Spreading The Load

When you are born in a Gallowgate flat into a Celtic family then it follows as night does day that you will be a Celtic supporter in some shape or form all of your lifetime.

During that lifetime your support can take many shapes and forms according to circumstances, but what stays forever the same is a love of Celtic and what the club stands for. We often hear the term “the Celtic ethos” used in connection to Celtic and the word “ethos” comes from the Greek  meaning     “character” and is defined as the disposition, character, or fundamental values peculiar to a specific person, people, culture, or movement. The Ethos refers to the spirit which motivates the ideas and customs so we are talking about the spirit here. However whereas the physical means of supporting Celtic can change according to personal circumstances the ethos or spirit that joins each supporter to the club and supporters to each other remains constant.

Thus it was that in my formative years along with my dad I started to watch Celtic from 1959 onwards. I remember the Scottish Cup semi and final defeats to St Mirren, (twice) Dunfermline and Rangers in the early sixties whilst a championship was a distant dream. I can remember as if it was yesterday Big Billy scoring the winner v Dunfermline in 1965 and his repeat v Vojvodina in 1967 and was lucky enough to watch The Lions and the start of the Quality Street Gang in the early Seventies. But family came along and I stopped both playing and going to games in their infant years.

My love of football was sustained from the mid 70s when I started managing my office football team at the National Savings Bank in the CS Saturday morning league (where post match recovery in The Alhambra pub took all day). I  eventually gave up that involvement in 1982 to go overseas for a couple of years and by the time I returned the kids were growing up and, being fitbaw daft (including one of my daughters) I took them to their games and stayed to support them. One of the highlight of that time was my daughter playing for Scotland U 16s v England at old Wembley, but mixing with the company of all of that younger generation, seeing my sons and daughter and their friends grow into adulthood was a very enjoyable period of my football supporting life.

I was always interested in what was happening at Celtic during all of this time but more as an observer than a full supporter. I attended and loved the Champions League games at Celtic Park in Martin O Neil’s time. I remember telling my oldest son at the start of the 4-3 Juventus game that this was an 

“I was there night” such was the atmosphere generated. It was good to see it making a comeback v Helsingborg this year.

So my connection to Celtic was always there but what started to draw me in deeper was frequenting internet blogs and forums. Kerrydale Street at first then, when I understood the blog format, Celtic Quick News. It was the time of the Happy Clappers v The Mineshafters, when, had we all kent then witwe ken noo, we would have realised that the support and club together were the ones being shafted by a club on the soo side wearing blue. 

In my advancing years I had become more of a TV watcher or radio listener than match goer, being an early contributor to what was the audio Channel 67version where it was great to hear commentary from Tims madder than I was, than some of the snidey stuff on mainstream radio.

However that changed in late 2009 when the only explanation for some of the refereeing decisions against a struggling Tony Mowbray’s team was shenanigans and skulduggery behind SFA curtains. Fed up with moaning ineffectually on line, a few CQN bloggers met up around Christmas to see if we could do anything other than just moan. As it happens the CST/ CSA had the second of a series of Open Meetings in St Mary’s Calton coming up in early 2010 so we (Mark McGee’s Eyeliner, “haud me back” Terry O Neil, throwing him up frontCanalamar, Ten Men, Rogue Leader, ParkheadCS, TBB and Paul B) all weighed in. (with apologies to any I missed)

I like to think that the voice of a united support coming from those Open Meetings played a part in challenging the SFA and helped bring about changes in the Disciplinary system in particular,although there is clearly some way to go.  However the unforeseen impact of going to those meetings was two fold:

1. A much greater understanding of what Celtic meant to each and every one of those attending. It wasn’t just the passion they had that impressed me but also what they spentin pursuit of that passion. This was not expressed in any resentful form, indeed it was the matter of fact way it just came out in conversations that made me realise just how much I depended on these great folk, nearly but not all season book holders, for giving me a team to watch every weekend on TV.

2. The match goer centric way in which the support viewed itself. This struck me whilst writing the article “After The Ball” which was a report on the first Roadshow meeting at Celtic Park in 2010 seehttp://celticunderground.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=383:after-the-ball&catid=45:season-2010-2011&Itemid=80  

and it was whilst drawing up this graphic 

(Note Ch67 now Celtic TV.)

I saw the support as one but looking from the outside with their imagined division circles shown. As a result Celtic were approached with the idea of a membership scheme to try and bring more cohesion and, along with a couple of other supporters with a similar interest, there were a number of collaborative meetings over the months to look at the kind of benefits a Membership Scheme might deliver sufficient to get a good response. 

However whatever way we all sliced and diced it,and after consultation with official supporter groups as part of the collaboration, it was clear that anything that was going to add the burden of support on the central core of match day goers, SB holders and casual attendees alike, was not going to work. Somehow the burden had to be shared in a truly Celtic Way.

Meanwhile, given the financial dedication of others I had witnessed, I decided to take my share of the load of supporting Celtic and got a Season Bookand joined the Celtic pools to bolster my meagre Ch67 monthly contribution. This made my contribution much more financial as well as emotional, I was now contributing as much to what my fellow supporters were watching (and so to them) as the next match going supporter.

The season passed (and we won the title – Hail, Hail) but the determination to find a Celtic way of sharing the load more equitably across the Celtic Diaspora did not pass and it was advanced by one of life’s ironies – this season I was going overseas!

So back to the drawing board and more discussions to see if a Celtic Way  could  be found to enable someone who could not afford to go to matches to use the Season Book of someone who wanted to support in person but could not. The outcome of those discussions with Celtic was The Overseas Season Book initiative. 

What is attractive about this initiative is that it embraces the charitable ethos on which Celtic is based with the reach of technology which is part of the future and the need to grow our own support at home and abroad. 

Crucially it allows individual supporters overseas in the fortunate position to be able to do so to be charitable, not to Celtic as such, who only divide what the existing support already, provide anyway, but through Celtic to fellow supporters who as one dictate the club’s ethos.  This is not about helping Celtic, it’s about helping ourselves AND each other, which is surely why there is a Celtic in the first place? The scheme has been devised with this in mind, to give those who can, the opportunity to help others, but with real benefits to themselves, benefits that can be added to if the take up and feedback merits it.

The response to the Overseas Season Book by overseas supporters will be crucial in helping setthe future course and establishing just how far the load of supporting can be shared. That response does not necessarily mean becoming an Overseas Season Ticket Holder, although if like me you are fortunate enough to be able to join please do. 

What the response from both those who participate and those who cannot but provide feedback via the e mail below will do, is allow Celtic to gauge the appetite for this kind of reaching out to our overseas support. Could Celtic do more? What else is needed to make an Overseas Season book attractive enough to get involved? 

It is an attempt to think differently, by seeing differently.  It is about ways of sharing the load of supporting Celtic in a world where every supporter, no matter where they are, really depends on each other for putting a team on the park. One we can all applaud, criticise, blog/podcast/tweet about or even sing and dance with in huddles, wherever we are.

It is about replacing the original graphic with one which simply says Celtic.

Celtic Launch Overseas Season Ticket

By: Newsroom Staff on 13 Sep, 2012 08:14

CELTIC Football Club is delighted to launch our first ever Overseas Season Ticket in our 125th anniversary year, in conjunction with the Celtic Charity Fund.

Celtic is a truly global club and we want every supporter to have a chance to play their part in this celebratory year.

The Overseas Season Ticket is only available to supporters living outside the UK and Ireland and every seat purchased will provide underprivileged families with the opportunity to attend matches at Celtic Park and experience the excitement first-hand.

As an Overseas Season Ticket holder you will be able to use your seat at any four home SPL matches of your choice during the 2012/13 season.

This ensures that when you are in the position to visit Celtic Park personally, you too can indulge your passion here at Paradise.

The unique benefits of being and Overseas Season Ticket holder include:
A season ticket with a special overseas discount applied*

+ A personalised Certificate detailing your seat and your contribution to the Celtic Charity Fund.

+ Complimentary Celtic TV subscription until May 31, 2013.

+ A personalised name plaque on your seat at Celtic Park for season 2012/13.

+ Celtic Charity Fund updates with stories relation to those underprivileged groups who have benefited from the use of your own seat and others throughout the season. 

This is an opportunity for every Celtic supporter living overseas to play a unique part in our 125th anniversary. You can support the club and simultaneously support the Celtic Charity Fund in keeping with the spirit in which the club was founded.

Do you remember your first Celtic game? Click HERE

* The price of the overseas season ticket is £300, which is a significant saving on the normal price of £466! Season tickets will be located in areas 412/413 of the north stand upper tier.

HOW TO PURCHASE YOUR OVERSEAS SEASON TICKETThere are various ways in which you can purchase your season ticket:

Download the Overseas Ticket Application Form HERE and return to overseasseasonticket@celticfc.co.uk 

Call the Ticket Office on +44 871 226 1888, option 1, option 2** 

Register your interest at http://www.celticfc.net/tickets_season_registerand we will be in touch! 

HOW TO USE YOUR OVERSEAS SEASON TICKETYou will have the opportunity to use your seat a maximum of four times per season.

To use your own seat, please complete the Overseas Ticket Application and return it to overseasseasonticket@celticfc.co.uk no later than four weeks before the match date.

** Calls cost up to 10p per minute, telecoms provider dependant. Mobile and other provider charges may vary.


Above article by AULDHEID,with grateful thanks. 

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” I only ever use my iPhone for SC. Generally no issues whatsoever.”

My I phone?


That’s me off any future list, bar Wanted for Acting in Bad Taste.


First look at the Leggy moniker, I thought of John Clark, Luggy.
Leggy makes me think of Kris Ajer.


I had been thinking, that, about Jim, myself.
I don’t think he’s posted this week.
You’re lucky Twisty isn’t on the admin, you would be banned, after this morning.😂😂
B.P. Did say he would only be posting, every so often, so hopefully he’s ok.

Our Jim’s fine. Back soon as I’m sure his Cheshire sidekick will be also.
Place does feel empty without them I admit.

Like watching the Muppets without Waldorf and Statler. 😁


Mahe. 1.49.
Thanks for update, appreciated.

Regarding the OST I’ve a few thoughts and questions.

The game has went downhill since then so the appetite for any initiative involving the expats needs to be established.
If it is there then getting the North American affiliation onboard to push and promote it via it’s member clubs should see a significant member drive.

Sitting here now I can see it’s attraction if you’re an expat going to be flying back to that area, and would catch a game or two anyway. What percentage that is of worldwide Tim’s I’ve no idea.
Those who will not be taking in a game would probably stick with the easier CTV.
I know that C1M1V has some very good ideas on the traditional season ticket drive, something that you yourself now realize can be problematic as there’s no impetus to push the boat out once the cash is banked. I fully agree.

Ironically it’s right around now the club could do with a full uptake of traditional season ticket sales. There’s a lot of unhappiness out there though. I know the theory is a new manager/head coach AND new CEO AND possibly DoF/sporting director are needed to kickstart the season ticket sales, their names on the letters, photos in the press, showing a new Celtic with a new direction.
If Dermot wasn’t at the helm I might actually believe it myself, more on that tomorrow.

I’ve heard of Dominic phoning supporters and asking their view, and tbh it’s yourself he should have called. I haven’t read any well known online personas getting called, but it may have happened.
I guess calls are a positive, fair play to the fella when he hasn’t even started yet he’s taking the initiative.

If he’s smart he will begin forming a coalition of disgruntled chairmen and CEOs to begin tackling the rot at Hampden. Get the Yanks up in Aberdeen onboard for starters.
The club should have officially thanked you for your work on the OST. I will though, thanks.
I used to say if we had a team full of Jackie MacNamaras we would be fine, well if we had a boardroom of Auldheids we wouldn’t be in this mess that’s for sure.

Hail Hail

Jobo Baldie

Ah, Big Leggy, at long last – a fine first post and hopefully the first of many. With this Friday’s relaxations it hopefully won’t be too long until we test your “under the table” claim 😉

Do you know how many OSTs were shifted by chance?


Looks like Klimala is defo for the off. At this rate we will be playing one up front-Ajeti-out of necessity. He’ll be the only striker left.



Welcome aboard,and I hope you enjoy the site. Preferably without any access problems!

The Gombeen Man

Thanks lads for the compliments yesterday.

Yesterday’s contributions were of a very high standard. Welcome to Leggy.

Condolences to Norrie on the passing of Colin. I’ll say prayer and the family will be in my thoughts.

A few reflections,

It’s important to remember that a problem drinker is unwell -There is a way out of this.

One way of understanding drinking a little bit better is to consider what happens with the body’s production of things like Dopamine and Serotonin when someone drinks alcohol.

These things are linked to the pleasure centres in the pysche. Drinking alcohol helps produce Dopamine and Serotonin and helps to alleviate painful underlying stress or anxiety…

This all happens in the unconscious and has nothing to do with Will-Power.

It boxing parlance, the subconscious against the conscious, is like a Heavyweight against a Flyweight.

Stress and anxiety are uncomfortable and dangerous. The body acts to reduce them through the unconscious. Dopamine and other neurotransmitters help to do that.

If there is an underlying problem with the production of Dopamine, Serotonin and other neurotransmitters; this is the beginning of a problem.

The body simply craves more alcohol to fix the underlying problem. The more drink that’s consumed the more that’s craved. The unconscious mind thinks it’s cracked it. ‘Get more of this alcohol’…Bingo.

It’s staggering when a little bit of research is done into the links between Dopamine/Serotonin and the autoimmune system and neurological disorders.

Things like IBD, Type1 Diabetes, some forms of Epilepsy, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and many more just seem to have a much higher occurrence in families where problematic alcohol consumption is an issue.

There’s genetic factors at play in much of this.

Looking at alcohol specifically ;

If someone manages to stop there’s still the underlying problem of the misfiring neurotransmitters.

This can make life miserable for everyone concerned. It shouldn’t be underestimated and can lead to tragic consequences, if left unchecked.

(It’s a medical issue and can be addressed…It’s not usually just grumpiness or bad moods, because someone is off the drink. Think medical. There’s a problem with the supply and balance of Serotonin/Dopamine).

What’s not often appreciated is the risk of going to the pub or hanging about with the lads. The body begins to produce Dopamine/Serotonin in anticipation of a drink. The balance tips, one drink is consumed and the cycle starts again. Normally making up for lost time.

You’d already started drinking hours or days before the first drink. The neurotransmitters had been working flat out (or not working) behind the scenes.

In response to feeling miserable without the awareness of what’s going on – an individual often goes off in pursuit of the missing Dopamine.

Food, exercise, tobacco, sex, overworking, drugs, gambling, football clubs. You name it. They act as the super-substitute to provide those elusive neurotransmitters.

Anything external to fix the inner problem.

These often lead to their own problems. The neurological craving for dopamine is insatiable. There’s nothing wrong with those things in themselves. It’s when they’re unconsciously used to fix the underlying problem.

The conscious Will can’t stop that compulsion. Wild horses couldn’t stop it. Something bigger than the small-self or Ego can do the trick. Remember it’s like a Flyweight taking on Mike Tyson.

For a while it’s carnage in every direction. Every chronic illness causes misery and suffering throughout the family. This illness is different. It causes abject misery and tells the sufferer to keep on going. “Everything’s exaggerated.” “You’ll stop when you’re ready.”

They’ll hit rock bottom and they’ll be told to clean up their act. Not only is the gargle taken away but they’re often handed a pair of slippers and told to seek the intercession of an angry God.

Stick with it though, there’s a Hallelujah moment just round the corner…

It’s recently been discovered that prayer and meditation somehow produce that precious Dopamine in abundance.(Why do you think The Buddha looks so serene?)

There’s so many other ways to pray that weren’t taught to us through our formal education.

Swimming in the Irish Sea. Out in nature, laughs, sharing things honestly with folk that get it, music, art, great food, family. All these things and many more produce and  help to balance out the production of the missing chemicals. Many of the things that you really like doing are really a form of Contemplation.

So too does helping others and not looking for a physical reward.

Maybe typing a post like this, hoping that someone will see the light is a form of prayer?

So what am I saying?

Speaking generally.

Alcohol misuse is often an unconscious response to a problem elsewhere in the body, linked to to the supply of things like Dopamine and Serotonin.

It shares something in common with a whole range of autoimmune and neurological disorders.

There’s genetic and environmental factors at play.

Much more is understood about the illness today and it can be very successfully treated.

Paradoxically, it’s also baffling how much lack of awareness is still out there. Even among medical professionals.

It’s an illness and has nothing to do with Will-Power.

All Recovery takes is a bit of honesty, openess and willingness.

It’s not the end of the road but very much a new and brighter beginning.

The rewards far outweigh the sacrifices.

Infact there are no sacrifices involved.

It’s a absolute Win Win.


Ten match ban for Ondřej Kúdela.with three matches for Kamara.


Cheers Mahe 👍


Big Leggy


My first thoughts on seeing that moniker was Haysi Fantayzee.

Must be an age thing 😁



No one can condone racism and it has to be rooted out in all walks of life. The punishments may be merited if the facts have been established. However, in an attempt to minimize collateral damage there is no doubt that the Ipox PR machine went into overdrive after their shameful attempt at football thuggery. A huge smokescreen was created and the full victim position was established. The result was forgotten, the defeat minimized, the behaviour of der Hun on and off the field was suppressed. They became a beacon of the fight against racism. No one, apart from us, sees the irony of this from a club that is institutionally racist, down to the blue baize of the snooker tables!


Don’t worry about Jim and Big Packy. I have it on good authority they were not happy about missing out on a place in the charts.

They’re away composing a duet.


Twisty 3.33.
Is that you trying to sook in with McCaff.
See his post and link at 1.22. 😂
Which is it?
Great minds think alike, or fools seldom differ?


TGM. 3.17.
That is an outstanding post.
I suffer from Mast Cell Activation Syndrome which is an auto immune disorder.
I was diagnosed, over 5 years ago, if you had said to me, 6 years ago, that I would meditate, on an almost
daily basis, I would have laughed/sneered, now I do, because it saves my sanity.
It’s so good for me and, of course, i love all forms of music.
My father died an alcoholic, as did my sister’s son, my other sister has Parkinson’s, so your connection is very interesting to me.
Thank you.


I swear I hadn’t seen that!

I do popmaster every day v my youngest. That song comes up in the questions every now and again, and despite me telling him the answer several times, he never remembers it.

It came up again about a fortnight ago and they asked the name of the Haysi Fantayzee song

He said “ oh ffs not this again. I know it’s something to do with feet but I’m not gonna get”😂


Geez. Are you trying to fill the charts on yer own??

Terrific read. Very educational.


Garry. 1.55
Twisty 4.11
Jim and B.P.talking about coming up with an idea, to win.


If you want to be in Twists Top 20, this is what it is needed. 😂


Thanks for the lovely welcome folks.
McCaff, I was playing Amateur football back in the 80’s and we had our Annual away,end of Season trip which was to Liverpool. We played a local time and I was playing Centre forward. During the second half,I received the ball and one of our subs,who was also slightly inebriated shouted “ John Wayne is Big Leggy “.
Quite bizarre , but since then,various forms of the nickname have followed me around for many years. !!!


I see Arlene Foster is suing some TV doctor about a tweet he made suggesting Ms Foster was having an affair with one of her security guards. I wonder what level of damages she can seek? It won’t be one-tenth of what is due to the poor security guard


SFTB. 4.56.
Very good.😂😂


Another dark day for the internet and the season from the bottom less pit.

Not ‘rating’ Neil Lennon as your ideal Celtic manager was one thing for many to post about, but filming him when he’s clearly very down is surely another low, in the life of any so called Celtic supporter, I mean who would do such a thing? With these videos shared inside and outside the Celtic community they serve no purpose but to darken a man’s name, after he’s already been dismissed from his job and position you object to him being in. These video’s do terrible harm to the Celtic cause and to Neil Lennon’s family, especially his son, who labour under the misapprehension that they can become every day Glaswegians, its a fight they’ll have forevermore and they’ll come up against intolerance, the moment they put a toe out their circle.

Bad enough you’d have thought as a person never mind an Irishman in a deeply, deeply anti Irish atmosphere to have faced the biggest and most sustained campaign of sectarian abuse of any player or manager in Scottish football. Randomly assaulted on at least three occasions, not to mention sent bombs in the post which sadly made world headlines.

To the guy that shot and shared the video, – get a life pal.

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay CSC


Seeing the Maestro multi graphic fine here very nice. If I’m being picky Paul like me was a great fan of the long sleeved
Hoops shirt he wore with distinction.

Hail Hail

Mike in Toronto

I’m not the biggest fan of Ally McCoist, or anyone associated with that club, but to be fair, I have to give him some credit as he has come out and criticized the person who filmed and abused Neil Lennon. He is quoted as saying,

“It’s a complete and utter invasion of his privacy. It’s as simple as that.
“And by the way, there but for the grace of god. I have been worse for wear with alcohol and it looks as though that’s been the case with Neil here.
“I have been there so I’m not going to preach to anybody about it but what I will say is I think the invasion of his privacy is a disgrace.
“I cannot for the life of me …
“That is one of the worst inventions in the world, the camera phone.
“It gives people the opportunity to take absolute liberties and it’s a scandal.”
I just find it unbelievable that anybody in a situation where somebody needs help would film it rather than help. What’s that all about?”

Fair play to him for speaking out.



Another fantastic and informative post.


No point asking you for your favourite Celtic goal?In your name I presume.

Agree with your piece.

Celtics P.R. leaves a lot to be desired at times.



bournesouprecipe 5.09.
I agree totally, with the sentiments of your post.
I don’t think it was a Celtic supporter who filmed Neil, though.
The coward filming it, calls Neil a Ginger C*** at the end, once Neil and the others are further away from him.


BSR and Mike

Absolutely. Both posts bang on the button

I’ve mentioned before I spent the day with Ally McCoist and a few other Rangers players. They were guests of a racehorse trainer ( whom Ally McCoist is still friends with) as was I.

I had a very good day out with him. Laugh a minute. Had no time for one of the others in the group but he was sound. He was well aware of where my loyalties lay, but we got on really well.



Yes , you are right about the Henrik’s goal. (Other than Stevie’s in Lisbon)

Celtic’s PR and Legal teams appear to be non-existent.

Haven’t seen the Neil Lennon video clip but it’s shameful on the part of the reptile who filmed it and very sad for the man and his family.

The Gombeen Man

Twisty, JNP, Dannymac,

Thanks lads.

I’ve had to use another provider because the new posts have stopped loading on my phone.
I typed in Sentinel Cel…and Sentinel Cells of the Immune System loaded…

That’s enough of that.

Anyway, you’ll be amazed at the number of people who have these conditions running in the family.

Medicine is quite fragmented. Different Specialists seem to look at their own thing and not the big picture.


The mnemonic I like is SEED.

Sleep, exercise, earth connection & diet.

(Earth connection being Spirituality… Meditation, Mindfulness, Nature etc).

Till Later,


Seed .
Sound advice.

Said to the missus this morning ( we’d got an e mail saying we can access our holiday home from 9 till 5 from Monday) then assuming all goes to plan, full time on 26th) that I’m going on a healthy diet and a strict exercise programme when we get back in. I mean it too. I want to get back to 24 mins for the 5k. Probably take me 44mins at the minute.

I used to do yoga too. Had tremendous flexibility relative to now. I’m overweight and unfit. I really need to get a grip.

The Gombeen Man


Don’t be too hard on yourself. The better weather’s here and it won’t take long to shift a few pounds.

It works better for me if I concentrate on all the good things.

The head just loves to find a problem.

‘Heading’ inside from the glorious sunshine.

Hopefully those images of Neil will prove to be a blessing. They are nothing to be embarrassed about just someone who’s possibly unwell.



Are you having a go at The Fermanagh Stunner? How dare you sir. On the other hand, you make a valid point re the security guard. I’ll have a pint of whatever yer man was on at the time.


Like the bold McCaff, I too use an android device, and a Tesco cheap one at that. Never had and problems.


Welcome to the madhouse. You’ll love it, I promise…and if ye don’t, ye can always sue Jobo.

Hail Hail


Anyone at this one?
25 years ago today, Hibs 1:2 Celtic.

Pierre with both goals. @pierrevh17

Some strike from Pat McGinlay. https://t.co/twE0rJw1uZ


Craig. 6.03.
I’m sure it will all come out in the wash.😂



Hope you’re well – and enjoying your retirement.



Thank you – I hope you’re right on that one. Sadly, the internet became a dark place
when Neil Lennon’s name came up, even amongst our supporters IMO


Talking about the Maestro. I think I’m a stalker!!!
He was standing behind me in a disco queue in Dubrovnik, Sept 1989, after Celtic lost 2-1 to Partisan Belgrade ( But that’s another story !!!) and last year I sat in A Barber’s chair in EK where he had been 2 hours earlier for a haircut. He was home from Australia !!!


Was persuaded back oot retirement. Not much longer though. #countingthedays


…. but tyvm BSR . I’m good. Minor op looming.

The Gombeen Man

That was a very thought-provoking post on addiction. Though I drink more than I should on some days, I never considered giving up. I guess it’s the social aspect that I enjoy.

The Biggie for me was giving up smoking. I honestly never thought that I would…been off it 4 years and counting. This was strictly a financial matter for me. I swore to myself, that when my preferred brand went above a tenner a pack, then that would be it…and so it proved. I’d chucked it once before, for 2 years, and found it easy to do. This time however, I decided on cold turkey. No patches, no nicotine gum, no vaping devices. Bloody hell. For the first 2 month, I had to shut myself away, after getting a note from my doc. I was too embarrassed to let anyone see me, as I was shaking like a leaf for the full 2 months. No sleep. Lack of appetite. The full shebang. Then, as suddenly as these symptoms appeared, they disappeared overnight.

Still going strong, and occasionally miss the nicotine hit…but never want to go through the above again. So that’s an incentive for staying off the tabs.

If I can do it, anyone can…and these days there’s plenty of help out there.


Brilliant on the ciggies. Tough gig. Well done.


Thank you. Much appreciated.


Craig 76


Alex Rae

The gift that keeps on giving (Purloined from JnP)

Hi Leggy, Glad you are posting

I’dont think you will be disappointed with the quality of the site and the posts from all,certainly that is what I have found,

I only started posting recently and everyone on the site has been very welcoming and the leaders and comments have been as entertaining as they have been educational.

Need some help here all,

When discussing the hoops with my 18 y old boy today I had mentioned the Celtic Benfica tie in the European cup season 69/70.As both games ended 3 0 and a 3 3 aggregate it was settled by the toss of a coin,which thankfully big Billy called correctly.

Daniel asked what was the reason or circumstances that dictated the qualifying team would be determined by the toss of the coin and I cant remember.If the answer is a simple one then I apologise but will please refer you to the TGM post from earlier.



I see there’s a horse called Khartoum running in The Craven Stakes at Newmarket tomorrow!

I was at that game at Easter Road. Was with three old school mates. All four of us were ex school mates of Pat McGinley. Stunned when Pat scored that belter, but the Partick bhoy never spoiled our day in Embra, thanks to big Pierre.