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Not all Celtic heroes wear hoops

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In 1994, when the Bank of Scotland told Celtic they would not pay wages the next day as the club was overdrawn, the old board had finally run out of road.  That evening, chairman, Kevin Kelly, informed John Keane of the situation.  Keane asked his manager at Bank of Ireland to deposit £1m in Celtic’s account at Bank of Scotland as soon as the branch opened the next morning.

Keane had been one of those working to open Celtic up and break the stranglehold of the three families who had largely controlled the club for decades.  He became a director when the old board was replaced and retired from that position today.

That £1m payment was made without control or agreements, there was no guarantee it would save the club or that the old regime would actually move on.  Keane later said, “Administration was unthinkable. It would have been a slur upon the name of the Club.”

Had the wages not been paid, Celtic would have entered administration, and this would not have been like the Craig Whyte-appointed Rangers administration. High earners would have been released, anything sellable would have been sold.  Celtic would have been left with the lowest cost squad able to fulfil fixtures.

The most striking aspect about John Keane is his contentment for others to take the limelight.  He tells no one what he did.  It has never been about him, always Celtic.

Not all Celtic heroes wear hoops.

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  1. fairhill bhoy on

    A few ex holy cross doggers on today, I was there till summer 86 and only ever dogged a Friday ,Anyone any younger

  2. S O T…………………………..take care on the mountainside Bhoy.

     

     

    Keep those choons spinnin’

     

     

    Stay happy!

     

     

    HH

  3. Dont think Ntcham would get in anyone’s first eleven

     

     

    Absolute chancer who thinks he’s better than he is

     

     

    I honestly dont remember him ever having a great game, one or two decent games but he never blew me away

  4. Looks as though I could be the oldest Holy Cross guy on CQN. Was in the first ever class and survived Tommy Reilly. Left in 1960 with the bruises intact. Some great teachers like Willie Fox who was a boxing Blue from his University days.

  5. HUNDERBIRDS ARE GONE

     

     

    Well done to your daughter!

     

     

    Does she take after her Mum?

     

     

    Only kidding S!

  6. tech help – I’ve been using Adblock Plus, works flawlessly on this site……………

     

     

    I wanted to read an article from the Indo on my fb page so clicked on the suspend blocking to read the article. Having done so it seems I need to tap the ABP icon each time I’m on a site to repel the ads…….

     

    It’s probably ole dumbass me, have I done sumit wrong ( again) ?

     

     

    Any thoughts appreciated.

  7. bankiebhoy1 on 6th July 2019 2:39 pm

     

     

    tech help – I’ve been using Adblock Plus, works flawlessly on this site……………

     

    I wanted to read an article from the Indo on my fb page so clicked on the suspend blocking to read the article. Having done so it seems I need to tap the ABP icon each time I’m on a site to repel the ads…….

     

    ————————

     

    I’m using uBlock Origin on Firefox these days, finding it much better than Adbock Plus.

     

     

    Doesn’t help your problem :O) though, easiest way to solve it would be to uninstall Adblock then reinstall, it should then default back to blocking all ads on all sites

  8. Shame that SOT has decided to call it quits with his non flounce ;o)

     

     

    Would’ve been good to know why he thinks the forum is now an echo chamber?

     

     

    The forum still seems pretty split the same as its always been – anti and pro board and those that fall somewhere inbetween.

  9. Fool Time Whistle on

    FRIESDORFER on 6TH JULY 2019 8:42 AM

     

     

    Those were the days when you weren’t outraged to be accused of dogging.

     

     

    :o}}

  10. Fool Time Whistle on 6th July 2019 3:23 pm

     

     

    CELTIC BY NUMBERS on 6TH JULY 2019 8:08 AM

     

    http://celticbynumberscom.ipage.com/exposed-the-rodgers-injury-legacy/

     

    In the last article I showed the dramatic increase in injuries at Celtic during the Rodgers reign. Looking at data from Liverpool a pattern emerge.

     

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    Thanks for this..

     

    I’ll be watching injuries & matches lost with interest this season.

     

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    Missed CBN original post.

     

     

    I would think it would be down to bad luck though it will be interesting to see what happens at Leicester.

     

     

    Wonder what the stats were at Swansea.

  11. Fool Time Whistle on

    To all fellow Holy Cross Doggers..

     

     

    Was Cocozza’s Cafe the same as Chez Suzette?

     

     

    The basement of a cafe nbear the cross..?

     

     

    Just looked at that second sentence again…

     

     

    No I never did meet anyone called Suzette while I was dogging…

     

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    Fairhill Bhoy

     

     

    I left in 1969 – so you are the winner of the youngest…

     

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    JockTim

     

     

    I had Willie Fox for French I think, he was small but solid & could handle himself – now I know why.

     

    Had Mr Coyle for Maths – bless his socks he nurse me to a Maths O level. I was hopeless at it.

     

    Mr Fitzpatrick for English – another man who rarely got any problems – just the stare was enough.

     

    Heedie was Frank Morgan…

     

     

    HH

  12. FTW

     

    Memory a little hazy now, I recall Cocozza’s Cafe as being half way up the High St on the RHS from the bottom. Could be wrong of course, wouldn’t be the first time. My era was 67-72.

     

    HH

  13. Fool Time Whistle on

    Friesdorfer

     

     

    Sounds like a different place then.

     

     

    My spell there was 65 – 69.

  14. i'vehadtochangemymind on

    We haven’t had a songs debate for ages!

     

     

    Whydidyoudoithaveyounotthegutstosaycsc

  15. weebobbycollins on

    FTW…I remember Chez Suzette,,,CastleSt? Bottom of Cadzow St. turn left…

  16. weebobbycollins on

    And I remember Tommy Reilly-French, Mr Coyle-Maths, Frank Donaldson-Science and Mr Fitzpatrick whose favourite was, “What’s your name son?” —“Sir Bobby Collins.”—“Sir? When were you knighted?”—“Eh?”

     

    And wee Flossie…

  17. Fool Time Whistle on

    WeeBobbyCollins

     

     

    That’s the one.

     

    I’d had 2 bob to buy my dinner & I’d use it for a Coke & a bag of crisps.

     

     

    I can never hear the Sonny & Cher song “I Got You, Babe” but I’m in that place in the dark as the jokebox in the corner belted it out.

     

     

    Hated the song but the lassies all loved it so I smiled….

     

     

    HH

  18. Fool Time Whistle on

    Transfer windows questions.

     

     

    Scottish window – when does it close?

     

     

    Uefa CL window – when does it close?

     

     

    Is it correct that we can sign one player after the Uefa deadline?

     

     

    HH

  19. Fool Time Whistle

     

    You’ve got my memory going about Holy Cross. Peter Reid was PE teacher (I was on football team and on 4 x 100 relay team), Siv Coyle was known as the Walking Woodbine, I received 6 of the belt from Peter Fitzpatrick for writing a very funny essay that probably had the staff room in uproar. Pansy Smith got his nickname because of his cultured accent. Good times.

  20. FOOL TIME WHISTLE

     

     

    “I GOT YOU BABE” was the first single i bought.

     

     

    Well I was young at the time.

     

     

    3 bob or thereabouts if my memory serves me well.

  21. weebobbycollins on

    Jocktim…Pansy Smith…and the Muirs–Stoorie and Dusty.

     

    What was the name of the wee Italian guy who had the goodies van outside the main gates?

     

    He sold stuff picked up off the factory floor at Tunnock’s…caramel wafer thingymabobs…

  22. They say we’re young and we don’t know

     

    WE won’t find out until we’re grown………….

  23. weebobbycollins on

    I guess everyone is watching the lassie’s world cup and pretending to be doing the garden…

     

    Don’t be embarrassed…admit it. Me? I’m going out with the dugs…no interest.

     

    C’mon the Swedettes…

  24. WEEBOBBYCOLLINS

     

     

    Not me!

     

     

    Wimbledon for me!

     

     

    Love Joanna Konta and hope she wins it.

  25. weebobbycollins on

    Bada…saw them this morning….Buses parked outside the Old Quarry Bar.

  26. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    I’m switching between the footy and Wimbers. Mrs H is oot cutting the grass. Get yersel’s organised Bhoys. 😃

     

    🍀⚽️

  27. Fool Time Whistle on

    WEEBOBBYCOLLINS on 6TH JULY 2019 4:41 PM

     

    Jocktim…Pansy Smith…and the Muirs–Stoorie and Dusty.

     

     

    What was the name of the wee Italian guy who had the goodies van outside the main gates?

     

    He sold stuff picked up off the factory floor at Tunnock’s…caramel wafer thingymabobs

     

    …………

     

     

    The wee van was run by a guy I knew as “Wee Joe” – he sold single cigarettes to anyone witht he cash – age was no barrier.

     

     

    There was another van – I think run by a man I knew as Mario.

     

     

    Mario was hyperactive whereas Wee Joe seemed to be asleep most of the time.

     

     

    HH