The Easter Hoedown
Sunday brings us our latest showdown with The Foe Malign,with one more to come in two weeks time. I won’t deny that the latter is the more important one in my opinion,but being a greedy bastert,I refuse to choose and want to win them both.
In that,I’m sure I share the same viewpoint as our manager. And also,I am certain,the players. Nobody ever gained success by opting to win one and lose one. We have come a long way in nine months-six months,even!-and winning has become a habit. Winning on Sunday is just a continuation of that,and of the momentum we have built up on this long undefeated run in domestic competition.
I’m not going to dwell too much on the form or personnel of our opponents. That is Ange’s job,and I’m happy to leave that to him. Stopping their full-backs getting forward,dealing with any threat on the flanks,or the resultant crosses into the box? He will know all that without me reminding him.
But we can do all of this anyway,just as a result of playing our natural game! Our wide men will keep the full backs occupied with their defensive duties,our own backs are in excellent form and our central defenders have been a rock. Let the opposition worry about what we can do to them!
As it stands,our back five pick themselves these days. Maybe a bit harsh on Anthony Ralston,who has improved beyond measure this season and is a great option to have. Our midfield is likely to be CalMac and Reo,with either of Big Tam or Matt O’Riley alongside. With the other on the bench alongside such as David Turnbull and Guchi,we have the options there too. As I can’t see G-Mak being risked for this game,I think we will have Jota on the right,Maeda on the left-switching when they feel like it,just to keep the opposition on their toes!-and the return to the starting line-up of our talisman Kyogo.
That is a line-up with which most teams will struggle,and wouldn’t it be nice to have a repeat of last week’s scoreline! Personally,I’ll be happy with a repeat of the one at Ibrox two weeks ago. Although I’d prefer that their goal was a late consolation rather than an early opener…
Our fans will be there in their numbers to roar on their team,and my niece will be there to see us play our local rivals for her first time. She was only about 12yo when they died,and as a qualified doctor is interested in seeing how any life can possibly be attributed to a 10yo corpse. Our fans are being asked to bring along a Tricolour to add to the occasion too. I’m not sure how much of that is down to the SFA refusing a tifo request from the Green Brigade,how much is down to it being a celebration of The Easter Rising,or just simply to wind the huns up. Any or all of those options works for me,but it is the football that comes first.
Football without fans is nothing,said a great man. I think that last season proved those words to be true. But matches aren’t won on the terraces or in the stands. They are won on the training ground,in the tactical superiority of the players and manager,and most of all on the pitch.
Win on Sunday,Celtic. “And then we celebrate” and move on to next week’s fixture. Rinse and repeat till the end of the season. What a position to be in,and I’m hoping that in about five weeks time we can all have one helluva celebration indeed!
Above article by BMCUWP
FYI,The Sentinel Celts Charity drive will shortly come to fruition. We already have a small pot from the racing festivals over the last month. We have decided to do it via PayPal,originally with Sentinel Celts as the donor/recipient. A minor problem is that MAHE cannot use that method due to US tax laws-he isn’t rich enough that IRS treat him as off the radar.
The obvious solution is for me to set up the new account,and for two weeks I have tried. The account is email@example.com,I enter the code they send me,then nothing. I’ve got some time this weekend to figure it out-recently it has been work,eat,sleep-and not enough of the latter-so fingers crossed we can get it up and running ASAP.
One important thing to mention though,is that by running this,we are not trying to coerce anyone to paying a single penny that they cannot afford. Times are tight for many of us,and tighter than normal for others.
Any payment can be made anonymously,or you can leave a name with it. We hope this will raise some money for those that need it,but I assure you that no source of any donation will be made public. Apart,of course,from the competitions we run,or from donors themselves.
(In case anyone thinks that a donation should not be made public,there will come a time when someone mentions that they have donated £50 in memory of their Uncle Jim,Steve,Mick,whatever)
As always,we welcome any suggestions on how to proceed. The site has been a tremendous success already,despite MAHE and I knowing eff all about setting one up. The Techie Guys and legal team did that for us,with grateful thanks for which I haven’t yet had the chance to show my appreciation. And I’m struggling to set up a PayPal account-no advice needed here,I’ll set it up via a different device-but we need PLENTY of advice about fundraising.
To coin a phrase,I’m a giver not a taker.
Btw,we will also allow account access to two other members of the site,as independent auditors. I mean,who amongst us would run away with the charity money? But it happens. And that is why I would like income to be disbursed every three months,or when needed.
But,again,we welcome advice.
Great work on the charity set up buddy.
We have the players to do the job on Sunday – can see an Andy Lynch 1-0 style victory
Unfortunately, can also see us being booted up and down the pitch with zero protection from anyone.
Good stuff this morning. 👍
Andy Lynch 1-0 is my very first Celtic memory, SES.
A pic I have never seen before
Rebus – from yesterday -thanks
Magua – aye – they were scurrilous bassas, but probably not a ‘grab’ of items – more likely they offered small sums of cash to players they knew were in dire straits – in return for one thing of value, weans… can’t eat badges. Instead of those items staying with the club collection they were held in private collections. Hold on .. that is a ‘grab’ … scoundrels ..
How often those turnstiles kept clicking after the ‘reported’ attendance figure had been achieved.
How many 20,000 crowds reported ..where ye couldn’t move ? Stand full with 9,000 and jungle shoulder to shoulder…
BB your bhoy keeping some interesting company …oh! to be young again …magic!!
Celtic v Spurs. 67
I wonder why all those rugs ended up with the wrong European cup on them? As we all know, the Tic won big ears the first time it was played for.
BAD – Aye – Andy Lynch calm as ye like
That’s another great foto…never seen that angle .. there must be loads in collections of photographers from all over the world that day. Picture editors selecting one and syndicated ( or whatever they do ) classic of Billy with Big Cuo held aloft and a disconsolate Italian King by his side…must have been a hundred others taken similar but different angles/light/aspect
SES…versus Dundee 1988, what was the official attendance? We arrived at the Jungle at 25 to 3, got in the Celtic End at 20 past. Not long after they started shifting fans onto the trackside. Crowd figures next day reported as 40-odd thousand if my memory serves!! Not any worse than Sir David Murray tbh!!
Dropped you a mail.
SES, always had a thing for old Celtic memorabilia (was an avid programme collector when I was a kid) would be great if we could get access to all the photos taken that day, eh?.
McCaff, 40k?? That must’ve just been where we were standing, under the numbers at the back of the Celtic end! Would be brill to find out what the actual attendance was that day …70k + or summit??
Btw, wasn’t the game stopped at times because of the crowd? And, wasn’t that the day we sang Happy birthday Celtic?? Glorious Celtic daze! 😉
BAD…what was the capacity of the old Parkheid, 66k or something like that? Absolutely fu’ to overflowing that day! What a fantastic day for us though! Another legendary Celtic Day.
…and before Sky corrupted our weekend schedules. That game today would be played at 12 o’clock on a feckin Sunday!!! 🤬🤬🤬
Good stuff Bobby 👏
Dyche sacked by Burnley
Looking forward to Saturday although I confess I’m starting to get slightly nervous.
The charity drive is an excellent idea.
Now I know it’s a bit early for a tune, however, is it ever too early for some Clair?
This was recorded in Feb at a hotel in Strathaven. (drummer from ML5)
For MIT and BRRB
McCaff – case in point… and a good one
BAD – aye – must be a trove of old black & whites from the 72 hours around those games … Italian media had a name for them…. paparazzi… must have been miles of spools developed
BB never be too early for good music any day … but especially Friday … still enthralled with the start of Crackerjack on a Friday at 5pm and the first time I saw Blockbuster ‘live’ with flashing blues & twos lights …
Maybe it was TOTP Thursday…
It was Teenage Rampage…
Very Sweet 🙂
Fox on the Run.
More Sweet and me a diabetic 🙂
GG out for sunday
Me too, will be 48 years in September.
Hope you have everything under control
Never understood why managers tell the world a player is out,keep them guessing
Belmont Brian…is your boy going to Stereo tonight for Savage Mansion. My nephew knows your boy from the band scene in Glasgow.
Good afternoon all from the Penny Farthing, downtown Govanhill.
Thankfully all has been well regarding my diabetes, type 1 , Metforman tablets.
I don’t think he would be able to make it tonight, He is rehearsing in Berkley with a band he plays with, VUKOVI.
A bit different from Altered Images, apologies, the video contain some swearies.
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Glad you’re ok and can manage on tablets.
I’ve been injecting insulin from the start.
Caused a bit of a situation once in a pub in Fulham before one of Celtic’s pre season friendlies. As usual when the Bhoys were in town the pub was heaving. I went into the toilet to have an injection but the lock on the door was broken. As I was injecting myself this guy burst in. When he saw me with a syringe sticking out my side he thought I was shooting up and started shouting and bawling to everyone. Took a wee bit of explaining
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Fine stuff as always. Roll on Sunday. I expect to be in the same state that I’m always in, whether playing the Original Huns or The Old Firm, i.e a gibbering wreck.
FFS, man. For the record, you ARE young…and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, young fella, me lad. 😀
The official attendance for the Dundee game was 60,800. Funnily enough, the official capacity of the ground at the time. I remember entering the ground at the corner of the Celtic End/Jungle. It took me till half-time to finally make it to near gate 1, where I stood with a cracking bunch of Bhoys from EK. The crowd pressure at my usual spot was unbelievable, and did not ease till the field invasion at the end of the game. Usually in capacity crowds, where I stood, it was reasonably comfortable. No crushing or anything like that. Radio Clyde estimated the crowd that day as being around 80,000. Me arse. It was more like 90,000. Only good luck prevented serious injury, or worse, that day. Those robbin’ bastards the Whites and the Kellys still have a lot to answer for.
I remember those games against QPR, which for some reason were played at Fulham’s ground. Two years in a row we travelled down there. MON was the manager at the time. Great memories of London, from those days. Some locals that we became friendly with-QPR supporters-dragged us round some of their usual haunts in Golders Green and Notting Hill among others. Previously, I had only seen either Gatwick or Heathrow.
Magua – great memories
I lived near Brighton at the time and didn’t miss a game. We started playing QPR then played Fulham at QPR as Craven Cottage was being redeveloped. Finally we played Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Games were mainly weekend afternoons but I think we played Fulham at QPR on a Wednesday night.
Some great boozers round Shepherds Bush for Loftus Rd.
I think I mentioned here before that my son and I sat pretty close to Jim Kerr and his (and Patsy Kensit’s) son at Loftus Rd for the first game. Sad to say my son hadn’t a clue who Jim Kerr was. Unfortunately Patsy didn’t seem to be a Celtic fan so didn’t turn up.
Magua…I’m surprised that the official attendance was so high! I too was at the Jungle/Celtic End corner and remember the mounted polis sergeant, who was always at that point of Janefield St, was trying to get a message to the cops at the top of Janefield St to stop the crowds coming down. It’s probably the feartest I’ve ever been in a crowd! It seemed like the horse and cop were being lifted off the ground with the pressure of the crush in that area. The cop looked like he was in a pure panic as he had zero control over what was happening – none of us did. It was an absolute relief to get into the ground. They’d closed the Jungle by the time we got in and we were directed into the Celtic End. Couldn’t believe the number of people still coming in after us!!
A long thread to read, and you all probaly know most of it
I remember that incident well. I was practically at the turnstile when the crushing stared. Sending in a mounted-polis was absolutely madness…given the events in Janefield St 3 years earlier. That was pretty terrifying as well.
I see that Hun supporters, are already bumping their gums about having the Celtic v thems league game moved, in order to help their chances in the EL. Let’s see if I’ve got this right. The Huns have managed to piss off every other club in the league, by trying to derail the Cinch sponsorship deal. Added to that, their support spreads bigotry and poison everywhere they go. Now they expect help? Two questions immediately spring to mind:
Move the Celtic game to when exactly? The fixture list is already more congested that Fat Alfie’s shorts. They can feck right off with that kinda thing…though no doubt our gallant PLC board would willingly help their Ibrox brethren. Again.
How thick are the Hun support?
The 2nd question is obviously rhetorical.
EVENING ALL and JIM, jim magua had a lovely day at new brighton beach with the dugs, new brighton is just across the mersey from liverpool, anyway when we came off the beach we walked along the promenade towards liverpool ,we sat on a bench and you know something jim, had a beautiful view of christ the king cathedral in liverpool, it looked stunning,👍 anyway joan wanted to go through the liverpool tunnel on our way home rather than the M56 cheshire motorway, she wanted to go back to her roots😎 we were driving along and she says to me which road is this, FFS joan its smithdown road you were born here😎 next thing what road is this, FFS joan its allerton road penny lane, there is the barbers shop the beatles sang about. FFS joan who is the scouser here me or you😎😎 another true story,👍
Hiya Packy, sounds like youse had a grand day out. You should have went into the Cathedral, it’s even more beautiful inside. 🙂
JIM, yes been in it many times for mass, and just to look around, how are you today
I’ve been a lazy sod, done nothing! Was planning to go down to the pub but couldn’t be bothered having a shower & a shave etc!
That’s now the plan for tomorrow 🙂
JIM, do you remember when we could not eat meat on a friday never mind good friday, 😎 the fishmonger had a field day😎
I well remember a pub in Shepherd’s Bush called ‘The British Queen’, the queen in question being the Celtic warrior who took on the Romans. Boudicca, I believe, is now the preferred term of historians, for said lady.
So glad you both enjoyed your wee day trip. 😀
Packy, I never eat meat today. Smoked Haddock.
Craig…that looks like an undercover CID video!! 😂🤣😂
I lived in Dublin for a few months in 1981. On Good Friday it was ‘lockdown’. Pubs closed, cinemas shut etc etc. And I think I’m right in saying there was no horse racing in both Ireland & the UK.
JIM good bhoy 😎 magua lovely day pal 👍
Someone actually says that at some point in it 😂
JIM ,yes changed times,