Not On,So Off!


As one or two of you may have noticed,I spent the extended weekend Chez SOLKITTS. We’ve known each other for about forty years,he blames me for blighting his life with a deep love of Celtic-as do his wife and kids!-and basically we just have a terrific time when we meet up. 

They kill the fatted calf,force feed it to me,and then insist I wash it down with the finest whisky they can find. I do my best with some retaliation-like bringing over a couple of decent bottles,or trying subterfuge to pay a bill when I think they aren’t looking-but it’s a bloody struggle. 

You’ll gather I had a great weekend. I always do. I’ve always said that I have better family and friends than I deserve,and none of them ever fail to prove that. None,ever. I think they do it out of spite to put me on a guilt trip,the basterts! 

Quite a few of you on here are included in that,of course. 

Canny beat a hootenanny,really!!!

However,SOLKITTS and I can be quite argumentative-without falling out!-at times.  And one of the points I raised while watching a game on Saturday night was about the number of stamps on a player’s foot. SOLKITTS,of course,is a recently retired referee,and at quite a senior level. My point was that there is far too much of the clear stamp on the foot of a player as he plays the ball.

Not a kick on the calf or the knee,as we did-or got-when we were kids. A stamp on the foot. Which,of course,we shrugged off. The leather protecting our feet was thicker than we were!

Not now. The boots are deliberately lighter to enable more speed and “feel” and are comparable to those worn by a ballet dancer at Sadler’s Wells. As such,that has made feet-notoriously made up of fragile bones and nerve endings-much more vulnerable to assault. 

The people I watched the Wales v Italy game with yesterday were bloody raging at the red card for a “nothing” offence. I was delighted with it. This is an offence which has been becoming far too prevalent in our game. As I said to SOLKITTS the other night,for something to become prevalent when it had previously been rare means that they know what they are doing. 

The referee yesterday will probably get some grief in the press in the morning. He won’t be getting any from me. It was a courageous decision,it was a correct decision,and I hope his colleagues worldwide follow his example. 


Above article by BMCUWP

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Garry Robert Lewandowski
June 21, 2021 3:42 am

Goodnight God Bless folks
Great bedtime tune

Garry Robert Lewandowski
June 21, 2021 4:00 am

Song for Big Packy fae his pal in Republican Dalmuir.

Garry Robert Lewandowski
June 21, 2021 4:04 am

Ange Postecoglou is the real deal.
Happy Days ahead. 💪🍀💚 Magic

Garry Robert Lewandowski
June 21, 2021 4:23 am

My favourite song of the 2021 year.

Garry Robert Lewandowski
June 21, 2021 4:37 am

Song my son sang to me and I loved it.
A bit homophobic sorr
“Richard Gough you are a fairy.
Fuck yer Queen and yer Brigton Derry Scum.j

June 21, 2021 4:46 am

Spot on, BM, the Wales’ player should be ashamed of himself. The quicker we rid the game of cynical attempts to injured opponents, the better.

Garry Robert Lewandowski
June 21, 2021 4:47 am

The Age of Ange is upon us.
I am delighted.
Watch us go wi Postecoglou. 💪👍🍀💚🇩🇪

Garry Robert Lewandowski
June 21, 2021 4:49 am

Spot on. 👍🍀💚

Cosy Corner Bhoy
June 21, 2021 6:45 am

Whilst not disagreeing with BMCUWP on the sending off in the Wales v Italy game, I wonder about the ‘agonised’ cries when sole meets upper! Not every player sounds as though he has been trampled by an elephant! The next time I’m in a sports shop I will have a look and feel at a modern day football boot, something I haven’t done since ATOB hung up her boots ( now she was a player before her time ) many years ago. It seems to me that ballerina type boots are unlikely to have pit boots type soles but I shall see for myself!
BTW, belated, very belated happy birthday wishes to Craig 76. The next Saturday I am going to the CSC in Irvine I will let him know and we can have a pint in this ‘ aye that’ll be right’ Celtic supporters bar in town!! Must be a green telephone box😁

June 21, 2021 7:09 am

I was not impressed by Strachan as manager towards the end of his tenure and I can assure you it had nothing to do with his religion. In my experience that actually doesn’t matter to most Celtic supporters, you may have a different experience. Personally I found his remarks about celtic supporters being devil dug owning kestrel drinking idiots a step too far. He was referring to people who go on phone ins and not to all Celtic supporters but it was insulting and showed a lack of respect for the support. He also repeatedly told us game after game how brilliant the team had been when those watching knew that was patently not true. That is where the relationship began to break down IMO. In hindsight I think he was a very good manager and we made the mistake (again) as a support in thinking the board would get us a better manager. We never learn!!

big packy
June 21, 2021 8:38 am

MORNING ALL and JIM, garry, thanks for the video, remember buying led zeppelin 3 and kept playing that song over and over, great band👍 good luck on wednesday,,forza polska 👍

saltires voting for Christmas
June 21, 2021 8:56 am


The standard of refereeing in the Euros has been a wee highlight. Mainly.

The oul’ standing on the opponent’s foot routine. Designed to antagonise, frustrate and temporarily hurt, but mainly distract at crucial junctures of the game. It’s as old as the game and probably older than that. Either do it or have it done…

Personally, never comfortable with it as felt it sneaky and underhand, fell out with a few managers who demanded it. Looking back now I wasn’t cure enough in those situations and watching the Top defenders utilising every trick in the book.. why they get to the top and stay there. Or a part of the reason, probably linked to an in-built desire to succeed.

Hard to explain, but players know when opponents are being out of order. They deal with it appropriately.

That stamping thing you highlighted was an example of ‘out of order’.

Makes ye wonder what referees in Scotland are thinking with some of the stuff we see every week.

VAR in Scotia…aye, really makes ye wonder…

The Gombeen Man
June 21, 2021 9:02 am

“And the guitar man got famous
The business man got rich.”

Just a few words from Bon Scott to welcome Ange to Lennoxtown.

No doubt after reviewing what we have, we’ll be signing the Richmond Aussie Rules team to take on the Sevvies.

Thanks BMCWPS for the article and the comments last night.

I’m glad you enjoyed the weekend and impressed that you still managed to produce a Monday morning article.

I didn’t see the game yesterday but I’ve watched those sleekit accidents in the past and wondered about the carpet-slippers, armed with studs that they players wear.

As Saltire’s mentioned, the improvements in refereeing and use of technology are areas that gives me a wee bit of hope in UEFA.

On the WGS debate…

These things usually operate in the subconscious and we’re not aware of our prejudices and biases, until they’re pointed out by someone.

They’re usually very apparent to everyone. We all have them.

In school, at home and religion conditioned us to suppress the less appealing parts of our character (as society sees it).

So we end up conflicted and uncomfortable in our skin.

I didn’t follow the debate on Friday/Saturday but possibly some people might point to the Billy Gilmour debate as evidence of bias?

These things are tough to see and we normally throw the toys out the pram when they’re pointed out.

Best of luck Ange.

Till Later.

saltires voting for Christmas
June 21, 2021 9:10 am

Big Packy

Zep III still my fav by that band.

Love the acoustic playing by JPP, but still prefer the Bert Jansch’ versions… only Half-kidding…

June 21, 2021 11:07 am
Billy Gilmour has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss Scotland’s crucial Euro 2020 match with Croatia on Tuesday.

Sol Kitts Hygge
June 21, 2021 12:58 pm

Breaking news. Billy Gilmour transferred to Sevco on loan and is now cleared to play for Scotland tomorrow. 🤣🤣😎

Big Audio Dynamite
June 21, 2021 1:34 pm

We are ok, wee Bully has had no close contacts


Garry Robert Lewandowski
June 21, 2021 1:48 pm

Led Zeppelin 111 my favourite Led Zep album.
James Patrick Page’s finest record. 👍

Garry Robert Lewandowski
June 21, 2021 2:00 pm

Huge blow for Scotland.
I rate Billy Gilmour very highly.
Hope that Dom McKay can persuade the Ardrossan lad to come to Celtic on loan.
Billy has the potential to become World Class.

bada Bing
June 21, 2021 2:05 pm

Robertson and McGinn have taken down videos of them playing table tennis with Gilmour…

June 21, 2021 2:09 pm

Totally agree with you BMCUW. Red card all day long except if you are John Hartson commentating.

Mike in Toronto
June 21, 2021 2:38 pm

I know there are different Covid rules in different jurisdictions…. some places say close contact requires 15 minutes in the same area, for example….

but, honestly, I dont get how someone can play a football game (which is not in an enclosed office, but usually involving close quarter pushing, shoving, holding at corners, for example) on a Friday, be diagnosed with Covid a day or two later, and yet apparently not have come into close contact with anyone from his team or the opposing team…..

just seems strange to me….

(not even getting into differential application of rules in Scotland, which is a different matter…)

June 21, 2021 2:52 pm


Excellent point about the type of boots players are wearing these days. I’ve often thought, that fitba players’ boots should be similar to that worn by professional basketball players…thereby offering more protection for the ankle area.

I guess the counter argument from players would be along the lines of…that would restrict mobility. Perhaps. Perhaps not. With some players would it really matter? How feckin’ mobile were some of our players last season?

As things stand at present-with the slippers worn by players-serious injuries will continue to happen, until boot manufacturers come up with some type of safety boot.

Just a few random thoughts there.

Hail Hail.

Mike in Toronto
June 21, 2021 2:54 pm

Apparently, Spain is expected to announce tomorrow that it has pardoned the leaders of the 2017 Catalan independence movement who had been convicted of sedition. Some had received sentences of more than a decade in jail.

Note a pardon (a ‘foregiveness by a state after a conviction for a crime) is different from amnesty (usually given before a conviction, and where a state effectively acknowledges no wrong was committed, and is used generally in matters of national importance).

Scotland the Brave, don't lift ma kilt - Mahe
June 21, 2021 3:09 pm

I was unaware there had been a red card due to a stamp, but I’m fully in favour of red carding those who do stamp.

Glad you got to go hang out with your pals.

That’s not a bad team in that background, not a bad team at all.

Hail Hail

Weet weet weet
June 21, 2021 3:31 pm

2-50 Newton abbey the distant lady won 11/4, jockey wearing the hoops syndicate 4 left footers and a bluenose

Lubo Friesdorfer
June 21, 2021 3:41 pm

Are we to believe that Gilmour did not travel, eat or room with anyone else in the squad set up, never mind train with or be treated by coaches, physios etc and at all times remained at least 2 (1?) metres distant? And hugging Mount and James, Chelsea team-mates, didn’t happen..?

Aye, right, as they say.

Sol Kitts Hygge
June 21, 2021 3:51 pm

It is always a pleasure having you visit us. The pubs in Maldon also asked me to thank you for boosting their profits in this difficult time
Pity Big Packy couldn’t make it. Guess he was at Festival Park while we were in the White Horse.
Big Packy, a true story for you. White horse goes into a pub, the barman looked at him and said, “We’ve got a whisky named after you.”
“What?” said the horse, “Dobbin?”

June 21, 2021 3:52 pm


If ATHINGOFBEAUTY had baws,she would have played for Celtic!

I wish I’d had an ounce of her talent.

June 21, 2021 4:02 pm


Thanks,mate. Apparently the Scottish lads who cleaned up the fanzone after the game on Friday were offered overtime in Maldon this morning.

That might of course be a BIGPACKY true story from Festival Park!

big packy
June 21, 2021 4:21 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM , SOL / /BOBBY, im in the festival park now, my starting motor wont start my motor, if you get my drift, i phoned jim up, he said he would come down and give me a tow home, but he wants 2 grand, i havent got that sort of money and he wont let me pay in installments,, thats your best friend for you🤩 SOL your my only hope, how much for a tow to cheshire,,another true story🤩🤩

Sol Kitts Hygge
June 21, 2021 4:26 pm

Big Packy
I’m watching you now out of my office window. You need to turn the starting handle clockwise. If that doesn’t work there are some gipsy folk in the park who say they can hitch your jalopy behind the horse and tow you home. Should only take a few days and they’ll do it for the price of a pint. 🐴

big packy
June 21, 2021 4:32 pm

CHEERS SOL, i knew i could rely on you🤩

big packy
June 21, 2021 4:35 pm

saltires from earlier, didnt know you were that old, led zeppelin 3, im too young, jim the tim told me about them,🤩 another not true story,🤩

big packy
June 21, 2021 4:38 pm

for garry robert leandowski.

bada Bing
June 21, 2021 4:58 pm

BMCUW- have the Ascot results been posted M?

June 21, 2021 5:01 pm


I got off the train yesterday at Liverpool Street in a rather distressed state.

Bloody toilets on the train were locked!

Natch,I knew there was a nearby pub,so not a problem. Ended up talking to a lovely couple from Basildon-of all places-and explained the reasons for my trip,etc.

As you do,I suppose.

Pisses me off,the anti-English mentality back home when everyone down here has been welcoming,but that’s by the by. They were meeting their daughter,nice wee day planned for Fathers Day. Just a lovely couple,and I only met them because the toilets were locked!

There are good people everywhere.

big packy
June 21, 2021 5:06 pm

BOBBY, went to basildon once it was closed🤩

June 21, 2021 5:09 pm


That 66/1 winner on the opening day gave us an outlier. I decided not to post the table after the first day as I didn’t want to discourage people.

I’d bloody given up after that,though I hammered MOHAAFETH to stay on the right side of the ledger.

Then I overlooked the extended trip to Chez SOLKITTS and the extended sobering up period required.

Five days,seven races,three places. 23 entries. That’s about 4000 permutations.

Results due on Wednesday as long as the batteries on my calculator hold out!

Craig 76 (3 leopards 🐆 on a shirt )
June 21, 2021 5:38 pm

Fairhill bhoy 👍yes I had a good day/night, did a McCaff and fell asleep on sofa 🤣🤣

June 21, 2021 5:39 pm

Packy, You mis heard me. I said 2 PINTS! No way was I settling for instalments. 1/2 pint at a time?

saltires voting for Christmas
June 21, 2021 5:43 pm

Big Packy

I was still a skoolbhoy when I saw Zeppelin Live

Utopia!! With the mighty Rundgren.

Fairport Convention were playing too…Southside Johnny & The Asbury Dukes, Commander Cody and The Atlanta Rythmn Section

Chas & Dave kicked it off…

Dazed & Confused So a wiz…Had my ’78 Scotland shirt on for about 3 days.. then swapped it for the Tour T-shirt

Then I had to go home and complete 6th Year… oh! what a bummer!

June 21, 2021 5:46 pm

Good and bad in all walks of life.

June 21, 2021 5:49 pm

Bobby if I end up winning I will make a donation to arcas over here, who were a great help to myself when needed, and use the first place winnings to split between maybe the next 4 places (will leave it up to you how you want to split it as you have so generously donated the prize money).

I enjoy the competitions on here and the generosity of you guys who organise and donate the prizes is recognised and is greatly appreciated by all 👍.

Hope that doesn’t complicate things too much before the calculator explodes. 😁

Tim, thankfully mainly good in my experience.

saltires voting for Christmas
June 21, 2021 5:49 pm

big packy
BOBBY, went to basildon once it was closed🤩


Were you going to play in a Bond …. 🎶🎵

June 21, 2021 5:59 pm


Absolutely correct. I just wish more people would realise that.

bada Bing
June 21, 2021 6:01 pm

BMCUW- a couple of us had a 33/1 winner and some fingers crossed after it😁

big packy
June 21, 2021 6:09 pm

JIM / SALTIRES,are they true stories🤩🤩

big packy
June 21, 2021 6:18 pm

ASWGL, great background pic 👍

June 21, 2021 6:22 pm

Packy, I love the new background too. I was annoyed with myself this morning, the memory gone again! I couldn’t remember Alan Thompson & Joos Valgaeren’s names. 🙁