Dysfunctional Amsterdam


Three weeks ago there was little argument against the observation that Ajax had the worst European travelling support we have seen at Celtic Park – half a century of history.  Attacks on Celtic fans by a roaming gang on Tuesday night was not a surprise.  The banner, which Uefa are trying to ignore, but will surely be shamed into doing something about, was offensive and, in most jurisdictions, a criminal offense.

When the police collaborate it’s hard not to verge into the realms of branding a society “dysfunctional”.  Amsterdam is wealthy, affluent, liberal but intolerant, badly policed and violent.  The visit of Celtic fans passed with less incident (and arrest of visitors) than most visiting fans endured in recent seasons.

Visit Bruges instead.
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  1. I hope this team can raise their game and give us a good performance.wouldnt be my choice but,in lenny we trust,too many below par turnouts from some of our midfield recently..defence has been more of a comfort tho,,upfront..well ehh…?

  2. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on




    You are right!! She was a scouser– that just came back to me– I was always intrigued by her accent when I met her.. and you jogged another memory re the bidet’s lol.



    And thanks for the spelling lesson too.



    Wee B would make for a great story — a total rebel yet a complete devotee of conformity in other ways. I remember thinking one time ” Bloody Hell— are you Bernadette in disguise?”– may she thought she was!



    Lourdes was always full of characters.



    Serge Cassillis at the Astoria Hotel.



    Madame Druilly at the Bellvue where if you were allocated a room on the upper floors and felt like complaining about the stairs– she would tell you that you could risk the lift but only if you signed a disclaimer as it had crashed to the ground three weeks before killing someone– and whilst they had had it fixed she didn’t trust it—- but the rooms at the top of the hotel were the best and the ones on the first floor were more of a cupboard with a bed!!!



    Felix Dooley who owned the St Lawrence O’Toole shop and the marvellous Bridie from Killybegs who worked there and sold all the holy artefacts in between a liberal usage of the F word and calling all the Clergy hypocrites and ” be collared Ba****ds”!



    The La Caz brothers who owned Bank La Caz and who occasionally opened the bank on a Sunday and served folk personally– and listened to their complaints about being “slow old men” behind the teller screens– with the customers not knowing they owned the bank.



    The Durrand family who take all the photos down at the Basilica.



    And many many more.



    I loved Lourdes and have many very funny and marvellous stories from my times there…… and many that would test the faith of a saint right enough!

  3. Nothing in the Italian media [ mainstream or fitba related ] re ” The Battle of Amsterdam .”



    There was serious violence before /during and after the Napoli /Marsiglia CL game . It has been reported / bemoaned / discussed /analysed and has now been filed away.



    I’m going to tonight’s Catania/Udinese game . 6pm kick off .Some numb nuts will engage in violence before and after the game. Some numb nuts enjoy violence . It gives them a thrill.





    Now there’s a plan-gives us an excuse for being blootered just looking at the surroundings!



    I was genuinely stunned by the place. It didnae go down too well-bearing in mind it’s locale-when I suggested it was built by workers from Longbridge on a Friday!



    For those who haven’t been….




  5. hard to believe we have supporters jumping on the msm bull that celtic are going backward. Celtic are going forward, but going forward is not always a straightforward road.



    victor, for example, was in the same position as bhoys like biton, balde, pukki and rogic 6 months and even 1 year into his celtic career. however, he broke into the team and never looked back. give biton, balde, pukki and rogic etc…



    the same team that got put out of the e/l qualifiers got to the last 16 of the c/l 1 year later, think about it. when was the last time a quick fix actually fixed anything? entry to c/l this season was massive given the transitional phase over the summer. I would expect more from celtic next year in the c/l when other young players come to prominence.



    hh, keep the faith

  6. skyisalandfill c’mon wee Oscar



    11:56 on 9 November, 2013



    Good day to all


    A beautiful sunny day up on the Moray coast.


    Looks set fair for Victoria Park


    Interseting article today in the Hootsman about a stance taken by Nairn County the highland league side.


    County are launching a media campaign with videos and article in their matchday programmes criticising Pay Day loan companies and giving advice on how to tackle these unscrupulous lenders. Support has been given by Fergus Ewing of the SNP.


    It stikes me as strange perhaps that a lowly, allthough very well funded HL side has come up with this and that no larger side with a greater fanbase and media profile should lead this.








    I hate to say it but it comes down to corporate governance, financial consideration, not wanting to put off any potential sources of income.



    When Nike first got the gig for Celtic kit I raised a keyboard in protest but quickly realised I was on a hiding to nothing.



    I’m in the odd position of thinking the board are doing a decent job with the resources they have but knowing that there is not one iota of principle in their decision making. Yes, we have a charitable fund and we make noises about our roots but the board won’t pay the living wage, they are, in the main, men from the world of finance led by a billionaire Irish man who was among those who brought the Irish economy to it’s knees while escaping any loss of income or capital themselves, in fact they made vast fortunes on the back of it. So it is hardly surprising that Celtic or any other big club, run by like minded people, do not give a sh 1 t about stuff like pay day loans, sponsorship from companies who are not always great when it comes to the rights of their workers or those who they sub contract, or indeed accepting sponsorship and advertising alcoholic drink and gambling.



    When I actually articulate this stuff I realise that I am something of a hypocrite when it comes to football. I pay for Sky, I contribute to the wages of multi millionaires…….



    But I can’t leave my Celtic to them.



    Those are my thoughts for what they are worth.