Out Of The Mouths Of Babes And Sucklings.

At Sentinel Celts,we are always happy to receive articles from our members. They don’t have to be about Celtic,and this one isn’t. But it is relevant nevertheless,especially the day after Fathers Day-I’ll let FAN-A-TIC explain why that is so.


This is an essay my stepdaughter Maya wrote in 2011 pertaining to an event in her life and her recollection of said event.

In light of the many recent illnesses in families on the blog and the empathy shown,I thought this child’s recollection was worthy,and I wanted to share with my Celtic family on this blog.

Maya is now 20 but wrote this when she was eleven.
She is a big Tim courtesy of me taking her to The NYCSC in the Parlour.

“QUACK!” Is the sound I hear waking up.It’s not a duck, it’s my little brother Rohan.He is just a couple of months old.but whenever he spots a duck outside of his window, he’ll be quacking for a couple of minutes.
Quack was one of the handful words he knew as a baby (if you consider quack to be a word.) At one point i guess he opened his hand, and the words slipped out.

I didn’t understand it when it happened. I was only seven,I didn’t know what autism was, nor did I know why my little brother, approaching the age of two had it. It didn’t make a difference to me. I recall that what I saw was that Rohan stopped calling me by my name, and he stopped quacking at the ducks. Somehow I missed the quacking, I found it so annoying when he did it, but was so heartbroken when he stopped.

Soon all these women started coming to our house. I didn’t know who they were or what they did, but they were very nice to me. I called them “teacher-doctors”. None of them would read me books and none of them wanted to give me a checkup. They were always with Rohan. They didn’t write letters on boards for Rohan,and they didn’t tap him on the knee to see if he’d kick. I found that they didn’t do anything a doctor/teacher should do. I convinced myself that they’d do all those things when he got older.”He’s only two…he’s only two”I’d tell myself.

It took me a year to understand that the teacher-doctors were therapists.And to understand my brother wouldn’t quack at the ducks for a while.

I remember my mom and dad crying, and my brother questioning Autism.I thought it was a fun word.Of course later on I learned it wasn’t.

I know there was a big gap between my parents getting a divorce and Rohan being diagnosed with autism, but it’s all a blur for me. I almost remember the events as if they happened on the same night. Even though my parents decided to get a divorce months before Rohans diagnosis. At first my parent’s divorce was a 1000x worse than Rohans autism for me, because I knew what a divorce meant.mIt meant my dad wouldn’t drive me to school in the morning,and my mom wouldn’t drive me back from school, it meant I wouldn’t wake up to green walls that my mom had painted for me, and it meant I’d have two addresses in the phone book next year.

One day, the summer before 3rd grade i remember asking my mom if I could go to a friends house,”Maya love we can’t go today,Rohan has speech in Ridgefield today”she replied. I couldn’t believe it,I had been the youngest child for nearly six years and was used to getting my way. I wouldn’t say I was a brat, but i was certainly spoiled.That was the moment I noticed the world didn’t revolve around me.After I noticed that my little brother was the one who NEEDED the most attention I grew curious as to the specific disadvantages of my brothers disorder. I discovered things that seemed horrifying to me at the time, but as I got more mature I would understand more and more.

Rohan has taught me so much about myself and the world.I hope and pray that he will understand how much he means to me. I am honored to be his older sister, very very honored.

I encourage everyone to take a look at themselves after reading this, and be grateful for what you have. You have the knowledge many people would kill for, never ever forget that and remember to put it to good use.

Rohan is now a healthy six year old boy. He has made tremendous progress since the May of 2007. He has gained many words back, even though he never lost one of his words”NO!” He attends the same speech therapist and has a few other therapies.
I’m still waiting for the day that I’ll wake up to that one word…QUACK.


Many thanks for that,FAN-A-TIC. A fantastic piece in its own right,and all the more for being written by an 11yo. I am always grateful for my health,that’s for sure,a thing we so often take for granted. If I ever make it to New York,I’ll make sure I thank Maya personally as we watch our team in The Parlour.

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Twists n turns
June 17, 2019 5:14 am

What an inspiring piece to wake up to. Written by an 11 year old child?, even more remarkable.
I was only just talking on here the other day about being grateful for what we have. It often takes hearing about others’ personal suffering to make us realise we should embrace and appreciate what we have.
Maya’s piece is yet another reminder.

A thing of beauty
June 17, 2019 6:37 am

What a wonderful piece of writing at any age, all the more so that Maya is 11. It is so true that we should appreciate what we have and not grumble about stupid things. Thanks Fan for giving us a reminder of that but more so some inspiration to be a bit better than yesterday. Best wishes to your family.

June 17, 2019 7:06 am


Indeed,mate. Maya has done a first-class job of reminding me that football is only a hobby,but some things are real life.

June 17, 2019 7:59 am

Wonderful story. Rohan has a great future with an amazing sister having his back. Thanks for sharing, a great start to the day.

Twists n turns
June 17, 2019 8:00 am

I’ll tell you my problem Bobby, and I’m sure it’ll be the same for a number of people:

Every so often something comes along and gives you a very sharp reminder of what’s important in life.

If you allow me to go back to 1998. I lost my brother. He was also my best friend. We went everywhere together. Celtic. Horseracing. Casino. Holiday. We spoke almost every day in life. We drank together every weekend. With no warning, he died of a heart attack. He was 38 at the time and we had just celebrated my 40th , 4 days before.

Traumatic doesn’t describe it. My mum was, and still is , broken hearted.

On the day of the funeral the doc had put me on some sort of tablets to get me through it. That morning as I was wandering around the house in a daze, the postman dropped a letter through my letterbox. It was a bank statement. I never opened it but I remember firing it across the living room and saying to my wife

“ you know what, I don’t give a ***** how much money is in that account. It means nothing. I’m stopping all this traveling for work. I’m stopping the 60 hour weeks, and I’m stopping stressing over work. It’s meaningless.”

I did, for a while, but the problem I have ( and as I say, I guess many others are no different) is you drift back to your old ways. Back to working too many hours. Stressing. Worrying about the same things you said you weren’t going to bother about again.

There’s a chap who I grew up with in the village I was born. This fella does not, and has not worked since he left school. He was always a talking point in the village. “ Lazy so and so. Sponger”

You’ll get the picture. Whilst everyone else , including me, were happy to condemn this guy’s lifestyle, my mum was different. She would cook him meals and hand them in. If we were getting new furniture, she’d give the chap the old stuff.

We used to say to her she was foolish. Let the lazy sod go and work. Mum wouldn’t have it though. She used to tell us to leave him to lead his life. It’s his life, he can choose what he wants to do. It’s nothing to do with us.

Well you know what, I’m 60 now and he’ll be 64 or thereabouts. I still see him regularly. Is he any worse off than me for leading his life his way? Financially yes, but in terms of what he’s had out of the life?

Whilst I’ve been stuck in planes, or on the motorway in traffic jams, taking blood pressure tablets and stressing over this that and everything, what’s he been doing?

I’ll tell you. Listening to the birds. Walking. Breathing country air and enjoying the world. What’s more? He’ll live longer than me to enjoy it even more I’d guess.

Having said all that, where will I be today? Meetings, stressing, racing the clock.

I’ll probably see the guy out enjoying the lovely weather and watching the world go buy as I set off.

My mum was right. I should listen to her. Why don’t I ? That’s the question I need answered. Selfishness probably.

Por cierto
June 17, 2019 8:19 am

I don’t think it’s self that leads us into the life we have, I believe the society, capitalism, is what leads us, unconsciously, into it. Por cierto.

June 17, 2019 8:20 am

Twists, retirement is all it’s cracked up to be. As many have said, you can’t take it with you, and you’re a long time dead. A metaphor for life. Take care, and don’t leave it too long. HH

Byres Road Bhoy
June 17, 2019 8:33 am

What a thoughtful couple of pieces to grace the morning. Maya’s is amazing. 11 years old when she wrote it? Such insight! And T&T, if you ever tire of jetting around doing whatever it is you do, you might try writing. You have the knack.

Twists n turns
June 17, 2019 8:42 am

Pot Cierto
Perhaps to a certain degree yes I agree. The rest is down to us I feel. Needs an amount of self awareness and strength.

I think for me, fear plays a part.


Very true. When I go back to retirement in a year or two max, I’ll not come back out again. Not for £1m a year I won’t. No kidding.
Can’t wait now to wrap it again.

June 17, 2019 8:46 am

Wonderful insights from one so young.

Autism can be a frightening and challenging diagnosis for parents and siblings to understand and face. I don’t know about the system in the USA- I guess it varies state to state- but, over here there is a terrible difficulty in tailoring education to the needs of the Autistic child- to strike the correct balance between giving specialist support and not having them isolated from their “Neurotypical” peers.

I wish young Rohan the best of luck.

Having a sister like that puts him one up already.

Twists n turns
June 17, 2019 9:00 am

Byres Road bhoy
Coming from someone like you that is indeed a compliment but in all honesty, I look at the articles and responses from contributors on this site and recognise that I’m in the third division for writing skills! Seriously. There are some talented writers on this blog.
I’m not going to start listing them all as I’d undoubtedly miss someone out but if there was ever an opportunity to raise funds for a charity, I’d imagine a book of short stories compiled by the contributors on here would sell very well.

My own particular forte is number skills. My mum taught me to read and write when I was 3. She also taught me the tables. When I got to school I was streets ahead of the class and continued to develop the numbers thing to the extent I was forever getting hammered on reports for failing to “ show working”
I did it in my head and it annoyed me that I’d to waste time showing the working . To this day I can still square numbers in my head faster than you can type them into a calculator.

That’s another thing I got slaughtered for. Hated using a calculator. Didn’t trust them! I used to think that I just need to hit the wrong button and that’s it, so I preferred to do it in my head.

Writing? I was good at the school and actually won a U.K. writing award for my school when I was 10, but I’ve long since been left behind in that department as evidenced by a read through this blog on a daily basis.

Twists n turns
June 17, 2019 9:01 am

…. and just to cement my point SFTB appears ?

June 17, 2019 9:08 am


I’m in your camp re numbers,mate. If some twat hadn’t invented calculators,we could both be millionaires,just like Delboy and Rodney.

June 17, 2019 9:11 am

I posted this early this morning on last article.
Turnbull now apparently signing today.

I see Liam Lindsay moving to Stoke for £2m. Thought he’d be a good option. Recommended him 8 years ago! Apparently the boy Taylor at Kilmarnock identified as LB cover. I liked what I saw of Ewan Henderson last season. It’s easier for youngsters to get game time at lesser clubs. EH could easily have played 15+ games at a bottom 6 SPFL club since January. Maybe BR was planning on giving him more game time last season? Calmac got game time at Notts County.

June 17, 2019 9:32 am


I think it’s desperation! Or conditioning,more like.

Very few people are taught at an early age to pursue happiness in their lives. Success is the goal. But that success,what is it? Is it happiness after all,is it a lust for money power and status? A chance to Lord it over your peers,or even to say GIRUY to those who did you down in the past?

Look at the number of young kids being dragooned into expensive university courses in England and Wales,or even free ones in Scotland. Are university courses a universally achievable goal? Of course not. Thirty years ago,they were only available to kids with high achievements at school,as this would give them a chance of passing at degree level. Other kids were able to go on apprenticeships,still more joined up as trainee nurses for example.

Now,apprenticeships are like rocking horse shit,trainee nurses are at university paying fees,instead of learning on the job from people who know what they’re doing. Kids are leaving universities with huge debts and worthless degrees,fitted for no role in life at 22yo and looking for a chance that in our day they would have been looking for at 16yo,debt free.

June 17, 2019 9:42 am


I replied to that this morning,thus…

Lindsay,£2m? That means Barnsley will be back in for Turnbull. Of course,they might be able to afford the fee now,but they won’t go to £20k a week either.

EditJune 17, 2019 3:58 am
I think we saw some backtracking from his camp yesterday,the canard that it wasn’t about money,it was about game time and development of his career. I reckon we will see the agent sitting tight waiting for phone calls. None will come from Celtic and none will match the fee or the money that Celtic offered.

This agent has already been difficult to deal with in the past,and not just for Celtic. He has played a good hand like a novice,and he may find clients thin on the ground when word gets around.

Twists n turns
June 17, 2019 9:43 am


My son has said to me on more than occasion after the Kilmarnock matches that we should sign their right back. I can’t say I’ve noticed him particularly but I tend not to notice other teams’ players so much

My son was a RB himself and his judgement is undoubtedly more of an informed opinion than my own.

Byres Road Bhoy
June 17, 2019 9:44 am

TnT, So you’re not much of a writer yet you won a UK writing award at the age of ten! Gie’s peace! Lol! Your writing is always entertaining because you convey your ideas speedily, fluently and with lucidity and all without the need to impress. Keep it up mate.

June 17, 2019 9:49 am
June 17, 2019 9:54 am


Yer no slouch yourself,remember? Not so long ago,a peach of an article. We better not have to wait as long for a follow up as with The Blue Nile!

The bit of writing I’m looking forward to reading from TWISTSNTURNS is his Stamina Index report on The Ascot Gold Cup. Will the ground dry out in time? Will it be heavy or good to soft? Does a four year old have the depth required over the distance,or is the favourite and title holder a cert? Is there perhaps an unknown unknown that could catch us all by surprise due to being untested in the conditions?

Tune in…

June 17, 2019 9:59 am

FAN-A-TIC, FAN-A-TASTIC. A very uplifting way to start my week, well done Maya and best wishes too you.

I lost one of my younger brothers when he was only eighteen, he was the apple of my fathers eye, to watch him lying on the sofa for one year, slowly fading away broke my parents hearts. But life goes on and you cannot dwell too long on the bad things, my oldest son bears his name, a daily reminder of what we have and of what we lost. Look to the future but remember the past, a swift reminder of how tragic life can be for others and how lucky we are to still have the opportunity to share in life’s pleasures, you only have one life, make it the best it can be. Hail Hail Maya.

June 17, 2019 10:35 am


I don’t know what to say to that. Losing a child,a brother,at 18yo. What a loss.

That is a hellish thing to deal with,and I really feel for you and your family. As FAN-A-TIC said in his introduction,the reason for the article was the empathy on here for those facing hardship,loss,pain. A reminder that there is more to life than what we normally discuss here. But I’d say that you know that.


June 17, 2019 10:38 am

Twists and Turns

Kilmarnock right back is Stephen O’Donnell. Taylor is Left back.

Byres Road Bhoy
June 17, 2019 11:09 am

For what it’s worth, I’ve changed my mind about the lad Turnbull. When the news broke that he was not about to rush to Parkhead with alacrity I was among many who thought ‘well stuff him and move on.’
But then I got to considering the one major fact that we can be sure of in all this ‘he said, she said’ debacle – he’s only 19!
He’s probably a boy with his heid full of fItba’. Also, he’s only recently started playing regularly for the team he’s supported since he was a wean. So he hasn’t had much time to enjoy that realisation of boyhood dreams in which our very own KT is a kindred spirit. Let’s assume he might have been happy living his dream and enjoying his football for another season or two before seeking new challenges.
Suddenly a huge offer comes in from Celtic. For all us die-hard tims it’s a no brainer. Join up and chase titles and European glory. Meanwhile Motherwell want the money and now the lad finds that the best thing he can do for the club he loves is leave it!
But where to? He’s used to first team football but where will he fit in alongside Brown, McGregor, Ntcham, Rogic, Christie et al…? And look what happened to Scott Allan? Forgotten.
So maybe it isn’t really about the salary on offer. Maybe it was dressed up to be that. Maybe he just wants to play football.
Let’s not forget that Paul Lambert had to leave Motherwell and go to Germany before Celtic finally took notice.
This time we might be picking up a rare talent from the off. In the not too distant future I’d like to see his box-to-box energy alongside the emerging guile of young Henderson.
I hope he signs. And if he does I hope that Celtic fans fill forgo the signing shenanigans, welcome him warmly, help him find his feet, and show him what he’s been missing all these years.

June 17, 2019 11:29 am


See,you’re a much nicer person than me! You’re obviously a New Testament kinda guy while I’m breathing fire and brimstone and bringing plague upon the houses of those who would smite us!!!

As I said above,I think he has been very badly advised by his agent,who has form for being difficult to deal with. I’ve no doubt that he can point to some successes,but I reckon there are more failures,and more dissatisfied clients.

I don’t see where he fits into our team unless we sell Rogic,McGregor or Christie. I think Ntcham is a goner,but he isn’t a replacement for him. Actually,based on Ntcham last season,I could be a replacement for him,cos I couldnae be any worse or any less fit. If he joins us,I hope he is as successful as Paul Lambert,but Paul Lambert had a lot in his locker. A CL winners medal,a shitload of ability,discipline.

And humility. Because he knew he was the water carrier to better players. To the benefit of the team. He performed a role that others couldn’t,while others performed their roles,ones that Paul knew were beyond him. I don’t see that in Turnbull. In fact,I don’t see anything in him,because I didn’t know who he was till we tried to sign him. Don’t remember him kicking a ball against us,nor in any game I’ve seen him play in. Obviously I wasn’t paying attention,but if he was that good,he would have caught my attention.

IMO,we sign him,we wave goodbye to young Henderson as well as one of the three I’ve mentioned. I know what I’d prefer. And I’m usually critical of the biscuit tin mentality-you might have noticed!

June 17, 2019 11:32 am


Thank you for your kind words.

Crass as it sounds, back to the football.
I watched the Celtic / Kilmarnock game, specifically to compare Lustig to Stephen O’Donnell the Killie right back, Mika looked tired and it was obvious that he was carrying an injury. Stephen was strong and alert, with a good range of passing, he looked solid in the tackle, a good defender, he had been a Celtic youth player. I saw video’s of Castagne who it was reportedly a Celtic target and he was a terrific player, it was reported that when Rodgers was manager that we had bid £8.00 mill. for him, but his value had apparently increased to £12.00 mill. so out of our price range. Stephen O’Donnell could do a good job, but could we do better? it depends on who we are scouting and who is available, tick tock..

June 17, 2019 12:02 pm


There is definitely a problem at Celtic with bedding in the youth to the team. It seems like only yesterday that ATHINGOFBEAUTY and I were bemoaning a lousy one a season on average breaking through. The likes of Marshall,Kennedy,McGeady,Maloney,McManus.

Nowadays,we get a glimpse of a player and that’s the last we see of them,near enough. Ffs,give them the chance to make mistakes and learn from them,to get up to speed with a tougher game. We do,as fans,when we are watching them. We don’t kill a career because of taking time to match the pace of the big team,Kris Ajer was probably our most important defender last season and he wasn’t even a first choice in his preferred midfield role a year ago. We let him make his mistakes-in the most costly area of the pitch. We castigated him for it-stop turning your back on the opponent just so you can get it on to your right foot!-but he’s only 20yo and learning the position and anyone wi half a brain can see the potential.

So why do we persevere in the most deadly area of the team,the last man,yet jettison players with so much talent because they don’t quite hit the heights first time off? How long did John Hartson take to score for Celtic? Was he a dud? The press kept bringing up Cascarino to MON,who basically treated them with his usual contempt. But it was a valid question.

How long are you going to persevere with John Hartson?

I’m not persevering with John Hartson. I’m playing him on merit. He brings a lot to the team,and when it is his turn to start scoring,he won’t stop.

We should be doing that with our youngsters. Let the seasoned pros carry them through difficult periods,give them the chance to strike up a relationship with them. Let them mentor them,knowing they’ll be there next week and the week after.

I don’t know what Euan Henderson did to be dropped after his excellent performances,but scenarios like that need to be a thing of the past. If our youth players are good enough to play for us,they should be playing more often. And you know what? It will keep the bean counters,the happyclappers and the mineshafters happy all at the same time.

What’s not to like?

Byres Road Bhoy
June 17, 2019 12:23 pm

Bobby, I agree with what you say re the youngsters getting a look in. Thought Ralston was fitting in well making surging runs and getting on the score sheet until injury sidelined him. He didn’t seem to be granted any sort of slack on making his return to the first team considering the amount available on demand to Tom Rogic when he comes back from all-to-frequent injury.
However, Celtic (and Ajax) face the same dichotomy – the wish to promote youth yet be assured that the team can keep on winning. Let’s face it. There’s now a certain amount of entitlement at Parkhead. Ajax manage it by buying in a nucleus of quality players to support and mentor. We don’t.
Re Henderson, I would be surprised if he was a victim of Turnbull’s arrival. I think their styles would complement each other. Room for both in a 60 game season I’d say.

June 17, 2019 12:37 pm


In that case,there’s another lad from Byres Road that you need to be talking to!

Actually,it makes sense too. Neither are really ready for the demands of playing week in week out. Callum McGregor played 69 games last season,including internationals. Bloody ridiculous,IMO. And I said so often on here.

Having the likes of Turnbull,Henderson,McGregor and Christie-I think Ntcham and Rogic are both gone,though it might be McGregor instead of Rogic-and playing three from four most games at least gives experienced players a break,as well as bringing the new boys in. To do that,if I’m honest,we would probably need a fifth option as 50 games a season is probably too much.

Plus,we seriously need an understudy for Broonie. Someone content to learn from him and relieve him of duties maybe twenty times next season and thirty times the following season. Knowing the position is his the season after,if things go well. I’m sure MON had Colin Healey in mind as a Paul Lambert replacement back on the day,but he ran out of patience.

We need a new Broonie. One with more patience than-but hopefully as much talent as!-Colin Healey. And it’s time we found one,speaking of patience!

June 17, 2019 1:15 pm

An excellent read from Maya and very brave of Fan-a-tic to post it. I have tended to shy away from posting on my personal life until recently. If I attempt to analyse why I broke my golden rule, it appears that I found some relief from sharing my worries with a group of people that I do not really know. Somehow knowing that complete strangers offered prayers for me and my wife boosted my spirits. We all need to see evidence of humanity now and again, further, we all need to express it towards others as well. Maya seems to have learned that lesson very early in life.

Yesterday was Fathers’ Day in many parts of the world. I have three sons and all are fathers. Two of them live in other countries but my oldest lives about 45 minutes away by car. He and his little 2 year old arrived for a visit to celebrate fathers’ day. For some reason the little guy has taken a shine to me. We have fun together just by doing simple things like going for a walk, or filling watering cans to water the plants. As we walked along chatting about things we saw, e.g. dandelions, drains and cars, it struck me that I would miss most of his life. I am 73, he is 2. If I get to see him go to university or college, I shall be lucky. Time is the most precious thing now in my life. Time to be with my wife, time to see my grandkids grow. I cannot buy more of it, I cannot get time badly spent back again! All that I can do is value the remaining time that I have left. I fully intend to do that.


June 17, 2019 4:54 pm

That is such beautiful post. Simple and heartfelt, soo powerful.
God Bless you both Mays and Rohan.
Thanks Fan-a-tic as always.
Hail Hail

The Exiled Tim
June 17, 2019 5:13 pm

Evening Timland, seriously hot again, 42 deg as I type, too hot for outside just now and it’s weeks away from the hot time of the year, my neighbour told me back in Feb that we would be having a very, very hot summer, so far he is spot on.
Anyways, wonderful stuff from Maya, my friend who married us many years ago in another mates hotel in a marquee never called children, children, weans or kids, he always called them little people and us adults never gave them the credit they deserved, Maya kinda proved his point.
For those who have lost brothers, sisters and family members so young, I know all about that, it’s something that we never get over, we can put it to the back of the mind but it’s always there gnawing away.

Twists n turns
June 17, 2019 5:22 pm

Mahe / Bobby
I was going to put some horse information up on occasion.

1. When I’ve spent time on the analysis

And or

2. When I’ve received info I think is relevant

Question (s)

1. Are you ok with that?
Absolutely no problem if you say no

2. If you’re ok with it, would it be best I placed it at the foot of the previous article? Some folks might,understandably, be unhappy at such stuff. If I just put a quick post on the current thread to say there’s horse stuff on previous article it should keep everyone happy?

Just gimme your thoughts.

I might have something tonight about 10-30 pm or thereabouts.


June 17, 2019 5:32 pm

Twists I’m totally fine with that infact wanna read.
Bobby can answer for himself.
Hail Hail

Biggest tree on property coming down today. A black oak apprix 60 or so. Few ton of free wood for neighbor.

June 17, 2019 5:34 pm


Wouldn’t bother me in the slightest but I know where you are coming from, CQN posters do that with the horses on a Saturday. I won £30 with the Van Dyk horse a few weeks ago. I rarely bet. But I’m OK for £2.

June 17, 2019 5:37 pm

Mahe, you are beginning to spell in the American way 🙂

June 17, 2019 5:51 pm

Jim I think my phone does as its a Yankee .

On writers I think we have a great variety with the facts based writer , the heartfelt , the humourful , the view from afar etc. It’s great .
Speaking of good writers I believe our Gombeen Man said he was on vacation. Hope all is well Sir. Lucky bassa 😉
Hail Hail

The Exiled Tim
June 17, 2019 5:57 pm

Never mind what they think, just get the info posted 😉
So to avoid another Linfield scenario we will play one of the following in a few weeks…..
There was virtually zero bother at the Linfield game, one thing about the Belfast polis, they sure know how to control crowds, I would have rather played it closer to home, but there you go.
Valletta (Malta)
FK Sarajevo (Bosnia)
Sutjeska (Montenegro)
Partizani (Albania)
Saburtalo Tbilisi (Georgia)

June 17, 2019 5:58 pm

Yes I think the Gombeen man was going on holiday. I hope Garry (DD) is alright he hasn’t been on for a while. Likewise South of Tunis over on CQN. And oor Packy!

Twists n turns
June 17, 2019 6:04 pm

Yeah I’m acutely aware some people consider “tips” as a guaranteed winner. I’ll be adding a warning that when you place a bet on anything I flag up, assume you’ll lose your money! Sounds stupid I know but the old “ only bet what you can afford to lose” is valid.

I once owned a horse which was running at Hamilton one night. I met the trainer at the track. He can remain nameless. Now previously my horse had ran at Nottingham and placed 3rd. The jockey told me when he dismounted, “ she’s got great early pace, stick her over an easy 5f and book me to ride her”

I was working one day and was surprised to see my horse was declared later that week for Hamilton. I called the trainer. Hamilton? Why Hamilton? Why not Musselburgh ( easiest 5f in Britain) Why have you changed the jockey arrangements?

He was very dismissive. Don’t worry. Leave it to me. I know what I’m doing blah blah ….

Anyway back to the track. Racenight.

He said to me when I walked over to the saddling boxes, “ hope you’ve brought a big bag for your winnings”

He was convinced she would cruise it.

I’d already had a fairly sizeable bet on her, but his bluster and confident manner was enough that I thought I’d better have a bit more on.

I did tell him the uphill finish at Hamilton worried me, especially on the back of the jockeys comment at Nottingham that day. She wasn’t a big filly.

No no he assured me. Flying at home. Easy.

So I launched in.

Just before the horse left the parade ring, the trainer of another horse in the race said to me “ does she belong to you”?


“ nice horse, but she won’t win tonight. Mine will.”

Again I quizzed my trainer, not least of all because when I looked through the race, it was this other trainers horse I liked.

Same story. Don’t listen to him. It’s BS. You’ll win ok.

The race starts – my horse is out and has gone 3 lengths clear within a furlong and is maintaining it…. until… she hits the bottom of that Hamilton hill. Faded.You can guess who won!

Adding insult to injury was the jockey telling me as he dismounts “ she was flying until she hit that hill. Put her over an easy 5f and she’ll win”

Rage doesn’t describe it.

June 17, 2019 6:12 pm

Ouch. Big ouch. Thanks for sharing .
Jimmy not Paul hasn’t been on, as well as,Garry.
Hope both are ok. Lurkers get back on here please. You’re not too busy watching football that’s for sure. Off seasons are always challenging.
Hail Hail

Twists n turns
June 17, 2019 6:35 pm

Tuesday for the draw for the first qualifying round. I’d like to think we would easily beat any of the 5 possible opponents.


June 17, 2019 6:39 pm

Thank you all for the kind words to Maya and Rohan.

I think the problem with bedding in yourh comes down to a lack of strategy and synergy between our football departments.
The left hand does not know what the right hands doing.
At the recent Hearts league game all our best movement and play came down the right side from Johnston,Ralston and Henderson.They played some lovely pass and move triangles
This was a good example of the experience they had under Tommy McIntyre in the development squad.
Unfortunately the first team players were not on the same wavelength as they have been playing a pass and stand still system that is far more static.
There is no strategy beyond luck and exceptional talent for our youth to make the step up.
Its all very well to have a good academy system but with the disconnect from the first team the chances of integrating youth are slim to none.
The youth coaches should not be viewed as lesser entities but an equal and important cog in the system.
We are crying out for a Director of football to maximize our football development.
Unfortunately as it would effect people at the clubs power/ego trip it won’t happen.

The Exiled Tim
June 17, 2019 6:42 pm

When the Mrs was a wean her Da used to breed horses, her job was to go to the auctions and see how sound the horses were and to show how sound the ones her Da was selling were, she has always had a way with animals especially horses, when we lived in Ireland we would often go to small meetings, Naas and the like where she could get up close to the horses, she just had a knack of seeing who was up for it, we never won a fortune but we never left a track in deficit.

June 17, 2019 6:55 pm

The most famous horse,, ?
Shergar ?
Mr Ed?
Black Beauty?
Sea Biscuit?

June 17, 2019 6:59 pm

Red Rum?

June 17, 2019 7:03 pm

Aldanti,kauto star and Arkel for starters

June 17, 2019 7:03 pm

I just realised if we formed a Sentinel what’s app group it would collectively be known as S.W.A.G

June 17, 2019 7:10 pm

Fan and rebus67-absolutely outstanding ,life is to short

Twists n turns
June 17, 2019 7:18 pm


Nice story! Horses are great ( most of them)
Love being alongside them . I’ll be at Hamilton on Wednesday.
Could go every day to the races