The Celtic oxygen


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. celticrollercoaster loves Wee Oscar, our Celtic Warrior


    20:46 on 18 November, 2012




    Thank you for link and all you do along with many others

  2. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    I also think it is a good idea to have the info from Celtic prior to going to the police and requesting info, just another we check for comparison purposes.

  3. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Just been told ( by my other son who was laughing) that my wifevhas organised a meal out for my son’s birthday on TUESDAY …… When I asked about it ” sorry, it’s all arranged now ” … powers f persuasion will now have to come to the fore …LOL ……THIS COULD COST ME

  4. Gene's a Bhoys name on

    Papa John


    Just a teenager in those days – always new Tiny Wharton & co were huns but that’s just how it was – 50 years later we haven’t moved on – the establishment is still the establishment

  5. ….PFayr



    20:47 on 18 November, 2012





    I think the problem for the board is in the last year they have warmed slightly to the GB, but the information will have been provided to the Police when they had a more critical view of what they would have seen as a group of trouble-makers.



    They probably would have released info previously without a productions order but may be less inclined to do so now, as no high profile cases have been successful in court.



    If they have released info on our fans it will split the support.

  6. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    neil canamalar lennon hunskelper extrordinaire



    21:11 on 18 November, 2012



    They need to monitor the WHOLE STADIUM or it is discrimination ….!!?

  7. I have been travelling to Aberdeen since the 60’s by car,train,and bus but never have I encountered the level of scrutiny being applied to Celtic Supporters as I experienced this week end.



    Firstly Bus delayed at Cumbernauld and taken to an off road Retail Park.luggage storage under Bus opened,Police entered Bus walked up and down without opening a single overhead locker.



    Upon arrival (25 mins before KO )trying to get a quick cup of tea,Police enter Bus and ask the remaining tea drinkers if we have been searched,answering yes,the young lady Constable says OK and departs.



    Approaching turnstile 2 Security Guards who did not appear to be local,nor was English their first language,asked if I had bottles,cans or flares,answering NO he says ok and allows me to pass.



    Return journey was a guided tour by the most circular of routes,and all the way down the road turn off’s to towns etc had a Police car present,I can only guess they would have prevented access.



    Now where a Bus is concerned I believe you need to seek permission but as for cars I believe this is intimidation and a violation of your civil liberties.



    I recall in years past the Shop Keepers of places like StoneHaven,and Auchterarder were horrified that the road changes prevented the influx weekly of football traffic which provided a boost to sales.


    I believe this limited access to anywhere other than the actual Stadiums will not have the full support of the local shopkeepers when else can they bump prices with impunity.



    Next Northern visit I will make a point of going by car and will seek entry to some of these treasured Hamlets and if stopped I will take appropriate action with regard to the Officers concerned and prepare a complaint.



    This said I believe our Board should be analysing this,I understand there are Windmills to be tilted at others to avoid but in my view this is an attempt to intimidate and therefore to justify this ridiculous law.



    Our Board should be seeking clarification before unsuspecting individuals get themselves and the Club into the adverse publicity spotlight.


    In fact the Club should be telling the Scottish Football Authorities if the Police do not want us then fine, let them explain to the SPL Clubs who without our unacceptable appearance they would be out of Business.



    For the record neither me or my friends drink,we really are looking for a Fish Supper when in the car.

  8. Tallybhoy



    I remember you posting a while ago you were going to get a ST, about the same time I decided not to.



    Things will have to change.








    I honestly never gave Paul’s leader a thought.



    I have read loads on here and other places about the polis being asked to justify the cost etc.



    It seems that’s all that is happening, people talking, the subject as yet doesn’t look like it’s been broached.



    It’s obvious it’s political, the polis don’t do what they are doing unless they are instructed from on high.



    I remember a couple of years ago saying that once the politicos got involved there would only be one loser, us, and a few posters told me not to be so stupid that the politicians won’t get involved………………….



    I said this after the dougie, dougie debacle, and I could see back then that they would get involved.



    I will even go as far as to say, that the shame game thing between the fat slug and Lenny was set up.



    All to conveniant that the very next day, the other fat slug Ek, decided on a summit.

  9. Gene’s a Bhoys name


    Haffey,McKay,Kennedy,Crerand,Mc Neil and Price,Chalmers, Jackson Hughes Divers and Byrne.


    Couldnae beat Casie’s Drum.


    Awerabest PJ

  10. ftsfa cqn BAMPOT


    I so hope that its a twisted police officer at the wind up .


    I thought of posting an answer about if it is not but i feel sick

  11. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    neil canamalar lennon hunskelper extrordinaire



    21:11 on 18 November, 2012



    Surely Celtic need to inform any fan if their info (data) is being shared with anyone …. And, they need to monitor the WHOLE STADIUM, or it is discrimination ….!!?

  12. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    That is quite a claim and well written, they do clearly question the authenticity of the claim and we can question why a supporter would be told this but if true is damning.


    Time for a pint



    Do you support the Green Brigade action against harassment ?





    So far of 399 votes


    95% yes


    5% no

  13. garygillespieshamstring on

    It is now my intention to write a letter to celtic football club in order to ascertain whether or not they would pass any of my details to the police on request. I will also be making them aware that if it turns out that this is the case, I will not be renewing my season ticket next season.



    I don’t sit in or near the gb section, but there is a principle at stake here.




  14. St. John Doyle



    I have little doubt that CFC and all other football clubs routinely assist the polis with the provision of fans details



    The above statement re CFC and their encouragement of police harassment is very concerning

  15. ftsfa cqn BAMPOT



    It is their only tactic.



    It is the established tactic.



    It is a TACTIC that works as long as the people are not aware it is being used against them.



    As SFTB said early on, get the Whole Support on board.

  16. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Off to bed now…up too late last night …..

  17. Ftsfa cqn bampot.



    Its time the board took a stance and backed their fanbase.The more i read about the maltreatment of the gb and other fans the more i release how secular the board has become to the ordinary fan.

  18. Cqn bampot……if that statement is true we have a major problem and it is our duty to confront those responsible on the board .



    I fear this could be a long bitter dispute



    Sack the board

  19. Canalamar


    Go to the Board but not using FOI as leverage to get your answer but using your shareholder status might work.



    If you want to use FOI as leverage try the polis.



    Hope that is clearer.

  20. Last night in the Kerrydale suite proved once again The Celtic Family can come together and achieve great things.



    Having had a wee insight into the organisation that went into the whole event only adds to the admiration I have for TEAM OSCAR.



    Cant find the words to do justice to the courage of the Knox family

  21. There is no doubt that the club is giving out fans details to police.



    1 Green Brigade member has his season book under a different address from where he stays. Recently police showed up at this house looking for him. He has never stayed there or used that address for anything else. It could only have come from Celtic Park.

  22. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    Already asked that and was told there seems to be no protecting or requirement to inform the subjec of the request being made.

  23. we are all the GB


    If we do not stand against what is happening – WHAT NEXT? Everyone in 111 gets the treatment (that would include me btw) and the rest of the family when the wee man can sit still


    and when they get away with that …… the whole stadium


    Frankly its a very lucky break that the EPL did not want us as our ticket money is significant to the club. If they lived in the EPL billionaire bubble I am not convinced we would be of any relevance


    anyway – I will not be at the games and will support any other sanction


    The criminalisation on innocent people is a national disgrace (up there with homelessness)


    Everyone on here really needs to think hard about what the consequences may be of not supporting the GB and any bus organisers here should consider cancelling the basses for those games

  24. On a lighter note.


    This is whit REAL POLIS dae when on duty must hive been wan oh the GB that shopped them



    et probe: Officers played poker and backgammon on duty



    A south-east London neighbourhood police team has been axed after a probe found officers had been playing poker and cleaning golf clubs while on duty.



    Seven officers resigned or were dismissed from Bromley’s Safer Neighbourhood Team in the Mottingham and Chislehurst North ward.



    It followed an undercover operation by the Metropolitan Police’s Directorate of Professional Standards in 2010.



    Disciplinary proceedings concluded on 23 October.



    One sergeant and a PC were sacked after the Met’s disciplinary panel found them guilty of gross misconduct.


    ‘Lazy attitudes’



    Another PC and three of the team’s community support officers resigned, while a fourth was dismissed.



    In a statement, the Met said: “The disciplinary panel heard evidence that officers from the team had played backgammon and poker whilst on duty, watched TV in the office, frequently failed to go out on patrol, had not worked full tours of duty and also claimed overtime that had not been worked.


    Continue reading the main story


    “Start Quote



    These officers let the whole of the service down with their behaviour; but more importantly they let down their local community”



    Commander Allan Gibson



    “In addition, one officer had gone out for runs during the working day whilst a further officer cleaned his golf clubs in the office.



    “These activities appear to have taken place at the expense of policing duties, such as patrolling the local area.”



    Neighbourhood teams were introduced by the Met in 2004 and were subsequently rolled out across the country.



    Commander Allan Gibson, head of the Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) Directorate of Professional Standards, said: “These officers let the whole of the service down with their behaviour; but more importantly they let down their local community.



    “There is no place for lazy attitudes in the MPS and those who are found to be failing in their duties will be held to account.”



    Criminal proceedings were launched against three officers following the findings of the internal investigation

  25. If this is true, my season ticket goes back this week until there is a change in the board. I will not be attending the next two home games. HH




    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






    Strathclyde Police


    were actually


    holding his passport


    until this impromptu




    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




    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.

  26. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    It does, cheers, all I’m looking for is access to the info and the most efficient way to get it with the least amount of barriers


    Hail Hail time for t pub

  27. 67 Heaven…



    My daughter’s birthday on Tuesday as well……….fortunately managed to have the party on Satuurday. The price was a house full of 13yr olds overdosing on Irn Bru etc last night, but worth paying to enjoy Tuesday! HH

  28. If Celtic are aiding and abetting the police in targeting Celtic fans it’s over for me ; I won’t renew 4 season tickets until the person(s) responsible are removed from the board.



    Celtic are playing with fire and for Lawwell to say he was unaware of the GB situation at the AGM is hard to believe.



    Time to tell us Mr Lawwell if you have been helping the Police criminalise the Celtic support.

  29. ftsfa cqn BAMPOT



    Exactly – it’s coming to everyone if it’s not stopped


    and once it is established as being okay inside CP then (given they seem to have been given our personal details) it will start outside CP


    believe me if this is taken lightly it is going nowhere nice …… removing sites like this????