Laws of the Game.


Every time there is a tweak in the laws of the game,you’ll hear the cry-“Why? There was nothing wrong with the original law!” Well,in this article by SOL KITTS,I think it’s fair to say that there was a bloody lot wrong with the original laws and I’m glad they’ve been updated.

There is an asterisk beside comments from SOL KITTS and two of them for comments by BMCUWP. Just to confuse you.


The original laws of the game were decided by the newly formed FA in 1863, and it took 6 committee meetings to agree them. There were 13 laws, viz:

1-The maximum length of the ground shall be 200 yards, the maximum breadth shall be 100 yards, the length and breadth shall be marked off with flags; and the goals shall be defined by two upright posts, 8 yards apart, without any tape or bar across them. (SK note, current max sizes for international matches are 120 x 80 yards).

*Interesting law. With the current players being so much bigger, stronger and faster than before, the original pitch dimensions may be better suited to today’s game than the original one. No crossbar, not even a tape, reminds me of 15 a side, jumpers for goalposts.

**Interesting,aye. It would like playing on a cricket pitch! Mind you,early FA Cup finals were played at Kennington (The) Oval.

2-The winner of the toss shall have the choice of goals. The game shall be commenced by a place kick from the centre of the ground by the side losing the toss, the other side shall not approach within 10 yards of the ball until it is kicked off.

*This law survived until the start of next season, when the winner of the toss gets the choice of ends or to kick off.

**As long as Ronnie rembers the bag of wallies when he swaps ens,that’s all that matters!

3-A goal shall be won when the ball passes between the goal posts or over the space between the goal posts (at whatever height), not being thrown, knocked on, or carried.

*Nothing over the bar, there was no bar. No nets either.

**We would need VAR to sort out the contentious-“it went over the post!”-claims.

4-After a goal is won the losing side shall kick off and goals shall be changed.

*Change ends after every goal?

**Good way of keeping the score down. I bet the Bon Accord keeper wished that rule was still in place.

5-When the ball is in touch the first player who touches it shall throw it from the point on the boundary line where it left the ground, in a direction at right angles with the boundary line and it shall not be in play until it has touched the ground.

*No throwing the ball up the line. Looks like it doesn’t matter who put it out of play, the first person to it gets the throw in. Roy Aitken, anyone?

**No Rory Delap long throws if you can’t header it.

6-When a player has kicked the ball any one of the same side who is nearer to the opponent’s goal line is out of play and may not touch the ball himself nor in any way whatever prevent any other player from doing so until the ball has been played; but no player is out of play when the ball is kicked from behind the goal line.

*Looks like the original offside law, just as confusing as the current one. I like the bit that everyone is onside if the ball is played from behind the goal line.

**No thought put into this at all,blatant carry over from rugby.

7-In case the ball goes behind the goal line, if a player on the side to whom the goal belongs first touches the ball, one of his side shall be entitled to a free kick from the goal line at the point opposite the place where the ball shall be touched. If a player of the opposite side first touches the ball, one of his side shall be entitled to a free kick (but at the goal only) from a point 15 yards from the goal line opposite the place where the ball is touched. The opposing side shall stand behind their goal line until he has had his kick. Goal kicks and corners (almost).

*Still going with the first player to the ball gets the decision.


8-If a player makes a fair catch he shall be entitled to a free kick, provided he claims it by making a mark with his heel at once; in order to take such kick he may go as far back as he pleases, and no player on the opposite side shall advance beyond his mark until he has kicked.

*This law has survived in rugby. Glad fitba got rid.

**I think Anton Rogan tried this once in a hun game. Didn’t end well.

9-No player shall carry the ball.

*No goalkeepers.

**Travelling,in basketball.

10-Neither tripping nor hacking shall be allowed and no player shall use his hands to hold or push his adversary.

*This law has survived, just dressed up in more modern terms.

**Are Scottish referees aware of this?

11-A player shall not throw the ball or pass it to another.

*The original game was such that teams played in scrimmages due to the original “offside” law, and no passing made this worse. This law didn’t last long.

**I think this committee still thought they were designing laws for a new version of rugby!

12-No player shall take the ball from the ground with his hands while it is in play under any pretence whatever.

*No goalkeepers.

**See note 11

13-No player shall wear projecting nails, iron plates, or gutta percha on the soles or heels of his boots.

**Souness on George McCluskey springs to mind.

The laws have developed over the years, some good changes, some not so good. Some changes have been long-lived, some barely saw the light of day then were swiftly dropped. I personally believe we have them just about right, if only we could get Scottish refs to apply them consistently, without fear or favour.



Grateful thanks once again to SOL KITTS,our resident Man in Black,for the above article. Personally,I think the committee must have been on the opium or something! It’s YOUR turn to get your name on Article of the Day. Just mail it to Mahe at

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June 29, 2019 6:28 am

MAGS from overnight…

Your schoolbag must have been a work of art with all those names scribbled on it. I presume The Jesus And Mary Chain was just too much work?

Twists n turns
June 29, 2019 7:08 am

Sol Kitts
Interesting and educational article. I learned quite a lot that I didn’t know. Surprised at a few points as well.

Contentious decisions? Ach some things are best left alone.

VAR? Waste of time and money. Just revert back to the good ol’ days of yesteryear.

Did that go over the post? Was that too high? Whose throw is it ( sorry, I mean shy not throw )

The best fighter decided. He always got it right. Didn’t he? Did you ever see anyone disputing his decision?

Talking of rules, the best fighter was even able to determine the length of the match. Very common was the 5-11 duration. 5 goals signals half time , 11 goals the winner and the match ended. Unless of course the best fighter’s team was losing in which case he’d shout “ wurr playin’ oan tae 15”

No committee meetings, no application to any review body. That’s it. His decision was final.

Yep I’m surprised Sol Kitts hasn’t mentioned the role the best fighter played in the game’s history at grass roots level.

Even team selection was simple. Everyone was commanded to “ git in a line” and this command was generally followed by “ ahm huvvin first pick.”

Aye bring those days back again, re sign Bobo, and perhaps the CL dream will become a possibility again ??

Twists n turns
June 29, 2019 7:59 am

My son just sent me a picture on WhatsApp.

Banner stretched across the Main Street which states

“Welcome to Loyal Whitburn “

Big orange walk on there today.

Red hand of Ulster flags on the lampposts.

I actually answered him by telling him “I’m glad I’m away. I’m sitting on the decking in Musselburgh looking out to the sea. Peaceful”

A few minutes later I hear in the distance
“ boom boom boom”

Unmistakable sound of an orange parade. At 7-30am in the morning ffs.

I guess I’ll be avoiding Prestonpans today as well as I reckon that’s the direction it’s coming from.

Welcome to Scotland in June….. and April, May July and August.

big packy
June 29, 2019 8:11 am

SOL KITTS/BOBBY, good article food for thought.hh,

big packy
June 29, 2019 8:14 am

TWISTS AND TURNS, im so glad I live down here now away from the scum, let them stick their flags and banners up their arse.hh.

Twists n turns
June 29, 2019 8:35 am

My wife just said ( as I ranted on about the police should be ******** charging them with disturbing the ****** peace)
……” maybe it’s Seton or Prestonpans children’s gala day?”

So I suppose it could be…. but galaday bands don’t usually play that early in the morning. If it is a galaday, apologies to the good people of those towns.

I still think it’s a “ funny walk” parade though?.

Twists n turns
June 29, 2019 8:55 am

Back in the day, probably around 1974/5, there was a walk on. Must’ve been about 7am and we’re awoken by the “ boom boom boom” of a drum.

There was a woman lived locally who was known as the “ worthy mistress” ( don’t ask me cos I don’t know what that’s supposed to mean but the term has stuck with me), and it seems it was tradition that a few of the ‘ musically challenged ‘ came to her house to collect her and play outside her house.
They then set off together.

Unfortunately for us that house was relatively close to ours.

My late dad was alive at the time. He was a bit of a hothead ( understatement) and the next thing I know he’s storming around the house getting his clothes on and giving it “ I’ll ****** orange walk the ********”

He goes out and starts roaring at them to “ STFU or I’ll put a ***** .22 slug through that ****** drum”

Thinking back, surprisingly they didn’t really react to him. As a kid, I found it quite stressful thinking he was about to get well outnumbered in a scrap. Fortunately, as I say, it didn’t develop into anything. Probably just as well because there WAS a .22 rifle in the house and I’m sure if it came to it he would’ve went out with it.

A year or two later he was up in court for a similar type incident but this time he was on the way home from the pub and didn’t like the choice of music blaring out from a house in the street . He went to the house and it ended up in a Donnybrook. As I say, he paid for it with a court appearance.

Fortunately I’m much more mellow in nature. Everyone to their own. Tolerance is my middle name. ?

June 29, 2019 9:20 am

Morning Packy, Bobby & Mahe. Sorry I wasn’t on yesterday I went to the pub.

Twists n turns
June 29, 2019 9:31 am

If you weren’t on yesterday someone has nicked your blog name . I was reading the site this morning and you were definitely on . Beer must’ve been good amigo ?

Twists n turns
June 29, 2019 9:37 am

Oh… and Jim, you don’t need to read back . Take my word for it.

You asked if anyone could lend you £50 so I transferred it to you. You said you’d pay me back £800 this morning ( includes added interest)

Just send it to my Paddy power account this morning please.

Thanks ??

June 29, 2019 9:39 am


I miss getting my early morning alarm call every bloody Saturday from February till November. It’s just too darn quiet down here.

You wanna hear ATHINGOFBEAUTY on the subject though. Early morning flute bands with accompanying lambegs are her favouritest things in the whole wide world,so they are!

June 29, 2019 9:41 am


When you said last night about going to a different pub,I didn’t think you were serious. Good to know you’re getting some practice in for 21/9.

Twists n turns
June 29, 2019 9:45 am
Twists n turns
June 29, 2019 9:46 am


Is she one of those “ worthy mistress” people that I referred to earlier?

Twists n turns
June 29, 2019 9:47 am

The clip that made me laugh is the one below the Luca Connell one…

June 29, 2019 9:49 am

No orange walk in my neck of the woods today. its the Gala Day!!! A harmless joyful day for one and all.

June 29, 2019 9:53 am


If self belief is half the battle,everyone else might as well chuck it. Young Luca can take on the world!

June 29, 2019 11:12 am

Just found this tacked on to the end of the previous article. I have to bring it over,what a first post! It’s from Brisbane,from a Tim who has clearly brought his lad up properly!


Mahe, I was there that day. It was the first season I had followed us home and away, with my pals on the McAvennie bus from Milton. My ma allowed me to go coz she knew almost every man and boy on the bus. There weren’t as many women attended then as do now. I was one month away from my 16th birthday. I couldn’t make the semi at Hampden as I was in the hospital. It was the only game I missed that season. I burst my stitches, dancing with a male nurse up and down the ward in Stobhill hospital, when Mark McGhee bundled the ball over the line against a whole Jambos team from that man Tommy Burns’ corner, and have a much broader scar than required as a result. The Celtic end at Hampden was heaving that whole day. Even after Gallagher scored there was an unwavering belief. We had scored late goals all season and we had had only lost 3 games, funnily enough one of which was against Hearts at Tynecastle. For me, coming from Milton, it felt like fate when Frankie Mac buried the leveller and then the late winner. Chaos. Best day of my life till that time. And rarely matched since. I’m 47 now. I live in Brisbane. I’ve not seen the Celts live since we were beaten 1-0 by Central Coast Mariners a few years back. I now have a boy who is 16 years old. Same age as me in 88. He’s never been to Celtic Park. Never seen Hampden. He can tell you stats on every player we have. He curses the board and their parsimony. He praises the board when they get it right. He hates the tories, both here and back home. He loves the green brigade. He follows every Celtic blog. He watches fitba’ any chance he gets except the EPL. He’d watch the khazakstani women’s fourth division if there was one and there was a stream (he seems to know every streaming site in existence, for which I am very thankful), but not the EPL. He hates the corruption caused by the El Plastico fake derbies, he loves the moments such as the pitch invasion by Union Berlin when the got promoted. He accepts the fans of Vienna Rapid and admires them for their fantastic support but hates their club for cheating us out of uefa final, many many years before his birth. He will never, ever watch a game involving athletic Madrid, for obvious reasons. I did not force any of this upon him. His first football season ticket was for Brisbane Roar (the season after all the huns left). He bought into Celtic by himself. Yes, I answered as many questions as he asked, as enthusiastically as my father and grandfather answered mine. But I never pushed or prodded. I didn’t need to. Even here, on the other side of the world, he gets it. He is part of it and it is part of him. It may very well not be the same family that we were, long before the term of “Celtic Family” was coined, cos its a bigger family now, man, woman, bhoy and ghirl. Its still ours, we are still together though, like all families we do not agree on everything. We fall out, we argue, we bhoycott or we follow in blind obedience, but, when a boy who grew up in the Aussie sun, where all around were three more popular egg-chasing sports and football is called Soccer, a Bhoy who has two left feet and whose idea of playing sport requires opposable thumbs, gets it, and gets it just as deeply and profoundly as you and I did when we were 16 years young, it confirms to me that Tommy Burns famous words and sentiment are as spot on today as they were all those years ago, we are a people and a cause…..we’re there and we’re always there and may your God, or none, bless every single one of us.

June 29, 2019 7:27 am

June 29, 2019 11:15 am

I hope everyone going to The Celticrollercoaster Midsummer Madness has a mighty fine day.

I’m off to London to get melted with my nephew. 34C forecast,so a nice wee leafy beer garden inbetween Euston and Kings Cross,The Somers Town Coffee House.


A thing of beauty
June 29, 2019 11:23 am

First up welcome to Gav. A heartwarming post on the last article that deserves a re post here. I’ll leave that to one of the more tech savvy folk, I’ve just learned to work the Hoover!! As a frequent visitor to Brisbane I can appreciate how far away from the hoops you are and to ensure it’s instilled in your boy is great work.
Sol Kitts, really interesting stuff about the rules, a good few of which I had no idea about. You’re right when you say that we shouldn’t complain when they change them. Imagine that first to the ball gets the throw in. All the linesman would be picking it up and throwing it to the Huns every time. Sod that.
As for the orange walks. I see bmcuwp is casting aspersions about my tolerance over these matters. Can I just say that over the last 5 years I have had a sea change and it goes back to a Saturday in 2014. I’d nipped in to the local town to get some pictures developed and when I came out I was stuck because the orange bands were marching up the street. I say marching, they were standing still, marking time I assume. Anyway I am absolutely raging, literally the steam is coming out my ears. The first guy I see is the one with the Lambeg drum. I swear he was so red in the face, his eyes bulging, hatred oozing out every pore but the funny thing was I knew him. He helped out at the local youth group alongside myself. Away from all that shite he seemed a nice guy but when I looked at him I knew then I had to change. I was as bad as him. Now, I just laugh. If I get the chance it’ll be right in their faces because that’s all they are worth. Thick to the soles of their plastic shoes. My sister texted this morning. She was raging at being woken at 8am but I told her, pity them, imagine actually teaching that shite to your weans. That’s my new attitude and it gets me a lot less stressed, especially living in this loyalist hell hole.

Bada Bing
June 29, 2019 11:24 am

You probably won’t read this in the SMSM,Celtic actually paid Bolton a lot more than they were obligated to, due to Bolton’s financial predicament.

Welcome to Celtic, Luca Connell

A thing of beauty
June 29, 2019 11:36 am

Baca bing 1124
I’m amongst the first to criticise our board so I must also give credit where its due. That is a gesture to be proud of. It’s not the fault of the current regime or the support that some very shady dealings by people who’s only god is money have placed that club in such peril. Well done Celtic. Like bmcuwp I like his confidence. The game is 90% in the head so that bodes well for me. Welcome Luca.

Bada Bing
June 29, 2019 11:44 am

ATOB- Predictably, the DR online, have the headline ‘ Celtic stump up the cash….’

June 29, 2019 11:46 am


Great first post,wasn’t it?

Anyway,well done on your Damascene Conversion. As you say,how can you hate someone for the day when you get on with them in everyday life? That’s their job,and they do it perfectly well without our help.

And I forgot to say earlier in the week,well done with your young Syrian. I dread to think what he has already witnessed in his young life. There’s a helluva lot wrong with this country,and that’s the truth,but they’ve not managed to f..k it up entirely.

Bada Bing
June 29, 2019 11:49 am

2.10 York- Treble Treble…….

June 29, 2019 11:49 am


Aye. You never see “Rangers shaft another club” nor congratulations to us for going above and beyond.

Even I congratulate the club when they deserve it. I was just about to do so but thought I’d kill two birds with one stone!

Another thing they should be congratulated on is that the No Parking Zone has apparently been shelved. As I’ve said before,when they do their job they are very good at it. They just don’t seem to understand demarcation.

June 29, 2019 12:07 pm

Margaret McGill
I am sorry but I think you have missed the point again. We all believe in love, we all believe in peace, we all believe in harmony. However, the issue that you persistently fail to address is that our own beloved Club Glasgow Celtic have been hijacked parasitically by a bunch of hun loving Tories who will fuck anyone over for a buck. It’s simple. It’s modern. It’s a fact. Not theory. Not opinion. Change your paradigm.i am also sick and tired of fucking sycophants who bend over backwards to kiss this fucking frauds Lawwells arse simply because he is Celtic. You’ll see . Just like everyone else very soon,

The love I speak of does not ask folk to be doormats and I’m no doormat.

I was asked how Tommy might have dealt with things, not me.

I am quite capable of separating what I like to think from what I do think which is not a baw hair different from yourself.

Por Cierto
June 29, 2019 12:13 pm

The BBC.

I don’t venture onto their online presence. To me, they are to be avoided the same as The DR and The S*n.
I wouldn’t even comment on what they’ve reported, won’t copy and paste, nor have any links to any reports on any matter whatsoever.

I’ve found The National to be quite impartial, I know, on sport only, I mean, 🙂
I’m sure someone will put me right if I’m wrong in that assertion, regards their sports section, :))) por cierto

June 29, 2019 12:21 pm


Oh,you’re no doormat,oul’ son. One or two people who really should know better have found that out to their cost.

June 29, 2019 12:26 pm


I trust the BBC pretty much to be impartial where possible. Of course,people will make mistakes so no organisation is perfect. But worldwide it seems to be respected more than most outlets.

That they allow their Scottish arm to behave so disgracefully is a genuine puzzler for me. Let’s face it,it’s hardly new,been going on for decades. And so it goes.

Bada Bing
June 29, 2019 12:54 pm
June 29, 2019 1:45 pm


I was sent a photo of Luca at CP on Tuesday or Wednesday,doubt I was the only one.

Delighted he is here. If he plays like he talks,he’s a star.

June 29, 2019 2:01 pm

Good read but where are the Scottish rules?

I have found the SFA guidelines
Rule 1-fuck timmy
Rule 2-a hun is never offside
Rule 3- a hun opponent is always offside at any sign of danger
Rule 4-all violent contact on Celtic players shall be tolerated
Rule 5- ref has a right to change decision if it favors Celtic
Rule 6-honest mistakes are part of the games excitement and should be applauded
Rule 7-enjoy banter with players except if he is wearing hoops
Rule 8-a fifty/fifty challenge should always result in a foul for sevco
Rule 8 b-a fifty/fifty challenge by a Celtic player should always result in a card
Rule 8c-violent conduct does not apply to sevco players
Rule 9-touchline altercations are always Lennons fault
Rule 10- a penalty against sevco should not be given.
Rule 11- friendly handshake with a hun should always happen in centre circle before game

June 29, 2019 2:03 pm

Not often, I disagree with you, but??.
your comments on the BBC, I find staggering.
Do you know people who live in North Korea laugh at The British for having to pay ( licence fee) to listen to Government propaganda, they say, at leasy, theres is free.
BBC and Impartial, 2 words that don’t connect in my head.
They are there to protect The Monarchy , the bankers and the government of the day.
Hail Hail

June 29, 2019 2:07 pm

I’m totally in agreement.
Pretty sure that anyone fact checking their archive’s would dismiss them as nothing more than the propaganda wing of the British Empire.

June 29, 2019 2:17 pm

Twists n turns
Remember getting an attack of conscience and picking the biggest diddy 2nd or 3rd to help their self esteem?
Then spending the entire game avoiding passing to him and destroying any belief he had gained from being picked.

Bada Bing
June 29, 2019 2:19 pm
The Exiled Tim
June 29, 2019 4:13 pm

Magic stuff SK
First to the ball gets the throw in, if only.
That’s ma daft wee acca down then, only two goals in the Italy v Holland game, not to worry, lots of other games later to see what can be done, I really like the in play betting, esp when you are watching the game, anyways, anyone wanting to watch our game in a hour can here….
It will prob be on Hesgoal as well, will look closer to the time and post the link……here it is
Just remember to close the pop ups when they appear and you will be fine.
Welcome to Celtic Luca, have a very good feeling about you, pity you arny a patch on the huns new boy tho, he is a cross between Viera and Deli Ali, can’t win them all I suppose, Oh and well done Celtic for the gesture towards Bolton, worth it’s weight in Gold that kinda gesture.

big packy
June 29, 2019 4:42 pm

THE EXILED TIM im getting disilusioned again, both of killies full backs and a guy who has been on loan at Carlisle, is in our sights.hh.

The Exiled Tim
June 29, 2019 4:56 pm

Dinny you worry about a thing, big Pedro will sort it all out 😉

Bada Bing
June 29, 2019 5:54 pm

McGregor training stats the best in pre season, after 60 odd games last season

June 29, 2019 7:00 pm

Celtic 2 Wiener 1
Griff and Bayo scorers though both missed sitters beforehand.
Second half formation looked poor and bypassed in midfield often.
A better team would have punished us.
First half nice football but rusty in front of goal as we missed some easy chances.
Gutman looks the part.
MJ and JF played well.
In the second half we lacked shape and discipline in the centre of midfield.
Caught on wrong side of ball often by chasing instead of holding position,
I liked that Bayo got into great scoring positions,Raw but bags of potential.
Henderson had vision but just needs experience to teach him patience.
SS did not look interested.

big packy
June 29, 2019 7:02 pm

well we won, cant make my mind up whether they were good, and we were poor, or they were good and we were poor?

big packy
June 29, 2019 7:04 pm

should have said, we were poor and they were good.hh.

The Exiled Tim
June 29, 2019 7:11 pm

These games tell us very little, neither team, ours, are anything like they will be come competitive games, or I would hope not, decent run out against a very stuffy team, no injuries, weans looking decent and Bayo looks like he can get on the end of a cross, I have high hopes for him, all in all, a win.

June 29, 2019 7:13 pm

Just reading the updates, it sounded like we were much better first half. Loads of chances missed. But these pre season friendlies are good for lots of reasons. It’s still a win.

Bada Bing
June 29, 2019 7:15 pm

Fastest paced friendly of all time…great for fitness, Bayo took his goal really well,he looks decent ?

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