Your supporter groups, your club, your streets


The umbrella group, Fans Against Criminalisation, issued a statement yesterday (kindly published here by Joe O’Rourke on the Association site) which details a number of events in response to Saturday’s policing on Gallowgate, and the resulting response from the SNP government.  Witnesses are invited to give evidence on Saturday (23rd March), with three protests planned next month.

To the relief of all, I’m sure, the statement also records that issues surrounding meetings two organisations had with the Club in November have been resolved.

Our Club and supporters groups are led by the kind of people you would trust with your most precious valuables, as many of us do.  They each strive in new and innovative ways to herd cats in the right direction, with remarkable success.  The tasks, carried out by hundreds of Celtic fans, of running buses, chasing tickets and navigating the impossible political challenges, is often thankless.  I know a few who wonder why they bother.

They bother because they care.  The office-bearers dedicate even more time looking after the common interests.  There are more Celtic heroes than those who wear the hoops.

I hear Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, has appointed Jeffrey Webb, currently head of CONCACAF, as chief of a newly created Fifa body to fight racism in football.  Mr Webb is a director of one of the largest banks in the Cayman Islands, known for its…. unique standards of propriety.  Nice.

Quick word for Tommy in Glasgow…. brilliant!

From CQN Magazine:
Watt a goal. Celtic started this season’s European adventure against HJK Helsinki..”
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  1. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    A song for Fran, shamelessly lifted from the hootsmon comments page.






    If you’re going to Sign Francisco


    Be sure to check he really is a bear


    If you’re going to Sign Francisco


    Make sure there’s no taxi drivers there



    For those who come to See Francisco


    A goal is really rare


    In the streets we see Francisco


    The MLS his want the team he doesn’t care



    At Ibrox the notion such a strange commotion


    Sevvies in Turmoil


    There’s a whole generation with no explanation


    Deid Club in motion Deid Club in motion



    For those who come to See Francisco


    A goal is really rare


    In the streets we see Francisco


    The MLS his want the team he doesn’t care



    If you’re going to Sign Francisco


    Be sure to check he really is a bear




    Ha ha:-)

  2. David Conn‏@david_conn31m


    I’m on BBC 5 live now talking about David Gold’s and David Sullivan’s West Ham having the Olympic Stadium with massive public subsidy.



    David Whitney‏@davidtwhitters31m


    @david_conn didn’t similar thing happen with City at the commonwealth stadium?




    David Conn‏@david_conn25m


    @davidtwhitters Yes, Manchester stadium was converted for football at public expense, £127m total; Shinawatra made £90m when he sold #mcfc

  3. Steinreignedsupreme on

    falkirkbhoy 09:33 on 22 March, 2013



    “During a discussion over the weekend in Belfast with one of the cyclists, the topic of what makes a town a ‘Hun’ town came around.”



    If Falkirk is the town in question – the clue is in the name…

  4. In The Herald’s list of Greatest Scottish Players, they have placed John Greig two places ahead of Caesar.




  5. Vandalgrease



    Proven Collusion and the Need to Unite



    I don’t think any Celtic fan, Green Brigade or otherwise, will take any pleasure from the confirmation that Celtic are providing information on fans to the police.



    While some may feel vindicated after being labeled “liars” and people who “think they are bigger than the club”, I doubt that anyone concerned gets their kicks by criticising the club we all love. Nobody wants to believe that these kind of things are going on.



    I certainly don’t, but I’m also not prepared to follow anyone blindly regardless of the emerging facts that contradict what they say. You only have to look across the city to see where that gets you!



    It took an (ex) Affiliation member with a love of Celtic equalled by an enviable level of character and integrity – that seems to be lacking in one or two departments at the club – to bring us a few truths and validate the Green Brigade’s concerns.



    The ironic thing is, this is exactly the kind of guy we need representing us on fan groups, but he’s sadly felt the need to resign. (Although I’m sure his character will become an asset to other organisations)



    That said, I’ve been impressed with the stance of the Celtic Trust in this matter and their recent publication of the minutes from a meeting with Celtic. It’s good to know that there are people out there with the fans interests at heart.



    Another worrying emegence from the Trust’s statement is the fact that Celtic are seeking the powers to ban fans without going through a judicial process.



    Celtic now face the problems of addressing falling attendances and a growing feeling of distrust.



    There is an argument that says “if people are breaking seats, then Celtic have the right to want rid of them” that may be right, but we need honesty, and statements that describe concerns of collusion as “ludicrous” and “laughable” are now looking dubious.



    Now, more than in a long time, the Celtic fans need to unite against a rushed SNP Bill which gives police the power and encouragement to criminalise and harass football fans.



    When Celtic fans unite, only a fool would underestimate them.



    I hope now that we can put squabbling amongst ourselves to one side for the greater good.



    Please support the Fans Against Criminalisation events



    See you at George Square on April 6th!

  6. The Good, The Bad and Serenity on

    A fan felt a rough hand on his collar


    Before he could scream or holler


    He heard “You’re nicked”


    “Yah fenian little prick”


    That made him ten feet taller

  7. saltires en sevilla on

    Good morning fellow Celts – this time last week was setting out with 30 plus cyclists to Girvan for Wee Oscar. The week has flown and legs just about back to normal…whatever normal is or was.



    Today – very different. Pondering if Stornaway black pudding should be slightly crispy on both sides or just one … Or not at all



    Cannot wait for the next event




  8. Another woeful article from that bloke on Scotzine.



    Its actually tiring thinking about how bad some of the journalism in Scotland is…

  9. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Didn’t this lot have a love-in with the Zombies a few days before they play at Wigan? Seems like a match made in heaven.




    Hundreds of Newcastle supporters have been accused of causing trouble before one of the Premier League’s most controversial matches of the season even kicked off.



    The fans disrupted amateur matches being played near the away end of Wigan Athletic’s DW Stadium by running on the pitches, dropping their trousers, ripping out the nets and trying to break the goals by hanging on the crossbars, a local official said.



    They later boasted about the trouble they caused – including stealing a £65 match ball – on social networking sites.



    Before the match, 250-300 Newcastle fans caused chaos after they got off coaches and wandered across to watch Wigan Cosmos play AFC Leigh Centurions in the South Lancashire Counties League, a Cosmos spokesman said.



    “As the supporters spilled out of the coaches, which were not managed by the club or police officials, they proceeded to watch the game from the touchline,” the official claimed.



    “Some fans then chose to run on to the field of play, dropping their pants, causing the game to be stopped.



    “The situation then magnified as a crowd around 250-300 Newcastle United fans followed suit.”



    Although good-natured at first, the fans then started to rip out corner flags as they ran over the pitches and also took the match ball.



    “We never recovered the ball, though we did manage to recover the corner flags.”



    The fans then decided to charge over to the adjacent pitch where Goose Green Reserves were entertaining Olympic AFC in another South Lancashire Counties fixture.



    “They again began by ripping out their corner flags.”



    The fans then charged into the goalmouth, jumping on to the goalposts in an attempt to snap the crossbar with the sheer numbers clambering on them.



    “They then started to rip the nets from the posts, tearing them and trying to take them. Our players helped to retrieve the nets.



    “After spending quite some time singing and hanging on the goalposts, the fans then ran back over to our pitch whilst singing ‘We’re Newcastle United, we’ll do what we want’.”

  10. Green Lantern (((((0))))) on

    If you think things are bad now, imagine what it would be like in a future separate Scotland, the most bigoted wee country in the world.



    Fight the Fascists.



    If you tolerate this then your children will be next.

  11. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    I posted yesterday that a friend had told me her 7 year old neice had just been diagnosed with neuroblastomo.



    I would like to thank the two posters, Weet Weet Weet and Minx1888 who posted they would pray for the poor wee girl and her family.



    I didn’t realise until that post that either very few people read my posts or give a monkeys what I say.



    This will be the last one.

  12. A meeting room somewhere. . . . . . . He’s gotta go, yeah him holding a piece of broken seat, him with the ginger hair.



    Was it broken deliberately as part of some deluded attempt to help create a seat free standing section ?


    Or was it inadvertent, the result of over exuberance at a goal being scored ?



    I don’t know but i’m told there is no, let’s wreck the seats policy or any other wanton vandalism of the stadium, from the youth.



    Fast forward to the Juve game. . . . . 3 ginger haired youths lifted before the match outside the stadium.



    Is this Gingerism. . . . or worse ?




  13. Taurangabhoy



    09:32 on 22 March, 2013




    Well said M8



    I’m not agreeing with you just to get a kick at the bored / board


    but, what is disappointing for me is…it’s took this GB scandal to


    open a lot, and I mean a LOT of fans eyes as to the type of


    creatures who run oor club !



    I say – oor club. Yes, me too…I started going to see the Cellic when


    I was 6 years old – 42 years ago. I travelled all over the country to see


    the hoops. I mostly went with a fair group of us – about 20 /25.


    We would travel on public transport mostly on trains from 1980 – early 90’s.


    A lot of the time we would be at the – no 8 exit in the huns end of the Jungle.



    But, for me personally…the best times I had of going to see the Cellic was


    when I went on big Lisbon Lion Holy Goalie – John Fallons bus from Glasgow


    Road Blantyre from about 1975 / 1980. I recall that Phil Mac said after his


    Q & A session in Blantyre


    last year that he was in amongst – “the best of fholk that you’ll find anywhere”


    Yes..Phil was correct…and who would argue with him ?



    Anyway…back to me(bhooo! hiiiiissss!) where was I, Oh yes…Aye, I followed the tic faithfully / actively since I was 6 years of age – 42 years ago. I’ve already said that


    eh…dear, dear….Oh, btw…I’ve only been to 2 away games in Europe…N/forest – 83


    L/pool 97(The Wim year).



    So…getting to my point…all this mess with the GB – Cops – etc…I think this will come


    to a head before the end of the season….probably – SCSF day – more kettling for the


    GB ? hmmmm



    I certainly hope not. But, please be alive to the situation.


    To cut a long story short…it’s all going to boil down to a stand-off between the bored / board and the Green Brigade. imo



    The Celtic support will have to choose who they back


    The Green Brigade – and the rebels will have won again !!!


    The Bored / Board – and more tumbleweed will be blowing onto the pitch !!!


    Decisions – Decisions




    Go Figure – CSC


    Hail Hail n God Bless

  14. Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning!



    Missed your post yesterday.


    The little girl will be in my prayers.




  15. stpatricksbhoy on




    09:32 on 22 March, 2013



    Thanks,I doubt if he will get to £1,


    Hail Hail.

  16. philbhoy – it’s just the beginning!



    Didn’t see your post yesterday , but my thoughts and prayers are with the little girl and her family .


    Regarding this being your last post , dont stop posting mate . I get no responses to my posts most of the time as well , just like at home :-)))).


    Keep us updated with regards the little girl .



  17. Green Lantern (((((0)))))


    10:07 on


    22 March, 2013



    Its a piece of bad legislation from the SNP no doubt about that



    Glasgow city council are responsible for policing in Glasgow



    Strathclyde police have a long and ignominious history with Celtic fans, not related to political parties



    The bedroom tax is a shameful disgraceful piece of legislation, i also see UKIP have got further electoral success, Fight the fascists down south

  18. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    falkirkbhoy 09:33 on 22 March, 2013



    “During a discussion over the weekend in Belfast with one of the cyclists, the topic of what makes a town a ‘Hun’ town came around.”



    If Falkirk is the town in question – the clue is in the name…






    Was Peter Falk a hun then?….

  19. From The Times



    European feats place Fraser Forster on the radar at Stamford Bridge




    Forster told The Times recently that he would hate to serve as a back-up to another goalkeeper, although that might be Chelsea’s proposition Nick Potts/PA


    Matt Hughes Deputy Football Correspondent


    Last updated at 12:01AM, March 22 2013


    Chelsea are considering an attempt to sign Fraser Forster, the Celtic and England goalkeeper, in the summer as they seek to secure quality cover for Petr Cech. The club also have Thibaut Courtois on their books but the short-term future of the Belgian, who is spending his second season on loan to Atlético Madrid, is uncertain and he may not return to Stamford Bridge next season.


    Courtois is viewed as Cech’s long-term successor, but an otherwise enviable situation is complicated by the former’s obvious ability and the present incumbent’s significant status at Chelsea. There is an awareness at the club that bringing back Courtois next season could be damaging for both parties; with the Belgium goalkeeper likely to grow frustrated by a lack of first-team football and the potential for Cech to feel threatened by his presence.


    Courtois has made clear his preference for staying at Atlético for one more season to gain experience of the Champions League as they are third in La Liga, which would also benefit Chelsea, while Cech would welcome another season as the club’s undisputed No 1. Chelsea are not opposed to allowing Courtois to stay out on loan, but have suggested that he move to another club to gain a different experience, either in the Barclays Premier League or elsewhere in Europe.


    As a result, Chelsea are considering signing another goalkeeper for next season because they have concluded that their existing back-ups to Cech — Ross Turnbull and Hilário — are not of the required standard. Forster has emerged as the club’s principal target on the grounds of his ability, Champions League experience with Celtic and that he would add to their dwindling ranks of home-grown players. Turnbull was signed from Middlesbrough on similar grounds four years ago, but has not developed as the club had hoped.


    Forster has risen to prominence on the back of Celtic’s Champions League exploits this season, particularly with two outstanding performances against Barcelona that led several Spanish newspapers to nickname him “The Great Wall”. The 25-year-old’s good form has been recognised by Roy Hodgson, who has selected him for three England squads. He is with the team in San Marino, but has yet to receive his first cap.


    Chelsea have been examining their goalkeeping options for some time, and made an inquiry about signing Jack Butland from Birmingham City at the end of the transfer window, only to discover that the England goalkeeper was on the verge of joining Stoke City because of the promise of regular football. There is concern at Chelsea that Forster could also reject their advances because of his desire to be a No 1, although the opportunity to treble his wages could test his resolution.


    In an interview with The Times this month, Forster was open about his ambition to play in the Premier League, but emphasised that after several years struggling to make a breakthrough at Newcastle United, his home-town club, he did not want to spend any more time sitting on the bench.


    “I’ve always wanted to play in the Premier League and hopefully I’ll get the chance to do that,” he said. “But I need to be playing. I’d be a nightmare as a No 2 goalkeeper because I want to play so much. It’s important that I’m a No 1. I won’t be leaving to go and sit on the bench somewhere.”


    Chelsea were informed yesterday by Uefa that the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final against Rubin Kazan will take place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The decision follows a pitch inspection in Kazan and comes despite the Russian club insisting that their home pitch will be suitable for the meeting on April 11. Rubin’s two previous home matches in the knockout stage of this season’s Europa League were also in Moscow. Chelsea’s last visit to the Luzhniki Stadium was for their Champions League final defeat by Manchester United five years ago.

  20. falkirkbhoy


    09:33 on


    22 March, 2013


    During a discussion over the weekend in Belfast with one of the cyclists, the topic of what makes a town a ‘Hun’ town came around.



    Well 4 newsagents down and i still cant get my hands on a Celtic view!



    Never mind the ‘A-Z of celtic bars’ for pubs around the world, I need a A-Z of celtic view sellers.



    It has been many a year since a bought one mind you.





    Strangely enough Falkirkbhoy I was in Falkirk on Wednesday (I was born there but moved through to Lanarkshire in 1997) for the first time in ages as we’re starting to clear my dad’s house. I wandered into the High Street for a look and remebered I needed to buy a Celtic View to see if our exploits to Belfast last week had appeared. I picked a copy up in WH Smiths on the High Street. First shop I went into.



    Mind you my dad lived in Shieldhill so I was there for a while on Wednesday and I drove back through Limerigg and Slammanan. As I recall all of those towns were very much of a rangers persuasion.



    And Jungle Jim: I love that idea of a President for Fife. Or else we could have Lord Blatter of Lochgelly.

  21. http://hackinginquiry.org/news/your-questions-answered/




    Why is there suddenly a huge concern for bloggers?



    Many bloggers and others have rightly noted that the amendments to the Crime and Courts Bill have the potential to weigh unfairly on bloggers and other small publishers.



    These amendments can be changed before they pass into law, though there is not much time. The amendments go to the House of Lords on Monday for what is likely to be their last stage in Parliament. New changes, if they are to be adopted, have to be ready today.



    The amendments are the work of Conservatives in government and not of Labour, the Liberal Democrats or for that matter Hacked Off. They have not been endorsed in any way by Hacked Off. On the contrary, at the weekend we urged the three parties not to approve them finally there and then, but to leave time for them to be improved. The parties agreed to this.



    We have been working hard, with the support of a legislative drafting specialist, to find the best way of changing the amendments so that the law does not bear down unfairly on bloggers and small publishers, and so that for almost all web-based publishers the provisions would actually give them protection. We will make our suggestions to the political parties very soon, and we expect to publish them as soon as practical after that.



    For what it is worth, we believe the potential impact on bloggers and small publishers was unforeseen – an accident in the drafting – and we know of no reason why politicians might resist efforts to put things right.



    If the amendments that we propose are accepted, almost all bloggers, with a very few, rare exceptions, will be completely untouched by the changes.



    We hope that this reassures bloggers that they’re not being forced into a new system; though they would be welcome to join if they wished.

  22. Green Lantern (((((0))))) on

    lionroars67. Fight the fascists wherever they are. Agreed.



    I just cannot accept the likes of the ludge influencing policy making in Scotland with the likes of Christine Graham et al dictating to us.

  23. saltires en sevilla on




    06:04 on


    22 March, 2013


    I don’t think the careers of folk like B. Wiggins should be tainted by that bleach toothed conman from America who shamelessly used cancer to buy himself titles and a fast car lifestyle.


    And the investment that’s gone into the velodrome by Parkhead. No way.


    Cretins like Armstrong, plastic spray tears, evasive preplanned answers for Harpo Oprah……not good enough. Jail time,rubber room….whatever. Not evennadmiting wrongdoing is testament to this g.i. Joe little liar.





    I hope you are doing ok mate and getting the support you need.



    Reading above I realised how much I feel let down by Lance. By 2002 I was so transfixed by the guy and his achievements that I spent my 40th birthday in Paris to welcome him home to the Champs Élysées as winner of his 3rd tour.



    There were a few future CQN bods at that trip – the atmosphere was wonderful and even the red white and blue of the Lone Star State flags could not dampen the mood ;-)



    I remember thinking that with modern technology and advances in medicine, that anything was possible for mankind. In a positive way. A cancer sufferer with less than 30% chance of survival – recovered and went on to win the most gruelling event known to man – 7 times.



    I put the inevitable hmmmmm type murmurings in the Euro press down to jealousy – Lance had to be clean he was being tested regularly.



    After all these years I am sick to my core, thinking how I was conned and duped by the cycling fraternity.



    However, I can understand one man’s desire to achieve glory causing him to break the rules…it seems he almost needed to win at all cost to beat his illness. If that makes any sense, and that can be forgiven.



    What cannot be forgiven is the ongoing collusion of LeTour and International Cycling. They knew and they did nothing. They have almost wrecked the credibility of the sport. That us the real sickener.



    I can think if a few parallels here in Scotland



    Nevertheless – for you Miki the good news is there is hope for you to overcome your illness, then come out and lead us across a few climbs in one of MWD and Mouldy’s cycle events.



    That would really be worth celebrating .



  24. Kev Jungle the Celtic board are not the enemy. Don’t let them divide and conquer us mate. The enemy of free speach is the Scottish media and the common mentality that still considers us as immigrants. Both need challenged.

  25. philbhoy



    i saw your post yesterday ,apologies for not replying but got bogged down at work . you can be assured many prayers were said for your friends neice in our house

  26. Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning!



    10:13 on 22 March, 2013




    Just a thought but maybe the lack of response was because of the tenuous nature of the link between you and the child?



    I may have misunderstood but I got the impression that you don’t actually know the child personally.



    Don’t assume that people are unsympathetic just because they don’t reply. That’s not the case at all.

  27. Green Lantern (((((0)))))


    10:30 on


    22 March, 2013



    The ludge of the Westminster establishment in all its various forms IMO holds no love of Scotland or its people,