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. maestro-number8 on

    Winning captains



    Just reading through the program from Friday ( couldn’t make it unfortunately )



    Was that Centenary top one of the prizes? It’s a beauty – who was the lucky winner of that?




  2. I wouldn’t want anyone to get the impression that the CQN Ashton Lane Club aren’t avid Hoops fans. For example, at our last meeting we discussed;



    Dutch Masters (Virgil)


    Central American Artists (Izzy)


    Magicians of the Orient (Naka)


    and Greek Tragedies….haud on, there’s someone at the door…

  3. sannabhoy.



    Tried to phone you,can’t seem to get through,you’ve maybe got a new phone.

  4. paddybhoy1888



    Given how many CQNers live or holiday in warmer climes mibbees the next venture should be CQN swimming trunks!?!



    Though for those if us with more ample posteriors it may just read as


    C N trunks!!!






    HH jamesgang

  5. Can I Have Raspberry


    It shames me to admit I’ve no idea where is good in Paphos for St.Patrick celebrations.


    I stay about an hour away and seldom venture into Paphos.


    Having said that,I would NOT recommend O’Neill’s on Tombs of the Kings Road.


    It bills itself as an Irish pub but isn’t.


    It remains the only place in Cyprus I’ve been in where I’ve felt uncomfortable.


    Sorry if I’ve not been as helpful as I would like to be

  6. BRTH


    The pen is indeed mightier than the sword, and when wielded by a craftsmen like yourself, it has the power to move , if not mountains, then people, in a way that is trully awe inspiring.


    You have a remarkable gift my friend.



    Just logged on to give a little and seen that since your initial donation this morning


    it is sitting at just under £4000 (including Gift Aid). This is astonishing given all that has happened in the past week with the Kitchens, but nowhere near what is required.


    So all, if you can spare anything , then please donate.




    In 1993, Nicola was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer at just 6 years old. After intensive therapy Nicola’s parents were given the news that she was in remission. Sadly in 2009, Nicola relapsed. Further chemotherapy and surgery were required after which, Nicola was eligible for nuclear trials at UCL Hospital which she completed in November 2012.



    Nicola has been living with neuroblastoma for 20 years and was devastated to be told in June 2013 that she had no other treatment options available.



    Her family began accessing palliative care with radiotherapy, for pain management at the Macmillan Cancer Support Centre in Antrim. Nicola’s pain was under control and up until Christmas 2013 she had been keeping quite well.



    Over Christmas though, Nicola complained of numbness in her leg and started to feel a change. The pain returned and she was given five sessions of radiotherapy at the Belfast Cancer Centre. A subsequent MRI scan in January 2014 revealed that the disease was progressing, moving up to her chest and up to her shoulders.



    After attending the NCCA UK’s Annual Parent Conference in London, the family met with an international expert from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre (MSKCC) in New York who informed them that not all hope was lost.



    He suggested that genetic testing could indicate a treatment which may help Nicola however; this is most likely to be overseas. The family are currently waiting for the results of tissue samples to find out what options are left. In the meantime they are appealing for the public’s help to raise funds for children with neuroblastoma or Nicola should she need it.



    Nicola’s mum, Evelyn explained, “Nicola has done everything she can to give herself a chance but now the decision is in the public’s hands. Please donate to my daughter’s appeal to ensure she can access trialled treatment overseas.”




  7. Medtim



    You would wear CQN trunks wouldn’t you!?!?!



    TET – would liven up (still more!) your tapas n fitba nights!



    Aussie CQN squad?






    HH jamesgang

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

    Dick Byrne



    It was an Ashton Lane hostelry that Winning Captains suggested to me that I might want to become involved in the Willie Wallace book.



    Mind you at the time had had the best part of two gallons of red wine in him and I thought he said Marjorie Wallace — the former Miss World who was stripped of her title in 1973.



    Accordingly, I had a certain image of my subject in my head and when a small portly ex footballer turned up my first reaction was that ” the intervening years had not been too kind to her!”.



    Ashton Lane is a dangerous place.



    I encountered Neil Lennon there last night but thankfully he did not bother me too much and simply left me to myself.



    I will not be back until the weekend — unless I am diverted from my current plans which to be frank could be any minute now!

  9. dick byrne



    16:35 on 17 March, 2014


    BRTH – just be grateful it wasn’t noted redneck George Wallace.



    George Wallace was rightly stripped of the Miss World title?






    HH jamesgang

  10. jinkyredstar cuts it back for Neil Lennon on

    Mortises – that wasn’t an earthquake it was the seismic reaction to Old Tim falling soon the stairs :-)



    OT – try and stay in one piece till I can buy you a drink!

  11. Living_in_the_Love_of_the_Commons_People on

    A happy St. Patricks Day to one and all.



    Reading over the response and generosity to Mary’s Meals is truly heartwarming. The future of Celtic is in good hands, in more ways than one.



    Attending the home of the Charlie Tully Supporters club today for the Kells St. Patricks Day Festival in the beautiful NW city of Seattle today. Music by The Blarney Brothers from Five Mile Town, Co. Tyrone / The Buck Mad Bhoys, Toomebridge Co. Antrim / Mairtin O’Huigin & STOCIOUS from Glenravel, Co Antrim and others. Ill be wearing my old, ragged Maloney 13 top if anyone fancies a glass of Paddy and a blether.



    Anyone been to see any of the bands mentioned?

  12. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    Dick Byrne



    Genuinely good to see you posting. I know that you’re not offended when I tell you that merely seeing you has the ability to make me smile :-)






    Thank you for your kind but undeserving words mate.

  13. maestro-number8 – we auctioned all the strips we had. The framed ones anyway. We also gave some away as raffle prizes. We have other raffle prizes that Paul is going to give away on the blog this week. We simply didn’t have the time on Friday.



    Moonbeams – had a read back and hear what you say. We have had lots of emails etc urging another one but we’ll let the dust settle and see what the blog wants to do. If you think about it, it didn’t take long for CQNers to get behind their next cause as championed by the remarkable BRTH. What a special place this is.



    I also have an idea that now we have shown the strength for good that is CQN we will open up other opportunities for sponsorships etc which will benefit the various causes.



    BRTH – I expect to have another night in Ashton Lane with you although hopefully not too soon, to buy you a drink or two (why is it always my round?) – if you don’t mind I’ll extend that invite out to the blog.

  14. Can some really ‘old guys’ put me out my misery and name the player, in the top left of the team photo in the CQteN programme ?


    I asked all at table 48 and at a few others on the night but no one knew.




    Trevino Hogan brogan and wee jim rogan.



    a wee story just for you and you can pass on to your da.a long long time ago the huns were going to Barcelona to play.they needed a Spanish speaker to go with them at short notice and advertised in papers.



    step forward an ex mungo boy who I knew quite well.he starts talking and explains he is going to Majorca and would like a lift to barca and then on to M.he gets on really well with chappie at iboax and thinks he’s on his way.so he fills in app.form and declares THE MUNGO as school.oh dearie me.very sorry pal but you have no idea what it’s like to work here


    so the huns flew out with no one to help translate for them.now the name of the boy from st mungos.BRIAN DORAN later to become very big in chemical imports and an expert in COLUMBIAN SPANISH,and the firm he was going to M to work for.




  16. jinkyredstar cuts it back for Neil Lennon on

    I’m up for any wee get together in Ashton Lane – joking aside – a strong base of all the is Green up West




  17. Morrissey the 23rd Viva Resolution 12! on

    CaltonTongues#TeamOscar @ 16:38


    Wow! That is a great price. I can’t meet up today but I plan to come into town on Friday. Shall I give you a call? Enjoy TD day. ;)

  18. Phyllis Dietrichson on

    glasgowdave – from “Fallon, Young & Gemmell” fame – fanadpatriot is correct.

  19. Medtim



    Saw it as natural progression from beanies for Tims Wae Tans in warmer climes?!!!!?



    HH jamesgang

  20. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    ian young, think it was the team which won 65 final with jim brogan replacing charlie gallagher.


    mutch to charlies annoyance I may add…

  21. Morrissey the 23rd Viva Resolution 12! on

    jinkyredstar cuts it back for Neil Lennon @ 16:45


    J’en ai marre! – Johnny Marr

  22. fanadpatriot & Phyllis Dietrichson


    Cheers guys


    I had never seen a picture of Ian Young before, In fact although I’ve sung that song a thousand times, I couldn’t have told you his name was Ian.


    Every day is a school day on here.

  23. jamesgang,


    I would proudly sport my CQN Budgie Smugglers on the beach here!!


    That would certainly make the locals laugh



  24. Heh There Celts how we all doing today? hope this note finds you all healthy with the Guinness going down well on St Patricks Day


    Well i Must Thank all at table 9 who made it a memorable night.Celtic Bhoy it was great to meet you and your nephew Paul,I hope we have a new recruit to the blog to add to your own quality contributions Celticbhoy.


    MickTT,great to meet you and i hope the blonde got you hame alright.I hope the tie you wore went down well with the Llava necks :-)) Ayrshire is in fine hands with yourself with only the shade of Green to be decided.


    Tell big Tosh to get posting,tell him we have to stop the ‘Daktari Safari’ in its tracks haha,


    (i find my eyes crossing if i type to much bout them lol) it would be good to see him on.


    Burghboy and Bazzabhoy great to meet youz,I guess the head was like mine on saturday morning with the askit miseries kicking bout it.


    Friesdorfer,great having the craic bout Celtic,simply brilliant good to tap into your knowledge of Celtic and beers,nice to meet Laura and Ronnie daughters of the Resplendant and fully regaled HebCelt,quality outfit my friend,


    met and bumped into a whole lot more and missed out more probably,


    to Eddie Harkins pal i have sent some pictures(soz forgot moniker J)


    Traveller bhoy great bumping in but it was to short


    Dessibhoy and the Cleland republicans and many many more


    Celtic to the core.



    Paul67 and all in your team thank you.



    truly humbling to be a part






    An Tearmann

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