This Happy Land?
I originally started this article as a response to a post from MAGUA at 545 yesterday. It grew legs,and grew into the article to follow.
Nothing wrong with that,of course. Gives me more time to work on my planned article from the inter and post war years. Research not being my strong point,btw!
I consider myself too as a bit of a Celtic anorak,especially from the 70s and 80s. Too young beforehand,moved away afterwards,happily missed out dark days of the early 90s.
“DALLAS” from CQN and I used to compare notes,back in the day. We probably stood next to each other on occasion back then,whether it be in a bar,The Jungle,an away end. Who knew?
Then there’s the tales we were brought up on by our respective Dads,uncles,acquaintances. Lordy,we lapped them up in our formative years,did we not?!!!
I genuinely believe that there is a magic about our club,something that grips you when you first experience it. I’ve introduced a good few “non-traditional” friends to Celtic,and they buy into that magic even more than we do!
I spent much of yesterday with a guid pal from Paisley,a lad I’ve known almost my entire twenty years in Swindon. It was his sixtieth birthday,so you might gather that we all had a ball. He knows even more Celtic/Rebel songs than I do. He’s the choirmaster in the Swindon Shamrock CSC when the games are on.
And,depending on how many beers have been taken,even when they aren’t.
Not a shred of Catholicism or Irish descent in his backgound. Just a love of the club. Same as with all of those “non-traditional” friends and acquaintances.
I’m so so proud of our club’s achievements over the history of its existence. Of the legends that go with that,the heroes who wore The Hoooooops. But to be honest,I am more proud of the fact that we are so happy to open our arms in welcome to those of-and I’m sorry to repeat the term again-“non-traditional” background.
I’m even more proud that they know that they will be welcomed with open arms.
The club released a new t-shirt/slogan the other day with the logo “Open To All” on it,and it took a bit of grief from various outlets-suggesting that we were piggybacking on the huns one from last year.
Not so,that has always been our philosophy. In a blatant attempt to get MAGS posting again,this should be our theme song.
We know the songs that the soo’siders prefer,and it reflects their attitude and approach to everything.
Aye,it’s a strange thing how Celtic gets to you. But it’s a great thing too,and open to all. For real,and no questions-like “How old is your Granny?” asked.
Indeed,it is Good To Be A Tim. But it is even better to know that anyone is welcome to join us in being one. Though maybe better,for a number of reasons,that we don’t know each other as “This Happy Band”!
Above article by BMCUWP