The Terrible Twins
On the way into town the other day,the bus was festooned with information about Swindon. Presumably an advertising initiative-and having lived here for twenty years,I do know a fair bit about the town. Yes,it has been the subject of many a joke over the year-particularly from certain supercilious types from nearby Cirencester,a place I wouldn’t go unless you paid me.
Although I have been paid to go there often in my last job,which is why when I was on the bus back from Birmingham one night and the driver took a wrong turn,I told him it wasn’t just a wrong turn,it was a bloody huge error-he had just turned into an old housing estate,and I would struggle to get a van through it!
Anyway,seems that Swindon has been twinned with Disneyworld in Florida since 2009! Well,bugger me backwards over the hostess trolley,I sure never knew that!!! I contend that Swindon is a great place to live,but whenever visitors arrive I jump on the train to Bath,Bristol,Cardiff,Cheltenham.
Anywhere but Cirencester,really…
Swindon and Disneyworld,if ever there were unlikely twins,there you are. I have some limited experience of twins,having been engaged to one in the mid-80s and also going out with a girl from The Twin Cities in Minnesota. But the unlikely twins under discussion are the two cheeks of the same arse argument aimed at both halves of The Old Firm.
And let’s be honest here,The Old Firm is a business arrangement over which the fans have no control-so you can get off my case for using the term. The business controls the club,and the fans have little or no say about it. If we did,that horrible term would have been buried along with the other half of it!
The two cheeks argument is an easy one to make for the media when we behave that way,yet Celtic supporters hate it. We are not them,we are not defined by them. We are “More than just a club!”
But are we?
Sure,our founding ethos set us up that way,with all the plans being for charitable use. That didn’t last very long. And Fergus started The Celtic Foundation in 1996,but I can assure you that there are problems there too since around 2013,with an article on the matter still very much a work in progress. But the big part of the twinning process is the co-dependency exhibited by our board since at least 2012. And I have my doubts about just how hard we really tried to win the leagues of 2008-11 too.
Lumped in with The Forces Of Darkness by a board which has done their damnedest to keep our worst foes alive,foes who themselves tried to kill us off. If ever there were unlikely twins,there they are-but you and I know that our other half is still planning fratricide. And that board of ours invites them on,while their few remaining supporters wonder why we are giving them a hard time?
Celtic Plc needs a return to first principles,a reboot in modern terms. Only then will the fans who support Celtic FC feel that we have a club worth supporting,that we can believe in. Until then we will be defined as one half of The Old Firm,and I’m f….d if I want to be defined by them.
Above article by BMCUWP