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You live in a land where “Accies against the Act” is a prohibited phrase

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You will not need me to remind you of an SNP government minister’s desire to “equalise” political chanting in status with criminal acts was one of, if not the primary, motivation for the Offensive Behaviour at Football’ Act.

The Act has been justified at every turn by an insistence that it exists to keep sectarianism and hate away from football games, despite sectarianism and hate chanting being well covered by existing legislation. Yesterday, this presumably shield against hate crime, was used against Hamilton Accies and Celtic fans, holding banners proclaiming “Repeal the Offensive Behaviour Act”. Among other prohibited banner slogans were “Fans not criminals” and “Supporting your team is not a crime”.

I have been appalled at this Act, from the early concepts of the Bill, to its ineffective passage through courts, to this highly Offensive manner it trampled on the Human Rights of Celtic and Hamilton fans to silence political dissent.

You are living in a land where “Accies against the Act” is a prohibited phrase, where both sets of fans, acting in unison, offending no one apart from those in power, are hassled by the police.

Thanks to everyone who donated to my Celtic Foundation fundraising page (still open) for yesterday’s Great Scottish Run, it is enormously appreciated. Well done to the thousands who lined the streets offering support, and on occasion, peeled oranges. Society, a concept we were told was dead in the 80s, is alive and well in Glasgow.

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  1. GREENINBINGLEYINOSLO

     

    Yes mate I get what your saying and agree, but would you not agree that the big man should be breaking ribs to get those high balls?? a keeper who controls his area reeps confidence to his defence no matter who they are as this zonal marking ain’t working

     

    Hail hail

  2. ACGR- posted to you a while back about a whisky in my possession-

     

     

    Haig the Pinch 12 year old blend

     

     

    Is it worth anything? Just curious….

  3. COWIEBHOY

     

    Enjoy the break with the Mrs

     

    Tell dd I said whataboutye lol

     

    Hail hail

  4. I’m afraid I too find the Ronny Roar cringeworthy. Celebrations of any kind need to be spontaneous. This has become a predictable and stage managed. I think it is important that the team and Manager should acknowledge the Support particularly the away Support. If its a game and a win that calls for a big celebration then its fine to fist pump & roar but doing exactly the same contrived thing game after game is almost taking the mick out of the Support.

  5. lubo of the lamp on

    corkcelt – 7:18 pm

     

     

    “I’m afraid I too find the Ronny Roar cringeworthy. Celebrations of any kind need to be spontaneous. This has become a predictable and stage managed.”

     

     

     

    Indeed, and bin YNWA and the huddle too, no consideration whatsoever for those of us trying to concentrate on our reading.

  6. prestonpans bhoys on

    Just got my tickets in for the game at Murderwell, row C again – I think I’m even getting the same bloody seat……………

  7. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PRESTONPANSBHOY

     

     

    The GB are expected to have the same seats as last year too-if they bring them back(!)

  8. I believe Jurgen Klopp’s brother is a real horsey expert, I think his first name is Clippity.

  9. prestonpans bhoys on

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 5th October 2015 7:38 pm –

     

     

    Might be buy one get one free this time :0)

  10. lubo of the lamp on

    Captain Beefheart – 1:58 pm

     

     

     

    “The useless Nats botched the whole thing up.

     

     

    However, the corrupt Scottish Labour had decades to challenge the sectarian morons. Apart from playing the sectarian card themselves, they did hee haw for decades.”

     

     

     

    Not true, Jack McConnell did, this from 2002.

     

     

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/2544165.stm

     

     

    “Scottish National Party justice spokeswoman Roseanna Cunningham said new legislation may be difficult to implement.

     

    “Very real concerns have been raised by the police that new legislation would be unworkable,” she said.

     

    “Perhaps more worryingly are the concerns of the Crown Office that it may make it harder to secure a conviction.”

     

     

    My, how very prophetic as this was over a decade before the dear SNP legislated to dump the OBA upon us.

     

     

    But as Bob Dylan said – “Things have changed (Coisty’s whispered some cr*p into Lenny’s ear)”

     

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9EKqQWPjyo

     

     

     

    And Jack McConnell again in 2005

     

     

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4150833.stm

     

     

    “First Minister Jack McConnell is to host an anti-sectarianism summit involving football clubs, church leaders and local authorities.

     

    The summit is part of a drive to combat a problem which Mr McConnell has described as “Scotland’s shame”.

     

    He will meet representatives of Celtic and Rangers fans on Friday ahead of the Scottish Cup tie involving the Old Firm clubs on Sunday.

     

    Representatives from both Glasgow clubs will sign up to the venture.”

     

     

    Why oh why oh why didn’t he cook up the OBA back when he had the chance you have to ask yourself??!

  11. Cowiebhoy on 5th October 2015 6:24 pm

     

     

     

    Sitting in airport with the Whife, heading to London then onto Grenada tomorrow morning

     

     

    *I was there once visiting the Corrie Street studios, oops different Grenada.

     

     

    Maurice Bishop, the former revolutionary who became Prime Minister after a coup had a former wife and 2 weans living over here, his daughter was in my ouldest’s class in High School and also worked part time with her in a local department store’s jewelry department. She eventually left for the LSE, same alma mater as her da.

  12. lennon's passion on

    Ha ha the Ronny Roar is getting slaughtered. Got absolutely dogs abuse on here for saying it was pathetic. Twice at Aberdeen yes all the rest a joke. Ffs they sell mugs in superstore with Ronny Roar on it.

  13. .

     

     

    Having laid a Artificial Pitch..Albeit on a Smaller Scale..It is Not a Exact Science Also its No good spending All that Money on the Best surface if you have a 70 Years old ‘Green Keeper’ looking after it..

     

     

    And depending on the Surface Below it depends how the Waters runs off..

     

     

    I’m Not saying that is the Case at Hamilton..But

     

     

    Interesting Article in the Light of Ronny’s Comments Yesterday..

     

     

    Courtesy BBC 16th May 2015

     

     

    Hamilton Academical announce artificial pitch upgrade

     

     

     

    Hamilton are to upgrade their artificial pitch, with the Premiership club convinced the trend for synthetic surfaces will continue to grow.

     

     

    The New Douglas park pitch will be relaid to “Fifa’s highest standards” as part of a £300,000 overhaul that will also see the floodlights improved.

     

     

    “The use of artificial surfaces is increasing steadily,” read a statement.

     

     

    “We anticipate that within three years the majority of SPFL clubs will play on such pitches.”

     

     

    The announcement follows two notable injuries in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle.

     

    Accies defender Michael Devlin and Partick Thistle forward Ryan Stevenson were both carried off with knee injuries, the former suffering ligament damage and the latter needing surgery to repair a torn cartilage.

     

     

    Hamilton player-manager Martin Canning admitted the pitch would have been watered had the weather forecast not falsely predicted rain during the game but the club have defended the surface in the wake of criticism.

     

     

    “It is a condition of SPFL membership that artificial playing surfaces are regularly inspected by independent assessors of which we have had four such visits this season meeting every requirement,” added the Accies statement.

     

    “The last such inspection was last Saturday prior to our game against Partick Thistle, when the inspection established that the playing surface is being maintained by our ground staff to the high standards laid down.

     

    “We are hopeful that the practice of pitch inspection, as required by all clubs with artificial pitches, will be extended to all surfaces in the coming season to ensure that all SPFL pitches meet the same requirements of this testing, which includes level surfaces and conformity of ball performance.

     

     

    “We are obviously committed to the use of artificial pitches within the SPFL, especially in light of the varied and extreme weather patterns we experience in Scotland.”

     

     

    Summa

  14. Phyllis Dietrichson on

    One of the students on University Challenge is studying “Sphincter Preservation” – I kid you not.

  15. Was obvious Hamilton didn’t adequately water the pitch,when these pitches are watered the way they are meant to be,we would have been able to move the ball quicker.

  16. Just watching a replay of last night’s Sportscene. I know, I deserve everything I get.

     

    However Jonathon Sutherland opens up with ” almost a year to the day when Hamilton “humbled” Celtic 1-0 at Celtic Park.”…… With of course a rerun of the goal….

     

    Don’t think I can ever remember a one goal defeat against a team in your own division being described as a “humbling” before.

     

     

    Blue Peter Thomson, who us oldies will well remember and who detested big Jock with a passion, would be very proud of his successors at the BEEB in Glasgow.

     

     

    Disgraceful show again from BBC.

  17. PHYLLIS DIETRICHSON on 5TH OCTOBER 2015 8:07 PMOne of the students on University Challenge is studying “Sphincter Preservation” – I kid you not.

     

     

    Govan Polytechnic ?

  18. corkcelt on 5th October 2015 7:18 pm

     

     

    I’m afraid I too find the Ronny Roar cringeworthy. Celebrations of any kind need to be spontaneous. This has become a predictable and stage managed. I think it is important that the team and Manager should acknowledge the Support particularly the away Support. If its a game and a win that calls for a big celebration then its fine to fist pump & roar but doing exactly the same contrived thing game after game is almost taking the mick out of the Support.

     

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    If I remember correctly, the Roar came about after Ronny was gettin huge amounts of stick from the MSM and some of the greatest fans in the world. Usual stories of losing the dressing room etc…

     

     

    Now he’s stuck doing it after every win because if he stops then guaranteed that the MSM and some fans will interpret this as Ronny losing interest, or has lost the dressing room again (once is careless, twice is just unforgivable :O)

  19. lennon's passion on

    THE_HUDDLE on 5TH OCTOBER 2015 8:17 PM

     

     

    Do you actually follow Celtic your last post is nonsense.

  20. JIMMCI on 5TH OCTOBER 2015 8:09 PM.

     

     

     

    It’s the same as my point on referees earlier on the thread , They get allowed to cheat without a thought , as do the BBC , STV , and Clyde who disrespect celtic and there fans consistently . Because they get away with it . No one has ever asked who the bigot is at the top of the pile at the Beeb , STV and those awful radio stations . Sutherlands told what to say , same as McLean and the hibs soup taker were at the cup final a few years ago . Why do you think , Tom boyd doesn’t get a gig , he wouldn’t become a yEs man . There is huge hatred for celtic f.c at these media outlets . Due to continue for the foreseeable future . Like the honest mistakes . Because they go unchallenged

  21. On this day in 2013 our friend St. John Doyle sadly left us, gone on to a better place. He did a lot in life. He fought for what was right, he stood up for you and me. He loved Celtic, he loved CQN.

     

    Please remember St. John Doyle tonight as well as Linda, Christopher, Sophie and Deborah.

     

    God Bless you George…

     

    Until we meet again…

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

    Hail Hail!

  22. Remember when the club had the sfa on the ropes so to speak, just after the dougie, dougie thing, and we did, Dr John told them ” Those days are gone ” and I believe he really meant it, he mentioned the ” Dossier ” Paul even mentioned the Dossier.

     

    Then silence.

     

    Why ?

     

    I was talking to Auldheid about it last week, and like myself, he had no idea why the silence, the club had the smoking gun, we had in Dr John a man who could have torn them to bits had he wished.

     

    I~we can speculate all we want, but they were there for the taking, a reform at least was on the cards, what happened ?

     

    Sort the referees, sort the problem.

  23. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    ” I hope he continues as manager for a long time to come, although the SMSM (and plenty on here) obviously disagree. ”

     

     

    Isn`t it uncanny how the views promoted in the SMSM bear a striking resemblance to those held by so many independent thinkers on here? Next thing you know, people will be saying our defence is terrible !

     

     

    JJ

  24. What is the Stars on

    I don’t listen to Scottish radio, watch Scottish TV or read Scottish newspapers

     

    I think ronny is a poor manager, who has the best team in a poor league.

  25. JIMMCI on 5TH OCTOBER 2015 8:09 PM

     

     

    Just watching a replay of last night’s Sportscene. I know, I deserve everything I get.

     

     

    However Jonathon Sutherland opens up with ” almost a year to the day when Hamilton “humbled” Celtic 1-0 at Celtic Park.”…… With of course a rerun of the goal….

     

     

    Don’t think I can ever remember a one goal defeat against a team in your own division being described as a “humbling” before.

     

     

    Blue Peter Thomson, who us oldies will well remember and who detested big Jock with a passion, would be very proud of his successors at the BEEB in Glasgow.

     

     

    Disgraceful show again from BBC.

     

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    Was that the “Can lightning strike twice” segment before the “highlights”? Pathetic.

     

     

    Out of the 94 games between the teams, Celtic have won 72, Hamilton 9 and 13 draws – that’s since the 1906/07 season (which some CQNers will no doubt recall!). I wonder why they didn’t show the 8-0 game Celtic won in season 88/89? They were happy enough to show a 37 year old hun game last week after all.

     

     

    Awful programme that I think needs to be scrapped.

  26. JIMMCI on 5TH OCTOBER 2015 8:09 PM

     

    Just watching a replay of last night’s Sportscene. I know, I deserve everything I get.

     

     

     

     

    However Jonathon Sutherland opens up with ” almost a year to the day when Hamilton “humbled” Celtic 1-0 at Celtic Park.”…… With of course a rerun of the goal….

     

     

     

     

    Don’t think I can ever remember a one goal defeat against a team in your own division being described as a “humbling” before.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Blue Peter Thomson, who us oldies will well remember and who detested big Jock with a passion, would be very proud of his successors at the BEEB in Glasgow.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Disgraceful show again from BBC.

     

     

    Always thought it was a toss up as to who hated who the most.

     

     

     

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