Signed Roy Keane shirt, Hearts lay it on the line


We are going to see a lot of people in their true light through this.  Last night, Scott McGarvey, son of Celtic legend Frank, put his prized, signed, Roy Keane Republic of Ireland jersey on ebay to raise money for Glasgow South East Foodbank.  Their need, like so many others who cater for the poor, has never been greater.

Scott got the match worn shirt from Roy’s Ireland, and Frank’s Celtic, team-mate, Packie Bonner.  It is a rare and cherished piece of sporting memorabilia. Keep an eye on the auction here.  If you don’t have a wall for it, you can always move house.

Hearts “chairman’s statement”, (self-identifying is ‘so Edinburgh’)* issued by Ann Budge last night, was worthy of a read.  If you can look past the close-up of Mr Budge (she started it) occupying all real estate above the fold, she had an obligatory kick at The Sun for an earlier article bereft of the basic grasp of business, before getting onto the matter in hand.

Hearts, like almost every other club in Scotland and most in Europe, had no contingency for what she tells us all of football knows is a shutdown until “late July/August”.  It was either cut costs early or make people redundant eventually.  Earlier this week we heard from Aberdeen, those two are as ready for this crisis as anyone apart Celtic, but neither is in a good place.  At least Aberdeen know they will play top flight football next season.

Budge was first to move and put staff and players on 50% salary, with minimum wage protections.  Many others will follow.  Stenhousemuir are showing the way for clubs who know they can rely on fans to keep their club alive (yes, Stenhousmuir fans can do what others cannot).  On Wednesday, their chairman, wrote, “We’ve had a surge in people wanting to buy shares in the club.  Many have.  Welcome to The Warriors.  We’ve had people making donations, and lots more offers too.”

These are hard times, but many clubs with either be saved by the largess of their fans, or will perish in the summer.

Remember to check out the Roy Keane auction.

*sorry salt ‘n’ sauce friends.

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  1. Happy Friday all from a still mild Kentucky.



    I hear Johnson is feeling a bit ruffled. A new virus inside number 10. 




  2. Melbourne Mick on



    From a roasting Melbourne, and people being chased


    aff the beaches lol.


    H.H . Mick

  3. I don’t mind seeing Hearts also pass away


    So them and that new club in Glasgow




  4. This was a 4 day week for me after a long weekend for birthday but boy does it feel like double that.



    Feel for my colleagues, I have a comfortable wee home set-up and no kids at my ankles, 3 of my team have 2 kids pestering them all day needing fed, educated and amused.



    I have no right to complain.




  5. MM



    It’s quite surreal isn’t it? US now the highest positive tests globally, not if you watch Trump though. He has it covered.



    We’ve seen Louisville in the 70’s this week, weird weather as well.



    Hope Oz is being fair to you right now. Couldn’t do you loo paper challenge due to eh, lack of loo paper. Maybe that will change today.

  6. Are my testicles black?



    A suspected Covid-19 male patient is lying in bed in the hospital, wearing an oxygen mask over his mouth and nose. A young student female nurse appears and gives him a partial sponge bath.


    “Nurse,”‘ he mumbles from behind the mask, “are my testicles black?”


    Embarrassed, the young nurse replies, “I don’t know, Sir. I’m only here to wash your upper body and feet.”


    He struggles to ask again, “Nurse, please check for me. Are my testicles black?”


    Concerned that he might elevate his blood pressure and heart rate from worrying about his testicles, she overcomes her embarrassment and


    pulls back the covers.


    She raises his gown, holds his manhood in one hand and his testicles gently in the other.


    She looks very closely and says, “There’s nothing wrong with them, Sir. They look fine.”


    The man slowly pulls off his oxygen mask, smiles at her, and says very slowly,


    “Thank you very much. That was wonderful. Now listen very,


    very, closely:


    “Are – my – test – results – back?”

  7. Blimey, seems one of our neighbours was taken to hospital in the night with suspected Covid. I hear he’s been put on one of the new Dyson ventilators and is now picking up nicely 😂

  8. I hope people remember all these b******s laying people off. The BBC better not employ any of them for TV work or license will be binned.




  9. Credit to Peter Lawwell & the board for keeping us on steady footing.



    When Scottish football emerges from this crisis our grip on trophies will have tightened.

  10. Great to hear your news about the Donkeys etc, fantastic work you are doing there 👍.





    All the best to you and yours from locked down Dundee.






  11. fourstonecoppi on

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    2. Weatherspoons


    3. Railway company’s


    4. Ashley


    5. Richard Branson


    6.Michael O’Leary


    7.Marks& Sparks




    9. Farage


    10. Gordon Ramsey


    11. Cameron


    12. Stefan King


    13. Easyjet


    14. Freeagent



  12. jeez_I_thought_blinker_was_pants on

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    Italian time



  13. FOURSTONECOPPI on 27TH MARCH 2020 12:58 PM


    sorted that for you



    1. Bezos


    2. Weatherspoons


    3. Railway company’s


    4. Ashley


    5. Richard Branson


    6.Michael O’Leary


    7.Marks& Sparks




    9. Farage


    10. Gordon Ramsey


    11. Cameron


    12. Stefan King


    13. Easyjet


    14. Freeagent



  14. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Hope nobody takes offence at the ‘jokes’, we all realise how serious the situation is, my sense of humour has always been a bit dark,probably from my fire brigade days,where you used humour to get you through some situations.

  15. Good morning from a sunny and bright Easter seaboard.


    Are the virtual meeting of the clubs being held in secret?


    Why no reports from them?


    Who is being given how much?


    Where is the transparency?


    Why haven’t we been awarded the title?

  16. I see that there is a programme on BBC Scotland tonight at 8.00pm, I don’t know if it’s showing part of the game or the Celebrations in Glasgow after the game, but it should be an interesting view.



    Hope everyone is doing well in this distressing period in life.



    I don’t think I have the virus as I recieve medication 2 years ago to clear my lungs of Mucus,I’ve been coughing up spit every hour of the day and night, that’s why I wouldn’t know if i have the virus or not.

  17. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Oldtim,my daughter in law is a doctor in Belfast, and sent me this



    This app has just been launched today with researchers at Guy’s & St Thomas’ with King’s college to help slow the spread of #COVID19 and identify at risk cases sooner by self-reporting your symptoms daily, even if you feel well 🙏🏼. Download the app



    Please share the app with everyone you know on WhatsApp via a broadcast. They need to get this to a lot of people fast to collect enough data to see the hidden cases – the iceberg if you like that we are sailing into. Thank you! App is fully functional and will be more beautiful over the next few days!


    Share the app and share your “well/ill” status and let’s get some data for the policy makers to work with.


    Thank you for your help in doing what we can in the community.


    Edit: Initial feedback of the site’s inability to register children’s symptoms have been forwarded to the investigators. Anything further you can add / feedback will all help to capture what’s going on in the community vs just what we’re capturing in tertiary care.

  18. The Battered Bunnet on

    Matt Hancock has the virus.



    Given the absurd overcrowding on the London tube in recent weeks, and the very high density of London’s population in general, the numbers say it’s inevitable that the city is about to be hit very hard.



    Irrespective of where you are in the world, we’ll pretty much all be exposed to the virus – if we haven’t been already – but the critical issue that determines the fatality rate is the availability of medical care. We’ve known for 2 months what was coming and yet have utterly failed to prepare for it. From testing kits to PPE to ventilators and beds, this government have elected to prioritise budgets over health. The hapless – perhaps disingenuous – messaging has compounded the problem.



    The infection rate (and suspected infection) among front line staff as a consequence of this lack of action will serve only to compound the problem.



    The next few weeks will resemble a nightmare from Pepys.



    If you haven’t been exposed to the virus yet, do whatever you can to keep yourself and your family safe. This is no time to be getting sick.

  19. I’m not getting too far ahead of myself in terms of what next season will look like or which, if any Club, goes under.



    We’ve the biggest wage bill in the country by a distance with no money coming in – I can’t speak about season ticket renewals but it’s probably safe to say they’ve slowed up.



    We can’t look too far ahead of ourselves and certainly can’t focus on other clubs finances, let them worry about themselves, we’ve a lot to focus on inside our own boardroom. We may not be as financially safe as we’d like to think we are.

  20. SCANIEL on 27TH MARCH 2020 10:24 AM


    One Malloy at 10:14





    Now, that would be a treat, Hugh. Hope and trust all is well.





    BLantyreTim So glad to hear about OldTim. Grandson still talks fondly of him. Please pass on our best wishes.


    FOURSTONECOPPI on 27TH MARCH 2020 12:58 PM



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