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. HOT SMOKED on 11TH SEPTEMBER 2022 1:39 PM


    Is something else happening on Tuesday that need `police resources` ?



    Jim I believe the royal cloud of flatulence passing over is not to be sniffed at.you have no choice,inhale deeply til you feel your lower lung fills.



    Well it’s as viable as the other guff fed on massmentalhealth TV.


    It’s OK to be OK.lol





    I guess you’ll be out on your bike a lot this week



  2. glendalystonsils on

    If the Sevco fans are thinking that no away fans will boost their cause , just wait ’til they go 3-0 down and the volcano erupts .

  3. bournesouprecipe on

    Sometimes when I go to Parkhead and await the team coming out, I can half close my eyes and look towards the dugouts and see a long untreated concrete tunnel. I was in the Celtic end , ‘here they come’ said my big brother, a riot of green and white in a grey world, led by fresh faced Billy McNeil.



    I suppose the new ‘Bhoys’ section is the West Curve to rival the North Curve and the resident Green Brigade. Maybe it’s just logical harmony rows, makes sense.



    A drum, and some antiquated songs is outweighed by the vibrancy now in the what was, Celtic equivalent of prawn sandwich or more accurately the roll n skwerr area.



    The Celtic end traditionally quieter than ‘The Jungle ‘ back in the day, with it’s perpetual choir, so it’s a welcome from the Celtic end, now all singing too. Relocation another benefit of, has given us Hoopy the hip flask man, which means second half single malt Celtic singing. God bless you sweet prince and your aromatic vape, which makes a pleasant change from wafting Parkweed.



    We missed you all at the weekend, it was not to be those two consecutive singing Saturdays at 3.00 now saved for a floodlit night, no doubt. One can never not throw a spanner in the Celtic running away with the union’s title flag, Can one?

  4. glendalystonsils on

    ‘Celtic flop fires Euro warning’ .



    Why is CQN featuring articles that might easily have come from the daily wretched?

  5. “!!BADA BING!! on 11TH SEPTEMBER 2022 1:43 PM


    HS- you know the huns will be up to something here”



    Indeed, Bada, they are ALWAYS up to something :-))

  6. AN TEARMANN on 11TH SEPTEMBER 2022 1:47 PM





    Is that flatulent cloud passing over on Tuesday but not Wednesday?

  7. Are Ajax fans banned from Anfield on Tuesday night and indeed any other european away fans due to visit England this week ? If not, and maybe I’m just naive, why is the Sevco game being isolated. I’m obviously missing something.



    “The Celtic end traditionally quieter than ‘The Jungle ‘ back in the day,”



    Maybe we are talking of different `days` but my recollection of yesteryear is that The Jungle was relatively quiet and the Celti End was the Green Brigade of those days.Indeed, I remember one occasion when The Jungle really let rip and , so unusual was this, that it became a talking point.


    I have a feeling the the name, The Jungle, has led to many memories being faulty.


    That, of course, could be levelled at my memory or perhaps supporters are talking of different time when describing The Jungle.

  9. Just found this on CelticWiki:



    “It actually wasn’t always the raucous place that some of the older supporters like to make out. Up till around some time in late 1970s or early 1980s, it was actually the Celtic End that was where the younger supporters used to mostly congregate and be the centre point for match atmosphere. That all changed as they drifted over during the 1980s, and its reputation was getting bolstered, but it has always been a home for the hardened supporter.”

  10. Keith @ 13:48,



    This man is the Real Deal (I’m guessing yer a wee bit older than me) so as sure as Eggs are Eggs. The Mighty Glasgow Celtic are ready to Rock and Roll

  11. Hot Smoked 2.05pm



    In my teenage years late 80s then into my 20s the glorious 90s … the Celtic end was usually quite reserved, the “jungle” around the halfway line was where most of our mob gathered and was by far more vociferous (again probably because that’s where we were) then the Rangers end … which was known to us locals as the Coatbrig end as most people from ML5 made their way there to watch the last 15mins



    But you are correct … the mind plays tricks with you and probably exaggerates things …



    apart fae Partizan Belgrade 5-4 where we won, it always feels like the only time we got beat when watching from the jungle :-)



    I think I have erased any Hun defeat from my memory at Celtic park, but sadly my only visits to Ibrox remain there and cannot be forgotten 5-1 & 4-1 … just a pity we can’t control our own minds

  12. MAZZY on 11TH SEPTEMBER 2022 1:59 PM


    Are Ajax fans banned from Anfield on Tuesday night and indeed any other european away fans due to visit England this week ? If not, and maybe I’m just naive, why is the Sevco game being isolated. I’m obviously missing something.




    Liverpool v Ajax looks like going ahead and no mention on any restrictions for away support.


    Maybe the Sevs have requested no away fans?

  13. Hot Smoked



    I was virtually brought up in the Celtic End – through the sixties and seventies- your information is correct, much more noise than the jungle, it was only partially covered so may have diluted the din.

  14. TET 2.28pm



    The Huns have already offered the “mygers” mob the tickets where away fans would have been …



    Probably £75 a pop :-)

  15. Gerry


    They just don’t miss a trick the cheatin scum




    Aye, Ange will surprise a fair few, I have to admit never heard of him afore he came to us, but he sure has blown me away, he is special, really special.

  16. TET 2.40pm



    They are up to everything …



    For the last few seasons they’ve already had the option for their season ticket holders to “notify” the club if they can’t attend … the then sell the ticket and the session ticket holder gets “half” back ad a credit off their ticket the following season (something like that) means they sell the ticket full price bit no need to declare extra income …. (allegedly) money laundering, an easy way to clean any dirty cash



    maybe just my paranoia :-)

  17. Barry Burgervan thinks GVB………..



    Barry wan of yer Sons was a Nasty older C@nt (he was 1 year older – cowardice player).



    I’m Proud of my Son, He was put out of that game in Airdrie.



    Terence Trent Derby



    I got a warning from Dumbarton because I entered the field of play .



    That thug just tackled Aidan at knee height.



    Dumbarton FC F You.