When even Jim Farry blocked a royal postponement


25 years ago, Scotland were due to play a World Cup qualification game against Belarus on the day of Princess Diana’s funeral.  The SFA, then run by chief exec Jim Farry, the same man who was eventually removed from office for delaying Celtic’s registration of Jorge Cadete, decided the game should proceed as planned.

Whatever you think of Farry, he acted without concern for the royalist contingent.  Despite the SFA’s offices being vandalised and Scottish Secretary, Donald Dewer, applying political pressure, Farry dug in:   ”We have taken heed of the various viewpoints, but let’s be reasonable about this, life does and must go on.”

He did not act alone, the SFA International Committee were involved, and they included Celtic’s Jack McGinn, and the Greatest Football Administrator the world has ever known, Campbell Ogilvie!  This was a strange time in Britain, maybe the strangest few weeks of the last century.

Royalists were split between backers of the self-styled Queen of Hearts (honestly), and those in the minority, who sided with the actual Queen.  The Queen, a bit like Farry, held out as long as she could against the indulgent wallowing infecting millions, by resisting calls to lower flags to half-mast.

Before the end of the week, royal flags were lowered and the Scotland game was postponed.  Those of us who never took an interest in royalty were often heard saying “Let’s be reasonable about this”, but were largely ignored.

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  1. Petec 11.28pm



    My mind might be playing tricks but I had a tenner on Charlie Nic first goal scorer and he fired the ball over the bar after a few minute …



    Jackie was magic … but sadly Hassan Hasan (sic) scored more ,.. the ole 5-4 and still go out is sooo Celtic



    Still a great night 🍀

  2. Petec 11.45pm



    Only at Ibrox twice … 5-1 and 4-1 … Chris Morris & MacAvennie ? Opened the scoring in both games … Ray Wilkins thunderbird was aiming for ma heid if the net wasn’t there …



    Iain Andrews in goal was a major mistake .. big Roughy should have started … anyhow ,. What’s done is done



    Under Ange we are going to bully them by fitba 🍀

  3. Turkeybhoy 12.13am



    The game at Ibrox destroyed him .. he was an England u-21 who was rated .. but sadly playing against the financially doped Huns done him in …



    Obviously easy target for media



    Big Roughy should have played that day

  4. DD hang yer head in Shame.




    Protecting the Old Firm brand.




    So f’n annoying.



    The Hun got your GOAT up?




    No Huns so lets Stagnate.



    God Bless Neil.



    Get out of Celtic Mason.

  5. Petec 12.44am



    The Huns are good for business



    I know many many decent Huns … I laugh and smile at them everyday



    Enjoy Celtic … we are in a very good place



    God Bless Neil Lennon .. Celtic legend for over 2 decades ,.. the Lennon haters are either Huns or aresholes who were playing Kirby when teams were getting picked against the wall 🍀



    Ie … the haters know f all about football



    Neil Lennon … success, success and more success



    Only a global pandemic could stop our Neil 🍀



    Lurgan Legend

  6. GFTB









    watch this space.



    Carlo knows his fitba and the Great knows Celticis Ready to Really Rumble.

  7. When a Leo Sayer does a Socrates. Wow.




    Sometimes ye just huv tae Huv a wee Luke.



    I just turned 50 and Socrates was playin…




    AMAZAIN’ player.

  8. GFTB on 11th September 2022 1:11 am



    Ange ??



    How good can this guy be ?





    He is aff to Brighton, dinnae ye know?



    Ryan/tryin < FU




    Ange to Brighton



    Ange to Brigton



    Pretty sure even being without weapons (cowards use weapons), the Boss would…..own that lowlife clientelle.




  9. GerryBhoy I had retired by that Time,



    Hail Hail CQN Great



    I despise the horror that is Campbell, I hope he repents and reads the Holy Bible.



    Surprised he is still alive TBH.



    Cowards are always Cowards.



    Oor Celtic is Looking Good, Some say Good Looking.

  10. Moravcik 10.05am



    Game is on …



    Think UEFA have said they will consider any requests but can’t see Shakhtar or Celtic not wanting to play the tie … don’t even think any of the English teams will either, although the tax evaders might ask for a postponement due to their staunchness of all things royal

  11. Celtic were denied another Treble when the Madhun officiated the game.



    True to form that Rat already had a new gig lined up.







  12. What is the Starz on



    Yesterday you asked about books on the Irish Civil War (with particular reference to Cork)


    I would recommend a book called “We Bled Together ” which deals with both the war of independence and civil war.It covers how once close comrades who had been through traumatic events Together then became sworn enemies.


    It covers some of the terrible repression carried out in Kerry by Free State (many of whose officers were Dubliners and former members of Collins “Squad”)


    Grim stuff

  13. In the 2 cameos that Hacksanbanvic (sic) has came on he looks the part … a wee question ?



    Has there ever been a time that Celtic have had so many forwards that we’d be happy with any 3 from 7


















    That’s a decent front 7… listed in my order of preference :-)

  14. God is Speaking.



    I’m going to be marginalised BigTime because of my Scooby Scooby Views in this WARPED world.



    God also let it be known…….