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The dirty little subject

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When (not if) the season is called, the dirty little subject will rear its head, Celtic have five postponed home league games on the season ticket.  While Celtic are likely to be Last Man Standing after the financial crisis that will engulf the game following on from the health crisis, we are set to lose tens of millions of pounds and will inevitably lose money over this period.

What next season will look like remains uncertain; we don’t know when football will resume behind closed doors, when fans will be able to attend or enough clubs will survive to give us a competition.  With so many doubts, we cannot be complacent, which is why players and execs took a pay cut and non-essential staff were furloughed.  In short, we need to retain as much income reduce costs where possible.

There is another side of this story.  We have over 50,000 season ticket holders, many of whom have been without an income in weeks, some are on reduced wages and, inevitably, some will have no job to return to when furlough ends.  As a club, we have to offer a refund for those five games, cash is too important for a family that has none, they cannot put food on the table with a Superstore voucher.

Partick Thistle offered fans a refund and those who needed it, took it, but 96.5% of season ticket holders left the money in their club.  By any standards, that is incredible.  I suspect the demographics of the Celtic support are different; we have plenty of wealthy fans, but I know many who put a huge portion of their disposable income into following Celtic, almost certainly a higher percentage than Partick.

More Celtic fans will need a refund to get through the month, so it should be offered – as soon as possible after the season is called.

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  1. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Celtic Mac

     

     

    I would agree with you that professional sport is not relatively important under current circumstances.

     

     

    Perversely, assorted governments seem to see fitba as opium for the masses.

  2. SuperSutton on

    Happy Birthday P67.

     

     

    Did you make a wish when you blew out the candles? Perhaps it won’t be long before you find out if it comes true. According to the Jungle drums anyway.

  3. Hamiltontim on

    After the sad passing of my wife Helen (Minx 1888) on Saturday 2/05/20 the family have been inundated with offers from people wishing to send flowers or make donations to a cause. Consequently, we’re asking that donations be made to Strathcarron Hospice.

     

     

    https://t.co/8KKO1EpSms

     

     

    Thank you.

  4. BRHT

     

     

    Thanks for an excellent piece on what might have been.

     

    Possibly a bit of Boardroom ambition would have gone a long way to achieving greater things

     

    My own memory of the Milan Final is that even when ahead, Celtic were not convincing.

     

    As for the Malpensa melee, all was not sweetness and light.

     

    I personally witnessed an Italian cop pull a pistol on a group of Celtic fans.

     

    He almost shit himself when, instead of backing away, the fans rushed him.

     

     

    As for Ajax. I stand corrected, but I think that during their run of winning three European Cups

     

    Celtic were the only side to defeat the in single leg of a tie.

  5. Will do Chris,

     

    Hope you are bearing up.

     

    Lit another candle in St. Mary’s for Helen.

     

    Love & Best Wishes

  6. RobinBhoy, JimmyNotPaul, The Battered Bunnet, BHOYLO83, AN TEARMANN, ALMORE, Paul67

     

     

    Thanks gents.

     

     

    Off out to the garden, sinking a wee beer for our gracious host then the rest are ALL MINE!

     

     

    Good to see your name HT, great cause. In myself and my families thoughts. 

     

     

    HH all!

  7. Let’s say 1 person who’s convinced of misinformation, on average, convinces 3 others. This means R0 = 3.

     

     

    But! If you teach just 67% of people basic epidemiology/statistics, you can get R < 1, containing the info-demic!

     

     

    This is called "nerd immunity"

  8. Hrvatski Jim on

    Paul a very happy birthday to you today and thanks for your continued work to provide us with this wonderful meeting place.

     

     

    Earlier today BRTH mentioned that the 1970 Celtic European Cup final team was, again, composed only of Scottish nationals. It made me research how many other clubs have fielded only home national players. I have split the results into both players and the manager came from the same country and hen only players were from the country.

     

     

     

    PLAYERS AND MANAGER

     

    Stade de Reims 1956 and 1959 – both runners up

     

    Eintracht Frankfurt 1960 – runners up

     

    Real Madrid 1966 – winners

     

    Partisan Belgrade 1966 – runners up

     

    Celtic 1967 winners and 1970 runners up

     

    Internationale 1967

     

    Malmo 1979 – runner up

     

    Steaua Bucharest 1986 winners and 1989 runners up

     

     

     

    PLAYERS ONLY

     

    Benfica 1961 and 1962 both winners (manager Hungarian),

     

    Benfica 1963 runners up (Chilean),

     

    Benfica 1965 runners up (Romanian),

     

    Benfica 1968 (Brazilian)

     

    Panathinaikos 1971 (Hungarian)

     

    Bayern Munich 1982 (Hungarian)

     

     

    Juventus almost made the list in 1973 but they brought on a German substitute.

     

     

    It is so noticeable that all of these happened in the 34 years to 1990 and none since.

  9. HJ are you sure with Benfica, don’t the Portuguese claim colony births e,g, Eusebio?

  10. HRVATSKI JIM on 6TH MAY 2020 10:07 PM

     

     

    I doubt if it will ever happen again.

     

    When Aberdeen won the Cup Winners Cup in 83 the team were all Scots as well as the manager.

     

    The less said about the huns the better but they had a ‘hun’ on the bench. 😉

  11. BROGAN ROGAN TREVINO AND HOGAN on

    CAMUSBHOY on 6TH MAY 2020 10:29 PM

     

     

    You are correct in that Portugal could call on players from the former colony of Mozambique.

     

     

    It was from there that they managed to acquire their brightest star.

     

     

    That was a tale and a half which has repercussions to this day.

     

     

    Eight years ago I wrote it down and posted it on here.

     

     

    https://broganrogantrevinoandhogan.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/the-curse-of-bela-guttman-and-the-legend-of-ruth-malosso/

  12. HAMILTONTIM on 6TH MAY 2020 9:19 PM

     

    After the sad passing of my wife Helen (Minx 1888) on Saturday 2/05/20 the family have been inundated with offers from people wishing to send flowers or make donations to a cause. Consequently, we’re asking that donations be made to Strathcarron Hospice.

     

    https://t.co/8KKO1EpSms

     

    Thank you.

     

    Ghuys as you will know from reading CQN we recently launched the WalkwithShay Legacy Fund and set out our purpose. However, given the news of Helen’s death and on Chris launching his just giving page we would like to invite any of you that have not already donated a chance to either do so through the above just giving page or if you are unable to do so then send a donation to the WWS Legacy Fund account:

     

    Account Name: Walk with Shay

     

    Sort Code: 80-22-60

     

    Account No.: 15326765

     

    Please put your moniker as the reference. If you are unable to do either email us at walkwithshay@yahoo.com

     

    We have already ordered flowers, done so before Chris launched the just giving page. The flowers are from you, ‘CQN’.

     

    Helen was a massive part of the CQN family, many more worthy contributors to this blog have listed causes that she was instrumental in helping.The CQN family are second to none and always rise to the challenge, I as always have faith in you all. Helen had faith in you, please please donate via the just giving page or the WWS Legacy Fund account.

     

    Chris’s target was £1,000 at time of this post the amount donated stands at £3,091.00

     

    Thank you in advance CQN…

     

    Until we meet again…

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

    Hail Hail!

  13. HT

     

     

    A great gesture to support those who looked after Helen in her last few weeks. Expected nothing less from a very kind and generous guy like you. I am sure the care the hospice gave Helen will forever be appreciated by your family and you.

     

     

    Take care buddy. Stay strong and keep the faith.

     

     

    MWD

  14. Happy birthday Paul 67…

     

     

    Just like to say thanks for your work on your blog.

     

    When I first posted I was a nervous wreck, I’d been lurking for a long time beforehand and was really down after my ma passed away.

     

    I suppose I was falling into a sad place.

     

     

    My daughter and son forced me to post, one of the best things I could have done.

     

     

    I’ve met so many people that are good friends now and had some great times with them, here and abroad.

     

     

    Hopefully when this Virus can be contained we can all meet up again in the kerrydale at a CQN 10 in a row. HAIL HAIL.🍀

  15. Póg

     

    Thanks, I was there too. Didn’t think it was a 1500 ko (I haven’t checked), although I have a feeling that it was an early ko, maybe 1800? Could be wrong, but we won anyway!

     

    HH

  16. weebobbycollins on

    HamiltonTim…I haven’t been around for the past few days…so, when I saw your post at 9.19, I was dumbfounded. My heart goes out to you…and to family and friends of course, but especially to you…I visited cqn corner only once, some years ago. I stopped to speak to John Fallon, who introduced me to Paul67’s dad and as we were chatting you arrived with Helen…it was only a fleeting five minutes, I had to rush off, but in that short time I could see there was something special between you. I was not surprised when you announced you were to be married…to lose her after such a short time is so hard to take…I wish you great strength to get through this painful time…

     

    My sincere condolences.

  17. BRTH thanks that is a great tale that I had never read before.

     

     

    The Benfica fans must be torn between gratitude in finding their greatest player and whatever emotion is suitable for the curse.

  18. weebobbycollins on

    Paul67, it would be rude not to wish you a happy birthday…I’m sure it’s one you won’t forget easily. Many happy returns!

  19. FRIESDORFER on 6TH MAY 2020 10:53 PM

     

    Póg

     

    Thanks, I was there too. Didn’t think it was a 1500 ko (I haven’t checked), although I have a feeling that it was an early ko, maybe 1800? Could be wrong, but we won anyway!

     

    HH

     

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    Whenever you look up old seasons (well more than about 15 years ago) on the Celtic Official Site, all of the kick off’s are shown as 15:00. I presume that when they decided to populate the site with the details for seasons gone by they just concentrated on the score and scorers.

  20. Hrvatski Jim on

    Camusbhoy

     

     

    Sorry for not replying to your post. I got waylayed but I have seen that BRTH answered the point and, in his inimitable style, furnished us with his tale of Eusabio’s signing for Benfica.

     

     

    If you think that one is good, look at his Strandsky tale about How Lubo Became a Celt. Published in September 2015.

     

     

    https://broganrogantrevinoandhogan.wordpress.com/

  21. And just before the window closes…

     

    Happy Birthday Paul67!

     

    And Thank YOU for your gift of this great site!

     

     

    Hail Hail, keep safe, and God Bless! 😊

     

     

    P.S. I’m not sure why, perhaps to do with HamiltonTim & Minx1888? 🤔 , but hasn’t this Blog been superb today? 🤔

  22. Quonno

     

     

    “As for Ajax. I stand corrected, but I think that during their run of winning three European Cups

     

    Celtic were the only side to defeat the in single leg of a tie.”

     

     

     

    We were the first to beat them (Nentori Tirana had drawn with them earlier) in their opening win of 1970/71 but they played Atletico in the semi after our game and lost the Spanish tie 1:0 too.

     

     

    They WERE undefeated in their 71/72 run with 7 out of 9 ties ending in victory (draws with Dresden and Benfica)

     

     

    in 72/73, they lost to Bayern away in winning 6 of the 7 ties they faced.