The day the music died

The 15th of May Two Thousand and Twenty One.
A date that will live in infamy, at least it should.
D-Day, Christmas Day, Groundhog Day, and today happens to be 55th day.
 
 
I must admit I found the early days of Celtic blogs and blogging very exciting. My blog of choice then was extremely popular being both a new toy for the adults, while Tim’s across the world of many different backgrounds and professions learnt how to interact online for the first time, now established practices non existent then.
The breadth of knowledge was staggering, the intelligence on display a tribute to many a father and mother who correctly believed in the value of education.
‘There will be no pulling the wool over these Bhoys eyes’ I recall thinking as Scottish football and it’s weekly scandals were dissected and expertly laid bare.
It took a while, but I was soon to discover that while the rest of the worlds affairs could be correctly analysed, when it comes to your team, all sense goes out the window.
 
 
It’s not rational to have your day, week, mood in general dictated by 44 legs and a piece of leather but there you go, sometimes I wonder how much we as a species have really evolved. If your legs were two of the 44, it might make more sense I admit, but they aren’t.
There are folk out there who spend thousands upon thousands following ‘our’ 22 legs no matter which region, country, and even continent they play on.
You’re all clearly leg men 😉
 
 
I recall around Valentine’s Day 2012 the website being giddy in the main, with a few voices of caution and a few worried about ourselves. Some (Corkcelt) correctly stated we will get dragged into this, whilst some (The Exiled Tim) correctly and sadly stated they will get away with this.
Overall though, the posters felt glad that a club that had overstepped the mark in many different ways, finally got it’s just desserts. The mood was joyous, karma’s a bitch and revenge is a dish best served cold, just like the jelly and ice cream being sang about.
 
 
They were gone, and the rags confirmed it, the sports desks covered it, one bear infamously shedding tears outside the then defunct stadium.
Of course the main culprit had split the scenes just before the event, a knight of the realm is very very unlikely to get fingered for anything let’s be honest, but patsy or not justice seemed ready to be served up across the city.
 
 
Yet somehow, we’ve ended up here at this point, almost the opposite from the above. It’s now the Tims who shed tears, feeling cheated, long for actual justice.
Force fed a scam Lord’s inquiry into the affair, witnessed a complete u-turn on the death from the media who had previously yelled RIP to their favourites, we even sadly seen the ‘The’ dropped from before the new entities name, strangely allowing it to trade as before unlike many highstreet brands that bit the dust.
We seen proper liquidators who would sell every asset as a rule arrested in another country then subjected to almost torture while getting the Billy Boys whistled at them, they clearly felt very strongly that the face painter shouldn’t get her ninety odd quid.
We’ve heard the most amazing verbal contortions used in justifying the second most controversial resurrection ever,,engine room subsidiary, imperfectly registered, no sporting advantage, company not club.
 
 
And if you want characters this death has delivered them. From the outrageous Charlie Green who must be one of the only men alive who could claim with a straight face live on air 15 percent of the globes population support the Ibrox team but who walked away from his stint with a nice French chateau,,to the Motherwell born billionaire who took the heat for the failure and can’t home home in a hurry,,to Mike Ashley tussling with King over the shirts,,to Regan and Doncaster being clearly brought in to do a job then be cast aside when no longer needed,,to Turnbull Hutton becoming about the only football man in the nation with enough scruples and cajones to call it straight even though it almost cost him his club going up in smoke.
 
 
It’s been an eye opening ride, and a damn expensive one for the public if truth be told. The guts of billon smackeroonies down the drain, mostly due to persuasive porn director and an ego, who woulda thunk it.
 
 
But we are where we are. We all know the circumstances and how exactly we got here, even if it is far fetched and out with the realms of normal sport.
Today is a culmination, of many minds, plans and plots. Every single action of the major players since Valentine’s day 2012 was taken with the intention that today’s events could actually take place.
In inscribing 55 upon that title trophy, the greatest British sporting scandal ever draws to a sorry close.
The debt was dumped.
The titles weren’t stripped.
Their history remains intact.
Footballing and some business rules were tossed aside.
All to maintain the illusion that Rangers never actually died and the current iteration is actually the same as the original one who was liquidated.
Aka The Big Lie.
 
 
Supporters of the other ten teams in the division ‘only’ have to live with the big lie. Being honest there’s not much else they can do, bar walk away. Their club was a genuine victim of circumstance, an innocent bystander with little to no say in any Big Lie’s beginning. Perhaps collectively they could and should have stood together for the betterment of the national sport, but I expect them to have been much more concerned with their own survival in a post Old Firm landscape with uncertain TV income.
 
 
The Big Lie always needed both sides of the Old Firm to go along in order to exist, yet there was no polling of any supporter to gauge their views on the matter. Whilst supporters of the Ibrox club (I assume) were more interested in whether they would have any club at all to support, a giddy Celtic support had faith in the boardroom who’s supposed parsimony had fended off an extinction event.
We had the seemingly perfect combination of Scotsman/Irishman at the helm, the latter spectacularly wealthy which helped make resurrecting the easy cash cow of the Old Firm particularly galling, unless he genuinely believes the Old Firm partnership essential for the club.
We will never know, but a quick poll showed that belief almost non existent here.
 
 
The simple fact of the matter is a decision was taken by the board on all our behalfs regarding how exactly we would approach the matter of fact that one half of the Old Firm ceased to exist. The rationale behind that decision isn’t known at this juncture, but we do know the club are careful to not show their hand. Not officially anyway.
‘Half of nothing’ said a tweet, very much at odds with Dermots ‘love to play them every week’ ( Superleague mentality if I ever saw one) and Peters ‘just cost us 10 million’.
Throw in the rushed through 4 OF games SKy contract, Res12 and the 5WA and there’s zero doubt the boardroom have sanctioned another iteration of Rangers to (again) become half of the Old Firm.
WE were not consulted, not given a choice. WE weren’t even given an explanation.
WE were given a ‘The’ before their name, for a little while, couple months maybe, before it was ditched by what looked like agreement across all platforms.
Not far off a billion quid and all we got was a ‘The’ for a couple months, foolish me thought plundering was illegal in the civilized world.
 
 
As the number 55 and the associated images enter the Scottish football lexicon today, it’s worth noting all that entails being a full time supporter of the national sport from this point,,,
 
 
The Champions did this built on debt, again. Even before Covid their books were never clear with accountants resigning the second Dave King got involved.
They could again be a house of cards on their way to another near billion of debt ditched onto the public, and despite the EXACT SAME SIGNS as before they still aren’t tackled by headquarters, supporters, partner in crime.
One liquidation was a travesty, twice would be unimaginable. At least you would think so.
Again, all other 11 teams are forced to put up with one of the leagues giants being either unwilling or unable to adapt to the normal business practices all are adhering to. We’re forced to accept a basket case of a club, again.

We’re forced to forget those RIP Rangers headlines the tabloids must have been horrified but felt obliged to print.

We’re forced to pretend there is not one rule for them, one for the rest when it comes to Hampden, something that has never been so apparent as this season with it’s ‘suspect’ Covid testing and disciplinary procedures.

We’re forced to pretend the referees are actually impartial when a blind man can see there’s one rule,,,

We’re forced to swallow the Big Lie, the 5WA, the No Sporting Advantage joke, the imperfectly registered insult to intelligence.

That’s a lot of forcing, but worst of all we are forced to endure the very sad fact our own club has never come clean about their role in the entire affair.

Throw in more sorry facts like the rags are unable to tell the truth due to fears of sales dying, editorially won’t insult their major customer base preferring a Blues good, Green bad back page,,or maybe the fact the phone ins are fixed and loaded (Lawrie from Dennistoun), never mind the fact we had an accountant playing Football Manager FOR REAL at our club with our money with an ego running unchecked, and you would think they might realize it’s a lot to ask folk to actually pay into.
 
 
The Tims however, must accept an extra burden.
Our club being complicit in their revival.
It’s a fact. We did. We helped bring about today, 55th day.
It breaks my heart.
 
 
Today was the very day I dreaded once first faced with those predictions of what I perceived as doom. 55th day should have died on the altar of extended egos on Valentine’s Day 2012, yet here we are taken for granted, asked to meekly accept that this title is that clubs 55th only nine years after liquidation.
Clyde and bubble spring to mind.
 
 
Today, is the day many great men with real principles who truly believed the Glasgow Celtic was a force for good not only within the actual community but also the footballing community are proved wrong. Money took precedence over morals, sorry.
 
 
Today is the day ‘our’ footballing authorities totally and utterly failed us, no ifs, ands, or buts.
 
 
Twenty years or so ago I was enthralled with Martin honing a squad that would take scalp after scalp in Europe whilst dominating domestically.
Twenty years or so ago , something special was happening.
I had never been so proud of my club, my own version of the immortal Lions (born well before my days but dad insisted on memorizing the names of his heroes) kicking ass and taking names all over the continent.
Once again I’m reminded of an old song,,,
Once I ran to you, now I’ll run from you.
It’s tainted alright, not sure about the love anymore.
 
 
While I fully understand being abroad my dilemma is different than that of the season ticket holder, there is a vast range of opinions surrounding our club of choice, but we should surely all agree on one thing.
We were, always were, different.
From Walfrid to McGrory, to Tommy to Jock, our history reads like a fairytale and indeed Celtic the musical makes a living off that fact, plus it wasn’t that long ago a Hollywood movie was spoken of.
There’s nothing ordinary about Glasgow Celtic, we always had something special here, Henriks famous words rang so very true.
Then BOOM!
The death of our rivals under this board.
 
 
Now if tied to a chair and interrogated what the Tims have in common, whether abroad or at home, labour or conservative, pro Palestine or snooker lover, the answer would be easy.
Principles.
 
 
We as a fanbase have certain principles, always have, always will. Hence The Fields of Athenry being adopted, a song that encapsulates principles.
Hence that Irish flag being flown being flown high or it shall become a GAA park.
Hence the pride in Fergus saving from the ignominy of bankruptcy and potentially death.
And finally hence the pride in the catenaccio being slain so very publicly and in style in Lisbon.
Without principles, we are nothing, simply a club like any other.
And today of all days, 55th day, is the biggest failing of morals and principles at that club I’ve ever witnessed, for it casts a cloud upon us all and the game as a whole.
55 is the most shameful number ever to enter Scottish football, at this point.
It’s almost the ultimate irony this illegal title will be celebrated by an illegal gathering, just another example of how far the national sport has moved from being a normal pastime.
 
 
I’ll never not seek out the company of Tims the world over, salt of the earth and a source of great pride and knowledge, plus help if ever needed of course, but today and it’s associated number mark the ending of an era for me.
I’ve selfish reasons to continue an interest in the club, and I’ll never forget the highs and lows the last few decades have given me following the team wherever they played.
But having 55 forced upon me is a step too far, an insult to my own and every football fans intelligence.
Today, the 15th of May 2021, is the day the music died.
 
By Mahe

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Pitymevin

Good to see people take offence to huns being called huns and others wondering how the police can police.

If I didn’t know better, you would never have thought that the police choose not to uphold the law and never made any arrests after the last celebrations/ law breaking.

No wait, 5000 got fixed penalty notice and the huns, sorry the rangers fans never turned up yesterday.

Give me a fucking break with the pathetic excuses. Get it right they didn’t even try and dont insult my intelligence. 20 fucking arrested from the hun hordes.

I would love to live in your world, how many police were at work and how many would have been on holiday. The poor poor police.

Go fuvk yourself for defending this shite. We have all had to put up with for decades, get to the back of the bus and hope the people let you sit up front next time.

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PITYMENEVIN

Yep. Not having it either.

31003

Pitymevin

Is it me your telling to “go fuck yourself”?

31003

Oglach

Thanks for answering.
You could be right.

I just looked at the numbers and wondered the solution.
I genuinely have no idea how to deal with that kind of scenario (legally) but you make good points

Craig76

ASWGL
There is footage of the incident online i wont post the clip but if anyone wants to look i seen it on Tam sellics son Twitter page.
It looked like a smoke canister to me and I didn’t think they exploded

timhorton

Voguepunter
Thank you,they didn’t have to ask “what school”
I think it was in the sixties when they played Wolves and destroyed Wolverhampton the next mornings newspaper said “they came down from the north like the marauding hun”.

fan-a-tic

Just watched Atletico Madrid v Osasuna as the Spanish season nears conclusion.
A three horse race is now a two horse one as Barcelona lost.
Atletico have a two point lead going into last game over Real.
Real could still win i believe if Atletico draw and they win as they have head to head.
What struck me most though was the Champions league impact on domestic leagues.
Atletico for a team holding the titles destiny showed zero passion or urgency until they went one down in the seventy fifth minute against a team they had beat easily in 9 of their last 10 encounters.
Has the Champions league riches demotivated the overpaid players knowing that European competition brings the big money so as long as they qualify for that it’s fine?
TV and its creation of financial disparity is a malign cancer on the game.

Sol Kitts

Large crowds don’t just appear from nowhere. Plod Scotland should have intercepted them when they were still in small groups, dispersed them, sent them home, and issued fixed penalty notices. If they insisted in trying to gather, lift them. When word got round that trying to congregate would mean a fine and/or a night in the cells, how many would take the chance? Waiting till there were too many to handle shows either a lack of ability by the Plod commander to assess the probable outcome, or lack of desire to prevent same outcome. Either way, whoever decided it would be a good idea to allow a large group of pissed up thugs to march on the city centre should resign or be sacked, especially given that this was not a “first offence.”
However, all we’ll get will be mealy-mouthed platitudes and sound-bites. Wee Nippy will give a strong sounding speech, then do nothing. An inquiry will be ordered to kick the whole disgusting episode into the long grass, and will conclude nothing of consequence but will allow Plod and politicians to hide behind its conclusions. We might even get a 99% redacted report and get told that’s all we can get to see because of “operational reasons.”

31003

Sol Kitts

Your solution would be perfect if put to level headed, sane minded adult people. Unfortunately, this was a 10,000 strong pissed nut job horde intent on mayhem and violence. Dispersing would work for 10 mins then their drunken bravado and this is our heritage attitude would soon have them regrouping and going on the attack

Pitymevin

31003, if it was you who put the police force stats up then yes.

I dont know how this could have been policed, heres a thought.

POLICE Scotland will not tolerate groups ove six people gathered and anyone found to be flouting this ruling will feel the full force of the law. We will track you down and hold you to account.

You will receive a criminal record and your details will be passed to your employer.

Hows that for a start.

Go fuck yourself

31003

Bobby

I enjoyed my time on this site but, I came here for adult conversation and not taking garbage fro idiots who, truth be told, have already driven decent people from CQN.
Thanks for everything.
Bye and good luck
3sy

CaltonTongues

The Dead Hand of Ulster guy, feck giving him a loan of a handful.
You’d only get 2 back

voguepunter

CT yir a bad mhan…but i like ye :O)

A thing of beauty

Pitymenevin,
Surely no need to disagree with a poster by telling them to go Fck themselves. Feelings are running high but 31003 or others should not be subjected to personal abuse. 31003 I hope you will reconsider.

Óglach

31003

Then you meet force with force – as allowed by law. If they would have been confronted by fully kitted riot squads, as the GB were, do you think their bravado would have lasted? Some may have tried a bit of agro but a few of the more mouthy pricks being cracked over the napper with a riot baton and thrown in the back of a police van or a few seeking medical attention for stitches from a dog bite or 2 would have soon sobered the rest of them up fairly quickly.

Sol Kitts

3sy
Agreed there would be no point trying to disperse them once they were 10000 strong, my point was that they should have been intercepted, fined and dispersed when still in small (but illegal) groups. Plod would have been aware of the routes they would take to their meeting point, so a bit of planning would have stopped them at source.
Of course, this would require a police force who were prepared to uphold the law without fear or favour, and Police Scotland simply do not fit this description.

ASWGL

Craig cheers i’ll have a look.

Guys, no point in getting angry at the wrong people, from what I see we are all just throwing questions/opinions/suggestions around, we’re not in George Sq, we can agree to disagree and keep it civilised.

HH

craig76

Turnbull wins pfa young player of the year
https://twitter.com/CelticFC/status/1393989601459572739

Sol Kitts

Craig76
Amazing considering how long it took for NFL to play him.

Nana Mouskouri C.sc

Anybody got a clue which away ground that photo of King Kenny was taken at. Its doing my brain in

ASWGL

Nana might be Maryhill Juniors (Lochburn Park)..looks mer like Ayr Racecourse though 🙂

Craig76

Sol Kitts
According to wiki Turnbull played 34 games this season but it doesn’t say how many were as a substitute
(3 of them cup games)

Nana Mouskouri C.sc

ASWGL yes it does look like a junior park

Nana Mouskouri C.sc

how much those four players in todays marketplace. half a billion. they are the type you would pay the admission money just to see alone

Pitymevin

ATOB,
Sorry but I cant take it back and I will not.

Anyone defending Police Scotland for their handling of yesterday and the previous so called celebration will be told where to go.

Not acceptable in my eyes and this so called acceptance of the policing.

They are paid to do a job, if they cant do the job, then call in reserve forces.

Sometimes people need calling out.

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PITYMENEVIN

Go fuck yourself is not how we respond to people on here. I enjoy your input,but I think that one is beneath you.

A thing of beauty

Pitymenevin,
As ASWGL says I’m not sure 3’s was defending the police but if you feel that was the case let him know why you feel he is wrong. That’s fair enough but I just think the GFY was a bit far. Let’s leave the uncivilised stuff to others. They are so much better at it than us.

ASWGL

Nana I watched Celtic at Lochburn a few times, they had a good affiliation with Maryhill juniors, and farmed some players out there Danny McGrain Jim Duffy Tommy Burns, from memory all played there, and Celtic would often play testimonials and charity matches there, so it was an educated guess, though i ‘could’ be wrong

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NANA

The first time I saw Kenny was 1971,I think. Frank Beattie testimonial at Kilmarnock. I turned to my Dad after five minutes and said-who’s that wee blond guy,he canny be fit,running about wi a red face already.

We won 7-2. He scored six of them.

And a star is born!

Nana Mouskouri C.sc

ASWGL yes we farmed out all our youngsters to the juniors in those days to toughen them up. Dalglish was at Cumbernauld. My brother in law played against him at that time. Every time Kenny comes on the TV when I am with him he says I had him in my back pocket

Nana Mouskouri C.sc

got the programme Bobby

Pitymevin

Bobby, ATOB.

I know you are both correct and yes my response was heated and uncalled for.

In my defence.

I didn’t even read who posted the police numbers and I did have a run in with 31003 on CQN.

What’s the odds eh.

So in one sense he is correct, I am an idiot, for not reading who posted the numbers, but every action has a reaction.

And that’s the truth.

Rebus67

Pitymevin,

You are entitled to your opinion but when you personally abuse others, you are just out of line.

3’s do not leave, scroll past and ignore.

Rebus

Angel Gabriel

Just catching up .

Mahe . Every word in your article resonates, with my own feelings.
Sometimes it’s hard to explain to other Tims , or fans of other clubs, or folks I know with no interest in Scottish fitba , that most of this sordid tale didn’t even get publicised.

Sad times indeed.

Celtic FC ,taken by a few , and tarnished by greed and cowardice.

Excellent article.

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NANA

Yer kidding! I never kept things like that. I kept books,LPs,and my favourite jeans. Everything else got binned!

I remember in the mid-80s going out for a pint-aye,like twelve!-one Monday night and bumping into two fellas from Cambuslang. We hit it off somewhat,since they were both called Mick and as daft about Celtic as everyone one here is. For the life of me I can’t remember the name of the wee fella who wanted to go into the fire service,but the other one was Mick Goodwin.

I hope they have done well in their lives,they were smashing lads. And their parents tolerated me when I stayed overnight too. They took turns about!

One of them had a drawer beside his bed which didn’t contain programmes. It contained the stub of every football match and concert that he had ever attended. Good bloody thinking,I reckon.

We lost touch,which you do,met up again at Hampden-I think SOLKITTS was there that day-and we have obviously lost touch since. But SOLKITTS is my best mate,we lost touch for twenty bloody years,and trust me,you will never experience a pleasure like meeting a pal again after so long.

Some things in life matter.

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PITYMENEVIN

Don’t beat yourself up. Fuxake,I’ve made one or two faux pas in my time. I’m fortunate that I have two vigilant sisters to point them out.

Which they tend to take a delight in.

Pitymevin

Cheers Bobby.

I said on one of my first ever posts around police Scotland, I detest the bastards and I do go off on one.

HH GNAGB

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PITYMENEVIN

Some day one day we can compare notes!

Pitymevin

Scotlands finest.

Nana Mouskouri C.sc

Bobby the ticket stubs are more collectable than a lot of the programmes nowadays. I was going to send the Beattie program to Kenny when he got knighted and say to him you remember this game but i couldnt afford the price of a stamp

MAGU

Pitymevin and Threesy

You are both valued posters on here, and I would very much miss you, if either of you decided to decamp to pastures new…at the end of the day, we would not even be having this conversation if that f****r Lawwell had done his job right. This too shall pass.

Oglagh

Funnily enough, I was thinking of that very same thing, only yesterday. Let’s get:

The Greater Manchester Police

NYPD SWAT

The Guards

French Riot Cops

The South Armagh Sniper(Retd.)

Gene Hunt

Agent Gibbs(NCIS) and

The USMC

over for their Glasgow 12th in July.

That would fair sort those Orange Bastards out. HOO-RAAAAA.

Hail Hail.

MAGUA

Any news, any at all, on a new manager?

FFS This is doing my heid in.

Hail Hail.

MAGUA

31003 and Pitymevin

You are both much valued on here. We’re all going a bit mad at the minute, as this whole season would not have transpired if that f****r Lawwell had done his job correctly.

Oglagh

Funnily enough, I had the very same thought only yesterday, re the GMP…I bet they would love a bit of payback.

So for their Glasgow July ‘celebrations’ let’s invite:

DCI Gene Hunt

NYPD SWAT

French Riot Polis

Agent Gibbs(NCIS)

The USMC

and any other feckers that could do a better job than PoliceScotland.

Pretty sure that the above would deal with all their shoite in short order.

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New article published,way before schedule.

https://sentinelcelts.com/2021/05/16/hibs-0-0-celtic/

NorrieM

Who was it that was standing up against racism again 🤔
Inside a stadium in Glasgow yesterday, at an In house party which is breaching the law
Blatant sectarianism being by those that claimed to be victims of racism
2nd video down

https://twitter.com/RetroCeltic/status/1394043076516229126?s=20

Let’s see what action is taken on this

MAGUA

NorrieM

Good to see Huns from ethnic minorities, belting out FTP. Just goes to show you how toxic the Ibrox mob are. Nacho Novo anyone??

Racism? What racism?

Can this KKKclub become any more rancid?

I await with baited breath, hypocrites from the Brit-left calling this out.

What about ye, Nil By Mouth and SRTRC.

bada bing1

https://twitter.com/RetroCeltic/status/1394043076516229126?s=20

I seem to remember Griffiths getting a ban for similar, when he was at Hibs……but this will be over exuberance obviously

The Real McCoy

Was gonna compare and contrast the different responses to the racist behaviour in differing parts of the country.
“ shameful racism “ – Boris
“ urgent enquiries to identify those responsible and won’t accept such behaviour “ Met
“ no place for religious hatred in British Society “
Boris .
“ Utterly disgusting. There must be consequences “ – Starmer
Suspects traced and arrested within hours.
Now that video of disgust has appeared.
Between sick and angry.
Gonna chill for now.
See you all tomorrow Sentinel Celts.
GNAGB 🙏🏻

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