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Safe Standing, great, but let’s get it right

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Delighted for everyone involved in making Celtic the first club in Britain to be given permission to install Safe Standing facilities.  There’s time for a seat but going to the football in Scotland was largely a standing undertaking for a century, for good reason.

Standing enables the creation of football’s now too scarce atmosphere, it allows people to shuffle in the cold and sing with projection.  It’s also safer across more scenarios than sitting.

I have one (significant) problem with the plans……..

Celtic intend to install Safe Standing at the corner of the lower North and Lisbon Lions stands, including the Green Brigade’s area.  The Green Brigade pitched up at this part of the ground one League Cup game several years ago, the area was no more or less appropriate for as a singing section than any other part of the ground.

The North Stand upper is the proper place for a Safe Standing section, front and centre of the stadium.  It’s where the Jungle was, and if we’re going to come anywhere close to recreating the unique atmosphere of the Jungle in a modern stadium, we must select the appropriate area.

The Safe Standing section will have unique properties.  The ability to stand all game, bounce around and generally be more active, will ensure it sells out, but it’s unlikely to attract the infirm, and it will never be part of the family section.  It’s also not going to attract corporate business.

The decision where to locate this section is unlikely to be reversed until there is a major stadium renovation, and that’s likely to be decades away.  A couple of decades out, there will be more demand for family and infirm sections, more demand for corporate and lounge facilities.

Football spent years failing to notice how people grew fond of comfort, shelter, safe and clean facilities.  The trend is not over.  Thousands will want to stand, but perhaps more will want access to lounges, video games for the kids and shops selling all sorts.

Celtic Park is magnificent building of its time but it’s not a 21st century stadium.  The Celtic Way is genuinely stunning, but if we want to cater for fans in the decades to come we’ll need proper cafes, fan zones, bars, better toilets and a museum.  We’ll need to make use of all that land we’ve acquired, but which largely lies undeveloped.

Real estate in the lower stands will be more of a premium in the future, we should plan for it now, make the Safe Standing section the New Jungle.

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  1. The Clumpany.

     

     

    Some funny, and informative, stuff since the ‘Do The No Promotion’ day especially.

     

     

    And your link a couple of days ago to ‘Went To See The Gypsy’ by His Bobness prompted me to listen to some of his tunes which I haven’t heard in a while, and there’re many more on YouTube than the last time I looked.

     

     

    So my visitor and I listening to magnificent tracks like ‘Sara’ and ‘Isis’ ( no, not them!) again over the last few days.

     

     

    But my personal favourite at the moment is ‘Sad-eyed Shady of Sevco Land’.

     

     

    Hail Hail!

  2. ThompsonTwin on

    weeminger

     

    14:07 on

     

    10 June, 2015

     

    ThompsonTwin

     

    14:01 on

     

    10 June, 2015

     

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    Your point is well made – however I believe the right result is to respect the right of the party who have a majority and who had it in their manifesto.

     

     

    If Labour stuck to their guns in opposing the bill, and the Referendum says we stay in – they could be blamed by all those voters who would vote against – they would say that Labour do not listen to voters.

     

     

    On the other hand by allowing the bill to go forward, they Labour party can say that they listened to the majority party’s voters will, but will campaign to stay in – surely that is the essence of democracy – if nobody ever changed their mind on anything,m we would be in a bad state – the SNP have just ‘ditched’ FFA, because they fear for the state of Scotland’s finances should we lose the Barnett formula – that’s a sensible u-turn.

  3. One good thing about bullsh1tting trolls – it makes catching up so much swifter a process.

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  4. And for anyone who read my last post from many days ago, yes, I am disappointed in myself.

     

     

    But divorce is a costly business!

  5. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    yorkbhoy

     

     

    first communion Saturday you are very welcome to pop in for a wee glass of malt or plonk of your choice.any time after 1pm.

  6. vinniethedog on

    I agree with nearly all you said Paul ……….I would actually have it all the way front Celtic end …….if we can still call it Celtic end !!…ha….

     

     

    Comfort from cold wet and freezing winds is another major factor ………..how I would love a roof all over Celtic park to protect from the worst of the elements !!!!

  7. Beatbhoy , get where you’re coming from . Discussed the possibility of getting the car wrapped to do a spot of promotion advertising and she advised me that she knows a good divorce lawyer and to do a Cost Benefit Analysis of aforesaid idea .

     

     

    I told her i reckoned it would be neutral as 1 would follow the other , regardless of what order i did it in . We agreed to disagree at that point – at least i think we did – my head is still ringing .

     

     

    Sanna

  8. leftclicktic on

    Well if you wanna go, K.A.N.O ., Hail Hail , Rain , Sleet or Snow

     

    “We agreed to disagree”

     

    A.K.A You lost :)))))))

  9. prestonpans bhoys on

    A cracker from SFM blogger:

     

     

    Dave King left Scotland for SA in 1976 aged 22. From the age of say 13 until he left, Rangers won the league twice.

     

     

    If he watched Rangers dominate he must have playing subbuteo by himself.

  10. An Tearmann.

     

     

    Just bought a case of Rioja for the BBQ next saturday,I’ve been out every day getting the garden tidied just hope the weathers good.

  11. leftclicktic on

    Well if you wanna go, K.A.N.O ., Hail Hail , Rain , Sleet or Snow

     

    getting there bud

     

     

    “only euphemistically”

     

    A.K.A ye definately lost :))))))

  12. West End of East End on

    Got bored of the political nonsense in here and went looking for something to cheer me up. Had a quick dip into FF and this was the first thing I came across…works every time…

     

     

    Rt. Hon. Bearman Rt. Hon. Bearman is offline

     

    143 years of glorious unbroken history

     

     

    Join Date: 28-07-2006

     

    Location: Linton Travel Tavern

     

    Posts: 10,895

     

    Default Re: Mike Ashley tells Rangers “we’re not a bank” over £5m loan deal (Mirror)

     

     

    I’m increasingly getting the feeling that Ashley has grossly underestimated King.

  13. ThompsonTwin on

    Two lots of good news today for all of us at Celtic.

     

     

    Peter Lawwell says – “I would like to thank Glasgow City Council for their support in delivering this measure and for the backing they have given to Celtic’s focus on safety at matches.”

     

     

    Fulsome praise indeed to GCC – it makes one wonder who were the real culprits who have held back this innovative move, for years – it could only have been Holyrood – one must ask, Why?

  14. old tim67

     

     

    indeed OT67,a day like today,i done my garden yesterday,hedges too,thinking of getting a goat and save the hassle,alas Dave king has rounded them all up hehe.Looking forward to it my friend.

     

     

    HH

  15. favourite uncle

     

     

    14:35 on 10 June, 2015

     

    yorkbhoy

     

     

    first communion Saturday you are very welcome to pop in for a wee glass of malt or plonk of your choice.any time after 1pm.

     

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    Thanks for the offer but will be flying out to Teneriffe on Friday for a holiday. Hope the day goes well for you. Fingers crossed the weather is good on Saturday.

  16. lymmbhoy

     

     

    14:24 on 10 June, 2015

     

     

    Stop it Celtic……not another good news story!!!

     

     

    http://www.celticfc.net/news/8431

     

     

    CELTIC Football Club is delighted today to announce that it has become the first Scottish football club ever to be awarded the prestigious National Club Licensing Platinum Award by the Scottish Football Association.

     

    The Scottish FA’s Club Licensing system encompasses a National and UEFA regulatory system, which sets standards and procedures by which clubs will be assessed as a basis for continuous improvement of many aspects of football, including:

     

    Stadium facilities

     

    First-team football

     

    Youth football

     

    Legal, administration and finance practices

     

    Clubs are graded from entry level, Bronze, Silver and Gold and only in exceptional cases will the Platinum Award be granted.

     

    Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “We are delighted to be the first Scottish club to receive the Platinum Award.

     

    “Celtic aims at all times to be a world-class football club in everything we do and this award is recognition of the high standards of governance across many areas, which the club has met for some time.”

     

    “I would like to thank and applaud everyone at the club for their efforts in achieving such continuous improvement across these areas and of course for their high standards of professionalism.

     

    “I know everyone is committed to maintaining these levels and ensuring that Celtic continues to be an example of best practice.”

     

     

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    Obviously, nobody on the judging panel has tried queueing for a pie at half-time.

     

     

    ALL of half-time, in ridiculous, snail-pace queues, due to undermanning on the counters and under-stocking in the fridges. With NO reward at the end of it most of the time save for a symathetic, ‘There’s nane left,’ while some major incident early in the second half catches your eye on the tellies and you hoof it back up into the stands to spend the next five minutes asking starangers what happened and agonising over returning to pick from the dregs left in the kiosk or going back to your seat hungry.

     

     

    And neither have you, Peter. Try it, and then watch your platinum plaque reflect a red glow as you blush.

  17. McPhail Bhoy on

    lymmbhoy

     

     

     

     

    14:24 on

     

     

    10 June, 2015

     

     

     

     

    Stop it Celtic……not another good news story!!!

     

     

    http://www.celticfc.net/news/8431

     

     

    CELTIC Football Club is delighted today to announce that it has become the first Scottish football club ever to be awarded the prestigious National Club Licensing Platinum Award by the Scottish Football Association.

     

    The Scottish FA’s Club Licensing system encompasses a National and UEFA regulatory system, which sets standards and procedures by which clubs will be assessed as a basis for continuous improvement of many aspects of football, including:

     

    Stadium facilities

     

    First-team football

     

    Youth football

     

    Legal, administration and finance practices

     

    Clubs are graded from entry level, Bronze, Silver and Gold and only in exceptional cases will the Platinum Award be granted.

     

    Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “We are delighted to be the first Scottish club to receive the Platinum Award.

     

    “Celtic aims at all times to be a world-class football club in everything we do and this award is recognition of the high standards of governance across many areas, which the club has met for some time.”

     

    “I would like to thank and applaud everyone at the club for their efforts in achieving such continuous improvement across these areas and of course for their high standards of professionalism.

     

    “I know everyone is committed to maintaining these levels and ensuring that Celtic continues to be an example of best practice.”

     

     

    HH

     

     

    Sevco were awarded at the Gold level 3 years ago, turns out it was only gold coloured tinfoil… oh and somebody had eaten the chocolate!

  18. jamesgang

     

     

     

     

    14:31 on

     

     

    10 June, 2015

     

     

     

     

    One good thing about bullsh1tting trolls – it makes catching up so much swifter a process.

     

     

    HH jamesgang

     

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    Oi, you canny just swan in and miss all that out. If the rest of us had to suffer it, then so do you. Go back and read the lot of it.

  19. well if you wanna go, k.a.n.o ., hail hail , rain , sleet or snow

     

     

    14:40 on 10 June, 2015

     

     

    I decided discretion was the better part of valour, as I’ve failed the ‘don’t mind you coming in late during the week, as long as you don’t waken the house’ test too often this past week!

  20. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Summer football !!!

     

     

    I think it would be magic, imagine we were playing tonight glorious sunshine in ML5, tv companies would relish showing Scottish fitba, think live fishing is on BT sport tonight, only downside just back from wee yins school sports day, inches from the finishing line in the “dads race” not one but both hamstrings pinged, walking as if I didn’t make the toilet on time and just looked in the mirror my head is like a beetroot, sunburn ffs, if we ever get our wish get the factor 50 on bhoys & ghirls, away for a cold refreshment and to talk myself through my performance, don’t think Ronny could even improve this bhoy

  21. I know the subject matter isn’t funny but that cop’s over enthusiastic barrel roll at the beginning of the video footage of the McKinney Pool Party is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in years..

     

     

    Think I’ve watched it about 100 times

  22. davidopoulos

     

     

    I did!

     

     

    But it was quite scroll- tastic in parts!

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  23. QUITE BRILLIANT TA.

     

     

    ‘GG

     

    14:01 on

     

    10 June, 2015

     

    Yesterday evening someone posted this link to a podcast of Graham Hunter interviewing Kevin Bridges.

     

    https://audioboom.com/channel/grahamhunter

     

    I listened to it last night and it’s absolutely outstanding.

     

    I recommend taking a wee hour and listen.

     

    Two football fans frankly expressing their joy of football.

     

    2 thumbs up.

  24. Summer football ? Gerryfaethebrig, I slight change to current season would work for me

     

     

    Season starts mid July, in time for all Euro competition qualifiers ?

     

    Take a 6 week winter break ? So shutdown mid December when all Euro competitions stop, restart season start of Feb, in time for European competitions starting again ?

     

    Play season until end of May ?, so 6 week break until new season again ? Could even move into mid June ( for Scottish Cup Final) 4 week break ?

     

    Players get 3 – 4 weeks in Winter , and 3 – 4 weeks in Summer, with a light fitness schedule, so when they return 2 weeks should have them back fully fit ?

     

    Could even start season with League Cup, have it finished by end of Aug

     

     

    Now to take this a stage further, I also favour a 14 team league, play each other twice = 26 games, split top 7 with bottom 7, play twice ( you get a free week :-)) total 38 league games

     

    Could also work with a 16 team league, split after twice = 30, top 7 and bottom 9 = another 12 games for top 7 = 42 games

     

    Could fit all these games into weekends only ? With European games midweek

     

     

    Just some thoughts

     

     

    Hail Hail

  25. Not busy tonight?

     

     

    Get yersel along to the FAC open meeting at St Anne’s primary school at the corner of Crownpoint Rd and Fielden St. First speaker will begin at 7pm.

     

     

    Football fans not criminals.

  26. I am Not Lurking Anymore on

    I would like to see the standing area in the Jock Stein lower but with corporate seating there as well as the North stand lower the only place it could be is the Lisbon lower/corner of the North stand

     

    Love the new away top a bit of 80s retro

     

    Another award for the club but still the moaners will moan

  27. Neustadt-Braw on

    ‘GG

     

    14:01 on

     

    10 June, 2015

     

    Yesterday evening someone posted this link to a podcast of Graham Hunter interviewing Kevin Bridges.

     

    https://audioboom.com/channel/grahamhunter

     

    I listened to it last night and it’s absolutely outstanding.

     

    I recommend taking a wee hour and listen.

     

    Two football fans frankly expressing their joy of football.

     

    2 thumbs up.

     

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    thank you for the repost …awfy braw

     

     

    does Kevins old man post here …?

     

     

    braw

  28. Delaneys Dunky on

    NB

     

     

    No, I asked Kevin’s dad that recently. He does lurk though and knew my blog name when I told him. KB has lovely, good parents.

  29. guy on that daft open the boxes game on tv just now, noel edmonds thing.

     

     

    he looks like the lovechild of paul lambert and rambo, chec him out quickly

  30. South Of Tunis on

    Marguerite Patten RIP.

     

     

    Her – Everyday Cook Book – taught me how to feed myself when I left home in 68.

     

     

    Scorchio – Way down south