Legends, history, £6k and tens of thousands of Celtic fans


Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 9-in-a-row CQN Charity Golf Day at Aberdour in Fife, yesterday.  The event, auctions and raffles leading up to it raised £6000, the bulk of which will go to the 1254125 appeal, while some will go to Clic Sargent, who help families with children with that dreadful disease.

Lisbon Lion, Willie Wallace, and his wife Olive, were fantastic guests, who enjoyed spending a day with 70 or so friends.  It doesn’t matter how far away Lisbon Lions live, you always find them the same way.

My sincere thanks to everyone who came along, bid of the auctions or bought a raffle ticket, all in aid of people you will never know. Thank you from all of us to John, Kevin and John, for their stressful work in pulling the event together, for the ninth year!

125 years ago a handful of people, living in a community devastated by hunger, destitution and TB, but who could make a difference, decided they would make a difference.  As a result, Celtic was born.  Celtic is not just something to brighten up your weekends, it’s not purely there to build friendships or to create common-interests across the generations, it is a movement you are required participate in.

The clarion call to all Celtic fans this year is to do more than just put your hand in your pocket, the spirit which gave birth to the concept of Celtic will only survive if those who can get involved, inspire a fresh generation by doing so.

Go register for 1254125, and commit to doing something to raise £125.  It can be anything.  You can walk a 1888 meters, go to the barbers and get a baldy to celebrate the signing of Amido Balde, it doesn’t need to be as ambitious as the 150 brave souls who right this very moment are atop Ben Nevis about to undertake the world’s highest huddle.

If you believe in this club, don’t leave it to someone else to take care of what’s important.  The same goes for your season ticket.  It has been over a century since we have been as close to the founding spirit of our club, but the sporting dramas which inspire us all are not achieved by new strikers, they are the fruits of tens of thousands fans buying season tickets.

Go stake your claim on Celtic.

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  1. South Of Tunis on

    Van Dijk ?



    For what it’s worth .



    Cyber space transfer rumor mongers [ make it up / earn a few advertising bucks / occasionally get it right ]



    Have him linked with – PSV / Twente / Brighton / Everton / Newcastle and Celtic …



    Hope he is a better player than the last Dutch defender we signed.

  2. DontPatmadug on

    A strikingly handsome young man walked into the office of a Hollywood agent with his resume and portfolio in hand. The agent reviewed the young man’s slim resume and small portfolio with the care that was deserving of this fine young specimen.



    “You have the very obvious good looks and excellent demeanor of an actor. Tell me, have you had any roles that I might be aware of.”



    “Other than the requisite high school and college plays, no sir,” said the handsome young man.



    “I dare say I know the reason why, with a name like yours,” said the agent.






    “Your name. Penus Van Lesbian. That’s not a name that will go far in Hollywood. I’d love to represent you, but you’ll have to change your name.”



    “Sir,” the handsome young man protested. “The Van Lesbian name was my father’s, my grandfather’s and his father’s name. We have carried this name for generations and I will not change it for Hollywood or any other reason.”



    “If you won’t change your name, I cannot represent you young man.”



    “Then I bid you farewell – my name will not change.” With that, Penus Van Lesbian left the agents office never to return.



    Five Years Later…



    The Hollywood agent returned to his office after lunch with some producers and shuffled through his mail. Mostly junk mail, trade journals and the like. There was one letter. He opened the envelope and removed the letter. As he unfolded the fine linen paper, a check dropped from the folds and onto his desk. He looked at the check. It was for 50,000 dollars!



    He read the letter:



    Dear Sir:



    Several years ago, I entered your office determined to become an actor. You refused to represent me unless I changed my name. I objected, saying the Penus Van Lesbian name had been carried for generations and left your office. However, upon leaving, I chanced to reconsider my hastiness and after considerable reflection, I decided to heed your advice and endeavored to change my name. Now I am a famous actor with many roles and known to millions worldwide. Having achieved this fame and fortune, it is often that I think back to my meeting with you and your insistence that I change my name. I owe you a debt of gratitude, so please accept this check with my humble thanks, for it was your idea which has brought me to such wealth and fame.



    Very Sincerely Yours,


    Dick Van Dyke





    At the time Glenn Loovens played for us,it was open season on our players,defenders in particular.



    Kicked rotten,booked if he looked at a player the wrong way,and cited for the most ridiculous reason so far.



    I expected better of him,but it is little wonder his confidence was shot.



    Ironically,Bobo was sidelined at the time,an enforcer who could have stopped it with a look.




  4. 67Heaven … I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors



    The details are not out yet (although I saw a picture on line but donot want to spoil the surprise).



    Keep an eye on @celticfc on Twitter for teasers like this




  5. Chim Chim Cher-ee by




    Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey


    Chim chim cher-ee!


    A sweep is as lucky, as lucky can be


    Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey


    Chim chim cher-oo!


    Good luck will rub off when…..








    Blinkin’ flip,Guinness everywhere….

  7. South of Tunis



    My old dad put the air conditioning on today for the first time this year.



    A couple of weeks ago he was still putting the central heating on – and I would turn it off!



    Although he is Italian he spent 54 years in Scotland. Returned here in 1990, and still hasn’t got used to the summer heat again.



    Temperatures here can reach almost 40 at times during July/August, but usually not for long periods – being on the coast we get the occassional sea breeze. High humidity ‘tho’



    Buona giornata!








    I have to say,RR are lucky to have that fella at the helm.



    No side,no false promises,simply doing as best he can and letting the fans know the latest.



    Not many chairmen seem to be so much in accord,or even contact,with their fans.

  9. South Of Tunis on

    Musical Van Dyke [s]



    Earl Van Dyke —played keyboards on Motown greats like Bernadette and I Heard it through the Grapevine . Also occasionally played piano for Blue Note Records . Sessions with Fred Jackson / Ike Quebec.



    Leroy Van Dyke ——- country singer . His 1961 choon –Walk on By –is one of the great Country Choons .



    ——Who’s gonna run the truck stop in Tuba when I’m gone CSC -way down south.

  10. Gene's a Bhoy's name on

    Stuart hall sentenced to 15 months -just over 1 month for each of his 13 victims -doesn’t seem long

  11. South Of Tunis on

    Tallybhoy @ 13 18 .



    I like heat . Been living [ and working ] here for the best part of 13 years .



    I have always been OK ——- yesterday was a new thing —- I felt terrible — I wanted to chuck it . Worrying —- it hits 40 plus in August .

  12. DontPatmadug on




    13:18 on 17 June, 2013



    Topical. At best :)



    13:25 on


    17 June, 2013



    Football at its best, simple and effective, revenue in spent on the club,



    A chairman and a board telling it as it is, all the best RR next season

  14. Gene's a Bhoy's name on



    I wouldn’go that far -i am sure there will be a number of civil cases to follow

  15. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on




    If the offences had been committed by an unknown 25 year old, do you still think the sentence would have been 15 months?



    I belive hall was convicted on 13 counts.

  16. South Of Tunis on

    Philbhoy @ 13 37 .



    Why rely on that thing called ” they ‘ to do it . Do it yourself !

  17. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    22:28 on 16 June, 2013



    Anyone up for it ?



    I counted the number of responses you got from your eloquent post.






    Why ? because everyone knows that this is how it works. Toasted Cheese far more pertinent.



    ´The Celtic plc way (which is not the Celtic way) or the highway.



    Resigned to our fate.



    I am still waiting for Celtic to do ANYTHING at all regarding the present situation or at the very least communicate it that they are indeed doing something on the ball.



    Its looking like the highway,



    It may well be that all Celtic are trying to do is curry favour with UEFA and the ECA. To take Rangers place within the dirty criminal gang in Nyon.



    Thanks for your response from last night.




  18. Paul67/Winning Captains – RE: Heart of a Lion. Spoke to one of my contacts at WHSmiths to get the ball rolling on stocking book etc….



    E-mail me if you want to discuss further. Paul has my details.




  19. Releasing Thomas Rogne was significant, and despite picking up Kelvin Wilson on a pre contract NFL hasn’t replicated his successful foray’s into the market, at Centre Back.



    He’s had a few false starts but hopefully this summer we’ll put that one right, as well.


    Just looked in to see if anyone had left any horsey tips.






    Still,first on page 29 which will doubtless be my only first of the day!