There is a degree of public interest in reading about, or listening to, spivs exploit the stupidity of some football fans to bring a club to its knees, but the sight of a tired and emotional looking Malcolm Murray stumbling away from an event is neither entertaining nor of interest to anyone with a sense of humanity.
Have you ever seen a drunk football player or official? I have. It has never been news before nor should it be now. If the man has an actual problem the first response from his club and the wider game must be to offer support for one of our national illnesses.
The fan with a phone camera probably knows no better, but passing-round a recording of when a Frankie Howerd impersonator confronted Murray about his alleged problem is truly awful.
The audio was almost certainly not uploaded onto the internet by ‘Howerd’ but it was his decision to make and distribute the recording. I hope he informed Murray the call was being recorded.
10 years ago today five of us filled a car and drove to Bristol Airport, the nearest available departure point for Scot’s leaving for the Spain; more-local airports were booked out within minutes of the event ahead being confirmed. Bristol is a small airport but the place was full of other Celtic fans who had travelled south for the same purpose. Every departure point in the land was filled by green and white.
A remarkable exodus was underway, it was a privilege to be part of it.
Great news, Willie Wallace has made the long trip from Aus and is now in the UK. Looking forward to catching up with him next week.
I see contributing to Willie’s autobiography has had a dramatic effect on Rod Stewart’s career! He’s just reached No. 1 in the album chart for the first time in decades. Hail, hail, Rod.
You can pre-order the autobiography in Willie’s own words, with Rod’s contribution, Brogan Rogan’s best writing yet, and Archie MacPherson’s fantastic scene setting (“the best team I’ve ever seen”) with the link below. Willie will be signing all copies ordered now just as soon as the presses roll.
Nostalgia overload. Need to hold it together for tomorrow.[calameo code=000390171179f475cf1c0 lang=en page=6 hidelinks=1 width=100% height=500]