Monday, December 13, 2010

The Great SPL Con

The current 12 SPL clubs are going to vote on Monday on how best to continue ripping us all off. The ludicrous suggestion is to go back to a 10 team league and have one governing body over it. You know, how it used to be, then they changed it cause it was crap? This means a continuation of the two of the three things that are killing Scottish football

1) High Cost.
It is far too expensive to watch football in Scotland. My season ticket costs £575 at Celtic Park. My mate who sits in the Holte End at Aston Villa pays £295. I paid 10 Euros to watch Bayern Munich last season. The crooks who run Scottish football have been fleecing fans for years and know that gravy train is coming to an end and think a wee back to the future of the league set up will have fans flocking back, no chance.

2) Oppositon/KO Times
Playing the same team four times minimum in a season rules out any chance of any game in the SPL being an event people will really anticipate. Similarly, the SPL has one big asset, Celtic v Rangers, and they have done anything and everything they can to dilute this fixture with nonsensical KO times and games on Sundays. The EPL don't run away from big games, they amp up the crap ones FFS, so why do we?

Of course one thing not mentioned in this "revolution", and the number three in what is killing the game, is the Refereeing and continuing bias towards the huns in Scotland, illustrated brilliantly by Callum Murray on Saturday and the media who refused to even acknowledge James Cheatie's dive. We all know that nothing will ever change until the particular and continuing con is banished forever.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Is the panic button now part of football for good?

The sacking of Chris Hughton didn't really surprise anyone. Newcastle are a club run by baffoons and supported by football illiterates. A succession of good managers have been hounded from there under the delusion that it is a big club, so spare me any sympathy for Newcastle fans. The bigger picture of course is that football, especially in Scotland and England, is imploding. The amount of incompetents who run clubs these days is truly staggering, we at Celtic have had our fair share over the years, but right across the board now it is destroying the game. One look at last weeks farce with the World Cup bidding tells you all you need to know about the global game too.

I was talking today with a friend of another club who was saying that the instant access fans now have to share their views about football is one of the worst things in it. I tend to agree and completely understand the irony of me doing so before you say it. Years ago, the one fundamental about phone ins was that no one who went to games called them.  Pure and simple, how could you? You weren't going to miss the supporters bus home to run to a phone box. So you could put down the fact that all then people calling in were nuts as they weren't at the game caller. Even though very few ever were going bananas then about what was happening in football, it was almost always what someone on the show they were listening to said. Now though, people phone from the game home and that leads to one thing, panic. I used to think no one at the top level of clubs ever listened to fans but more and more so they are and unfortunately the ones whose views they hear are the ones who can shout the loudest. So inevitably, the panic button gets pressed and the manager gets sacked.

The corporate mentality that has started an explosion from within football means that chairman and directors justify sackings with bean-counting and business-speak. These people need driven from football and Mike Ashley is their embodiment. Fans are fighting back against it, FC United being a shining example, but there is a long, long way to go.

Thinking back to the 1985/86 season, Love St 86 is still my all time favourite Celtic day simply because it epitomised what Celtic are all about. A closer look at that season though reveals some interesting things, there was a three week spell where we lost to Dundee Utd 3-0 at home, Aberdeen 4-1 away and the huns 3-0 away. We got knocked out of both cups at the Quarter Final stage by a pathetic Hibs team who just avoided relegation and we were knocked out of the Cup Winners Cup in the first round. If this was now, would Davie Hay have survived any of these incidents having won only one trophy in two years? Not a chance. The panic button wasn't pressed though and the picture up top was the result.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Leggo and Alcohol do not mix

One of the most entertaining, if utterly deranged, members of the New Media in recent weeks has been David Leggat. His bizarre rantings on his Blog "LeggoLand" have been a must read for all Tims and anyone needing to feel better about themselves. Leggat is a fanatical hun who, of course, was only journalist in the press box at Celtic Park who didn't take part in the minute's applause for Jock Stein in 2005. His defence was that there were lots of people who didn't take part.

David Leggat Quote:
"They were even ordered by UEFA to replay a Euro tie 20 years ago
against Rapid Vienna at Old Trafford after an Austrian player was battered by a bottle thrown onto the Parkhead pitch."

I first encountered this man, funnily enough, the day we anihilated the huns 6-2. I was meeting a friend and was able to sit in on the post-match press conference. The then Celtic View columnist Matt McGlone walked in and put a bottle of Champagne in front of where Martin O'Neill was about to sit. As he did this David Leggat burst into a hysterical laughter, the like of which I have only seen in the group session scenes from One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. No, I've no clue why he found it funny either.

David Leggat Quote:
"Celtic’s record of supporters shame over the last two decades, as
recorded above, clearly shows there are many more than just a couple of “idiots” to be dealt with."

For years now, Leggat has taken great pleasure at attacking his favourite targets of Celtic, Ireland and The Catholic Church, so you can imagine the frenzy he is currently in at the moment as the walls of bigotry at the SFA come tumbling down. His keyboard must have been replaced about 12 times in the last two weeks alone. Rambling like a madman constantly, my all time favourite article from him was when he claimed it was a myth that there was any trouble in Manchester when the huns played there and that T in the Park had more bother at it. God alone knows what kind of life you need to lead to draw conclusions like that. When you look at the quality of writing coming from the likes of Paul Brennan and Phil Mac Giolla Bhain in New Media, then cast an eye over Leggos stuff, it does remind you that things aren't that bad.

David Leggat Quote
"Any Diamond White mate?"