24th August … if you know your history 

60 years ago … 1962 and tomorrow Celtic facing a trip to the lovely Gorgie Road – it’s interesting to note Celts have two ‘reserve’ teams on the go in this period.

Now …Some folk might call this Succession Planning …

1962-08-25: Heart of Midlothian 3-2 Celtic, League Cup

Celtic reverted to their ‘League Cup’ side with Lennox, Gallacher and Murdoch restored to the front line; also fit again Billy Price returned at left half. Hearts fielded an unchanged side.

In the Reserve League Cup, the ‘A’ Reserves beat Hearts ‘A’ 3-0 and were top of their group. The team was Fallon, Young, ONeill, Clark, Cushley, Symington, Chalmers, Carrol, John Veitch, Jackson, Brogan.

The younger Reserves played in the Combined Reserve league against Queen’s Park losing 3-2. The side was Madden, Newman’, John Parkes; Allan Lawson, Pugh, McCarron; Curley, ‘Newman’, Charlie Cullen, Willie Smith, D Brady.

Bertie Auld handed in a transfer request at Birmingham saying he wanted to return to Scotland. His name was circulated around all the Scottish clubs. Although still full of the game he had been out of the Birmingham team since the start of the season.


Celtic had the chance to draw this game with Crerand missing a penalty.
Both teams started well with Celtic the stronger side but Hearts took the lead in the 13th minute when Paton beat MacKay and shot home. celtic responded and Crerand hit the bar. hearts though went further ahead when hamilton headed a cross from Rodger back and Wallace fired home.
On the restart Davidson fell over McNeill in the penalty area and the referee gave a penalty. Wallace shot the soft penalty home. Just after the restart Celtic had their own penalty when Polland fisted a goal bound header from McNeill off the line. Marshall dived full length to push the kick onto the post and caught the rebound. Bobby Murdoch scored from a Gallacher cross in the 60th minute and two minutes from time Hughes scored but it was too late for Celtic to push for the equaliser.

The result dropped Celtic down to third behind Dundee and Hearts.

Dundee 2-1 Dundee Utd

Marshall; Polland, Holt; Ferguson, Barry, Cumming; Rodger, Paton, Davidson, Wallace, hamilton.
Scorers: Paton (13), Wallace 2 (19, 50 pen)

Celtic: Haffey, MacKay, Kennedy, Crerand, McNeill, Price, Lennox, Gallacher, Hughes, Murdoch, Byrne

Scorers: Murdoch (60), Hughes (88)

Referee: A MacKenzie (Coatbridge)
Attendance: 33,000

In other news..

US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

General stuff:

79 Believed until 2018 to be the date of the massive eruption of Mt. Vesuvius which buried the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae, killing untold thousands. Latest evidence suggests the eruption occurred after 17 October

410 Rome overrun by Visigoths under Alaric I for the first time in nearly 800 years, seen as the fall of the Western Roman Empire

1215 Pope Innocent III declares the Magna Carta invalid

1572 St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of Protestants by Roman Catholics begins in Paris and later spreads to the French provinces

1789 French Revolution: The National Assembly proclaims freedom of speech ( it took over 200 years… better late than never ..)

1858 Richmond “Daily Dispatch” reports 90 blacks arrested for learning…Aye..seriously?!

1908 Canadian champion Tommy Burns KO’s Bill Squires in 13th round at the Sydney Stadium, Australia to retain world heavyweight boxing title; Burns’ 3rd KO of Squires… Tommy Twists, Tommy Turns…

1979 Musical film “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” directed by Allan Arkush featuring the Ramones (wearing the ‘hoops’) is released in NYC (released throughout the US 20 days later)

Note: The excellent Celtic Wiki site is the font of all knowledge on things Celtic. Most of the Celtic stuffabove is from that site. The guys who set it up and painstakingly keep it updated, deserve no end of credit, praise and thanks. A treasure trove for Celtic fans young and old – and new- and free to view.

Respect Bhoys !


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Big Audio Dynamite
August 24, 2022 5:44 am

SeS, good stuff, mate 👍
Wee Bertie must have a unique part in our history, eh? I know he felt really lucky to come back when he did …perfect timing.
We were lucky to have him …he gave the team it’s swagger.

August 24, 2022 7:00 am

As ever, appreciate the article and the education. Always interesting. I was speaking to an airport manager in Birmingham one day. Years ago. Why do I mention it? Just that your reference to both Bertie and Brum reminded me that on hearing my accent ( he was Scottish) he said “ ah you’re Scottish? Celtic or Rangers”

On hearing my reply he said “ do you know Bertie Auld?”

Me – “Well yes but not personally” 😁

He then seemed to take great pride by revealing with a big grin on his face

“ I was Bertie’s paper boy”

August 24, 2022 7:00 am

Morning all. One more sleep until the CL draw. The pots are now filled and a glance over them could well give one the fear.

Pot 1

* Real Madrid (Spain) – Champions League winners
* Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) – Europa League winners
* Manchester City (England) – 1st, Premier League
* PSG (France) – 1st, Ligue 1
* AC Milan (Italy) – 1st, Serie A
* Bayern Munich (Germany) – 1st, Bundesliga
* Porto (Portugal) – 1st, Liga Portugal
* Ajax (Netherlands) – 1st, Eredivisie
Pot 2

Pot 2
* Liverpool (England) – 2nd, Premier League
* Chelsea (England) – 3rd, Premier League
* Barcelona (Spain) – 2nd, La liga
* Juventus (Italy) – 4th, Serie A
* Atletico Madrid (Spain) – 3rd, La Liga
* Sevilla (Spain) – 4th, La Liga
* RB Leipzig (Germany) – 4th, Bundesliga
* Tottenham (England) – 4th, Premier League

Pot 3
* Borussia Dortmund (Germany) – 2nd, Bundesliga
* Salzburg (Austria) – 21 1st, Austria Bundesliga
* Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) – 1st, Ukraine Premier League
* Inter (Italy) – 2nd, Serie A
* Napoli (Italy) – 3rd, Serie A
* Sporting CP – (Portugal)
* Bayer Leverkusen – (Germany) 3rd, Bundesliga
* Benfica – ( Portugal)

If you wanted to hand pick your opponents, assuming you were doing so based on trying to find the easier route to the next stage, I’d guess you may choose Eintracht, Sevilla and perhaps Napoli. The odds of that happening are pretty long. It’s almost certain we will be facing a more difficult group. Simple laws of probability determines it so.

When you look down those Pot 1 teams however, your eyes should light up and a smile appear on your face when you see the name Eintracht Frankfurt. Not for the reason that you may think, that being they are the weakest of the elite group, but because were they not there, you’d be looking at the name of a team who went from being bust 9 years ago to appearing in Pot 1 in football’s premier tournament. (That could’ve sent some of us over the edge)

There are 17 sides in those top 3 pots who hail from either Spain, Germany, England or Italy. That’s 71%.

The winners of La Liga receive circa €160m. EPL winners circa £170m, Bundesliga approx £60m and the Italian winners €23m, with the runners up and third place sides receiving €19m and €17m respectively.

Celtic would have received around £3m to £4m. A pittance in relative terms.

None of the above will be news to you of course, you’d already be aware of this. I just wanted to comment on it as it holds similarities to a point I wanted to move on to concerning my other sporting passion which some of you will be aware of, horse racing.
My scheduled appearance in court today ( AS A JUROR I HASTEN TO ADD) has being postponed to tomorrow. I’m therefore free to attend Musselburgh today which has pleased me greatly. I’m sure the wife was sick of me moaning yesterday, that I was going to miss the fixture. Was greetin’ faced all day and make no apologies for it.
Anyway, over the years I’ve been fortunate to have some involvement in ownership albeit at a very low level. A couple of cheaply bought horses back in the day and since then, minor shares in a number of others through syndicate ownership. Through both this involvement and business activities , I’ve managed to make a few friends and acquaintances amongst trainers and stable staff. Anytime I’m attending a meeting, such as today, I unashamedly drop an e mail or text to a few of them in an attempt to get any information which might help me in the continuous battle with the enemy. ( no not the wife, the bookies)
Last night in the midst of this information gathering I got into a long discussion with a southern based trainer, who knows where my footballing allegiance lies, and he was asking about the impending CL draw, and how I rated our chances, who did I want etc.
The discussion evolved and as I bemoaned the mountainous task Celtic faced due to what I considered our disadvantaged financial handicap, he opined that he operated under similar disadvantages, and that he would need to seriously consider closing his yard should nothing change in the near future. (It’s only for that reason I’m reluctant to name the person, I’m sure you’ll appreciate that)
He said “ your CL elite teams are my group race trainers”
For those not familiar with horse racing and how it’s structured, group races are at the top end, and other than the odd allowances all the horses carry the same weight. There are 3 group levels. So basically it’s down to the sheer ability of the horses, there are no ‘ handicap rules ‘ in operation.
Of course the top trainers have the best horses. They have the richest owners. They’ll pay literally millions for a horse.

As with the football analysis, none of this will be news to anyone who has an interest in the sport of kings. What I’m hearing though is that the gap is becoming wider. The elite are pulling even further ahead. This has been exacerbated by the current financial climate. Feed prices are rocketing, transport costs are through the roof, and the smaller trainers are finding some of their owners, are having to pull away from ownership as their disposable income is shrinking.
Very recently two trainers, Harry Dunlop and Joseph Tuite have decided to call it a day.
They’re certainly not going to be the last. The feeling is amongst smaller trainers that there is an intentional move on to create a super group of trainers, with no thought for what happens to the rest.

What’s more galling for this particular trainer, is that he has knowledge of a particular group of these elite trainers who were aware that a proposal was being drafted up by smaller trainers to request a cap be placed on the numbers of horses that can be stabled in any yard at one time.
Seemingly their response was that they’d simply open up multiple yards under ‘ a different name’ and therefore circumnavigate any such rules.

As I concluded my discussions, I lay awake in bed last night for quite some time juxtaposing the stark similarities between the two entities. Hence my posting this today.

I have no answers to how to alleviate the differential in either sport. What’s evident in both is , the rich will get richer. Somehow, more money needs to be put in to the lower levels of all sports. That’s unlikely. Where it leaves small owners and small football clubs, is probably even lower than they are now, because it appears that’s how the rich want it.

Cosy Corner Bhoy
August 24, 2022 7:10 am

I wonder what became of impartial journalism? I wouldn’t find out what had gone on till the Monday!
In o those days, not bygone of yore, I was in West Germany assisting the RAF in defending the West from the Russian military!!! The Daily Record and the one English papers didn’t get to Gutersloh till two days later. The scores were read out on BFN after the games… no actual coverage of Scottish games, even that Old Firm thing one😩
Those were the days not.

Belated welcome to new posters and new family arrivals recently. Very little blog time at the moment
Off to Millport for wee day oot at the golf with 35 other Monday Manics as we’re known. Wonder how many balls I’ll lose never mind Stableford points😀😀 Great article and brought back memories

August 24, 2022 7:27 am

Cosy Corner Bhoy

“ I was in West Germany assisting the RAF in defending the West from the Russian military!!!”

You drop that in there as though you were saying “ I was down the shops getting a new hat!!!”

As if it was nothing!

I’d love you to regale us someday you have time about those days. I’ll bet it would be fascinating and educational to those of us fortunate to never have had to get involved in the conflicts.
Those of us who have had it easy!

August 24, 2022 7:45 am

Great article, as ever.
I know you had to put that one together at short notice.
It’s to your credit, that I would never had known, if you hadn’t posted about it.
Once again, thank you, a joy to read.

August 24, 2022 7:53 am

Twisty 7.00
Fabulous post
I fully expect BMCUW and Mahe, to gently chastise you because there is no doubt your post could have been a lead article!!
Sadly it’s the way of the world, now, not just in sport, conglomerates controlling everything and being ultra greedy.
B.P. is an example 9.3 BILLION profit, in first quarter of the year!!!!!
Unilever completed 3BILLION of share buy back.
The working class are being ripped off, very soon it will be back to Feudal days, if JRMogg has his way.

August 24, 2022 7:56 am

CCB 7.10.
Always a joy to see you posting.
Enjoy Millport with your friends and try and not lose to many balls!!
Twisty is correct, I think we would all love you to tell us a story or two.

August 24, 2022 8:10 am

I actually had written a section into that post about current economic climate but when I read it back prior to hitting send, I reckoned it was coming across as a blast at the tories, and whilst I’ve no problem with that personally, I wouldn’t want to upset all the Thatcherites like yer good self 😂

Seriously, I did eliminate a fair section of it which as I say had become very political and was purely personal opinion but came across as very very bitter – which it was!!

big packy
August 24, 2022 8:26 am

MORNING ALL AND JIM, saltires lovely read as always with my cup of coffee ,more power to your elbow, JNP wish i had 9.3 billion think you are mixing me up with jim 😎😎 thanks for that article last night👍

August 24, 2022 8:27 am

Ses, Its very sobering to think that 1962 was Celtic history, I mean, I was 14 then.

CCB Asks what became of impartial journalism, well honest Scottish sports journalism arrived with big Jock and it left after he passed, such was his character and charisma, that no one dared to question him or would be allowed to write anything negative about Celtic. Today there is no honest journalism, just chancers writing with an agenda, long gone are the days of journalists like the Mcilvanney’s. Todays press are in the hands of the media barons, all with their own agenda, the inquiry into the hacking scandal says it all, remember Molly Dowler RIP.

Anyway, well done for your piece, I know that it was done at short notice.

Awe Naw
August 24, 2022 8:27 am


As Mrs McLaughlin from Ardrossan used to say to Wullie McLaughlin…. that’s when they were feeding them no needing them ..sorry CCB

Awe Naw
August 24, 2022 8:28 am

Aw shite CL draw is tomorrow.

August 24, 2022 8:56 am

Awe Naw
What’s your perfect draw for yer teams? Frankfurt- Celtic – and which other two?

August 24, 2022 9:00 am

I reckon

Man City

St tams
August 24, 2022 9:05 am

Excellent read as always.

Followed by another great and informative post from Twisty.

CL draw. I’m not sure who we get will make a lot of difference to where we finish. As with the squad as it is , I expect us to finish bottom of our group.
Make another 2 or 3 signings and that could change.

My preference would be
Real Madrid

Awe Naw
August 24, 2022 9:06 am

RB Salzburg

As I have a good chance for tickets for both.


Awe Naw
August 24, 2022 9:10 am


Would be my bet

August 24, 2022 9:13 am

Small correction- Benfica are in pot 3, Marseille pot 4.
They spanked Kiev 5/0 on agg. To be avoided along with 20 others.

Eintracht ( look weakest in Pot 1)
Spurs ( free accommodation)
Sporting ( nice few days away)

August 24, 2022 9:15 am

Ah! Ty bud. Hadn’t realised that.

August 24, 2022 9:18 am


They keep the Huns out of Pot 3!
If god forbid, PSV “Hibs” it.

August 24, 2022 9:28 am


Am I correct in thinking we receive extra cash if Bodo , Trabzonspor and PSV all prevail tonight, as we move up the Pot 4 ladder above them on Co efficient?

August 24, 2022 10:01 am

CFC we will get £13m for qualifying plus just under £8m for our 25th place ranking in the coefficients.

Should the dark side qualify they would be rated last of the 32 sides and would only get £1m.

Then there is the tv money which obviously we would take all of it which is another £1m or thereabouts.

I didn’t think them failing to qualify tonight would see us benefit in any other way except the tv money but I could well be wrong. I didn’t think we could improve on our 25th place ranking regardless of what happened. Perhaps someone else has better info.

When you consider the prices released yesterday for the CL package – £129, even allowing for the concessions, the average is gonna be £115 or so x 60,000 which is £7m for the three home group matches.

Added to the numbers above and you’re looking at almost £30m plus the merchandising. You can see why we need to European football.

Our turnover this season will be heading towards £80m as opposed to £61m last year.
An extended run in CL or an extended campaign in the El would definitely take us to that kind of number.

August 24, 2022 10:02 am

SeS, Cheers once again.
btw, on reading the table in the article got me thinking, do you (or anyone) know why the football authorities changed the points from 2 to 3 for a win?

August 24, 2022 10:03 am

Folks – thanks for comments and CCB for guarding our Eastern flank … ye never know what dangers might lurk in Ayrshire … hehehe but seriously hope your gowf Day goes well and you keep yer bars in yer bag. Etc., etc.

CCB & Bawheid … agree on ‘history’ .. and journalism standards. Some of the early, early game reports are revelling in flowery prose as they came to grips with a new sport and the genesis of fitba terminology etc. There is obvious bias of course but on both sides. Someone keeps posting the glorious description of The Rangers End … almost A Joycean description of hell. I liked Ian Paul back in the days when I gave newspapers money.

St Tams & Packy – cheers lads hope it’s not raining where you are – I’m clicking my heels on bike run .. might just get a book out.

BAD & Twisty -lucky to get him back and great story on Bertie – I’m sure we have all made those wee flimsy connections to players…only real fitba fans would and the Brummy lad sounds like a good one I delivered milk to Billy Thompson when he was goalie at Buddies … lovely family and good tips too. As to the future CL draw it’s Laps of the Gods again but from what I saw of Benfica last night ( couldn’t find a role for Jota …??) hopefully avoid them.

CL ?? I’d fancy a crack at Spurs … if we can manage the game properly and not get our arse handed to us – scrap that -maybe next season for English clubs as a right doing from them would just be too much!!

JTT53 – cheers buddy – I recall move to 3 points was to encourage more attacking fitba as the reward for winning was now 3:1 ratio ( was 2:1) but that’s probably bollox 😂

August 24, 2022 10:04 am

It was to try and discourage teams playing for a draw. The differential now two points for a win v draw versus the previous system of only one point difference

Big Audio Dynamite
August 24, 2022 10:04 am
August 24, 2022 10:11 am

Thanks SeS & Twisty. That makes sense.

August 24, 2022 10:16 am

Absolutely makes sense, but, I’m thinking, whichever Pot 1 teams we face away from home, I hope we play for ————and get ——-a draw 😁

Big Audio Dynamite
August 24, 2022 10:16 am

SeS, re your article. Still can’t believe that story in the Richmond (Old Virginia) Daily Dispatch.
Had to read it twice, as I thought they’d been arrested for LEANING! 😆
Couldn’t for the life of me work out a scenario were 90 people got lifted for taking a rest in public (Was conjuring up some funny pics in my head) thought they maybe had a hard job staying upright all day, so went for a lean 😂
Can’t have those uppity coloured folks reading books and maybe educating themselves.
Shocking, mate.

August 24, 2022 10:23 am

Twisty, LOL 🙂

August 24, 2022 10:27 am

Morning Packy.
9.3 billion? You kept that quiet! Why don’t you buy out Dermot Desmond?

August 24, 2022 10:35 am


An excellent and informative article as always.Thank you.

Re the Celtic A reserve team line up.John Cushley at centre half.

Timing is everything and John’s appearances for Celtic were limited due to essentially being understudy to big Billy.On the occasions he did step in for the man he seldom let Celtic down.When he left the hoops to join West Ham for a fee of 30k he became a hammers fan favourite playing alongside the great Bobby Moore.


Enjoy Musselburgh today.Enjoyed your post regarding the similarities of the widening gap between the rich and the poor in both football and in horse racing.The sport of kings indeed.It does not surprise me that some of the smaller yards will be badly affected by the rising costs and the poor prize money on offer at the smaller tracks.As an aside do you know how much it costs to declare a horse for a race and is it 2 or 3 declarations?


Jacob Rees M,dont get me started.

That said must have been difficult for you to let the butler and the maid go.

Difficult times indeed.😁

August 24, 2022 10:52 am


Thanks for the financial info.
Habitual participation in CL is the goal.
Year on year progress in that competition is the aim.
At present we are favourites to finish bottom of any group based on seeding but the prospect of fighting it out for third would be a good result this season.

No humpings
Finish third
Re establish Celtic Park as more than just an incredible atmosphere.

Don’t lose sight that winning the league offers the opportunity to improve next season.

August 24, 2022 10:54 am



The declaration fee used to be a % of the race value but I can’t remember how much that is. I’ve a 0.5% figure in my head but that sounds a bit much so that might be wrong.
Sorry I don’t quite understand the second part of your question. (Apologies)

Is it 2 or 3?

August 24, 2022 10:54 am

Yet again another fine read 👍.
The referee from the Brig, imagine the outcry today if he sent of a Hun coming from there 😉😀

For those with an interest in the horse’s

Big Audio Dynamite
August 24, 2022 10:55 am

Whoever we get in the CL it’ll be exciting. I fancy Ange to bloody a few noses.

RB Leipzig
Sp Lisbon

August 24, 2022 11:01 am


Can’t get two teams from the same country.

August 24, 2022 11:15 am

Absolutely agree.

Michael Jackson csc – got to be there

To be there, yes, winning league critical. Especially whilst automatic qualification for groups is on offer.

I’ve long since thought that previous boards have adopted a short termist approach to progress. In every walk of life I feel long term planning pays off. This of course gets me into hot water with other supporters who see it differently. The supporters who take a minimum risk approach.
I got into countless debates on the matter on CQN when I was a regular on there, and I appreciate that there IS risk involved in taking the speculate to accumulate approach, but I think controlled risk is possible. You must however have a detailed plan which covers a few years. Not one year or season.

Whilst I’d never advocate going into debt which be x amount over turnover, say in Celtics case going £50m or so into debt, I also see no point in sitting on £25m in the bank.
The “you want to end up like Rangers and go bust” argument used to drive me to despair!

The last two companies I’ve ran ( and another one some time ago) all had to go into debt to allow improvement and eventually profit. I wouldn’t have accepted the challenge in any of them had I been told I’d to stay in the black.

There is a problem football clubs have which my owners and partners didn’t have though. Management stability. If I committed to a time period to see a job through, I honour it. If people have invested £millions on the basis that I’ve asked for it to improve their company, I wouldn’t jump horses just because of a better personal offer.
Football clubs are different.

Try to find a manager who will see through a 5 year contract nowadays? Or a player? You can plan ahead but whether the personnel you recruit to manage and carry out the plan will remain stable, is pretty unlikely in football.

On the other hand, greedy directors? They’re not for me! That’s for another day. I need to get moving.

Enjoyed the chat and will catch up on responses later.

Awe Naw
August 24, 2022 11:18 am


how’s your baws ?

August 24, 2022 11:28 am

Awe Naw


how’s your baws ?

August 24, 2022 11:18 am

FFS Awe Naw
Just spat out my sausage roll reading that 🤣

August 24, 2022 11:30 am



Just wondered if it was like a 4 day declaration,48 and 24 hour dec?

Way back I thought for the derby it was £250 which might not be too of the mark in relation to the prize money gleaned.

Re Champions league

I would be happy with Porto,RB Leipzig and Shaktar.more likely to be Bayern Barca and Inter

Still we are in there on merit and some great nights
lie ahead.

Big Audio Dynamite
August 24, 2022 11:32 am

CFC, oops! back to the DRAWing board

August 24, 2022 11:39 am

Awe Naw
Dashing out the door but, obviously such an impotent question deserves an answer.
All good at the minute ty for your concern 😂

August 24, 2022 11:43 am


Eintracht/Ajax for Porto or
Napoli/Shakhtar for Sporting?

Anyway, just a bit of speculative fun.
Whoever we get will be a proper test.
I’ll bet Calmac and the lads are champing at the bit.

August 24, 2022 11:45 am

Morning all,

SeS, another excellent article. Thanks very much 👏👏👏

Currently in Alfredos in Glasgow looking for the man himself. Can’t see him as he’s probably at the gym 😜😜

Anyway, they do a nice roll in square sausage 👍

Come on the PSV tonight.

Enjoy your day everyone and stay safe out there 🍀🍀

PiemannomoreCSC. 💚💚

Awe Naw
August 24, 2022 11:51 am

Twisty 🙂

Glad to hear it buddy

The Real McCoy
August 24, 2022 11:55 am

SES , excellent leader , as always 👏
Some names there ( in all the teams ) I would eventually have the pleasure of seeing first hand .
As a VERY young boy – JNP 😂

Did one of those random Champions League draws :-
AC Milan Sevilla Sporting Lisbon 🤷🏻‍♂️
Can’t believe no English team ….

Tried a Champions League random draw for
The Huns ….

Manchester City


Shakhtar Donetsk

P.S.V Eindhoven

HH 💚🍀
P.S. Twisty- good luck with the nags 🤞
Your court deferment is a sign, I tells ya 🤩

August 24, 2022 12:19 pm


I’m with you on taking a more dynamic, long term approach.
For me Managed risk is about evaluating and prioritising targets, and applying resources to maximise opportunities ( in our case sustainable and improving Euro participation) whilst minimising or best controlling the probability of things going wrong( losing key workers and poor succession planning).

You identify the main area of concern as it particularly effects football.

However, I am hopeful that we are presently at the beginning of a cycle of strategic thinking. Appointments in critical management positions- CEO and football Manager suggest this. Certainly the recruitment to date ( and ongoing ) on the football side offers positive signs.

Time will tell if financial and operational risk assessment is an ongoing part of this Boards thinking.
We certainly have a solid financial base to promote a growth agenda.
For every improvement we make, there will be a dividend in increased interest positively impacting profile, merchandising, sponsorship contracts, wider market appeal etc.

It would be a dereliction of our Boards duty not to pursue a strategic plan.

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