An Overdue Thank You


A few days ago,I mentioned that my Dad was one of the founding members of The Ardrossan Garryowen Celtic Supporters Club. It was set up because their Alma Mater,Saltcoats Star Of The Sea,refused to start the match bus run from Hunterston,where a lot of the members had to work a Saturday morning overtime shift.

I’m maybe spotting a minor parallel there with the reasons for MAHE and I setting up this site,due to a certain disaffection with our own Alma Mater at CQN,but I digress.

You see,my Dad is an Ardrossan lad,and even having lived the best part of his life,probably half of it in total,in Kilwinning,he is still an Ardrossan lad. I’ve only lived in Kilwinning for about thirteen years,my first eight then a further five in my thirties-but there is no doubt in my mind about my home town!

Kilwinning is a very strange,even cliquey,town. Comprising of five main parts,hell mend ye if you wander into The Segton if you are a Woodwynd guy. Though the closure of many pubs has seen the drinking culture concentrating on the few remaining ones on Main Street,that wee wind-up of being from the wrong part of town always persists.

When I moved back to Kilwinning 25 years ago,after another 25 years away from the place,it was difficult. A card carrying Celtic supporting Catholic,and a stranger into the bargain. Not helped much when I pointed out that,given the above,it was only natural that I was brought up on Parkhead Avenue!

You’ll gather,then,that not many of my Celtic supporting friends come from Kilwinning. In fact,if I’m honest,most of them come via my earlier affiliation with CQN. Yes,there are a ton of them down here in Swindon-very few Rangers fans,surprisingly-who are terrific fun on a Saturday,but when I am home,it is the good,great and hopefully lifelong friends I have made from that community that I meet with.

One of them lives on a houseboat on The Thames nowadays,and I’ll call him TC. His Dad was the first president of The Garryowen,but met an untimely death at Ibrox during an Old Firm Game about 1971. We arranged to meet for a match at the Wimbledon CSC one day,and while the match itself was uneventful,the rest of the day made up for it. A smashing day,despite the obstacles of tube line closures causing me and my mate from Swindon,Paul,to miss the entire first half!

So when SOLKITTS sent me a mail of an old photo from the archives of The Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald,mainly because he recognised my Uncle Jim in it,I forwarded it to TC. It was their POTY do,and a few Celtic players were there too.

My Dad must have been on the wrong shift that night!

TC phoned me back right away. Coincidentally,he was staying at Dalgarven House,just outside Kilwinning,as his Mum was in palliative care and he needed to be near her. And,yes,his Dad was in the photo. There weren’t many photos of his Dad-working class types couldn’t even afford a Kodak Brownie,much less an iPhone back in the sixties. He was sure that his Mum would love to see that.

SOLKITTS and I didn’t meet because of a shared love of Celtic. I had to drag him to his first game,he had no interest whatsoever! That changed absolutely,and within about his first five minutes. He was hooked. Celtic will get you like that.

That was forty years ago,best pal ever-yet we lost touch for nearly half of that! He moved south at the same time as I moved back home in 1996,and that was that. He phoned me out of the blue one Saturday as Mrs KITTS had found a wedding invitation from 1994. It had my parents number on it,so they called it. 


I arranged to meet him in Chelmsford for the next Celtic game which was live on the telly-and it was like I’d only nipped out for a smoke. Where did the twenty year gap go? It didn’t,life happened,but everything clicked back into place.

This is a Celtic site,first and foremost. As is CQN,and various others. But we can and do become,first,cyberfriends and then friends for real when we actually meet up. Sometimes,we can organise to help others,that is what charity drives are for. The recent Royal Ascot competition saw almost all of the winnings being donated to charity,as an example. JIMMYNOTPAUL has highlighted his own close to his heart cause,which has prompted a number of our site to ask for details.

We should cherish the opportunities that the net has given us to do good for others,while probably enabling our own wellbeing. Some of us are stuck in the house all day with nothing to do-oh,God,the lockdown!-while others can only spare about twenty minutes,so not enough time to nip out for a pint.

Is this site,and others like it,simply turning into a talking shop or a social club? Yes and no. Yes,it is. And that should be encouraged for the social side of things,as people comment on this and that. But no too,because we and others still raise many issues which are relevant and important to us,and particularly on how our club is being run.

A site like this is only as good as its contributors,and as we approach our fourth anniversary,MAHE and I are very grateful to you all for making it successful. Everyone said it couldn’t be done,not at that time,but we reckoned that refusing to bugger people about by refusing to take advertising would win a few hearts and minds,and hopefully we can take it from there.

Visiting sites like this,expressing your thoughts and feelings,can be cathartic,liberating or comforting. Or it can lead to an ailing widow seeing a rare photograph of her long gone husband,and genuinely putting a smile on the woman’s face. Like everything else in life,it’s how you use it.

I’m proud of you all for using it well. Thank you.


Above article by BMCUWP

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July 19, 2022 8:38 am


I consider blogs to be akin to pubs. Generally you’ll pop in and out of a few but you tend to favour one above all others. You’d be looking for a decent pint, decent company and a nice atmosphere.
I think the quality of the articles are the beer. First and foremost you have to get that right. In my opinion the quality delivered here, on a daily basis, is top drawer. That takes some doing, so huge credit to both yourself and Mahe on delivering to such a high standard on such a consistent basis.

The company. Again, you tend to find your favourites, the ones you like to drink with, with others who you converse with occasionally, and of course the occasional eejit who you try to ignore. You know the ones. The ones who you should always ignore but in a moment of weakness you find yourself in an argument with. Many of us have been both the good guy and the eejit. I certainly have!

They’re few and far between on here. Generally the atmosphere is convivial but of course it boils over on occasion. I think most of us are guilty of storming out the pub and telling the landlord to shove his pub up his proverbial, but when the dust settles we find ourselves returning. You miss the place and the people.

From memory, I don’t think many have stormed out of here and never returned. A few of course, but not many.

I put that down to the fact you have a good product and on the whole good clientele.

Huge credit for that. To you both.

July 19, 2022 8:41 am

Just remembered,my first two years were spent in Germany,so I’ve only actually lived in Kilwinning for eleven years in total. But still proud to be a Kilwinning lad. My Dad is still an interlouper though-even if he was actually born in the bliddy town! Oh,and he hates being called that…

Jobo Baldie
July 19, 2022 8:45 am

Good morning, friends and a big thank you back to Bobbo and Stevie for setting up this fine site and thus providing me with my morning breakfast read for the last 15 months or so.
I may have mentioned before but, assuming there’s interest I’m going to relaunch my Player Of The Year thingmy for the coming season. It covers competitive games only so will start on Flag Day. It’s not a fundraiser, there are no prizes and no benefitting charity. But hopefully it helps to stimulate debate on a game by game basis, especially when the guy voted man of the match was someone that you personally thought had a stinker, or vice versa.
Whilst it is open to all to join in I’m going to set up a new email address to collate everything – cqnpoty@gmail was so old school although hopefully a lot of folk from the other channel will be interested in participating. So if anyone has any suggestions for a new email address I’d love to hear from you on these pages or to me direct at Otherwise I’ll go with something basic like POTY23@gmail….
Later this week (and probably another few times after that!) I’ll stick out a promotional post explaining how the thing works and what’s involved. Its a very basic idea that should simply determine our best performing players in real time, rather than through tinted glasses at the season end.
Have a great Tuesday

July 19, 2022 9:22 am


Really looking forward to the competition. Previously,I would sometimes wonder which game people were watching,but that’s the beauty of the game,that it is in the eyes of the beholder.

I hope everyone takes up your invitation and gives you a succession of busy weekends!

July 19, 2022 9:28 am


Aye,I know what you mean. When I first moved to Swindon,my local was a well known Stab Inn. The Cock Robin. Great pub,and I got on really well with the locals. Still friends with many of them to this day,the others are sadly gone.

Well,all except one.

One day,I was asked why I never join the crew when a certain guy is in the company. I told them they’d answered that question simply by asking it. I’d come in,order a pint,and eff off if he was there.

He was my scroll on guy long before I discovered social media!

July 19, 2022 9:32 am

Morning all,

Well done BMCUW and Mahe for keeping this
wonderful site going 👏👏👏👏

Thanks to Jobo for starting up the POTY again

I’m sure it will be a huge success.

I was out golfing early this morning and had the old T shirt and shorts on. And guess what, It started raining !!!!!
I kid you not !!!!
Didn’t last long but typical for EK that it rains in the hottest day EVER. 😁😁😁

July 19, 2022 9:52 am


It is you fellas who keep it going. What if we throw a party and no-one turns up?

A thing of beauty
July 19, 2022 10:20 am

Nice sentiments bmcuwp
To more important matters. I’ve lost two lengthy posts in two days. Now, Some might be glad of that but I’m bloody not. 😡😡

St tams
July 19, 2022 10:22 am

Thanks Bobby and Mahe , for setting up this site and continuing to spend the time and effort to keep it going.

Great news Jobo on POTY.

July 19, 2022 10:29 am


A fine site. Although it took me a little while to accept it for what it is. Obviously a lot of family and long standing friends involved, from CQN and before. Therefore there tends to be not so much a clique, that’s too harsh, but a lot of pally factions. Some of the off piste chat reflects that.

Each their own, of course.
Sometimes folk take a flounce if they don’t think their comment is properly regarded.
That’s the thing about the virtual pub- engagement is optional.

I appreciate your joint efforts.

July 19, 2022 10:36 am


I look forward to the competition.
Since it is being run on this site:


July 19, 2022 10:55 am

Was reading an article about the introduction of VAR this morning.

I’ve been relatively non plussed about it , as I’d concerns about the administration of it. Who will the VAR assistants be?

At the end of the article, my / our worst fears are touched upon with this excerpt:

“There has been no comment from the SFA about the number of VAR trained match officials they have. With refereeing a part-time occupation being VAR trained gives officials the chance to increase their income through watching matches on a screen”

There goes the impartiality!

Bobby Murdochs
July 19, 2022 11:15 am

Sometimes things are held hostage in cyberspace and never seen again. Other times,they are trapped in our filters.

That means I can retrieve them-but only if I know about it!

I’ve mentioned this before,if a comment goes walkies,mail me. If it is in the filters,I am more than happy to reinstate it. But I can’t do it if you don’t tell me about it!

July 19, 2022 11:17 am

Hmmm,log in details always change when I go into admin.

July 19, 2022 11:33 am


That’s a very fine summation of where the site is at,and I think that is a good thing.

Yes,we have evolved over the years into that social club that I mentioned in the article,very much like a group of friends heading off to the pub together.

But friends can and do discuss topics on which they disagree. I know that my mates and I do-often! Completely different opinions on some things,but these are only ever animated discussions and not even a minor fallout.

They’ve never changed my mind,and I’ve rarely changed theirs. Then somebody gets the round in,and all is right with the world!

I am very happy with how the site has worked out,even if I would be happier if the many lurkers actually joined in. It’s a pleasure to know that you can open it and not have to scroll every second comment. And when someone does disagree with you,well,that’s a result,innit?

Cos my eyes light up EVERY time someone disagrees with me. Because I’m not always right-hell,no!-but I love a good argument-and strangely I like to be reminded that nobody is too old to learn.

July 19, 2022 11:46 am


At first it felt like I was an interloper, and it took time to warm to the ebb and flow of the blog.

It certainly isn’t dominated by strident and forceful individual/ group voices like the other place can be.

More varied contributions would be good for the growth of the site.
So hopefully lurkers who have been initially dissuaded from adding their voice will be encouraged to do so.

July 19, 2022 11:59 am

Be glad when this heatwave ends. Don’t get me wrong I’m a lover of the warm weather, not so much a lover of having to suffer it making the news headlines every other hour. It’s summer ffs. Warnings here, warnings there. Stay in. Work from home. Drink lots of water. Aye ok. I think most people with common sense can deal with it.

What many thousands of poor and elderly won’t be able to deal with very shortly is the cold winter, freezing cold conditions. What will the advice be? Turn up the heating? Oh aye that’s right, you can’t afford to cos we have hiked the price up to unaffordable levels and will be doing the same in October again. Don’t think it’ll be reporting the death toll every hour.

The cold kills thousands more every year than any two to three days of a heatwave does. That won’t matter a shit though. To do something about it would mean some rich profiteering bastards would lose a few ££.

Hypocritical *****s

July 19, 2022 12:10 pm

I wonder if all those concerned about the heat will be cancelling their trips abroad? I mean they won’t be wishing to see some poor baggage handler in the likes of Dubai or Qatar unloading their 22kg bags in 42 degrees heat eh? Or does that not matter?

I’ll tell ye, being stuck in the house whilst the painter is busy is doing me no favours. This daytime tv is driving me mad!!

Never mind. Every cloud, countdown will be on later. Rachel will brighten my day

July 19, 2022 12:11 pm

Or perhaps I’m just cheesed off because Musselburgh is racing today and I can’t get to it 😁

July 19, 2022 12:25 pm


Not sure ?

I’ll be in the kitchen 😁😁😁

Prestonpans bhoys
July 19, 2022 12:40 pm


OFGen announced early February that ‘due to the unprecedented electric and gas prices over the past six months, prices would rise in April’.

Now they never explained why the cap was to rise and certainly nothing to do with the Ukrainian war. As you said some gits are making an unsavoury profit from people’s misery.

Cheers for the heads up on Musselburgh, Tesco will be getting a miss, can’t be arsed sitting in traffic in this heat😈

July 19, 2022 1:25 pm

St Tams.
Many congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter.
The Celtic world is a small world, indeed, Melly sent me a, fabulous, picture of you both. 💚

July 19, 2022 1:39 pm

Prestonpans Bhoy
I think it’ll be reasonably quiet at Musselburgh today. I went to Tesco in Musselburgh on Sunday night late on. Place was so quiet it was great.

Wasn’t so happy after that mind ye. Got to Bene’s, shut!! On holiday. I was really looking forward to a fish supper too !

Busiest chip shop I’ve ever known.

Got a Chinese takeaway from the one on the Main Street. Have to say it was excellent.

Prestonpans bhoys
July 19, 2022 1:49 pm


In canny be arsed mood now😱😂 actually going to the Burgh on Friday for a meal with friends. The Ship Inn, good food and very reasonable prices, now need to find out from the wife when are booked🍴

July 19, 2022 2:18 pm


Still not tried the Ship Inn. I know you mentioned it previously, I’ll definitely get to it soon.

Been along at the Longniddry inn a couple more times recently. Really like the food in there.

La Caprice ok too.

St tams
July 19, 2022 2:29 pm

Cheers Tam 🍀

Bada Bing
July 19, 2022 2:44 pm

Aaron Mooy signed

Bada Bing
July 19, 2022 2:51 pm

Moritz Jenz signed

July 19, 2022 3:15 pm

BMCUW and Mahe

Thanks a million for setting the site up lads. The quality of the lead articles is always top-drawer, as are the articles penned by Saltires, on the Wednesday.

Hail Hail.

A thing of beauty
July 19, 2022 3:21 pm

Be glad when this heatwave ends. Don’t get me wrong I’m a lover of the warm weather, not so much a lover of having to suffer it making the news headlines every other hour. It’s summer ffs. Warnings here, warnings there. Stay in. Work from home. Drink lots of water. Aye ok. I think most people with common sense can deal with it.

What many thousands of poor and elderly won’t be able to deal with very shortly is the cold winter, freezing cold conditions. What will the advice be? Turn up the heating? Oh aye that’s right, you can’t afford to cos we have hiked the price up to unaffordable levels and will be doing the same in October again. Don’t think it’ll be reporting the death toll every hour.

The cold kills thousands more every year than any two to three days of a heatwave does. That won’t matter a shit though. To do something about it would mean some rich profiteering bastards would lose a few ££.

Hypocritical *****s


A thing of beauty
July 19, 2022 3:22 pm

Thanks for the info. Posted my thoughts on them both and they’re not all positive but as ever, once a player signs for Celtic they got my 100% support.

July 19, 2022 3:26 pm

St Tams,

Belated congratulations.

Welcome to the mighty Quinn. 💚💚💚

Sol Kitts
July 19, 2022 3:26 pm

Every time you go into admin someone steals your shoes. 😀

July 19, 2022 4:09 pm


Aye,and I feel so bereft without my WINKLEPICKERS

July 19, 2022 4:11 pm

Train packed with young ned and nedettes going to irvine/Troon beach and its raining 🤣🤣🤣 my day just got a bit better 😀

July 19, 2022 4:16 pm

Quiet on here so here’s a wee story about the weather,

A good few years ago, I went on a family holiday to Turkey with my sister and Her husband ( Not Jobo, by the way )

Anyway, it was a roaster and I said to Bil ( Call him N )

I’m heading to pool bar. We both arrived and I noticed that the thermometer behind the bar, in the shade, registered 42 degrees. Bloody Hell, I said it’s a roaster !!!
The Barman replied “ You want to see it when it’s a heatwave !!!)

Just give me the coldest Effes beer you’ve got, I said.

I turned round to N and said “ What you having ???”
He promptly replied, A red wine please.

Well there was a bottle of red wine on the counter and in full view of the sun. !!!

The bizarre moment a Turkish Barman wears asbestos gloves to serve a guy from Scotland, a red wine in 42 degree heat. !!!!

Monty Python would have a field day. !!!!!!!!!!!!

By the way, N is a cracking guy as Jobo will testify. 👍👍👍

July 19, 2022 4:21 pm

Mike in Toronto

Haruki Marukani: Thanks for tip. I can order on Amazon.

It does sound like the kind of book I’d be interested in.

I’d say that from early 90s books have turned up just at a time I was beginning to think ” what’s it REALLY all about Alfie? ”

In some spooky cases the books only confirmed thoughts that had already occured to me.

For example the book by the Jesuit T H Green “” Weeds Amongst the Wheat” provided a different perspective on that parable that aligned with my own rethinking of the nature of the Almighty. Another Jesuit John Powwel probably had most influence.

His Chistmas Day message in Through Seasons of the Heart became reality for me. Very powerful.

The books carried thoughts like torches lighting a path on a dark journey.

Thanks again.

big packy
July 19, 2022 4:27 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and,JIM, well just had an invoice from the garage that serviced my car yesterday,was told with it being a major service it would be 595 quid ,lo and behold its now 895 quid, needed 2 new tyres,,FFS how much are 2 new tyres nowadays, told the guy on the phone, I could have bought a second hand car for that🤩🤩 anyway sorry sol, need to dip into your life savings again, JIM has changed his pin number, so no chance there🤩 another true story,

big packy
July 19, 2022 4:38 pm

my late fathers favourite team , Bonnar, Haughney, Rollo, Evans, Stein, McPhail, Collins, Walsh, Mochan, Peacock and Fernie.why because i was born just a couple of months before we won this trophy,,quiz question what final was it, and what team did we beat cyber pints all round for the answers,👍

July 19, 2022 4:40 pm

They have no entitlement to change tyres without phoning for your permission.
Jaguar dealer tried that with me before. £250 a tyre he said. Told him not a chance in hell. I got two for half the price he wanted.

big packy
July 19, 2022 4:56 pm

TWISTY, thanks for that, have an appointment in the morning with the service manager, watch this space,👍

The Fenian Whaler
July 19, 2022 5:54 pm

Jenz & Mooy signed. Mooy on a freebie and Jenz a loan with an option to buy from FC Lorient.

German-born 23-year-old Moritz Jenz is a right-footed center-back, career stats showing in all games played (including reserve league football) he has been utilised as a CB 90 games, right back 14 games and as a sweeper on 9 occasions. Current market value is listed as £2.5 mill (?) He is 6’2″ tall

Fulham FC U18 17 played
Fulham FC U21 56 played
FC Lausanne-Sport FC 32 played
FC Lorient 18 played
Goals scored in senior football 2

Daily record sourced stats CSC

Jobo Baldie
July 19, 2022 5:57 pm

CFC at 10.35 – good point. I’ve been reluctant about making reference to Sentinel Celts as I didn’t want that to dissuade participants from other sites. However, when I last ran it under the CQN banner that didn’t stop non-CQNrs from joining in and voting. So maybe will be the way to go!

July 19, 2022 5:59 pm

27 have joined or re-joined so far. Payment details will be given towards the end of next week:-

Hi Guys
I will be setting up my Superbru Predictor account again this season. All of last year’s participants have been notified and some have re-joined already. Everyone is welcome. There will be a participation fee for those involved in the fundraising competition and I will announce costs and prizes very soon. I am thinking of using a July- December set of prizes and a January to May competition following on from this. I am suggesting a £15 entry for each of the two halves of the competition, making £30 in total. People can enter for one, both or neither halves of the competition but only those who have paid in will be eligible for the prize pay outs. You can pay the £30 up front or pay £15 now and pay £15 again in January or opt out then.
We will pay out, determined by how much we take in, with the following prizes
Aug-Dec Prize money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the tableAug-May (inclusive) money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd plus a prize for the highest weekly score obtained. We even offer a wooden spoon for whoever finished last (someone will need to remind me who I owe this to for last year).
Around 60% + of the money we raise will be paid directly to charitable causes, we used a local Glasgow charity helping people in financial difficulty last year). We will use the WalkwithShay account again for donations or entry fees. This will be administered by Marc (Celticrollercoaster) to provide independent scrutiny. I will submit details of this soon, when Marc returns from a well earned holiday.
You can enter if you register with Superbru and elect to join the CQN Sentinels pool. The pool code is paysgoon
I look forward to old and new joining in again. If you have any suggestions as to how to improve the competition, please let me know. I will communicate more details shortly. Thanks for your continued support.
Tony (SFTB)

Mike in Toronto
July 19, 2022 6:19 pm


Have you seen the film, Drive my Car? If not, it is definitely worth seeing. One of the best films in the last few years. It was based on a short story from one of Murakami’s earlier collections I think you would appreciate all of his stuff, but, as I said, when I read the most recent collection, some of your posts popped into my mind, and I thought you might enjoy this one. I wont say more at this time about why your posts popped into mind, in case I sway your view of his writing. But When you get round to reading it, I would be interested to hear your thoughts

The Fenian Whaler
July 19, 2022 6:49 pm

Are our transfer dealings complete or will there be further additions?

4 new players have been added to the squad that won the SPFL last season. Siegrist, Mooy, Bernabei & Jenz
Jota & CCV were signed on permanent deals after successful loans from Benfica and Spurs respectively, Mooy and Siegrist arrived on free transfers, Bernabei was signed from Lanus and Jenz has been signed on a season-long loan (with an option to buy) from FC Lorient. So 2 defenders, 1 keeper, and one middy have been added to the squad

Now supposing there are no further players arriving during this window. In your opinion has Celtic done enough to prepare for the CL and hopefully at least the EL? Is this a squad assembled primarily to ensure the SPFL title is retained or to retain the SPFL and compete in Europe?

Personally, i , like others, am concerned that quality well-drilled teams, in either CL or EL, will run riot against us given our lack of midfield muscle and defensive nous, basically our not having someone of the likes of big Vic on the books.

As ever time will tell.

Negative waves Moriarty CSC

big packy
July 19, 2022 7:04 pm

THE FENIAN WHALER, some teams in the spfl will score a lot of goals against us with our defense,never mind european teams,,another true story👍