Fifa, Keane, Davie Hay


And, they, gave us………. Davie Hay.  Enormous thanks to Davie Hay for coming onto the blog this morning.  It was great to read his responses on playing for and managing Celtic.  If you missed him, catch up from 09:44 here, you’ll enjoy it.

At the risk of commenting on Roy Keane when few of us know much about what happened last night….  I remain pleased we didn’t appoint him manager in the summer.  Very pleased.

Really disappointed at the outcome of the Fifa investigation into the awarding of the Fifa World Cups for 2018 1nd 2022, although, as I type that sentence, the reasons perhaps become clear.  As with all of these things, I’m specifically thinking about the Lord Nimmo Smith SPL inquiry here, football governing bodies ask the questions they want answered.  It’s not the independence of the investigator which is important, it’s who sets the scope of investigation.

You can get copies of Caesar & the Assassin, Billy McNeill and Davie Hay’s accounts of managing Celtic from Jock Stein’s departure until the appointment of Liam Brady, here.

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    Many thanks to Davie Hay,especially for his typically honest answer to my question!



    Legend is a much overused word.



    It’s barely adequate in his case.

  2. Paul



    Re LNS, surely whoever sets the terms of the investigation, the investigating judge should still be able to recognise nonsense when he hears it?



    Bryson admitting rules were breached, but, as they were unaware it was happening at the time, no action can be taken. Bet serial killers would love that line!



    No sporting advantage gained by using the side-letters to players. Really?



    So why bother doing it then?

  3. Funny how all the guys we call trolls and huns on here did not show for the Q and A session with a Celtic Legend!




  4. tonydonnelly67



    12:32 on 13 November, 2014





    12:05 on 13 November, 2014


    Hi davie . Following on from your reply on big jock playing you in midfield against Grieg . Can I ask how long will it take you to get match fit , because we need someone to take care of mcculloch , as at the moment we don’t have anyone capable .




    Oh I think Guidetti will be more than capable of looking after that big lump of wood, I think you will see the usual from McClugger falling down, and rolling about holding his face, it’s his party piece, and at this time and present he is not even a worry for us, we got bigger fish to fry, that game will look after its self when it comes, IMO.

  5. Philbhoy ‘ 12.30hrs.



    Its because many posters communications devices are in bits as they have been bounced off walls, pavements etc as their better half’s failed in the mad quest for Take That tickets.




  6. Some might find this an interesting article.



    Rise of Sinn Fein is unnerving Dublin’s political establishment


    Cahir O’Doherty @randomirish November 12,2014 03:03 PM














    “When your political instincts have been shaped by a familiar system, it’s disconcerting when your old responses fail to work.” Photo by: Photocall Ireland


    Ireland is on the cusp of enormous political change. Our homegrown political establishment, who have defended their interests against all comers since the foundation of the state, suddenly find themselves wrong-footed and floundering.





    Nothing seems to be working like it used to. Voters are not mollified by lower taxes on pints or cigarettes. Instead angry water charges protests fill the nation’s streets, and the sense of crisis is accelerating, not slowing down.



    When your political instincts have been shaped by a familiar system, it’s disconcerting when your old responses fail to work. But that’s where we are now, in the weirdly calm moment between large numbers of Irish citizens deciding the old ways have stopped working – and the moment when they finally do something radical in response to it.



    Irish political parties are instinctively conservative; they hate change because it’s unpredictable. But suddenly they are being confronted with an electorate so furious that they are contemplating the unthinkable: change.



    It’s such a little word. And it has rarely been a distinguishing feature of Irish political life. Through each endless recession, each biting budget, and each wave of widespread emigration our political class kept their heads and their positions.





    Shockingly, all that complacency has evaporated since 2010, affording us a good look at where we are. Now, thanks to the banking collapse and the punishing austerity that followed, the traditional Irish social compact has been bent to the point of snapping.



    Bone deep cuts have been made to social welfare as high-flying multinationals enjoy two percent tax rates, but the issue that galvanized the Republic as rarely before in its history is anger over water charges.



    Almost 100 protests were held nationwide last week over the latest austerity measure in the government’s plan to pay back the international financial bailout the state had to seek in 2010.



    The current Fine Gael and Labour government is clearly taken aback by the sheer scale of the protests, which they know could destabilize their leadership. Trying to get ahead of the iceberg they offered to negotiate some unspecified relief packages.



    It’s unlikely to be enough to save them however, because there’s an unmistakable sense of a national awakening driving the latest protests. That’s a development that our traditional parties are completely unnerved by. Change is unpredictable.



    It explains why there’s been more than a hint of panic and hysteria behind the anti-Sinn Fein media coverage that’s clearly intended to see off the threat to the Republic’s longstanding political system. Story after story intended to harpoon the party and its leader Gerry Adams has simply not stuck. Indeed 6,000 Irish people have voted with their feet joining Sinn Fein in the recent past.



    The Sinn Fein opponents may have failed because the intention of dismantling or neutralizing the rise of Sinn Fein has become so obvious. Irish people do not like to be told what to think, but in their increasing panic and desperation our political parties have decided that now is not the time for subtlety.



    The Irish political model worked for decades. Private schools run by the clergy educated our high flying leaders, trained them in the traditional sports, and then opened the doors to business and industry.



    Young men found themselves inheriting longstanding political dynasties. They grew to maturity in the warm embrace of a community and culture. They learned what to say and how to say it at social gatherings.



    The complacency was so complete it was insuperable. It could withstand any challenge because there appeared to be no alternative. Irish politics was not national it was parochial. Your crowd and community would return you to power, regardless of your performance, and often in spite of it.



    Meanwhile far away in the North, beyond anyone’s notice, a left wing political model was being developed that no one in the Republic’s political circles saw as a threat.



    For decades that left wing model existed in the political wilderness, to be dismissed when it was not being scoffed at.



    But no one in Dublin is scoffing at it now.



    Sinn Fein has always played a long game, but cannier still it has played a national one. It has always looked beyond the townlands and parishes to the fate of all thirty-two counties. No party in the Republic has seriously done likewise since the 1920’s.

  7. I have been out all morning, as I am most Thursdays, but I would like to say a belated thanks to Davie Hay for one my finest days watching Celtic: Love Street, when we won the league in 86 in the rain. Unforgettable.



    Mind you, when I think of him, it is always as a player and what a player. One of the best right backs/midfield players to have graced the jersey.

  8. Parkheadcumsalford



    My first memory of Davie Hay was a pre season friendly against Leeds Utd at CP.



    Not long into the game one of the Leeds hard men, can’t remember who, bounced off the young Davie and required extensive treatment.



    My Dad and me looked at each other but said nothing.



    We just knew we were watching a Legend in the making.

  9. Marrakesh Express on

    I made a point of listening back to the SSB phone in to hear the guy Gavin. If your on here well done mate. Making the point that Rangers were not demoted, and asking the question ‘on what date did the club exit administration?’, was met by the usual default answer from Delahunt.


    However it was interesting to note that Union boss Wishart remained schtum. Some months ago I heard him vehemently state that this was a very complicated issue and it was therefore subjective, one opinion against the other. The caller Gavin was 100% correct, it is not a matter of opinion, it is fact. Wishart will know the legalities fine and well, the penny dropped for him, but cant come out and admit it, and we all know why.


    Fear reigns absolutely in Scotland, in this scandal anyway.

  10. philbhoy



    Tee hee you!


    And mwd – God loves an optimist!



    Phil – loved your father and son memory. I’m making my own every time I take the wee Mhan to paradise. Precious moments in my life.



    marrakesh express



    Hear Hear and Hail Hail about Gavin the Tim on SSB last night. Someone will know him. And you’re right. I realised it was possible to ‘hear’ squirming over the radio.



    HH jamesgang

  11. I know practically nothing about fitba’ so wouldn’t want to have annoyed Davy with anything stupit……….but delighted a huge figure from Our Club took the time to drop by this Dear Green Place.



    I’m away to read back over lunch. Thanks to all at CQN who organised.




  12. Dj67YNWAsupportstheresignartionofLAWELLandDESMONDtheSECRETHUNS on

    Philbhoy, most of us have work commitments which I’m sure you’re well aware of.

  13. I’m just messing Philbhoy;)



    I read every post. Any question I had was asked and answered.



    Purdy good morning imo.

  14. Thoroughly enjoyable morning on CQN in the company of a living Celtic legend.



    HH the ‘Quiet Assassin!!

  15. geordie munro



    Purdy good morning imo






    You’re a single letter away from starting (probably?) CQN’s 1st ever Joanna Lumley debate!



    HH jamesgang

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