore. Celtic sure …but I sint going out my way.



    I will follow us in Europe and if we get anywhere I will splash the cash to make sure I see it. Even though UEFA is an even more corrupt bunch of blood sucking bandits than our own. At least I will be staying in touch with how Lenny and the bhoys are doing and charities.



    And annoying everyone on here daily and reminding them of our duties to the sport and game above our business requirements.



    This endeth the lessen from timdon chp1. Pg.1. ;-)



    Signing off for a few days. Not going to Fuerth or Berlin.




  7. RalphWaldoEllison remembers ALS victims Jimmy Jonstone & John Cushley on

    Aw Naw



    Enjoy the break.




  8. South Of Tunis on

    Steinreignedsupreme ..



    Watch out for a guy who looks like Freewheelin Franklin . Those defaced album sleeves cost him money . . Much less to be had from that Incredible String Band LP when the sleeve features a scrawled ——” Drippy Music For Drips .” I remember really upsetting Freewheelin Franklin by laughing when he told me that [ ——— I paraphrase]



    the psycho ******* has ruined Vol 1 and Vol 2 of Sun Ra ‘s Solar Myth Approach [ on actuel ] by writing ——




  9. It’s awe aboot.. Hivin’ or No Hivin’






    Faith? In Whit?



    Me? Well.. I have faith in God.



    and.. The Roman Catholic Church.



    and so long as the Roman Catholic Church does not falter.. and Give in, tae the Insistant Cries for .. RADICAL Change.. in the name of Modernity.



    Ah wull retain that Faith.. In the Roman Catholic Church.



    and.. Struggle with the Guilt that Accompanies that Charge.



    Sure, Guilt.. Fur ye canny hiv Faith in yer Religion.. withoot hiving a spot of Guilt , that goes alang


    wi’ it.



    and..let me tell ye, up front..




    Folk, dinna Like tae Feel Guilty.


    It makes them..well.. Uncomforable.



    So whit is their Answer?



    Why.. Change the Rules .. the wans, that when folk Break ’em..


    Maks them



    Feel Guilty!



    That is the Trouble wi’ Being a Roman Catholic..




    Ye must Adhere tae a Loata Pesky Rules.. which,in turn..



    Maks ye feel . . well.. Guilt.. When ye happen tae Break ’em.






    Ah wull Remain Faithful tae Ma Faith in the Roman Catholic Church..as she is,today.



    despite…no Maitter how much,in Daeing so..



    It Maks me feel Guilty ,when Ah break them…( which is ,sadly, Aloater!)



    And when Ah dae..



    Ah wull Always find the time.. and The Courage.. tae Go tae Confession



    And.. Face tae Face Confession… In the God’s Daylight.. Jist Me and the Priest.. Mano tae Mano.



    None of this.. Hiding yer face in the darkness.. and whispering thru a Screen ,



    Like Ah said..



    It awe boils doon tae How Much Faith ye hiv.. in Following the Teachings..and the Rules of the Roman Catholic Church..



    Which Ah try tae dae.. but, no always succeed in daeing so.



    But.. Ah wull keep oan Pluggin’ Away.. until .. Ah get it Right.




    Fur Ah hiv… Faith.







  10. A Stor Mo Chroi on

    “Mrs. O’Callahan, your son is the bravest man I ever saw.”



    What went through this mother’s mind as she listened to Capt. Leslie Gehres, commander of the USS Franklin? Her son did not fit the stereotypical image of a hero. He was more scholarly than athletic, more likely pictured in front of a classroom than in the midst of a combat zone. But, a hero he was.



    Joseph Timothy O’Callahan was born on May 14, 1905, in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Upon graduating from high school, he joined the Jesuits and was ordained in 1934. For the next six years, he taught mathematics, physics and philosophy at several of the Order’s colleges.



    In August 1940, with war raging in Europe, Father O’Callahan enlisted in the Naval Reserve Chaplains Corps. Several assignments followed before he reported on March 2, 1945 to the aircraft carrier USS Franklin to serve as chaplain to its 3,200 men. The ship was part of a task force whose mission was to track down the Japanese fleet and destroy it.



    On March 18, with the U.S. ships about 100 miles from Japan, American planes took off in waves beginning at first light. Their role was to engage and destroy Japanese air power, and then locate the enemy vessels which were scattered throughout inland waters. Before each flight, Fr. Joseph O’Callahan visited the various pilot ready rooms, praying with the men and giving them general absolution. The U.S. pilots dominated the skies, but did not locate the enemy ships until just before dark. The strike against them would have to wait until the next morning.



    March 19 began as the day before. The first wave of planes left the carrier at 5:30 AM. Shortly afterwards, as the second wave was being readied, with full tanks of fuel and loads of rockets and bombs, a Japanese plane evaded the American air cover. It flew over the Franklin releasing a bomb that penetrated the flight and gallery decks and exploded in the hangar. Within seconds, gasoline ignited and a wave of searing flame raced down the three football-field length of the hangar, gaining impetus as it proceeded from exploding planes. Some 800[1] men were dead or would die within the next few days.



    Father O’Callahan retrieved a vial of holy oil and his helmet marked with a large white cross as he made his way through passages filled with flames and smoke to the open area above. On the hangar deck, bombs and rockets, engulfed in a mass of flames, were exploding at a rate of about one per minute.




    Father continued upward to the flight deck. Here nearly 90 percent of the 1,000-foot apron was aflame. The clear portion was full of burned, mangled, bleeding bodies. He spent a few moments with each of those who were alive, praying, absolving, anointing. Explosions tore apart the steam lines and the boilers shut down. By 9:30 AM, the ship was powerless and listing. Twenty minutes later, a rear service magazine of five-inch shells exploded, raining debris onto the deck.



    The fury brought disorganization. Key officers were dead, and many chiefs, if alive, were dispersed or trapped. Flames, explosions and noxious smoke smeared faces and uniforms making it almost impossible to recognize anyone from a distance. One thing stood out, however, the white cross on the chaplain’s helmet. It had the power to inspire.



    Depleted hose crews needed help. Father rallied a group of men to join him on the hoses. When the fire marshal entered smoke-filled portions of the ship looking for breather masks, the priest was with him.




    When a live, thousand-pound bomb was spotted on the deck, the chaplain stood by for moral support while a team defused it; then he mustered a group of men to drop it overboard. When the fires were pushed back from the forward gun turret and its ready-ammunition magazine, hundreds of five-inch shells stored there had to be jettisoned before they exploded. Father O’Callahan had men form a chain, taking his turn in the line, to pass the hot shells from the magazine to the edge of the ship where they were dumped. He then joined a crew to flood a lower-deck magazine whose ammunition could not be easily unloaded.



    When the fires on the hangar deck began to subside, Father led a hose crew through a smoke-filled, dark passage to the area. On the flight deck, as the fires receded, six loose, but live, thousand-pound bombs were discovered. The chaplain was there encouraging the men as a hose crew worked to cool the bombs so others could defuse them.



    That evening, the engineers were able to return to their stations, make emergency repairs and get the boilers started. By 9 AM on the 20th, the Franklin was moving under its own power. Burial parties were formed to take care of the hundreds of dead. All day and night, the priest and the Protestant chaplain held a brief prayer service for each man as he was assigned to the sea. On April 3, one month after it had left, the ship reentered Pearl Harbor.



    For his courageous acts, Fr. Joseph Timothy O’Callahan was awarded the Medal of Honor, the first chaplain since the Civil War to be so honored. Released from active duty in November 1946, Father O’Callahan returned to Holy Cross College as a professor of philosophy. He died in Worcester on March 18, 1964, the eve of the nineteenth anniversary of his heroic acts.

  11. A Stor Mo Chroi on

    Medal of Honor Awarded to Korean War Chaplain






    Published: April 11, 2013



















    WASHINGTON — Supporters of the Rev. Emil J. Kapaun, an Army chaplain who died a prisoner in the Korean War, are still working to have him declared a Catholic saint for his lifesaving ministrations to them. But for now, they have the satisfaction of seeing him posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House.





    Stephen Crowley/The New York Times



    In an East Room ceremony on Thursday, President Obama presented the blue sash and five-pointed star to an emotional Ray Kapaun, a nephew. At 56, the nephew has been alive for less time than his uncle’s comrades have labored to get recognition for their chaplain, who died nearly 62 years ago, at the age of 35, in a prisoner-of-war camp.



    “This is an amazing story,” Mr. Obama said. “Father Kapaun has been called a shepherd in combat boots. His fellow soldiers who felt his grace and his mercy called him a saint, a blessing from God. Today, we bestow another title on him — recipient of our nation’s highest military decoration.”



    He added, “I know one of Father Kapaun’s comrades spoke for a lot of folks here when he said, ‘It’s about time.’ ”



    Father Kapaun was honored for his heroism during combat at Unsan, in November 1950 when his unit — the Third Battalion, Eighth Cavalry Regiment, First Cavalry Division — was attacked by Chinese Communist forces, according to the citation read aloud as Mr. Obama and Mr. Kapaun stood at attention.



    The chaplain “calmly walked through withering enemy fire” and hand-to-hand combat to provide medical aid, comforting words or the last rites of the Roman Catholic Church to the wounded, the citation said. When he saw a Chinese soldier about to execute a wounded comrade, Sgt. First Class Herbert A. Miller, he rushed to push the gun away. Mr. Miller, now 86, was at the White House for the ceremony with other veterans, former prisoners of war and members of the Kapaun family.



    “This is the valor we honor today,” Mr. Obama said. “An American soldier who didn’t fire a gun, but who wielded the mightiest weapon of all, a love for his brothers so pure that he was willing to die so that they might live.”



    At such ceremonies, the president, who wrote a best-selling memoir, seems to relish the narrative of a compelling tale. For this one, he went beyond the citation, saying “the incredible story of Father Kapaun does not end there.”



    Since the priest was from a small town near Wichita, Kan., like Mr. Obama’s grandparents who helped raise him, “I have a sense of the man he was,” Mr. Obama said. He told of how Father Kapaun carried Mr. Miller and helped soldiers who faltered on a forced march to a prisoner-of-war camp, where the Chinese sent them after the attack. Through the winter, as the American prisoners froze to death, he offered his clothes, sneaked out to bring back grain and cleaned the soldiers’ wounds.



    Guards tortured him for his shows of faith, but on Easter, Father Kapaun offered Mass in church ruins at the camp as guards looked on.



    One of the veterans told him, the president said, that the chaplain “kept a lot of us alive.”



    The priest had a blood clot, dysentery and then pneumonia, and in May 1951, guards sent him into isolation, without food or water, to die. As Mr. Obama recounted, based on testimony from Father Kapaun’s comrades, the priest looked at the guards and said, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”



    His remains were never recovered. At war’s end, the surviving P.O.W.’s walked out of the camp with a four-foot wooden crucifix they had made in his honor.

  12. Dontbrattbakkinanger



    13:47 on 5 July, 2013



    AsonofDan- ‘A Yes vote is a vote for allowing an unhindered demolition of the Catholic Faith in this country’



    -with respect I think the biggest risk to the Faith is the lack of priests and the empty pews; if I see a young family at Mass I assume they’re Polish.



    THis may change with Pope Francis, who can only be a force for good, but these changes necessarily take time to come through.



    [ I’ll be voting No when the time comes]





    The pews would be filled if the real story of the Bible was transmitted.



    Give the youngsters what they want, it is all in there. The Bible story is incredible and encapsulates everything, everyone and every Time.



    The youngsters want to know about Vampires. Jesus Died (he shed his Blood) to save us all, what does a vampire do?



    The Church has been totally compromised (in the wile ole West society), I’m sorry, it has been. FFS start preaching like I do and I’m sure I’d get a few rockets in that are Genuinely interested.



    Who has talked about Transhumanism? in a Church or a Chapel?



    Will I go onto PostHumanism?



    Or Will I go back to the Garden, And ye shall be as God?



    The Church has been NEUTRALISED (Catholic and Protestant) and it is Time for people to really start to Waken up, only if they Really Want to. :)






    Good to see a few of the youngsters getting a run out this week, that is our Future. Make no mistake about that.

  13. Ouch.


    Put a bit of weight on my leg and think ive pulled a calf muscle…..

  14. One reason that hasnt been mentioned here about the fall in church numbers is that many people just dont believe in the existence of any kind of god or creator.



    Along with all the other reasons given earlier i dont think this can be dismissed as insignificant.

  15. hoopy-do



    16:08 on 5 July, 2013



    One reason that hasnt been mentioned here about the fall in church numbers is that many people just dont believe in the existence of any kind of god or creator.



    Along with all the other reasons given earlier i dont think this can be dismissed as insignificant.





    I just don’t Believe that.



    It is in the DNA.

  16. Summa of Sammi….



    16:12 on 5 July, 2013









    People are so Easy.. Under the Influence..:-)








    He is Roaming and roaring like a Lion. Always Looking for anyone he can devour. You know it.



    People need to become aware, especially noo.

  17. Petec



    Im sure im right when i say there are people who just dont believe (or Believe :-))



    and that that influences their non-attendence.

  18. At my local church St Kessog’s in Balloch, prior to my leaving the country, we had a Saturday night vigil, 3 Masses on a Sunday morning and 1 in the evening. Parishes in the area had a similar amount, in fact the Sunday evening one which I also attended quite often in Our Lady and St Marks, St Michaels and St Pats in Dumbarton were extremely popular, only St Pats retains the tradition now.



    There was also n abundance of priests in the Dumbarton and Alexandria parishes, in Balloch we always had 2, sadly now there’s only 1.



    Statistically Canada is a Catholic country but in the Greater Toronto area it was not always so, in fact driving along Britannia Road in Halton Region on Friday we passed through the hamlets of Boyne, Omagh and Drumquin with the remnants of tangerine halls still pretty evident.



    Well known cities north of Toronto such as Brampton and Woodbridge had priests chased out of them with clubs as recently as the late 40’s.



    Not so now, emigration from European countries, Portugal and Italy after the war changed that. Further emigration from the former Soviet satellite states, the Balkans and now South American countries have further increased the Catholic content.



    I have lived in 2 Dioceses over here, Toronto and Hamilton and have yet to witness empty pews.



    my local parish has only 1 priest and used to have 3 Sunday Masses as well as the Saturday night vigil, that has been reduced to 2 on the Sunday but not because of the decline in attendance but a new and larger church being built.



    The Catholic church is progressing very well this side of the pond.



    Incidentally, the current PM of the country is the first no-Catholic since Lester B. Pearson in the 60’x

  19. Anyway



    Just about to go through airdrie on the danny mcgrain.



    I wonder if the bigot fest has started early!

  20. A Stor Mo Chroi on

    Father William Doyle



    Blessed Miguel Pro



    Fr. Augustine Tolton



    Fr John P Washington



    Fr Jacques de Jesus



    Blessed Bernhard Lichtenberg



    Father Damian, The Leper Priest.



    Just seven men who graced their faith. Seven from thousands. If you’re bored with the huns new bus you should google their names and read their stories, whether you are Catholic or not. Truth be known, there are thousands like them, thousands upon thousands, nuns too, laymen and women as well, but you have to look for their stories.

  21. The mainstream Protestant churches have also decining congregations.



    A friend (mid 40’s) told me that she occasionally goes with her mother and all she sees is a sea of white haired heads.

  22. Keep it simple.. Fellahs.



    Lack of Faith is the Reason fur the Fall aff.. worship..and religiosity.



    If ye hivnae any Faith in whit ye Believe in..






    How kin ye expect tae hiv..






    and as the Song Goes..



    Pit yer Faith in the Man who Stilled the Waters..



    Pit Yer Faith in the Man Fae Galilee.






    Still.. Laughin’

  23. Celtic_First on

    The Church is one. There is no decline in numbers.



    At the end of 2011, the worldwide Catholic population reached 1.214 billion, an increase of 18 million or 1.5%, outpacing the global population growth rate, which was estimated at 1.23%.

  24. BT



    “Laziness is a major partnin the decline in numbers also..”



    Not for me. When MrsClash and weans go off to mass, I head out for a big ole long tiring energetic run!



    Truth is there’s a whole load of reasons for falling numbers, but I don’t see the trend reversing anytime soon.

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