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!

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  1. Philbhoy – it’s just the beginning!


    I don’t always read the entire blog these days and I missed your post. Too much of the blog is just a vehicle for pals to chat (when they could arrange their social life by other methods) and take no notice of anything that’s posted by others, as well as interlopers.



    I will be thinking of your friend’s daughter.



    Please don’t give up posting, some folk probably wouldn’t even notice and the only loser would be yourself

  2. Philbhoy,



    Been off blog for a few days. Thoughts and prayers with the wee girl and her family.



    Ps don’t stop posting everyone has something to contribute to this great blog.




  3. The Good, The Bad and Serenity on

    Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning! 10:13 on 22 March, 2013



    Many would have said a prayer


    Clearly didn’t want to tell


    Many thoughts will be with her


    As she goes through treatment hell



    Acknowledgement is something nice


    Let’s you know that you exist


    But keep participating in the blog


    If you leave you will be missed

  4. Taurangabhoy



    10:33 on 22 March, 2013




    No offense M8 but, the Celtic bored /board are supposed to look after their supporters or, customers(as Fergus called us)…the bored don’t stick up for us. I feel that that is the reason the establishment see the Cellic fans as – fair game. imo



    The bored – take Celtic fans money then lock them oot !!!


    Aye – and they get away wi it tae !


    Only saying M8


    Hail Hail

  5. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Did somebody say something ? :oD))))


    Thoughts and prayers with the daddy under the knife today, hope its a complete success, and also with a wee girl and her family on their hopefully successful fight against a disease we are all becoming more aware of.

  6. Doc is Neil Lennon


    10:37 on


    22 March, 2013





    I will see you there bud



    The credit for the content belongs to this guy, i wholeheartedly agree with him



    Celtic News Now‏@CelticNewsNow1h


    Proven Collusion and the Need to Unite http://bit.ly/ZYU07x #Celtic @vandalgrease

  7. Philbhoy I log on and look at the last page,……. or two. My own faith isn’t strong these days but if it helps at all I have said a wee prayer for the girl and those who care.

  8. Green Lantern (((((0))))) on

    lionroars. Don’t disagree, but the ludge I’m referring to is actively hostile to those of a certain ethnicity and/or religious persuasion in this country, and I couldn’t see things improving in a separate Scotland.



    However you obviously don’t agree and you are entitled to that opinion, as I am to mine.

  9. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire


    10:42 on


    22 March, 2013



    Best wishes to your father



    Philbhoy Thoughts and prayers with little girl and family

  10. Any of you guys familiar with the NI Boys Football Association.



    Heading down South next week with kids football team and there are a couple of teams from that league in competition.


    The NI league contains teams from Cliftonville and Linfield but also others such as St Oliver Plunkett and Bertie Pecock youth.



    We are due to meet Dungannon Utd just trying to gauge whether these are pro youth teams here associated to parent clubs or just boys clubs ?

  11. Kev jungle tell it as you see it M8, no offence taken. I think the Board fight for us on a different battleground and they have faith that we can fight our own cause where it matters. If you don’t believe that you can’t believe that the people in corporate Celtic are Celtic fans and I do.Just sayin mate. Hail Hail

  12. tomtheleedstim on

    Philbhoy – didn’t see it yesterday. Thoughts of course with her today.



    Twitter suggesting Huns shares in free fall.

  13. Lionsroar67


    The CST were in the forefront of the battle against the bill. I was at the meeting when they decided to go to the committee hearings where the issues were fully debated and a democratic decision reached.


    Now the CST are a small group in number and if they attracted the same kind of support that an unknown and non representative group can attract on the basis of adding atmosphere then real change might be possible.


    I appreciate that with his majority shareholding Celtic can always outvote any proposals but if a resolution gets enough support to be presented at the AGM it at least gets an airing.


    If there is a fault in the system is that the process for placing a resolution is time consuming and could be made easier.


    Celtic could help with this and it seems to me it is everyone’s best interest to make it easier for shareholders to get resolutions on the agenda.


    There is nothing that facilitates that process and nature, hating a vacumn, fills it with something, anything that lets steam off without the steam powering anything.


    The GB are not the narrative, they are a catalyst for creating one where the support and the club can move forward either together in agreement or in non damaging ways if agreement cannot be reached.


    The CST, because they represent and understand how a plc works, are the best bet for long term change.


    I say this having seen the CST, the CSA, the GB and Celtic in action. All pushing their own agendas with a passion but not in the same direction. That is why we are a club in constant danger of pulling ourselves apart.


    The narrative( well mine anyway) is a united Celtic with processes that support unity rather than disrupt it.

  14. Enjoyed the night chat/videos of the Varersay Boys. We went to see them play the Barrowlands before Xmas. It was pouring rain, so we nipped into Bar 67 for a swiftie and the only people in the bar were the band!



    Currently stuck at Glasgow airport whilst Aer Lingus delay the Dublin flight…again. Feel like the Tom Hanks character ( not Forrest G!) was due to fly out last nite @ 9pm… My golf at Portmarnock is not going to happen!

  15. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    Sorry I wasn’t clearer, I was wishing Maleys Bhoys daddy all the best.

  16. Good article on Olympiakos’s dominance of Greek football and their constant changing of manager by Gabriele Marcotti.



    Next please: Olympiacos use revolving-door policy as means of domination



    Gabriele Marcotti


    Published at 12:01AM, March 18 2013


    Think you know hegemony? A week ago, Olympiacos won their 40th league title. It was also their third consecutive Greek championship, their eighth in the past nine seasons and their fifteenth in the past 17. Except for last season, when they waited until April 8 to seal the title, they have generally been crowned champions in March.


    They have won 15 of their past 16 domestic games, between league and cup, and have lost only once all season against Greek opposition.


    They are in the semi-finals of the Greek Cup and, barring some cataclysm, look likely to win their second consecutive Double, which would make it their seventh cup success since 1996.


    But here’s the thing. In those 17 seasons in which they won the league 15 times, they have had 22 different managerial stints. That’s right, 22.


    They have had Bosnians, Slovenians, Ukrainians, Italians, Serbs, Norwegians, Georgians, Germans, Brazilians, Portuguese, Spaniards and, of course, Greeks. They have had guys who were legends as players: such as Zico, the Brazilian icon, or the present manager, Michel, the former Real Madrid star. They have had guys who never played professionaly, such as Pep Segura, last seen in charge of Liverpool’s Academy.


    Only one lasted more than two years: the average tenure has been about nine months. Sometimes it has been much more brief.


    Temuri Ketsbaia, the former Newcastle player, began his Olympiacos career with five wins and a draw in six games. That was enough for him to be sacked, ostensibly because the supporters did not enjoy his brand of football. But there have been shorter stints. Ewald Lienen, the German, took over with much fanfare in June 2010 and was shown the door on August 5, before the league even started. Why? Maccabi Tel Aviv had knocked Olympiacos out of the Europa League.


    You could easily conclude that this may be the most demanding club around, making Chelsea look laid-back. Indeed, it was much the same story this year, when the club decided to send Leonardo Jardim packing and replace him with Michel.


    Jardim took over a team who had lost half their starting defence, as well as the previous year’s top goalscorer (Kevin Mirallas, who joined Everton). When he was sacked, in January, they were top of the league by a margin of ten points, undefeated and winners of 15 of 18 games.


    Why was he shown the door? The side apparently looked lethargic. Plus, the opportunity to pick up Michel, who had been sacked by Seville six days earlier, was too strong to resist.


    There is a school of thought that maintains that Olympiacos’s impressive record justifies the attitude of club and supporters towards management. They have been doing it that way for years and winning for years, so why mess with success?


    This may have had a kernel of truth in the early years of Olympiacos’s hegemony, when Greece’s other big clubs — AEK, PAOK and Panathinaikos in particular — had the means to challenge them on a regular basis. But that was nearly a decade ago, when the Greek economy was flourishing, the Olympics were around the corner and everyone was spending.


    It has been a different landscape for the past few seasons. The economic crisis that has hit the country has not spared football. Those three clubs have combined debts of nearly £90 million, which by Greek standards is massive.


    While Olympiacos have also had to cut budgets and spending — wages have gone down by some 20 per cent — they have been hit less hard than the competition. And that explains their dominance of the Greek league. But you wonder what any of this does to build long-term stability and success.


    You would think the thing to do, while everyone else is retrenching, is to build for the future, introduce a footballing philosophy that can work over time and give youngsters a chance. For example, Olympiacos have given Greek players aged 24 or younger only 15 per cent of the playing time this season in the league.


    Instead, they seem content with their revolving-door managers and hoovering up increasingly meaningless silverware. When Greece and its football emerge out of crisis, Olympiacos may look back upon this time as a missed opportunity.

  17. Steinreignedsupreme on




    I seem to remember their marchers were featured in the excellent Football, Fait and Flutes documentary in the mid-90s.



    The entire band had about three brain cells between them. One of them (a Falkirk fan) was foaming at the mouth so much he ruined his brown brogues.

  18. Auldheid


    10:53 on


    22 March, 2013



    I agree the CST should get more support



    I find it difficult to wholly support a board who it appears have been economical with the truth surrounding information given to police reference supporters in section 111, i hope for Celtics future season ticket sales(mine included) they find a way of having a more profound and meaningful dialogue with their own various supporters groups that they appear to have with Strathclyde police via ex police officers on the staff

  19. tommytwiststommyturns on

    Maleys Bhoy – very best wishes for your dad. Good luck.



    Phil – there are different stages of neuroblastoma. I hope the little girl can get treatment that doesn’t cost the earth and she can go on to lead a full and normal life.



    I have to say though, I found your post this morning incredibly disappointing and entirely self-indulgent.


    With all due respect, if you really want to help that young girl then you might want to consider a different approach!




  20. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire


    10:58 on


    22 March, 2013




    Sorry I wasn’t clearer, I was wishing Maleys Bhoys daddy all the best.



    No problem hows the desert?

  21. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    Estadio National must have washed his car it’s been bucketing down since he returned from Oz :o)

  22. As Auldheid posted last night, isn’t any organisation required to supply information to the Police if they have appropriate authorisation/cause to request it?



    Shouldn’t this be clarified before there are accusations of “collusion” or “collaboration” are used esp. with all the baggage those words carry.

  23. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire


    11:15 on


    22 March, 2013




    Estadio National must have washed his car it’s been bucketing down since he returned from Oz :o)



    It will be just like home, all you need are some polis with batons and you could get yer face washed in a puddle 0))))))