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In a month full of events which resonate with the spirit which inspired those who formed Celtic Football Club, last night’s Wee Oscar 4 Life race night at the Kerrydale Suite was as special as it gets.  Those who were there know they gathered as a community to help the family of Oscar Knox do whatever they can to help the four-year-old through his illnesses.

If you were there, you were magnificent.  Those who decided they would give their time and resources to organise the event are an inspiration to us all.  It was great to hear Bobby Petta talk about the Celtic support in glowing terms.  He has been back in Glasgow for a couple of years and is very much at home in Celtic.  Treble-winning-captain-Tom-Boyd and Frank McAvennie didn’t need to learn about the Celtic support, they were born into it.  Both were there to help and ensure the night was a success.

Performances of the night came from Oscar’s dad, Stephen, Kris Commons’ partner, Lisa and our very own Minx, who sounded like she had presented Children In Need for the last 20 years.  Lisa, who is heavily pregnant, inspired the room with an uncommon touch of humanity.

By late in the evening the total raised was over £25k.  Another simply stunning day in Paradise.

I’ve been offline for most of the last couple of days but have picked up on some of the issues surrounding the Green Brigade.  What I haven’t missed is a single minute of action at Celtic Park this season but I’ve not seen a single incident of crowd trouble or alarm.  This season our games could be ‘policed’ by stewards alone, so it is beyond curious as to why police have any interest in Celtic supporters at all.

Football operations the like of which have been reported are not the actions of officers on the ground, they are a political dictate from very high up the food chain.  There is neither justification nor plausible motivation for using our tax money in this way.

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  1. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    You determination to protect the board from any embarrassment is confusing, I have suggested it may be what they have been waiting for but you seem to completely ignore this as a suggestion, you are dog determined I should not ask the board, why ?



    As I said being a shareholder I’m sure I have the right to know how the administration are operating with regard to customer care, infringement of the rights of the customers, will be detrimental to future revenue streams, no ?

  2. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    From Celtic Roller Coaster’s earlier post, just in case N/ A to anyone









    I feel privileged to say that I have been humbled by a 4yr old.



    Almost all Celtic fans will have some awareness of Oscar Knox and his incredible story. From those who vaguely recognise the name to those with a deep personal interest. On the 17th of November 2012 I was fortunate enough to be part of a night that will stay with me forever.



    Oscar was born with a chromosome disorder known as Jacobsen Syndrome. A condition so rare that it affects only 1 in 100,000 children. There was something else very unique about Oscar from day one. He was born with the heart of a true fighter. Oscar battled against this unfair start in life and he won. Years of determination and hard work paid off for Oscar and he started attending ‘mainstream’ playgroup as he turned 3.


    Only a couple of months later the unimaginable happened. Oscar was diagnosed with High Risk Neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. As with Jacobsen Syndrome, this cancer is found in only 1 in every 100,000 children. The staggering odds of being diagnosed with both are 10,000,000,000 to 1.



    Celtic supporters and players have taken Oscar to their hearts and last night, a fundraising auction and race night, was yet another example of just how real that connection is.



    The Celtic Family filled every corner of the Kerrydale Suite to help raise funds for Oscar’s brave fight against neuroblastoma. Not a word was spoken as images of Oscar stunned all those mesmerised by what they saw on the large screens. So astounding is this young boy. His smile, genuine and pure, instantly lit up the room. The expression of a child who clearly understands how much he is loved by his family and who thrives on it, taking nothing else for granted. Playing in the garden with his Mother, Father and Sister he carries off the innocence of an untroubled youth. Remarkably, his mannerisms remained constant as the setting would shift to that of a hospital. Trully inspiring resilience.



    The videos of Oscar and his incredible family touched all in the room resulting in a collective pride of purpose. This was to set the tone for the evening. It was not to be one of pity but a celebration to honour such a remarkable young soul. This evening would be a success. It would be a fitting tribute. It would be a statement of respect. Importantly, it would generate an energy befitting the fun and loving nature of Oscar.



    There was a buzz of excitement in the air as hundreds cheered their horses over the finishing line. Time was taken by guests of honour to speak about their affection for Oscar, their love of Celtic and what the Celtic family means. The kindly donated auction items sparked an outpouring of generosity (helped along by a touch of friendly rivalry and plenty of booze). The fun carried on until the early hours of the morning as strangers became family and Brother Walfrid’s legacy continued.



    A remarkable amount of money was raised but this is not over, it does not stop now. Oscar is fighting and if he is fighting then the Celtic family must fight side-by-side with him.



    Tom Boyd said something at the beginning of the night that we should all remember. When being questioned about the pride he feels being regarded as a legend amongst the Celtic fans he was quick to point out that he, and other Celtic greats, won trophies and medals. He recognised that on a night like last night you realise what a real legend is…..



    Oscar is a genuine legend.



    Find out more about Oscar here

  3. charles kickham on

    Is this a concerted approach by all involved in the hope that the goading by the authorities might cause some kind of violent kick back by the GB and the give justification that they’ve had in their own heads – barkingupthewrongtree

  4. celticrollercoaster loves Wee Oscar, our Celtic Warrior on



    20:41 on


    18 November, 2012



    They are attacking our own and the attacks are unjustified IMO. We must use our combined minds to fight back and defend.



    We are all the Green Brigade







  5. TET



    I decided a wee while back to purchase an Overseas Supporter’s Season Ticket – then all this c**p with the GB came out into the open: I have now changed my mind.



    Until this board make a stand for ALL Celtic supporters I will not be changing my mind back again.



    I will always support Celtic Football Club – as I have done for the last 50 years – but it is at a time like this that we need another Fergus McCann!




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

    It is difficult to believe that at this time in our history, this time in a wonderful season, we, Celtic fholk, are not all pulling in the one direction.




  7. Paul67,



    A great article and maximum respect to all those who are trying to help a wee unfortunate boy.



    And then we hear tonight of buses being stopped and searched going to and from Aberdeen. The agenda has been set and I would not rush to blame the Celtic board at this minute.



    These are sickening developments but I am guessing they could be expected once that shower of utter **** went out of business. Time to play things smart and start thinking ahead of these haters because that is all they are.

  8. celticrollercoaster loves Wee Oscar, our Celtic Warrior on

    prestonpans bhoys


    20:39 on


    18 November, 2012



    Enjoy my friend

  9. ….PFayr 20:47:



    You are probably correct.






    The requester has also got to justify that by not providing the information will prejudice the investigation. A great example, Solicitors very very rarely comply with DPA requests. However, in one such enquiry I persuaded a Solicitor, who having taken advice from the Law Society did provide information.



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  10. Gene's a Bhoys name on

    whitecrook tim


    talking of finals 1966 one has not so good memories, Kai johannsen goal in the replay, was at first game on Saturday also,Broke my wrist the next day badly (to long a story)put the tin lid on it





    now that one did hurt – should have won the first game

  11. James McClean has received death threats after opting not to wear a Remembrance Day Poppy during Sunderland’s 2-1 defeat away to Everton on November 10, revealed manager Martin O’Neill .

  12. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    neil canamalar lennon hunskelper extrordinaire



    20:49 on 18 November, 2012



    We all view situations differently ……l some fholk are also too eager to criticise the Board at every opportunity …… Neil Lennon would not have approached the GB with the trophy without knowing what he was doing ……. He was expressing CFC approval of, gratitude to the GB………..I would suggest the Estabishment are gagging for any excuse to ‘go for’ Celtic …..Neil was sending us a message …….



    I would challenge ANY mhan to say he’s a bigger supporter of the GB than I am…..



    Let’s be careful before we start criticising the Board on this …….

  13. Lennybhoy



    You said the club ” can ” refuse to give the polis info.



    That does not mean the do refuse to provide them with the info.



    As I said, I don’t know, so I won’t accuse, but smoke and fire spring to mind.








    Plenty of bonus this year, all that CL money should swell the coffers of the suits

  14. sixtaeseven: Wanyama! Watt!!! and a consolation goal for Messi on

    Gene’s a Bhoys name



    ha ha that makes you older than me – I was nine at the time.


    Celts were unlucky in the first game 1-1 (think Yogi missed a sitter that could have won it?) and we missed our chance.


    Young Jinky dropped for replay and we got wallopped.


    Incredibly, 4 years later, Kings of Europe!




    But, it’s true, early 60s were dire – we were lost, going nowhere.

  15. The angst in my house caused by the X. Factor result puts our GB dispute in the shade



    Apparently it’s not helped by my glib comments



    One would think it was as important as football

  16. Thindimebhoy



    Luv the treatment! Has the look of the “A Scanner Darkly” film…




  17. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    philbhoy – it’s just the beginning!



    20:58 on 18 November, 2012









    How can you be the GB when I AM THE GREEN BRIGADE

  18. lennybhoy…supporting neil lennon and cfc until i die



    20:45 on


    18 November, 2012



    See you if you can make it.


    You Coatbridge men must be fit, you have to run from the bus to get in on time if you leave that late. Or is it the Guinness in Coatbridge is cheaper;-)

  19. midfield maestro on




    I am on the day trip to Lisbon on Tuesday.



    I wonder how many buses will get pulled over by Strathclyde’s finest on the trip from Lisbon airport into centre of Lisbon? Tax payers money being well spent, i think not!

  20. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    I think I’ve made my motive clear, my request for info and getting that info made public would protect the board from any backlash from hostile authorities as they will only be complying with the laws of the land :o)

  21. TET



    I know you can think for yourself but given Paul’s Celtic connection I thought it might be taken as indicative of Celtic’ thinking.



    Stuff like this takes time to unfold and if the situation is as is being portrayed it is difficult seeing the police being able to justify the cost once challenged.



    They might argue of course that BECAUSE of their action to enforce the OB Bill, arrests have been few thus justifying its passage politically.



    We of course suspect that had the enforced the old legislation with the same vigour they would have had more arrests at first before a tail off.



    It looks like Eck might be playing politics with the Celtic support using the GB for his political ends.

  22. sixtaeseven: Wanyama! Watt!!! and a consolation goal for Messi


    Gene’s a Bhoys


    You are bang on re winning trophies at that time,big deal when we secured the Glasgow Cup,then again, we were really up against it, with the Masonic influence everywhere, and not like now, no Camera,s, so as we all know, when Mr Stein arrived, he changed the whole Ball Game, and as history has shown, put the Huns where they are now.


    Awerabest PJ


    PS Ah must be Ancient.

  23. THE EXILED TIM 21:00:



    You are correct it doesn’t but I may have misread your post mate as I thought you posted they have to.



    Doc is Neil Lennon 21:02:



    Run, unheard of, bus drops us at the sevconian end, no problem. And yip the Guinness is cheaper in Coatbridge, well at least it is cheaper than the Kerrydale Suite.



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  24. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    neil canamalar lennon hunskelper extrordinaire



    21:04 on 18 November, 2012



    No problem, Neil……. I was talking generally on Board critics….. I feel we need to start questioning the Law if there have been no Celtic Park convictions …….also, to single out the GB is discrimination of a minority…??

  25. TootingTim 21:02 on 18 November, 2012



    Luv the treatment! Has the look of the “A Scanner Darkly” film…









    Cheers Tooting Tim



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  26. Bobby Murdochs Ankle on

    Absolutely awe inspiring, the Celtic family do it again.


    Not a man of words, but we have stood with Oscar and his family, and as families do we have to stand beside the Green Brigade.






  27. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    I won’t be referring to the GB I will be referring to section 111 as I think it would be interesting to know if its only the GB who are being monitored, of if everyone in that section is lumped together as GB

  28. Nothing surprises me with thems.wait until deadcos titles are stripped the real venom will come to the fore.


    On a lighter note my daughter made her first pot of homemade soup.


    I was shocked,firstly she made the effort and secondly how nice it was.



    Then the sting, shoes and dress for a party.couldn’t say no.hh

  29. Somebody posted earlier about holding up a green card in support of the Green Brigade.



    Wouldn’t it be an idea if all the fans in the ground recorded the Police harassment on their phones.



    It would make a great image, tens of thousands of Celtic fans, all facing the Police and filming them filming the Green Brigade



    …and then using the footage to complain to their MSP’s and the Justice Secretary about it.

  30. From @celticservant on twitter



    A member of our club is currently serving a 2 year football banning order which is under appeal at the High Court in Edinburgh.



    As is common practice, those under football banning orders are frequently visited by the police in the lead-up to football matches to ensure and remind them that they should stay away from the forthcoming match or face arrest. Our member had the pleasure last week of having two police officers visit his home on Wednesday and the same again on Thursday to warn against attending both the Aberdeen and Benfica fixtures.



    Rightfully believing this level of attention to be wholly unnecessary, our member visited Helen Street Police Station to complain. It was what the police said next which is most important – should they be telling the truth that is. They claimed that they had received a phone call from Jamie Church (Celtic security) who had advised them that our member was planning on going to Lisbon for the Benfica match – he was not. This would have been a difficult task for him regardless considering Strathclyde Police were actually holding his passport until this impromptu meeting.



    Further still, the police officer expanded by claiming that they are simply acting on the information being supplied to them by Celtic. The Officer stated that they really aren’t interested in chasing up Celtic fans and/or members of the Green Brigade however are doing so at the request of the club. The officer went on to claim that Celtic want to see an end to any Republican songs being aired at Celtic matches. However to actually come out and say so could potentially cause upset with a large percentage of the support. Instead Celtic are working with Strathclyde Police in going after individuals one by one in an attempt to secure bans.



    While we obviously hope for this information to be untrue or at worst twisted we believe it to be a worrying development and it is in the best interest of the Celtic support for it to be public knowledge. It is even more concerning when considering how this information fits in with what the Green Brigade have already told us regarding how their members are currently being targeted.



    The Govan Emerald CSC and The Temple Tims CSC gives its unequivocal support to the Green Brigade in their current struggle against the police, and indeed any other Celtic supporters currently being harassed or victimised. We call on Celtic to distance themselves from the above claims and going forward to do far more to defend the people who are the very lifeblood of our great club.

  31. Auldheid



    The cost implications may be the silver bullet to this polis problem



    Few arrests, no successful prosecutions …great cost …in difficult financial times



    When Salmond realises money is being wasted for no gain …this hassle may end

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