No rest period for Emilio will be welcomed


I know I’m not the only one with a pavlovian dislike of hearing Celtic players mentioned in international match reports in June.  Preseason training is only four weeks away, quickly followed by the Champions League qualifying round, so these weeks should be for rest and recuperation.  The one exception to the rule, this summer, is Emilio Izaguirre, who is set to play two World Cup qualifiers for Honduras over the next two weeks.

Emilio missed most of last season through injury and then sat out much of the remaining part of the campaign due to the impressive form of Charlie Mulgrew.  He is the one player in the squad who benefit from competitive football to restore his edge, and confidence.

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  1. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    ElDiegoBhoy on 3 June, 2012 at 17:06 said:



    Not against the personnel that we have at the club now he didn’t.



    This is the best Celtic squad of modern times.

  2. ElDiegoBhoy on 3 June, 2012 at 16:48 said:




    I have an aunt who has lived in Stoneyflat Rd for many years. Surname Gildea. My dad’s sister. She was with us at the Caritas Awards yesterday.






    Do not know the name but I was 8 when I moved to.Balloch.

  3. Kilbowie Kelt on

    Margaret McGill on 3 June, 2012 at 16:37 said:



    Would you believe it ?


    CQN’s Iron Lady,.. the nocturnal dominatrix, is actually a cuddly Podium Chaser.



  4. Margaret McGill on

    Kilbowie Kelt on 3 June, 2012 at 17:14 said:



    …Just my lucky day. I’m off to buy a lottery ticket!

  5. Wonder if Emilio is in the running for the Honduras team at the Olympics? They are playing at Hampden v Morocco on 26 July. Surely not?

  6. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    If Ki,Hoops and Stokesy are sold on in the summer,their combined transfer fee would generate at least £15million in revenue – This money should be immediately re-invested into the playing squad,along with a further £10million on top of that,meaning that Lenny would have a combined total of £25million to buy new talent.



    Should,as i expect,the club qualify for the CL Group Stages – this would generate at least another £15million for the club,thus resulting in a net profit of £5million.



    It’s not rocket science.

  7. Monaghan1900 on

    Where’s Serenity? Is this not truly awful? And the clown’s got the cheek to copyright it:



    “I attend creative writing classes and this week we had to write about a feeling of fear. I have written about Rangers-



    I used to take supporting Rangers for granted,


    Songs like Follow Follow and No Surrender we chanted,


    I’ve seen my Rangers in Italy,Portugal Germany and my Rangers in Spain,


    But there was a time this season I wondered if I’d see my Rangers again,


    Every other Saturday my heart fills with pride walking along Paisley Road West,


    Clad in Red,White and Blue and this Club’s badge close to my Chest,


    I do admit that sometimes it felt like a chore,


    But that feeling disappeared when I saw the Rangers score,


    I have followed the Rangers for many a year,


    But the last few months I have felt so much fear,


    Would the club I love and hold so dear,


    Maybe after this season actually disappear,


    But these times of heartache one thing remained true,


    Our fans and their love for this team in red,white and blue,


    Valentines Day 2012 broke every Rangers’ fans heart,


    We all thought that day it would all fall apart,


    But all our players both young and old rallied round,


    But two players left both Mervan Celik and Gregg Wylde,


    But they rest of the squad’s place in history was filed,


    They all took pay cuts some upto 75%,


    Without so much as backlash or descent,


    Results on the pitch weren’t great loses to Killie,Dundee Utd and Hearts,


    So much conflicting news and maybe some false starts,


    10 points deducted gave Celtic a tainted title a first in 3 years,


    Ally McCoist a legend,a fan,a hero now manager felt all our fears,


    But during all this he kept our spirits high when he did say,


    When asked about his future he said ‘We don’t do walking away’


    When the Celtic came to Ibrox with bowler hats and beach balls,


    We sang our hearts out about our team and those famour Derry’s walls,


    We raced into a 3 goal lead against celtic’s 9 men,


    And Wee Lenny was ejected from the Dugout again,


    We let them back into it still won 3 goals to 2,


    The sea of ibrox that day was most definitely blue,


    We had interest to buy the club from both near and far,


    Whoever saves our club will be a superstar,


    All bids were in was up to Duff and Phelps to decide,


    Who would be preferred bidder and restore our side,


    A few of the bids that were received had plans to liquidate,


    But we the fans didn’t like this idea and we were irate,


    It soon emerged that it was between Bill Miller and The Blue Knights,


    Most of the fans and supporters groups only had one party in their sights,


    Miller’s plans were unclear to even the most financially sound,


    But The Blue Knights didn’t really have the strength of a pound,


    But American tow truck tycoon seemed to have won the race,


    But a small group of fans weren’t happy they were a disgrace,


    The next home game they had banner and it did say,


    ‘Truck Off Miller’ so he did what Ally didn’t-he walked away,


    After that it seemed we were back to square one,


    And it seemed Blue Knights had got Brian Kennedy as their latest son,


    Results on the park had gotten much better,


    In wee Sone Aluko we have a real goal getter, [Meadowlark Lemon, surely?]


    The free kick at Tynecastle was an absolute peach,


    Placed with power in the top corner no goalie could reach,


    But the Blue Knights money wasn’t enough,


    As Charles Green appeared like a diamond in the rough,


    Been backed by multi millionaires near and far away,


    Providing the money for safety and hopefully a CVA,


    But there wasn’t a dry eye to be seen,


    When in Perth we sang God Save The Queen,


    Now if the creditors accept CVA it will be a new dawn,


    But win lose or draw we will still follow on.



    To The Brink And Back © 2012 Andrew Brock “

  8. St.John.Doyle on 3 June, 2012 at 16:51 said:



    Richie on 3 June, 2012 at 12:35 said:


    I sent this email to Gordon matheson:



    To: “”


    Subject: Article in Herald – Wednesday 9th May



    “Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, was greeted with applause when he told a hustings of around 100 members of the Orange Order that he would “hold his hands up” and admit a groundbreaking approach to reducing marches in the city was flawed.”



    The above is a quote from the article. I also read the readers’ comments, and I suggest you do the same if you haven’t already done so.



    May I add my insignificant voice to others who are concerned that you are pandering to an outdated, divisive, and frankly disturbed group of people.



    These marches are an embarrassment to Glasgow and Scotland, and if the Labour party are looking for their votes I believe they will lose more than they gain. July should see to that.





    His reply:



    Subject: Public Processions


    Dear Sir


    Thank you for your recent email regarding the above.


    Glasgow City Council has a complex challenge in relation to public processions. We administer more public processions than any other local authority in Scotland. I believe that we manage such a large number of processions in a very professional and transparent way.


    The Council is required to strike a balance between protecting the rights of people and organisations to hold processions, as contained in the legislation and protected under Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and ensuring that the lives of other members of the community aren’t unnecessarily or excessively disrupted. This can be a difficult balance to strike.



    The legislation which Glasgow City Council requires to follow doesn’t provide significant powers to refuse permission for processions to take place. The Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006 amended the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 and states that local authorities can only act within specific circumstances if they wish to restrict or prohibit a procession. It would be a matter for the Scottish Parliament to change the law if it wished to give local authorities greater power to prohibit the conduct of public processions.



    There have been a number of Scottish court cases where sheriffs have considered decisions taken by Councils to prohibit parades. In most instances the Sheriff has held against the local authority and in favour of the procession organisers.


    When the current processions policy of Glasgow City Council was established, it was agreed by all political parties on the Council’s Executive Committee that an annual review would take place. The first such review is due shortly and will look at the number of processions that have taken place in the previous 12 months, the burden on the police, and whether the policy is working in practice – serving the needs of procession organisers while minimising the potential disruption to other members of the community.


    This review is being worked on at the moment by Council officers and will incorporate the views of Strathclyde Police and a range of procession organisers. If required, officers will propose specific amendments to the policy and these will be discussed by the Council’s Executive Committee before any potential changes could be made. While I am, of course committed to a review of our policy, let me assure you that no decisions have been taken to alter the current position, nor have I ever sought to encourage an increase in the number of processions.


    I am aware of a number of issues which have been raised with the Council by a range of organisers – loyalist and republican organisations, trade unions, equalities groups, and other organisations that hold parades in Glasgow.



    These issues have included:


    Use of public spaces in the city centre, specifically George Square as an assembly point for large processions;


    Inclusion of George Square and Nelson Mandela Place as part of procession routes;


    Concerns over stewarding arrangements and organisers who underestimate the number of participant in their procession;


    The timing when organisations are permitted to play music during their procession;


    The holding of unauthorised processions.


    All procession notifications are considered by the Council and police on their own merit and no organisation receives preferential treatment.


    I hope this response has reassured you.


    Yours sincerely



    Councillor Gordon Matheson


    Leader of the Council


    Glasgow City Council

  9. Paul67:



    Emilio will indeed benefit from these games and will hopefully not be too far away from the other Bhoys come preseason training.



    Well don on yesterday, the consummate professional and not an amateur, who said you were an amateur…they don’t know what they are talking about…:)



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  10. St.John Doyle.


    There have been a few posts today on the subject of the OO bigot fest in Glasgow.



    This post was of particular interest as well. I would be interested in your interpretation.


    The Herald May 9


    Council Chief: City’s parade plan is flawed


    Gerry Braiden


    Local Government Correspondent



    THE leader of Scotland’s largest local authority has told the Orange Order his city’s policy on parades was “wrong” and that it will be overhauled now Labour is back in power, The Herald can reveal.


    Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, was greeted with applause when he told a hustings of around 100 members of the Orange Order that he would “hold his hands up” and admit a groundbreaking approach to reducing marches in the city was flawed.



    But last night the head of the organisation representing Scotland’s rank-and-file police officers said it would be “perverse” to encourage further parades, while the Orange Order said it now expects Mr Matheson to deliver on his promise.



    The pledge comes after Strathclyde chief constable Stephen House championed Glasgow’s parades policy as the one best reflecting the police approach to marches, while encouraging other west of Scotland councils to follow the city’s lead.



    Mr Matheson, whose Labour administration was returned last Friday with an unexpectedly large majority, said the council should have done more to consult the Orange Order and he promised a senior councillor would oversee a review.



    He also told the meeting – held before last week’s election – that a vote for Labour would help safeguard the union and prevent the SNP using Glasgow as a stepping stone to independence.



    The council has repeatedly hailed its approach to parades as a success, with almost all disputes with march organisers resolved before the event.



    Introduced 18 months ago, the policy was aimed at reducing marches through the city centre and restricting start and finish times amid concerns over the impact on public resources, businesses and communities.



    Climate protesters and trade unions have had demonstrations curtailed or re-routed, along with loyalist and Irish republican parades.



    According to council figures, the number of parades by Protestant loyal orders in Glasgow outstrips the total number of marches in Londonderry and Belfast combined.



    Calum Steele, general secretary of the Scottish Police Federation, said: “Resources are finite and that’s why reform of the police and fire service is under way.



    “It would seem perverse if some kind of action is taken to encourage an increase in parade activities. This deprives communities of police officers.”



    Robert McLean, executive officer of the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, said: “Mr Matheson admitted the policy was wrong and we’re now hoping he will review the parades policy.



    “We do not tell our members who to vote for but as a unionist organisation they should be supporting a unionist candidate.”



    SNP MSP Humza Yousaf said: “Gordon Matheson should urgently clarify whether he intends to allow more marches, with the implications that would have for policing resources.”



    David Meikle, Glasgow’s sole Tory councillor, said: “Gordon Matheson pushed through the new parades code of conduct but it is now alleged he said he got it wrong.



    “We need to find out from Mr Matheson what he got wrong and if he thinks the code of conduct should be changed. Clarity is needed so we know what the position is.”



    A council spokesman said: “Mr Matheson committed to no more than is stated in the policy – that there will be an annual review, which is under way.”



    A Strathclyde Police spokesman said the force’s main concern was use of officers to police parades, adding the recent move by the Orange Order to provide stewards for their own marches was a positive step.

  11. Paul67 et al



    “I would like to thank all my loyal subjects,


    by giving them a good drenching!”



    Elizabeth; Long to rain over us

  12. Anybody know how Lizzie’s getting on with her Irish lessons?



    She seemed to get off to a good start last year in Dublin.

  13. My father visited Fullerton in the early 60’s when he was a visiting officer for the National Assistance Board the precursor of the DHSS/DSS etc. He was living in squalor, friendless and alone. As a Garngad boy he had no time for the so called “King ” Billy Fullerton but he did feel pity for him as he had nothing and was more or less housebound.My dad awarded him several grants and Fullerton said to him that he now had to depend on Catholics for handouts (especially the local PP)and that he now knew that his life was nearly over and he had so much regret .

  14. DJBEE on 3 June, 2012 at 17:10 said:




    Yeah,I saw them on the 1974 D.S.O.T.M Tour @ Earl’s Court. 12 of us came down from Scotland and had,literally,the time of our lives.


    I can still remember the set list and everything else,even though we were truly mashed.


    The entire audience was wild. Bowie was there with his entourage.


    They had a quad sound p.a.,the first guitar sythesiser,an old cash register and a tray of coins for ‘Money’,a flamin’ biplane that flew over our heads and exploded behind the stage. ‘Careful With That Axe Eugene’ and ‘On of These Days’ were truly scary. There was just the four of them,plus a sax player for a couple of numbers and three female backing singers as required.


    The only words they spoke were “Thank you” and “Goodnight”.


    Legendary,awesome band. Their musicianship was/is second to none.


    ‘Genius’ is an overused word,but in Floyd’s case it’s fully justified.



  15. Hooper is a proven goalscorer so we should sell him and take a chance on his replacement?



    I’m missing something.

  16. just had the worst luck at the horses earlier my horse taken wide at the last having taken the lead then carried out by loose horse. last race horse 10 to 15 l clear after the last jinks jockey falls off no luck LOL

  17. The way I see it, the Jubilee- with the various street parties & pageants-is nothing more than a mixture of blind enthusiasm and an excuse for grouping. Enthusiasts of all types will try and sustain a certain raw impulse (normally for an emotional stimulus they can’t find in everyday ‘normal’ relations) by generating a heightened state of excitement. It is a phenomenon with very little duration. But by means of grouping, its life expectancy can be increased, through mutual reinforcement of the enthusiasts original raw impulse. People group all the time for various reasons. There is nothing pernicious in that itself. We are social creatures after all. But it is the ideological baggage that comes with collective celebrations like the jubilee that is pernicious. I am not a Unionist. I come from a Catholic background. I believe in Democracy. The Royal family does not represent anything I believe in. To me they are an anachronism no longer relevant to the modern world. I find it mind boggling when so-called intelligent people who possess an education, lose all moral lucidity, and become angst ridden when you challenge their views on Aristocracy/Royalty- it is schizoid to believe in democracy and equality whilst exalting the inherited privilege of royalty. You cannot prop up a primitive/uncivilized blood biased weltanschauung that indulges economic parasites who are accidentally (serendipity for those who enjoy the luxury of such munity) born into such easement. It is morally repugnant to any reasonable person. I am immediately excluded from any so-called “street party” because of the various associations of the symbols on show ( Union Jack/Royalism etc). But all this is the insidious fruit of the Brown campaign to promote “Britishness”, whatever that actually means. The baton was then taken on with a pestilential enthusiasm by the Tory Gov- and we all know they are a baleful breed who will raise a flag at the slightest rumour of a war. Union Jack to me means Imperialism. Imperialism means domination, war, enslavement and a certain truculence to other ‘alien’ cultures. These are associations indelibly imprinted into my brain. There is too much ideological baggage associated with such Imperial symbols. The political elites despite their education should have known better than resuscitating such an outdated world view and its concomitant iconography. But the paranoid- some might say, conspiracy theorist- part of me is very dubious of such propagation of ‘Britishness’ as it too easily serves the cause of the Centre-Right views if the political elites in this country that align themselves with the bellicose proto-capitalism of American Imperialism: people who are uncritically supportive of their nations stratagems will follow like a sleepwalker into any fresh war effort the Military-Industrial cabals of the US/UK alliance believes will maximise their profits/increase their access to resources (oil )- if WWIII ever happens our passage as a nation will be decorated by a grouped gauntlet of processional enthusiastic flag wavers…with cranks like me not invited to the party.

  18. Have to say glad I do not hail from Glasgow or anywhere were they do the vile bigotted walks. Must be torture!

  19. Monaghan1900 on 3 June, 2012 at 17:30 said:




    ‘Creative’ writing….?..poor deluded fool. He needs some aversion therapy rammed intae him….pronto. Copyrighted? Does that mean you are in breach?


    Will he take you to court?


    Hahahahaha! Muppet Extraordinaire.

  20. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    ElDiegoBhoy on 3 June, 2012 at 17:44 said:



    No.I wouldn’t sell any of them,but it’s not up to me.



    Every player at the club has a price.

  21. My dear,dear,dear,friend… Richie 17.30






    Nice tae greet ye.



    Ah am no surprised.



    Matheson, jist gave ye his Response tae St. John Doyle’s Letter..



    his Renderin’ o’ The Circumlocution Biz ,Room 101.



    It is an auld trick.. employed by Every Politician..






    That is whit Politicians dae..when it comes tae explaining their actions oan a particular subject.



    Fur ,if they Don’t.. and Mistakenly,in a weak moment..



    Gie ye an Honest Respose tae yer Enquiry..



    then they ur in the wrang Profession!!



    Shucks.. everybuddy knows… that Politicans are only interested in Haudin oan tae THEIR AIN JOABS.. and furthering their Political.. POWER.



    And , in ..NOTHING ELSE!



    Ah am speakin’ o’ AWE POLITICIANS.. of every Political Stripe. when Ah mak that claim…



    Were they be.. Commie, Labour, Tory, Scottish Nationalist.. et al



    It is obvious that tae get elected tae any Political Office ,in Scotland.. Glasgow,in Particular..


    The Political Tyro, MUST.. Curry Favour with the MAJORITY VOTING BLOCK.


    and you know damn well..



    Whit is the MAJORITY VOTING Scotland.. Glasgow,in Particular.


    And.. true tae form that is EXACTLY, whit Matheson,has Done.



    Matheson, is only doing whit is Good fur Matheson.


    Therefore,he wull Play his Political Cards, accordingly.



    Maks sense tae me.



    Sorry, tae be sae serious,in this Submission… fur Ah hate tae be ..Serious..



    Being,Serious,is no Fun.. and



    Ah like Fun.





    Yer pal.. who thinks ye are a Brammer.



    Still, Laughin’

  22. The Moon Bhoys on

    Re the huns in administration,



    A 101 things to do with a lifeless but still twitching corpse at the edge of a very fast flowing very deep river,



    1) Push it firmly but cleanly straight in to the river

  23. Paul67 et al



    Great news that Emilio is getting back to the top of his game. Great for us, and great for Honduras, wouldn’t it be fantastic if he went to the World Cup in Brazil while still a Celtic player. With him in the team Hoops will get more chances and more goals. Time to strengthen where we are weak, which is in the middle of the defence. We are linked with Matt Mills, who according to a Leicester supporting friend of mine wants to leave for personal reasons, so he is definitely available. Noticed that Boruc didn’t make it to Poland for the Euros. World Cup in Germany in 2006, and Euros in Austria/Switzerland in 2008 as a Celtic player. Can be done.

  24. St.John.Doyle on

    theweegreenman on 3 June, 2012 at 17:34 said






    Firstly sorry to anyone bored with the politics debate



    As I said a couple of weeks ago as I never got an invite (I wonder why?) so I don’t know exactly what was said when most of the Parties attended a hustings meeting with the OO.



    Glasgow City has a policy that is aimed at controlling all parades in the city. Since it came in to force we have had on-going complaints about how it is applied, the policy has a built in review and this was being used to take on board some of the concerns i.e. parades going through the City Centre, return times fro parades (clashing with traffic heading home) and charging for Police costs etc.



    When GM gave an assurance the policy would be reviewed it was accurate when officers of the council have consulted fully with interested groups a report will be put before the appropriate committee.



    The trouble any Council has, is we only administer parades under Government legislation, any group can challenge our policy in court if they dont agree.


    If people are not happy with OO parades then they need to convince the SNP to change the law, I thought they might have done this during their recent bill on sectarianism, they never took that opportunity and criminalized football (Celtic) supporters.



    I also said a couple of weeks I said we cant control the amount of parades in the city if we did we would get beat in court. If the OO, SDL, BNP etc wanted to submit 10,000 applications for parades we could not stop them, the Police could object if their was a fear of disorder but that is all.That is what has happened with the Jubilee parades, the OO are not daft they will invent reasons to have the marching bands on our streets. They have done it with funerals, celebrating soldiers coming home from war any excuse, if you close one door another will open.



    If we want to put a stop to this nonsense then the SNP will have to change the law as it is a matter for the Government in Edinburgh.



    Sorry for a long boring reply

  25. St John Doyle



    Apologies for the last post. That was the one we had discussed before.



    This is the post I would appreciate your comments on.


    roy croppie on 3 June, 2012 at 13:49 said:


    Published on 2 June 2012



    Gerry Braiden



    SCOTLAND’S largest council is funding Orange Order street parties to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, sparking demands the authority ensures the events are “inclusive” and claims that local communities have not been consulted.



    A party centred on an Orange Hall in Pollokshields in Glasgow’s south side and organised by the local lodge has received £1500 in public cash. Another based at an Orange Hall in Springburn has been given £890 of city council cash.



    A total of £1500 was requested for a party on Monday organised by the Govan District 42 Orange Lodge. A decision will be taken next week by the council, after the party.



    Thousands of pounds of road-closure costs have also been written off by the council’s Labour leadership as a Jubilee gesture of goodwill.



    However, one resident close to the Pollokshields Lodge said no-one in the community was consulted about the event. The resident, who asked not be named, said: “We’ve only found out because some businesses have heard the Orange Order members discussing it. Then we had flyers stuck to our doors.



    “There is no-one I know in this street wanting this. Who is going to attend if it’s not residents? It will be the friends of the people who run the Orange Hall. When I spoke with the council they told me they’d investigate after the event. That’s not much use.”



    The news comes as it emerges changes to Glasgow’s parades policy, promised by council leader Gordon Matheson, could see restrictions on music outside places of worship altered.



    Last month, The Herald revealed Mr Matheson told a hustings of more than 100 Orange Order members the council’s parades policy was “wrong”, with an imminent review expected to allow more marches through the city centre and music to be played earlier and later in the day.



    Humza Yousaf, SNP MSP for Glasgow, has called on the city council to spell out its engagement with the Orange Order.



    Last night he said: “Money from the public purse has been given to various Jubilee parties, which are largely being organised by Orange lodges across the city, on the proviso they will be open and inclusive to other communities. I would be keen to hear what attempts have been made to reach out to Glasgow’s diverse communities and other faith groups in particular.”



    Dave Scott from Scotland’s leading anti-sectarian charity Nil By Mouth said: “I think the big question organisers need to ask themselves is ‘would the Queen actually be comfortable being at our party?’ I certainly can’t recall her ever attending an Orange Order event in my lifetime.”



    A council spokesman said: “These small sums of money were provided by area committees on the basis that the events are in public places and anyone can attend.”



    The Herald attempted to contact the Orange lodges concerned but was unable to.

  26. Miki67



    That sounds like it was a great trip, as I said I would loved to have seen them earlier. The one I was at was 15 or 16 years later and the Docklands Arena had just opened. I flew down which was pretty rare them days. Was sitting in the cheap seats in the back row underneath the plane. Immense, nobody can touch them or even come close.

  27. BABASONICOS71 on

    Jubilee my twin-cheeks.Old,rich fruit being feted by subject’s who can’t afford their heating bills or don’t send their own aunts birthday cards.Fool Britanya.


    Roll on the olympics and more money wasting.Union hijack.


    OK,rant over,i’m away back to my train wreck of a life.




  28. Edwin Morgan’s poem about Billy Fullerton:



    King Billy



    Grey over Riddrie the clouds piled up,


    dragged their rain through the cemetery trees.


    The gates shone cold. Wind rose flaring the hissing leaves,


    the branches swung, heavy, across the lamps.


    Gravestones huddled in drizzling shadow,


    flickering streetlight scanned the requiescats,


    a name and an urn, a date, a dove picked out, lost, half regained.


    What is this dripping wreath, blown from its grave red, white, blue and gold


    ‘To Our Leader of Thirty years Ago’



    Bareheaded, in dark suits, with flutes and drums,


    they brought him here, in procession seriously,


    King Billy of Brigton, dead, from Bridgeton Cross:


    a memory of violence, brooding days of empty bellies,


    billiard smoke and a sour pint,


    boots or fists, famous sherrickings, the word, the scuffle,


    the flash, the shout, bloody crumpling in the close,


    bricks for papish windows, get the Conks next time,


    the Conks ambush the Billy Boys, the Billy Boys the Conks


    till Sillitoe scuffs the razor down the stank –



    No, but it isn’t the violence they remember


    but the legend of a violent man born poor,


    gang-leader in the bad times of idleness and boredom,


    lost in better days, a bouncer in a betting club,


    a quiet man at last, dying alone in Bridgeton in a box bed.


    So a thousand people stopped traffic for the hearse of a folk hero


    and the flutes threw ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ to the winds


    from unironic lips, the mourners kept in step, and there were some who wept



    Go from the grave. The shrill flutes are silent, the march dispersed.


    Deplore what is to be deplored, and then find out the rest.



    Edwin Morgan, 1963


    A poem about the gang leader


    Billy Fullerton of the Brigton Billy Boys.

  29. Kilbowie Kelt on



    You do realise, don’t you, that we know that you use the idiotic D.C. Thomson parlance because you do not have the confidence in your use of our wonderful language ?


    You know that your McGill education would not stand the scrutiny of us ‘scruff arsed’ Glesca Keelies ?


    Just give it a try.


    You might even surprise yourself.


    At least, you would remove the cringe factor in your repetitive nonsense.

  30. It’s nonsense to believe that the OO can deliver block votes in significant numbers. You couldn’t get their followers to turn out unless you offer them the chance of a drink and some abuse at a Chapel. Elections, nowadays, offer them none of this.



    What the OO can do and has done is use the Courts to hamstring any legislation seeking to limit their activities. Scottish Labour tried to implement legislation which would have had beneficial outcomes and had police support but fell foul of civil liberties legislation and has to be amended, unfortunately.



    Any OO member who found their way to a polling booth would have voted, as usual, for the Tories, UKIP, or the BNP.



    It is childish political argument to assert that either SNP or Labour would “court” the OO. Please try to argue at a grown up level.

  31. Looking forward to seeing Izzy, Kayal & Commons (hope he stays) all return to their best next season. Like Mark “Pineapple heid” Hateley would say: it’ll be like three new signings.

  32. Hoop hoop Hooray on

    Some texts flying about that Alan Thompson has left . Anybody know anything?

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