Memory Lane – Harald

“ Stopping Rangers doing ten in a row and winning the title on the same day is probably never going to happen again. It was the most memorable day of my career. “ Harald

“If he had tucked them away then I think he would still be here and be a great hero because he is a really, really good player.” Henke

 

Im less than enthusiastic about following the daily internal bickering of those who aren’t doing a very good job at all within the domestic setup, plus with the big international head honcho’s having a meeting today to thrash out the date of their next meeting more or less, theres not much to report on anyhow. Sport will be waiting on medical advice, who are thinking of a lot more serious things than sport, to take their lead.
Im of the opinion this will take a while and we ain’t seeing footie until late summer.
Plenty of time then to ramble down memory lane.

 

When choosing the candidates for this series, as its becoming now, one usually has a good grasp on the general feeling regarding the subject ( one blip aside ) and how such a man might be regarded a little later down the line. Of course a popular figure will more likely draw more response, no doubt some seeing a few extra paragraphs as a reward for all the hard work in the Hoops. And it is by the way.
Todays figure I dont think will be judged unpopular or not a nice guy by anyone,, but with regards to his ability and rating him as a player its probably the first time I am truly stumped what kind of legacy he left. If anything I consider him overrated but it honestly wouldn’t be surprised to read the opposite in many comments.

 

I recall hearing the tale big Wim wanted a striker and approached the board to talk turkey only to be informed they already had someone for him. In the board’s defence if that yarn holds some truth you can see why they would have been seduced by the highlight reel and felt they were onto something. Their opinion on the player that emerged would be interesting.
2.3 million isnt the biggest fee but its far from the smallest either. He actually scored in a Rosenborg win over Real Madrid before hopping on the plane from Norway to sign up, just to heap a little more expectation on those shoulders. To come in half way through a must win, absolutely must win, season is hard enough for anyone Im sure you would agree.

 

He was brought in to play alongside Henke, and only later would many know just how fortunate you truly were in that case. A pure team player he was unselfish to a fault, and on paper this either could or should have went on to become a dream pairing. The workhorse with the vision and pass to match feeding the edge of the shoulder whippet to tear away with Olympic quality pace and half scare the goalie to death.
That happened often enough, but not with the preferred result, or perhaps it just felt that way. Yet our ex striking legend claims he was one of the best he played with, and he’s a man I take at his word, thus the enigma around Harald just deepens.

 

That first season, well half season, he played 21 times scoring 10.
To many eyes a one in two ratio for a striker is satisfactory but those facts don’t really tell the whole story . My father was firmly ensconced in the Jock every home game giving me the lowdown, raised eyebrows and a soft shake of the head with how many chances he had blown.
So when I hear he bagged all four against Killie and Im looking forward to giving out a bit of a ribbing only to be told ‘Scored four and missed four’ !
Without that four those stats wouldn’t be easy to pass off as fine, especially as Henriks partner.

 

There’s one more obvious reason why he seems to have gotten pass marks for that year. He scored the clincher that stopped their ten which will always be his claim to fame. But even at that the keeper still gets a hand to it despite being clean through with the entire goal at his mercy, and not many in that crowd would have stuck the mortgage on him burying it.
One of the first things old Martin Tyler says when the ball hits the net is he’s been much maligned this season. Hardly the fans fault.
Still, many will probably be thinking of that goal when looking back at his spell with us, and probably see the fee as entirely worth it to stop them. It was to me.

 

I must hold my hands up and state Im not the biggest fan of his style of striker for a few reasons. I’ve rarely if ever seen a player that had both the explosive pace and a great finish, so Harald is far from the exception, and I just dont think we are the club to carry that player.
The pitches up north tend to be on the not so great side which means ruts and divots galore, hardly conducive to the through and one touch finish.
Then we have the linesmen who we later found out couldn’t keep up with a less pacey Robbie Keane, although I was working my socks off at the time and not sure if this was much of an issue for Harald then.
And then there’s the misses.
When clean through a goal is expected and every miss is amplified more than normal plus it really gives the opposition and its fans some hope, and a jeers target.
You’ll recall Gordon attempted this experiment and abandoned it after half a season in the shape of Kenny Miller who on his last appearance was put through 7 times in a row and failed to score with any. That cost Gordon his clipboard and Kenny his Celtic career.
Many managers just won’t tolerate a striker taking consistently more than two chances to score and will forgo pace if it means a higher chance to goal ratio.
Harald, its fair to say, wouldn’t be every manager’s cup of tea and I could never see him working out for Martin O’Neill for instance. The fact he was jettisoned immediately suggests our ex gaffer felt the same.

 

So our bhoy entered his second season in fairly neutral territory, not wrote off yet, and a new management team arrives after Wim decides that board aint for me.
The travelled and respected by many Dr. Jo and company gave him 34 appearances during that season, a fair crack of the whip Im sure you would agree. They were repaid with a scant 8 goals which is in no way shape or form good enough for a leader of the line at the domestic Champions. In addition to this the fans soon had a new favourite son up top with a completely different style who had waltzed in and gelled with the dreadlocked one much better than Harald had. He had stolen the show at Ibrox and was clearly now a favourite of the boss, fans, and squad.
Lubo was the writing on the wall for Mr Brattback.

 

In one very unusual job switch the man himself now flies as a commercial pilot out of Trondheim, imagine hearing ‘This is Captain Brattback speaking !’.
He has spoken very very warmly of his time among us and was infact the record scorer in the Norweigan league until recently with a very respectable 166 total goals in three separate spells with what seems his true love, Rosenborg.
But every rose has its thorn and he just had to come back and bite us on the bum twice when our sides met in 2001, which again just adds to the mystique considering that was a formidable Martin team then.

 

I guess its fair to say we got a good deal out of him overall with a crucial priceless goal, a medium fee and a small fee recouped. Nothing ventured, nothing gained rings true on this occasion.
The fact he really only found his scoring boots whilst at home, still works and resides there today, tell’s me he’s just not made for travel and truly home is where the heart is in this case.
There’s many a man of the same persuasion out there and I wouldn’t be too quick to judge as it takes every type of person to make the world go round as the old song says.
He pulled on that shirt and lived the dream, and well he knows it, leaves us with a league winners medal that money couldn’t buy. I cant rate him near the top of the best strikers list but he certainly wouldn’t be at the bottom, and he does have the endorsement of a true legend to frame on the wall alongside that precious medal.
Harald my bhoy, thanks for the memories.

 

The above is by Mahe. Composing an article for ‘that sports blog’ is actually a valid waste of time in these circumstances and may actually make you seem sophisticated. Or just get you out of their way for a while. Help us help you.
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Afghan melon - formerly Cplchlc

I always recommend Bio bizz ?

jimthetim53

Mahe, McCaff, I know nothing about gardening. Other than mowing a lawn. I got a loan of the hoe to scrape the weeds and moss from the garden paths. I used Pathclear last year but it was rubbish and cost me about £20. The result with the hoe is 100% better. But the hoe is back with the owner McCaff! 🙂

Afghan melon - formerly Cplchlc

Jim

Boasting aboot his ho’s ?
Do you have a varied selection of Ho’s ?
A big ho & a wee ho ? A new ho & an old ho ?
When you have been hard at it, do you give the old ho a wipe down with a flannel ??

Sorry a hoe ! My mistake ?

ASWGL

The owner who pimped her out ?

Afghan melon - formerly Cplchlc

Mahe

For garden plants etc i find miracle grow is the best, big strong healthy plants & blooms.
Almost twice the size & blooms of any other, it comes in packets containing blue granulated powder. You dilute the granules in water to make litres of the stuff, hope that helps mate ?

Afghan melon - formerly Cplchlc

Well Percy Thrower here is off out with the dog ?

jimthetim53

Afghan, All of those pal ! 🙂

jimthetim53

Afghan or Percy? I used to like watching the Beechgrove garden every week. I met the main man & woman (cant remember their names) at the Glasgow Garden festival, in the big huge bar. When I say I met them I mean I smiled at them and said hello.

I was saying to a lady I worked with. That I enjoyed the programme but didn’t do any gardening myself. She said yes it’s the same with me with all those cookery shows!

Margaret McGill

My 3 abiding memories of Harald:

1. I arrived too late so I didnt have a ticket .Morrissey was at the “stop 10 in a row” game against St. Johnstone.. I was upstairs in Morrisseys old house alone listening on the radio. One of the most stressful 2 hours of my life.

2. Different game but a story relayed to me by Morrissey about Harald. Apparently in this game Harald suddenly stopped and started walking about the park in circles near a corner flag looking downward directly opposite Morrissey, who was staring at him in disbelief as were many other Tims looking on. Then it struck them (and explains a lot) ! he was looking for his contact lens that had fallen out. Well that was the explanation. 🙂

3. Motherwell game.7-0 I think. Larsson ran riot. Harald missed three sitters. see #2.

Margaret McGill
Margaret McGill

But in a statement, European football’s governing body added two sets of circumstances in which it would be acceptable to end a season prematurely, including:

Existence of an official order prohibiting sports events so that the domestic competitions cannot be completed before a date that would make it possible to complete the current season in good time before the next season to start.
Insurmountable economic problems which make finishing the season impossible because it would put at risk the long-term financial stability of the domestic competition and/or clubs.

Friesdorfer

Fan-a-tic
Sunderland till I Die is brilliant tv. You can almost taste the passion of their fans. Loving it, on last episode now.
HH

Afghan melon - formerly Cplchlc

Beachgrove garden.

Jim McColl. I can’t remember the other old boy from the original line up. Peter maybe?

Mahe

Thanks for the compliments and we are really trying to step it up for you. When no footie on seems like a good time to put in some extra work, protecting the clientele in business terms by making sure they are well catered to and never feel underappreciated.
In business customers don’t forget you going above and beyond for them.
In the alternative media industry we can never assume todays readers will log on tomorrow, but good solid work output will help make the decision to return.

Afghan, indoor plants. I was gonna say the legal kind but that’s the past.

Hail Hail

Rebus67

Having just finished my first coffee of the day, a thought occurred(other than needing a pee!).

I watched some old games on youtube between Rangers and Celtic and was struck by how robust many of the Rangers defenders were. Consequently, their tackling tended to be “robust”. People like Shearer, Harold ?(the ex commando), Greig, Albertz, and the CB that took his boot down Kayal leg(?).

Celtic have had their own hard men but, do you think it is generally true that “Rangers” favour that type of defender rather than the Van Dijk’s of the football world?

Thoughts on the back of a ten pound note and send to

Rebus to Malaga Fund c/o Capt Tom

Afghan melon - formerly Cplchlc

Mahe

Baby bio then ?

It’s still illegal here obviously ?
I think here it will eventually become legal like the states or most states, unfortunately i don’t believe it will be in my lifetime.

I think i would miss the bootleg aspect of Marijuana anyway ??

CaltonTongues

Got a text from a mate who got a text from a mate (Tims)

From an unnamed player (well 1st Name known):

Notice from SPFL to resume pre-season training on 11 May ready for 1st game on 10 June. 9 games and 2 cup games (3 surely?) to be played in 3 x weeks. Season done. Rumour for English to start on 1 June and complete for 30 June. Then two weeks off pre-season, then new season starts. All games behind closed doors but a month of Football on TV – 7 days a week.

IsmellpishCSC

Puff puff

Calton T .. can you text your friend and ask if I’m playing .

McCaff

Rebus
Rangers always had a reputation for looking at the ‘big’ boys when scouting. They weren’t interested in playing from the back just stopping the opposition. I think over the years we’ve seen that on the park with few exceptions! As captains and players I would have had Butcher or Gough in my team any day of the week. It’s an area that we’ve had a problem with for years, and when it has looked like we’ve sorted it the players have moved on before we’ve had the best of them or a chance to build around them.

CaltonTongues

Puff puff,

He said sorry, there’ll be enough out of puff ?

Rebus67

McCaff,

Wanyama?

Rebus

McCaff

Puff Daddy
You’re in mate, first name on the team sheet every week….after Mahe, BMCUWP, Big Mags, Big Jim Packy, JtT, ASWGL, Afghan, Awe Naw, Marspapa, Rebus, CT……. ?

McCaff

Rebus
I was thinking more about Centre Backs to be fair, the best in my time… Paul Elliot, Marc Rieper and VVD!

Puff puff

Calton T .. no worries wee man , I always have my boots in the car and work vehicle just incase . The dream continues up the tic

Margaret McGill

Calton
Thats astonishing!
12 games in 21 days?
4 games a week
Is it 5 a sides 🙂

Harvey

McCAFF / REBUS

it’s the PL policy …. we get great guys like Virgil and Julian… however they are offered terms which allow them to move onto the English Premiership with sell on clauses … it’s a great business model in the long run but it does create havoc in having a settled back four with two decent central defenders…. main problem is not having enough back up players if either of 2 main players being injured

I’m surprised we haven’t unearthed more younger players from our youth set up

Harvey

The other point is probably boredom for these guys if they clean up every season – been there , done that – so nothing to keep them unlike the homegrown guys who are maybe happy with their circumstances …. I was about to say loyalty but KT blew that out of that water!

CaltonTongues

Mags,

That’s why I think it’s pish.

BTW the first name mentioned in the text, I can only think of a hun player with it!

HH

ASWGL

So it wisnae Alfredo Brown

On Yonder Hill
Stere stood a dookit
It’s noa there noo
Coz some c*nt took it

CaltonTongues

Mags,

Quick Google Search and there’s two.

One Hun, One Tim.

How could I not know our player?

FFSCSC

ASWGL

guesses Ryan

CaltonTongues

ASWGL,

Ryan, No.

ASWGL

Well James
I’m pants at guessing gemz

CaltonTongues

ASWGL,

James, No.

CaltonTongues

I’ll leave it there cos if I reveal the name he could get in trouble if it turns out true.

I’mnoLeeWallaceCSC

ASWGL

That jist leaves Brown – arfield *ick spit hurl puke*
Taylor – stewart *ick spit hurl puke*

bada bing1

Scott Brown on The Football Show tomorrow morning 9am,I think he’s on around 10am Sky Sports

bada bing1

Walked 2 miles every day since lockdown, despite waiting on knee replacement, I think I have seen more Karchers than cars ….

ASWGL

Are you in Glasgow bada ?

bada bing1

ASWGL- Stewartfield EK mate

ASWGL

I’m finding the same. I’ve had a few days work here ‘n there mostly the Lenzie or Bearsden areas doing outdoor things like fencing decking, roads are quiet mostly, and it’s a joy not to have to travel through the school runs in the morning, some of those Mothers think they are the only ones in the world running late, and can be crazy.

bada bing1

Remember 8pm applause??

big packy

SORRY GHUYS, that wee red light on my internet box came on just as mcaff posted, don’t know why??? anyway talking of st George and the dragon earlier, reminded me of another true story, delivered to a shop well I thought it was a shop, always remember the address, 221 Macclesfield road stockport Cheshire, it was a small group of shops newsagent chemist etc, I had one small box to deliver, it was small, but pretty heavy ,went to the door guy opens it, now this was a hot summers day, he has a long black coat on and gloves, ah he says mr George I said to him pardon, sorry that’s mr George you have got there, nickname the dragon, FFS it was this guys ashes, it was an undertakers salon, I had been travelling around all day with this guys ashes in my truck, another true story?

Auldheid

@Heavidor Worst case scenario – Football/Celtic mothballed. Either DD/big shareholders meet a reduced bottom line or supporters do BUT with a future say not constricted by share value, more a Membership Scheme that paves way for ownership xfer to fans or is that in your blog?

With every crisis comes opportunity so instead of ST sales to stay alive, offer a share in Celtic with guaranteed voting matching rights at AGM.

Collect by monthly subscription. Resolutions from supporters dealt with to exclusion of Board if no financial implications to argue otherwise.

Thoughts?

jimthetim53

Auldheid, to be clear, do you mean eventually management by a committee of fans acting on fan resolutions?

Troonbhoy

Bada Bing
Anywhere near duart dr.

Troonbhoy

Big Packy
Reg Your story yesterday about the robins.
My father in law died 12yr ago and to your description word by word the same happened.
My wife anytime she sees a robin says hi dad,
Robins come right up to her,sit on the window sill,she has got ornaments of robins all over the house.
Ps
Her dad’s name was
Frank.

Troonbhoy

Bp
Forgot to say she burst into tears when she read your post,happy tears.