A Celtic way of life

“ This Celtic Football Club is much more than a football club. To a lot of people its a way of life.”
Sir Robert Kelly

While recently washing the Magners golden away strip after an outing I found the above sewn into the interior neck. Its a great quote, though Im not sure of the exact year, from a list of great quotes that are to be found surrounding our club of choice.
It stuck with me, and made me ponder it over a few days there.

As far as this young mind has read the man himself was no Charlie Green prone to waffle. The ‘52 Flag debate showed his character, and the fact it was principles over money to him,trait of a true Celtic man. So I doubt he would have claimed the above lightly or without knowing it was sincerely true, having witnessed that very way of life in motion personally.

What is that way of life I was thinking?
A way of life implies more than just merely following the team everywhere ala Paul the Tim, good chap that he is. As far as I can tell it implies a community working together, a never say die attitude, a looking out for each other in times of need, and fighting for you and yours with everything you have.
To have a club that is inspiring people in their lives and giving them a direction is very, very special indeed.
Being regarded in such high esteem is not something that should ever be neglected, abused, expected, or taken lightly.
That good name comes with responsibilities.

To anyone thinking that was a different time Mahe, that was then this is now and the world has changed, I offer you this. In 2009 a prominent Irish supporter had the following printed in an interview about his upcoming book launch,,
“Celtic is a club that we Irish and our Diaspora can proudly call our own. Celtic is our legacy, left to us by the courage and vision of Irish men like Brother Walfrid, John Glass and Pat Welsh. Many of the ‘great men’ involved in Celtic’s formation were immigrants into Glasgow from their native Ireland, a country crippled by famine and political unrest.
“We didn’t just happen to support Celtic; Celtic is a part of us. Celtic for us is so much more than a football club. Celtic is an institution, an identity and a celebration of being Irish or being of Ireland. Celtic is a legacy passed from generation to generation. Celtic is a way of life.”
Just over a decade ago we have solid proof from across the water that Bob Kelly’s words still ring true. The Celtic Way of Life is ongoing still, in various parts actually. The high esteem still clearly there for some.

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/books/exploring-irelands-connection-with-celtic-football-club-28483482.html

Theres been many an opinion printed about what has happened since 2009 when those fine words were said, and we dont of course know how either of the two men mentioned above would possibly view the decade that we just went through as Tims.
As we can clearly see before it the club was still inspiring folk strongly as it entered the last decade.
Did it emerge from those ten years with that esteem still intact?
Still inspiring?
The Celtic Way of Life still alive and kicking in various parts?
All of the above falls under the duty of the custodians,, they had the past standards to uphold and live up to. To surpass those standards would be noble , to lower them a failure.

The actions taken and not taken by our current board are the biggest part of holding or shedding the high esteem granted by others. Respect isnt demanded or bought but earned, and the type of respect folk used to have for that club certainly couldn’t be bought.

It can be sold though, down the river and for material gains. It can also be frittered away by silence when words are called for,, or backing away when standing up is called for. It can be squandered on showing off a good bank balance instead of team. It will be totally lost with an attempt to bury the head in the sand over the numerous issues life in a bent league brings and expecting everyone to shut up and pay up. Again.


To go from role model to folk walking away saying no more would be simply disastrous. Untenable and unforgivable.
We are almost there.
Be very, very careful what you do next boardroom. That Celtic Way of Life is on the line.

The above is by Mahe. As ever should you fancy throwing an article together for the site we would be more than happy to publish and have the crew dissect it. sentinelcelts@gmail.com

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Mahe
Mahe

“There are others,, that really need to have a look at themselves”
Uneffingbelievable

big packy

JIM, remember my father being taken ill with a burst ulcer probably about 1966,, lying on the couch, my mother screams at me go and get doctor clark, who although lived in a big posh house, it was still in the village, he came right away and got my dad off to hospital in no time, probably saved his life, unfortunately it was only a few days before Christmas, so we had to visit him in Glasgow royal infirmary over Christmas.

Dubaibhoy

The day the music died…

I remember as a kid, my old man said to me that’s it, it’s over, we’ve become a club like any other.

I disagreed with him. I loved the little diamond on the jersey. He said next thing we’ll be advertisjng washing machines. Sure enough 10 years later we were selling double glazing with our partners in crime.

The purity of the hoops were destroyed. I didn’t realize as a kid, but no longer could my parents buy me a fake hoops jersey where the hoops on the back + front didnt match up without me being ridiculed by my footy mates. And so, little by little we were sucked into commercialism, capitalism, share offerings, season tickets, three strips a season and everything that brother walfrid would have despised.

My dad kept the faith and we used to laugh and joke about how he hated that diamond on the jersey, but he was a visionary and saw what was coming.

The Celtic ethos is no more and it died many years ago – 1976 according to my dad, so no point kidding yourselves on about all the more than a club bullshit. Unfortunately the masses couldnt see it – even TB couldnt see it.

Is the current regime all we hope for? No. Is it as bad as we make it out to be? Probably not. Worse than the Kelly’s? Probably not. What is the alternative? DD jr? Americans? Arabs? Who knows, but the only positive I can comment on about the DD era is that at least he’s played the long game, unlike the charlatans on the other side of town.

Is a Celtic player ever going to tell us again that ‘Celtic’s not just a football team, its a people and a cause’? I dont think so, and anybody who does is kidding themselves on.

randomstreamofconsciousnessCSC

bada bing1

Anyone heard from Derek Acorah yet.?

McCaff

Bang on the money, Dubaibhoy!! But if we don’t strive to maintain certain aspects of our uniqueness as a support then the game is lost. If we can convince the stakeholders that this is ‘more than just another club’ and that they depend on us because of it then there’s still a bit of hope. And by the way, I’m no dreamer I’m a pragmatic realist! If we give up and accept total commercialism in favour of our idea of what our club is really about we should run our business the way they did across the city. I dont’ think there’s any TIms out there would want it. Keep banging the message to them!!

JimmynotPaul

Big Packy.
There you go. Thanks to The wonderful Celtic Wiki.
Trivia1971-03-24: Celtic 1-0 Ajax, European Cup

The Celtic party decamped to Seamills to train and prepare for this game. The Ajax party arrived in Glasgow on the late Monday afternoon and prpared at Troon.
This was an all-ticket game at Hampden to accommodate large number of people wanting to watch. Parkhead could only accommodate 73,000 at that time and was under reconstruction as the new front stand was built and old stand re-roofed
5000 Ajax fans travel to Hampden. They later complain of the conservative Glasgow licensing laws where they could not buy a drink between 2.30 and 5.00 and then the pubs closed at 10.00.
Ajax play in unfamiliar blue strip after Jock Stein insisted as Celtic were forced to wear yellow and green in the first leg..
Ajax went on to win the final at Wembley by beating Panathanaikos 2-0 and won the European Cup for the next three years.
Celtic announce 90,000 tickets have been sold but 83,000 turn up on the night.

big packy

JIMMYNOTPAUL, what can I say you are a gem amongst gems, if it was not for jimthetim53, you would be my best pal on here???

Awe Naw

Dubhaiboy

1975 to be precise

Is the current regime all we hope for? Definitely not.

Is it as bad as we make it out to be? Yes without any shadow of a doubt, Our worst nightmare

Worse than the Kelly’s? comparatively Yes

What is the alternative? Community based clubs as is prevalent in most of the known world

Not before we would witness Cartels Cringe FC V Rehabs Shit FC as the biggest derby in Scotland. Think about it

but the only positive I can comment on about the DD era is that at least he’s played the long game, agreed but only ever for his own financial benefit and protection as has already been clearly witnessed many times. The charlatans across the road are doon tens of millions.

Is a Celtic player ever going to tell us again that ‘Celtic’s not just a football team, it’s a people and a cause’? Once the Scottish public tires of seeing the national sport being hijacked by the fuel of bigotry and maintained as an entertainment rather than a genuine attempt at sport to solely protect a few already very rich mens investment then that may again indeed happen. Especially if they are viewed as uppity Irish Fenian cunts.. sooner than we may think

I´m certain you agree

fan-a-tic

Bada Bing1
Not expected to be heard of in the immediate future.
He is seen as more of a medium to long term type.

fan-a-tic

Mahe@5-36
Couldn’t be bothered to read it.
He is a proven liar so what’s the point?
This period in our history will mirror the past.
A club like no other?
Definitely no other club in history has been so contemptuous of their own support.

jimthetim53

I’m def. getting old Packy. I used to love when you came on around 8am – 8.30 and said Good morning to us all. Likewise TET when he posted Goodnight around 11pm. (It’s nearly tomorrow). It’s the simple things in life! There was no need for a response, but it raised a smile 🙂

bada bing1

Fan a tic- a midget fortune teller has just escaped from Barlinnie, police are looking for a small medium at large….
#2ronnies

big packy

JIM ,you still about, thinking of awenaws wonderful guitar playing, reminded me of sitting on my drumkit wating for them guitar players to tune up, the bass player would say to the rhythm guitarist give me an f the lead guitarist would say to the bass player give me a c ,and so on, used to drive me nuts, ffs just play your feckin instruments???

jimthetim53

Bada, Do you know no prisoner has ever escaped from Shotts Max. security prison? They take a look out at the weather and say ‘feck that!’

jimthetim53

Packy, only a drummer would say that! Tuned instruments need to play IN TUNE! Dearie me. 🙁

big packy

JIM ,fair enough but don’t take 2 hours to do it???

Dubaibhoy

Awe Naw,

1975? Toffs is telling me 1976, and my 1975 Shoot centrefold don’t have no umbro logo…

I would have expected you to remember that 76 was the year the joe Craig’s wife’s husband signed for the bhoys 😉

jimthetim53

Good point Packy. A symphony orchestra take about one or two minutes. Maybe those folk who take an age are tone deaf?

big packy

JIM, ive played with you brass and reed players, 2 minutes and we are up and running, although the tenor sax player was always in my eardrums, when kicking the brass section.???

Margaret McGill

Dubaibhoy
Chesney?

big packy

MAGS, musicians only in this segment???

Margaret McGill

BP
Dont fiddlers count?
I thought this was a Celtic blog? 🙂

jimthetim53

Well said Mags LOL Fiddlers are we!

big packy

MAGS, your in ???

Awe Naw

1975 was when the Premier league was formed or was it 1976 ? I haven´t googled yet. that´s when the Bigot bros started the journey to being co joined at the hip. I used to speak to Joe Craig about once a month around then when he picked up his fiancee Miss Pancitti a P.E teacher at our School.

jimthetim53

Packy, Awe Naw is OK too. He’s in. Got musical talent.

jimthetim53

Even though he is trying to change the conversation to female PE teachers – his fav. subject!

big packy

JIM, yes ive seen his you tube videos, he can pick a tune,hh,

Dubaibhoy

Mags

Naw

jimthetim53

Have you seen his you tube videos of female PE teachers?

big packy

JIM, you know what 10 years ago when I first logged on to cqn awenannoniawenaw was the first poster I encountered, I still don’t know to this day, whether he liked enrico annoni or disliked him.???

Awe Naw

Especially Joe Craig’s wife. I loved it when she chided me

jimthetim53

Chided?

Awe Naw

JT53,

Ageed. Unbelievable huh?

big packy

AWENAW, please tell me the answer@8-29.?

Awe Naw

BP,

I loved him. I love all players that pulled on the shirt. Very few notable exceptions.. Starter for 10 Eyal Berkovic

The story behind my moniker is that a well renowned American linguist with Scottish heritage was at Celtic Park when he heard someone shout that out just after Darren Jackson was brought on 10 mins before. It took 15 mins of explaining but it fascinated him

big packy

AWENAW, cheers for that.

bada bing1
jimthetim53

Wish there was a Celtic radio station. On all night.

Mahe

Bada hes another punt ffs

Mahe

Some of the Royals do walking away. 2.4m of tax payer money to fix their crib and its I’m off!
They are the decent two of the lot. Not that hard.
Hail Hail

Oglach

Best of luck and many thanks for his time at Celtic to Scott Sinclair as he joins PNE.

bada bing1
fan-a-tic

Awe Naw

Shah shah ago go

Margaret McGill

Scott Sinclair
Another great servant to Celtic treated badly
Thanks and the best of luck Scott

Margaret McGill

Saw a copperhead snake today in my back yard
They should be hibernating for another 2-3 months
The times they are a changing