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. South Of Tunis on

    TroonTim @ 13 49.



    Just waffle about creating the conditions for growth and you’ll be fine.. Steer the conversation away from stalling deficit reduction and rising debt and you’ll be fine

  2. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Great to see sally ‘crawling’ …….. He usually roles….

  3. Sevco’s busioness plan depends on 3 back to back promotions. Even then it might not work. They’ve tacitly admitted 3yrs is too long.



    If by a process of attrition we could stretch it to 4yrs then we would finish them off. By hook or by crook as far as I’m concerned. Apply your brains to that fellow CQNers.

  4. bournesouprecipe wails @14:08 “On my iPhone started a great big long post but never got it fi”



    three cheers for BSR’s iphone – Ha Ha :)

  5. sftb,



    I replied to your post last night, just as you signed off. Just in case you think that I ignored you.






    Did you write the lead article today?


    It doesn’t sound like you, either in style or content.


    Do you have a ghost writer.




    Auld Brigade.



    Do you get a free pen just for inquiring?

  6. Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning!


    14:01 on


    21 March, 2013





    Fantastic effort by all involved, especially young D.



    Well done once again.



    On a sad note one of my colleagues has a neice aged 7 just been diagnosed with neuroblastoma.



    Any prayers for wee Ashley would be appreciated.








    Thoughts and prayers are with her and her family

  7. The Good, The Bad and Serenity on

    The Pundit



    The liar took his seat just as they went on air


    He had been told what to say, “and say nae mair”


    All this for a paycheck, money in the bank


    The studio had an odd smell, the place it just stank



    He looked round the liars, all present and correct


    The dregs of the media, there for the cheque


    False smiles and handshakes hiding their fear


    One last look at their script, one last skelp round the ear



    Big brother is listening if you don’t get it right


    Letter bomb in the post, family threatened on sight


    The life of the media pundit and his freedom of speech


    Beware of the establishment and their long reach

  8. thomthethim



    I did notice the reference to herding cats and worried that I may be being satirised but, since I cannot work out the satire involved, I am more likely to have been patronised than satirised.



    Anyway, my ghost writer is dyslexic and drunk, and he does a better me than I can manage.

  9. The Boy Jinky on

    Many moons ago i asked my new mrs who she was gonna vote for


    Labour she replied



    I asked her if she had any idea who our local labour candidate was as she was from paisley and now living in the big city



    No idea she replied but my dad always votes labour so we all do too





    Guess thats maybe the way it was 25 years ago but not so sure now.

  10. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Ntassoolla 14:16 on 21 March, 2013



    “SRS thanks for sharing that with us.”



    I don’t believe in suffering alone.

  11. South Of Tunis on

    Pronunciation .



    The Italian language has lots of rules re how letters are pronounced . Such rules have led a Juve supporting acquaintance to talk to me about a team called Cheltic.

  12. It’s bewildering to me that I now know the date for the referendum but have not the slightest idea as to how it will affect my money, my tax, my pension etc etc etc.



    Where are all the details?… Never mind the feckin’ date!

  13. The Boy Jinky



    They all appear to be the same with different colour rosettes on these days. All act like Tory’s for me.


    It’s a bit like attending Killie/Motherwell/Airdrie/Hearts/Etc. They all wear different colours but they are all the same as the knuckle draggers from the south side.


    It makes voting for me very difficult. I think that’s why Tommy Sheridan’s party was divided and conquered. They were making real in roads into getting a voice in Scotland for the Socialist Party. I’m not sure if Tommy was up to anything but his wife is standing by him and that is good enough for me. very dirty tactics from the media aided and abetted by the government no doubt.


    It’s all about cut throat and greedy these days.


    Please tell me who I should vote for because I don’t have a clue!!!!


    As my old man always reminds me


    ‘People have fought and died for you to get a vote so use it!’




  14. South Of Tunis on

    Ten Men Won The League @14 11



    ” tomorrow’s tinderbox clash between Croatia / Serbia ..”



    Heard an Italian football journo talking about that game this morning .



    He claimed that the Croatian Plod have stated that they will deal with the game thus ——



    The first instance of anti Serbian chanting will see the game being stopped and the crowd being told that if it happens again the game will be suspended. . If it happens again the game will be suspended.



    It might be an interesting night.

  15. Latest from the Celtic Trust



    In this Celtic admit to passing on supporters details to the Police.



    Report of meeting with Celtic PLC


    Published on Thursday 21st March, 2013 by Celtic Trust



    The Celtic Trust



    Report of Meeting of Representatives of The Celtic Trust with Representatives of Celtic FC/PLC



    Date of meeting: Tuesday 12th March






    From Celtic, Peter Lawwell, Chief Executive; Michael Nicholson, Company Secretary



    From the Trust, Joe Di Paola, Chairperson; Jeanette Findlay, Trustee, Marie McCusker, Secretary





    The meeting opened with introductions as both the Chairperson of the Trust and the Company Secretary were attending their first meeting.



    The first item on the agenda was the current attitude of the police towards the Celtic support and the incidences of police harassment to which our supporters have been subjected both at home and away matches. Specific examples of this were discussed and in the course of the discussion it emerged that Celtic does provide the personal details of supporters, which it holds on file, to the Police. The legality of this practice under data protection legislation was queried and PL undertook to have this checked although he was confident that this had already been done.



    Since the meeting the Trust officers have now asked the plc to clarify what, if any, is the process for these disclosures; whether any records are kept and if people are informed that their details have been passed on; and whether the plc passes on details to the police automatically or whether they sometimes refuse. We are awaiting a response to these questions and to that of the issue of Data Protection but we did not want to delay further the report of the meeting to our members.



    Discussion then moved to how the Club deals with supporters who are deemed to have been guilty of “unacceptable conduct” and to the issue of suspension of season ticket rights including those who have had “precautionary suspensions”. MMcC shared her knowledge of the experience of some supporters who had been unable to communicate with the Club and who had turned to the Trust for assistance. PL was very clear that supporters should not be experiencing these kinds of difficulties and was confident that the systems which the Club had in place should ensure responses to communications. He asked for details of cases to which MMcC referred and undertook to investigate these. The issue of the practice of ‘precautionary suspensions’ for alleged offences which are proved subsequently to be groundless was also discussed with no resolution. However the Trust has submitted to Celtic a draft of Disciplinary Code which if adopted should address this and other issues. Peter said it would be considered by the committee set up by the Club in the wake of incidents of police harassment and to which two supporters’ organisations had agreed to send representatives. The Trust had had no prior knowledge of the establishment of this committee and had not been invited to participate.



    The next discussion centred around season ticket prices and the value of these vis-à-vis buying tickets on a match by match basis. PL said that the prices for next season are still being considered and he was asked to consider reinstating concession prices for young supporters. He disputed JF’s point that in some sections of the ground it was cheaper to buy tickets on match by match basis than to invest in a season book but undertook to investigate this if she sent him details of those involved.



    JF has subsequently done this and there is on-going dialogue on this issue.



    The discussion then moved on to the issue of Safe Standing. PL stated that the Club were supportive of this initiative and had lodged an application with Glasgow City Council to convert an area of the Stadium for this purpose and were awaiting a response. He also indicated that the Safety Committee would have a major input into deciding whether or not this could go ahead.



    Considerable time had been spent on the discussions reported above and both parties had other commitments but before the meeting terminated with the remaining agenda items being postponed to a subsequent meeting, JF reminded PL that that the last meeting she had asked Celtic to become involved in discussions regarding becoming part of The Living Wage initiative. If pursued Celtic could become the first football Club in Britain to become a Living Wage employer. Arrangements were made for the MN, the Company Secretary to meet with representatives of this initiative with a view to taking the matter forward.

  16. South Of Tunis @14:21 “Pronunciation .



    The Italian language has lots of rules re how letters are pronounced . ”



    One of the few sets of rules upon which everyone in Italy agrees and follows.


    I wish they’d consider doing the same with their driving.

  17. LiviBhoy



    14:25 on 21 March, 2013




    Tommy Sheridan was the author of his own misfortune.



    He’s still in denial about it.



    Apparently narcissistic personality disorder affects 1% of the population.

  18. ernie lynch



    He may well have been. He doesn’t appear to have done much more wrong than any other politician. He received very different treatment though.


    Like I said earlier. I’m not sure who I will vote for and if I will vote at all which is a travesty in itself!




  19. South Of Tunis on

    Headtheball @ 14 22 .



    ” Where are all the details ? ”



    There are no details . Everything will be OK.. E

  20. setting free the bears


    13:03 on


    21 March, 2013


    Gille Ruadh



    I see one reference to the SNP on Paul’s intro.



    It factually references that the SNP Government’s response to the deficiencies in the OB Bill, following the GB aborted march, was to defend their project even more strongly.



    I think it is legitimate to criticise such stupidity. I suspect, from your comments, you agree with the criticisn.



    However you then seem to find evidence of a stream of pro-Labour propaganda (as opposed to one anti SNP Bill comment) from Paul 67. A history, of which I am unaware as a long standing CQNr.



    Your posting name seems relatively new to me. Did someone tell you that Paul was using CQN to spout pro-Labour propaganda or did you find evidence for this yourself that might convince me.



    BTW- My Da voted Labour but there is no lecture in that, nor is there shame.





    No there is no shame in voting labour, however it is a sad but very true fact that the labour party your father voted for, has very very little in common with the one you are voting for.

  21. LiviBhoy


    A good post and I share your feelings.


    Personally, I will always vote. I think it’s our duty to vote.


    On the ballot box, there should be a box to tick for ‘ I don’t want to vote for any of the above’, so we can register our feelings.


    On a personal note, I vote for one of the Christian parties.




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