The new second force, 3 school kitchens paid for, CQteN Dream Team


I had some difficulty explaining to my boys why I wanted Aberdeen to win the League Cup yesterday, the desirability of having an even-stronger Aberdeen was lost on them after last month’s chastening experiences.

There are those who will tell you Scottish football, and Celtic in particular, need a strong Sevco.  That argument is incorrect and ultimately futile, there isn’t going to be a strong Sevco, not in this decade, anyway.  What Celtic would benefit most from is if those 40,000 Aberdeen fans fortify their club, which subsequently transforms into an increased football budget.  They will hopefully land their own version of the treble this season, two cups and the Best of the Rest title.

If that helps them to shift 20,000 season tickets this summer, their status as the second force in the land will be cemented.

Kilmarnock fans will, almost to a man, be delighted to hear Michael Johnston is stepping down as chairman, although he will remain on the board.  The corresponding clearing of their £9.4m debt in a deal with new investor, Billy Bowie, means there is one less financial basket case in Scotland.

Still buzzing after CQteN.  I’ll announced the confirmed figure raised for Mary’s Meals Malawi appeal later in the week but I can confirm that on top of the school kitchen at the Kholoni Primary School (pictured below), we have money in to build a kitchen at St Joseph’s Boys School, Kasungu, and Chiphaso Boys School, also in Kasungu.

Yet again your generosity went above and beyond the call.  Thank you.  If you were not involved earlier you can change that here.

Thanks to Paddybhoy1888, who did a fantastic job with the beanies, more on this soon.  The Academy Award goes BJmac, for his outstanding video of the CQteN Dream Team.  The video featured every player to represent Celtic in the 10 years of the blog, which the 11 members of the Dream Team, with manager and subs, selected by you.  You’ll enjoy it:

We still have some raffle prizes to announce and distribute, so check the blog for the rest of the week as winners will be notified.

Seville, the Celtic Movement, was launched on Friday, to some pretty decent reviews.

“I watched Sean dance animatedly with sheer delight on his face. At that moment any regrets I still had about not actually getting to Seville vanished. I would not have wanted to have missed the chance to celebrate with my own, as well as, the Celtic family.”

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  1. Those who attended CQteN will have heard BRTH refer to a post from Zbyszek which was described as one of the most remarkable in the blog’s history.



    I knew I had a copy of it saved somewhere & I’m pleased to say that I’ve been able to track it down, so here goes;



    At 15/04/08 20:18 Zbyszek said;



    It’s my post with a title from Winnie the Pooh, author A. A. Milne.: A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others (Celtic), makes all the difference.




    “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”



    As you all know I’m a foreigner who don’t have an easy comfort to express his own opinion. Sometimes I need a dictionary to check the meanings of the words used in your posts. Some posts are very easy to understand, some are not. Things become more difficult when I try to say what I exactly want to say. These days, before OFD I understand everything very well. It’s all about the win against THEM.



    “My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places”.



    You never blame me (Zbyszek) here for being Wobbly-man. I’m WobblyWobly man. Not only letters get in the wrong places, but my words get in the wrong places too.


    Gordon Strachan is Wobble manager this season in the SPL. He tried very hard to do his best, but this season is different. Right, he was Wobbly with a players, with a players positions and with the tactics.



    P.S. Kojo, if you are around, you are Wobbly poster!




    “Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake”.



    I don’t blame Strachan. He achieved a lot ,I think. You cannot blame somebody who went on the top and couldn’t defend his top position. All people in Celtic including Mr. Strachan and Mr. Lawwell should think about mistakes they made. No doubt, mistakes were made. They should start again their job from the place they are now. You always may have worse manager. The bright side is that clever people can do the analyze their mistakes. I’m sure next season Gordon Strachan will be much stronger and much better manager.



    “I don’t see much sense in that,” said Rabbit. “No,” said Pooh humbly, “there isn’t. But there was going to be when I began it. It’s just that something happened to it along the way.”



    When my Legia won the title two years ago I thought we will be champions until the end of the world.


    I couldn’t belive it could be true what one of the experts said: “They won’t be the champions next season. It’s almost impossible to be the champion again, year after year, two in a row.”


    Those who are disappointed with the current season, should check CQN archive. I remember what you were posting about. I remember your wishes. Wasn’t it Celtic playing in the Champions League? Yes, it was, but it was only a wish!



    “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. i’ll always be with you.”



    Some time ago I said that you have too many players who don’t know the club they are playing for. Celtic cannot be the bazaar.


    When after the game against Barcelona I met Maciej, my friend from Poland he said: Celtic has few good players, but has more average players. Why the he** they pay such a big money for and to the average players? They have too many expensive, average players. I’m not the expert, but I think Maciej was right.


    It’s always sense to stand behind the manager and the players until the end of the season. Even if these are the last days in Celtic for some people, I would support them until the end. They are Celtic players until they wear the hoops.



    “If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”



    No matter if it was two thousand years ago, or maybe yesterday – people come to truth when they respect facts. It doesn’t matter who is right but where the truth lies. Truth will be known only in May. We will see who will be on the top.




    “You can’t help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell it right; but spelling isn’t everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn’t count.”



    No need to be a Celt, Irish or Catholic to be a Celtic FC supporter. I remember nice welcome I took from here about three years ago. I think, I was the only person who needed some time to think how to write TUESDAY word properly. I may forget how to spell TWESDY, I remember how to spell CHAMPIONS. I will spell it properly in my happy May post.



    “You can’t always sit in your corner of the forest and wait for people to come to you… you have to go to them sometimes.”



    No doubt, the Celtic helps to understand what people think in the other place. It always helps to change the meanings and to become more intelligent fan.




    “Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh,” he whispered.


    “Yes, Piglet?”


    “Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw, “I just wanted to be sure of you.””



    Things have changed in my club Legia. We have a conflict: fans against the owners. No chance to see big support at my stadium these days. I don’t want to say: you don’t shout enough loud, but I would like to hear huge noise from first until the last second of the game. No whistling fans, no empty seats. These eleven man want to be sure of you. No matter how the man starts, it matters how he finishes. I really believe the league is not finished. Keep winning, the rest will come. My fingers will be crossed.



    “It’s so much more friendly with two”.



    My Legia has no chance to be a champion this year, but I have another club I follow.



    “People who don’t Think probably don’t have Brains; rather, they have gray fluff that’s blown into their heads by mistake”.



    What means Think? Where it happens – THINKING?



    As I said, my Legia is many points behind Wisla. Today we played cup game against Wisla in Krakow. Our couch thought we have no chance to go through. He decided to concentrate on the second place in the league. Our second, young squad played against Wisla … and won 1:0. We are still for a cup. Sensational result. Could I believe that three hours ago? I have fluff in my had. Fluff and bones.


    I tell you, it’s easier to believe Celtic will be a champion.




    “The more he looked inside the more Piglet wasn’t there”.



    In May, Rangers will be looking for something which was close, but disappeared.




    All quotations are from Winnie the Pooh.

  2. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Was at the St Patricks Mass in St Pats Coatbridge last night. Fantastic night of music and song!!

  3. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on




    I nearly popped into the Rock yesterday evening.



    I had forgotten about Nancy’s sister Babs!



    She eventually had three weans ( one of each ) with Benefits Bowie aka Sammy Stephenson aka Charlie Cockshut aka Jean Pierre Tamburini aka Barney Swinburne aka John “Nobby” McCubbin and most bizarrely as Dolores Doldrums the depressive recluse from Downhill Street.



    Obviously no one really knows if Benefits really was the weans father as he had a clear ulterior motive for admitting to the fatherhood and Babs was allegedly free with her ways and her bed covers.



    Alas Babs met a poor end when she accidentally drowned in mid trist with Big Erchie McLintock who was acting head supervisor at the sewage plant on the River Kelvin next to the Kelvin Hall.



    It is said that they were caught inflagrante delicto by Big Erchie’s common law Mrs (Sonia Knackersworth) on the bridge that crosses over the sewage flow and when Sonia screamed out Erchie’s name he jumped clean out of his skin ( or was it sheath ) with such force that he knocked poor Babs ( who was balancing on one leg at the time ) into the brownie wash below.



    I don’t know what happened to the three weans but Benefits Bowie now works in a well known west end tapas bar as a Serbian waiter under the name Partizan Belgrade.



    He has grown a beard just for the occasion.

  4. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on

    Dick Byrne @ 22:07



    Thanks for that Dick. I had the pleasure of meeting Zbyszek briefly as he headed off from Babbity with Auldtim to catch his plane on Saturday morning. (Zbyszek, I was the guy with the croaky voice).



    I wonder how many of us could post in Polish on the Legia website and do such a wonderful job?

  5. Shieldmuir Celtic on

    With reference to B.B.C’s ‘Brain of Britain’, Chick Young ; On Saturday evening’s phone-in, he expressed his amazement when a caller supported Dundee United Chairman’s decision not to go to the Ibrox Directors’ box out of concern for his safety. Chick was astonished at this and backed up his shock by claiming that in a century of Celtic matches, there had been no abuse of Celtic Directors. I have to challenge Chick’s claim , although unlike him, I cannot go back a century. I know for a fact that Fergus and other Celtic Directors of his vintage were regularly abused on their visits to the Ibrox Directors’ box. Perhaps the United Chairman knows more about those fans than Chick does, and is quite right to be cautious.

  6. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    Dick Byrne/Zbyszek



    Brilliant, that was before my time on CQN so that’s the first time I’ve read it. Thanks for posting it.

  7. northbhoy ... \o/ on

    Well done DB



    Excellent Zbyscek.



    Mind n keep your accent ! Pooh would be so disappointed if you lost it in the mist.

  8. HT


    Two Mcglaughlins


    Nancy was in the Buccaneer with Bertie



    Your pal BT kmows nancy’s nieces eileen and Geraldine Mcglaughlin



    Mrs Mcglaughlin from the Barleycorn not sure of her first name , i’ll find out tomorrow .

  9. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    SSB tonight dont know if King is still here. Then we got “if hes gone he will not come back”



    What kinda of king is he that wd leave his subjects in such a mess?

  10. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on




    From memory she was a bit of a growler but had a soft spot for the Tims in the place.



    Where in Hamilton do you stay?

  11. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on





    They had to put Neil in a locked room cos they couldnt guarantee his safety not long

  12. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Dick Byrne



    Indeed……. Good Folk nonetheless.



    The type of folk who stood up for their principles or lack of them.



    I can’t remember the name of the maniacally devout copper from Partick Marine who insisted on wearing Jesus sandals when out on the beat. He was a nice guy despite the terrible Tourets problem and eventually people just learned not to ask him for directions etc.



    I believe he was dishonourably discharged from the Police when he was given a responsible position when policing the Orange walk which passed by the Smiddy bar.



    He might well have beaten the complaint that was lodged by the Orange Order, but the silly bugger chose to defend himself and his goose was cooked when he started telling the discipline tribunal the story about the presiding chief inspector’s wife and the hosepipe.



    I believe he is now teaching English as a foreign language in an International School in Columbia after a short stint as a DJ.

  13. Ffs.



    As if they don’t get enough airtime.



    Sevco on sky sports earlier toiling their way to the next round of the cup.



    Now we have channel 5 dedicating a programme to them.

  14. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar


    22:24 on


    17 March, 2014


    Dick Byrne/Zbyszek



    Brilliant, that was before my time on CQN so that’s the first time I’ve read it. Thanks for posting it.






    Remember the night in Traders just after we lost to Motherwell?



    Remember me getting tore into the hun who turned up celebrating (alky, married to the lassie behind the bar) and, I explained how we would win the league, remember?



    There was also the oft used quote on here at the time ‘Hunt you down like a dog’ (DBBIA?).



    Well, we won the league and the hun is still off the leash!

  15. Shieldmuir Celtic..



    braw has just this very evening complained to Auntie that on iplayer the 15th March episode is absent …….they are all at it ……if anyone is wavering ….vote your conscience …for absent braws ………. :)

  16. DB,



    tremendous! I had forgotten just how good that post was.



    Zbyszek, that really was a fantastic post.



    And you were so right when you said:



    “In May, Rangers will be looking for something which was close, but disappeared.”



    something a hell of a lot of Celtic supporters didnt believe!






  17. cowiebhoy supporting the celtic to 3 in a row



    21:49 on 17 March, 2014


    Here’s a wee question,



    Who is the most famous Patrick to have played for the world famous Glasgow Celtic ?






    It’s one of these 3:



    Patrick ‘Shunsuke’ Nakamura


    Patrick Zheng Zhi


    Paddy Dziekanowski

  18. Shieldmuir Celtic


    22:24 on


    17 March, 2014


    With reference to B.B.C’s ‘Brain of Britain’, Chick Young ; On Saturday evening’s phone-in, he expressed his amazement when a caller supported Dundee United Chairman’s decision not to go to the Ibrox Directors’ box out of concern for his safety. Chick was astonished at this and backed up his shock by claiming that in a century of Celtic matches, there had been no abuse of Celtic Directors. I





    I believe that there have been times within the last few years that “Rangers” directors have needed protection at Ibrox.

  19. jinkyredstar cuts it back for Neil Lennon on

    BRTH – right that’s it – the beard’s coming aff




  20. embramike


    Ahh, now I remember.


    Dick Byrne, now and again you sound like a man of profession. Everything sorted out, well remembered :-) Hmm


    Thanks all and good night.

  21. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on




    Cryptic or whit?!



    You mean he’s still around mate?

  22. ML3 HT



    Btw i dont know how long you’ve been here or what age you are , but if your near your forties you might know the twin sisters who are both teachers , one teaches here and one in Edinburgh

  23. Dick Byrne – thanks for posting that. I was planning to have a search for it for the next magazine. Paul, BRTH and myself had a chat the other night about the most memorable posts on CQN over the years and we all agreed that this one was special in that it transformed the mood on the blog. He believed and after reading it many of us thought maybe just maybe and so it came to pass. A worthy winner.

  24. Marrakesh Express on

    I know a woman who worked the Walfrid lounge at CP when the huns played a Cup final there mid nineties. She told me the corporate hospitality bigots dished out so much abuse, ‘fenian bitch’ being one example, that she reported it to her boss, but was told to more or less grin and bear it. Waitresses received not a single penny in tips either.