Chairman King’s Welcome

DDjNluKXkAA0oOG

 

RFCRFCRFCRFC

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 18:72

by *Rangers Football Club

__________________________________________________________________________________________

It gives me great pleasure to read Jabba’s words and welcome you back to Ibrokes for the start of the 2017/18 campaign, which begins tonight with the Europa League first-round qualifier against Progres Niederkorn. I would also like to warmly welcome fans from Luxembourg (all 6 of you) and this evening’s Gary Glitter tribute tifo.

Many of you used to enjoy European football before the liquidation of your previous club, from the pitch battle after the Cup Winners’ Cup Final success in 1972, to the 2008 UEFA Cup Anti-Football final and rioting in Manchester – but it has been six long years since you last embarrassed Scotland in Europe and it is fantastic to pretend this is not our first ever European competition, desperately needed to keep the (flood) lights on.

Tonight’s match is another significant milestone in our abnormality. Since liquidation, an immense amount of work has been going on behind the scenes to sell the same club myth to you gullibillies. The state of our foundations and infrastructure is critical and the flawed ethics of proper governance and commercial soundness are invisible in our unaudited accounts. As was made clear last week, our brand is so toxic we couldn’t find a new sponsor and Sports Direct were finally able to get rid of some old stock. 

Following last week’s media conference, some media outlets correctly stated that I was dismissive of what has been achieved by others during *Rangers’ absence from the top flight. The truth is that I would say anything to pander to your hatred, bitterness and anger at the obvious gap on the pitch and to galvanise your rapid response in buying season tickets to keep the lights on.  The real point I made was, as a result of all the hard work over the last two years, I’ve avoided ending up in an institution, so we are very close to repeating the historical collapse of the club you used to support in Scotland.

Two years ago it would not have been possible to implement the changes we have recently introduced in the football squad as we were not in the SPL, and this season we’re gambling everything on lots of free transfers and cheap as chips reserves from 2nd rate leagues, under a maverick coach who thinks he’s Jose,  improving us enough to finish closer behind Aberdeen.  By making greater strides on the pitch, we might scrape through against Progres before an incredible spanking against the elite of Europe, in the form of a bunch of Cypriots not good enough for the Greek league.

The close season was a short one and since early June Pedro Caixinha and club management have been talking up the new-look squad for the challenges that lie ahead. Bruno Alves, Chris Ryan Jack and lots of others with Latin names, have all arrived in Glasgow and are eager not to cross themselves in front of the Rangers supporters, who yet again have shown unflinching gullibility with 42,000 season tickets already sold. As I also said last year –  before we failed to reach it – a new record is in sight.

I also welcome Mark Allen to the club as director of football. Let’s not mention the fact we promised a DoF >4 months ago & everybody else turned us down. Mark brings a wealth of experience and fresh impetus to the club having joined from Manchester City after getting kicked out for breaking youth development rules.

I am also delighted to welcome former club chairman Alastair Johnston back as a director after being mocked in court. He brings his experience and knowledge of not surrendering the sports and media business.

Finally, I again give my personal thanks to John Gilligan, who was recently hounded out from the board for “business and family reasons”.  I hope he can enjoy what he sees on the pitch without getting abused by fellow fans. 

The start of this first ever European adventure should provide the opportunity to showcase all that is good about our club – our world class breakfasts – and it’s (wee arra) people and we should all be determined to promote and represent *Rangers in the best possible way. We must all remember that we have a duty to protect and enhance our image, so I beg you to cut out the sectarian chants & banned songs, at least on European nights.

Thank you again for your support, which is greatly appreciated by everyone at the club but reviled by the world and we hope tonight’s game is the start of a successful season on all fronts.

Article Copyright © 2017. Permission to use quotations from this article online is only granted subject to appropriate source credit and hyperlink to http://www.sevco.co.uk

__________________________________________________________________________________________

 

(see original at  https://rangers.co.uk/news/headlines/chairmans-welcome-2/

 

dk210617_dave_king_press_conference_15

Chairman King’s Welcome

Interim Ibrokes boss must be on zero hours contract as *Rangers are headed for administration

rangersimgid98638030-jpg-gallery

the-evening-times1

11 hrs ago /  Christopher Union Jack, Group Senior Bum-Fluff Writer /

IT is a short-term roll with ham and cheese, but not quite a world class breakfast. The orange juice might be immediate, but the rambling promises of investment will last until the next season ticket campaign.

With a maximum of 17 quid left before administration, and that is assuming Rangers* can replicate their successful home draw run against the diddiest club left , to the Scottish Cup final, time is of the essence at Ibrokes.

The firing, erm, resignation (insert latest lie/spin) of one time god’s gift to football and “future England coach” (©Chris Jack) Mark Warbiola on Friday evening saw Rangers* once again fall into a state of flux and uncertainty. In the coming days, the board will pretend to provide leadership to cover their usual nonsense and insanity  ahead of a defining run of fixtures.

Having been caught like a rabbit in the headlights and onto the touchline on Sunday, Graeme Murty may well have to take a step back at Dens Park this weekend. If he does, he will be satisfied that despite having no influence on the dressing room, enough players will need a new job soon that they managed to scrape the caretaker boss a one goal victory over championship 4th placed Morton.

It will be Murty that puts the Light Blues squad through their paces this morning but he could well have picked his first and last starting line-up as chairman Dave King and his board pretend to be looking for a solution to the latest problem whilst counting the short term savings in the monthly salary bill.

The Under-20 boss may have a win under his belt but he is totally out of his depth and unlikely to be the man to lead Rangers *into the final sequence of Premiership fixtures and to potential Scottish Cup glory or riots/possible pitch invasions.

King confirmed on Monday that the board could look to appoint an interim manager to handle affairs between now and the end of the season and it is Alex McLeish that is the front-runner for a potential Ibrokes return.

The 58-year-old is the obvious candidate as he desperately needs a job and would be willing to have his hands tied in the coming weeks. Well aware of the demands by creditors and standards at the club, McLeish will still have some change left from 1.7M in illegal EBT’s, so may be willing to risk making a fool of himself by claiming he has what it takes to ensure that Rangers* clinch second/third/fourth spot in the Premiership.

He has admitted that it would be tough to turn down Rangers* should they make an approach to bring him back eleven years after he brought the curtain down on his EBT funded, illegally won, trophy-laden spell. The surroundings will be familiar – despite the holes in the roof, but the lies will different.

Whoever the next man in the dugout is, they will inherit a squad that has more old men and crocks than your average sheltered home and a team that is in need of a run of results not influenced by randomness. A new voice and fresh approach may be the catalyst required to bring out much-need improvement from a group of players that have won 11 matches by a single goal and lucky to have as many points as they have gathered to date.

The mission of finishing second in the Premiership is not an impossible one if enough honest mistakes go their way, but the chances of achieving it aren’t plentiful. A pat on the back and a funny handshake for the men in black is as good as it could get.

By the time next season kicks-off, the man who occupies the manager’s office in the coming weeks will probably be replaced by an administrator.

The role of interim manager may offer no long-term employment, or even short term, or wages, but the job is still an important one for Rangers*. Whoever the Ibrokes board put their faith in, it must be dead cheap.

The problems are clear but we in the media will do our best to hide the truth and twist the facts to fit our agenda. Rangers* are a side that concede too many goals that could have been chalked off and don’t get awarded anywhere near enough penalties compared to last season. Both issues must be addressed if they are to see off Aberdeen and Hearts and S Johnstone to finish best of the rest.

This is a squad that has had Warbiola’s 4-3-3 philosophy drilled into it for months but even supporters as thick as ours could come up with tactics to expose the vulnerability in our defence, plus a few goals by anybody other than Miller might come in handy. However, there seems little point in continuing with any plan as we’re so close to financial collapse there’s no way out.

 

Happy Valentines/Admin day Hunny Bunnies!

_________________________________________________________________

Translated from the original Sevconian …. see link below

 

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/sport/rangers/15089870.Interim_Ibrox_boss_must_have_short_term_success_if_Rangers_to_have_to_long_term_ambitions/

 

Interim Ibrokes boss must be on zero hours contract as *Rangers are headed for administration

Christ Jack!: Club 18-72 are chancers Rangers fans can’t afford to be misled by

imgid68470658-jpg-gallerythe-evening-times1

20 hrs ago / Chris Jackanory , Group Writer Sporting Bumfluff / @unionsharkjump

THEY went from the stands to the toilets and the seats and had their say. Now Rangers* fans can make their voice heard at Ibrokes and beyond.

The Light Blues support is numbered 666, devious and opinionated. Consensus is not easily reached amongst any support on any issue and those that follow them have had more reasons than most to split their sides laughing over the last 4 years.

When they muttered, though, they then came together as a collective force of darkness. Some, of course, did more than others, but where a handful of death threats led, thousands surely follow followed.

Now they have a chance to unite once again behind con-men in brogues and blazers. After four nightmare years, the nightmare could become a never-ending reality at Ibrokes (or Hampden).

The formation of Club 18-72 has brought together several fan groups, including  Rangers Supporters most Trusted convicted criminals & charity defrauders, and Rangers First official homophobe & racist, and given gullibillies a single body to invest their money in and provide their backing to.

It is an organisation that has been rancid for some time, and one that has come about as the majority have put their allegiances into singing the billy boys. The small number that haven’t could now, for some reason, be pressured into joining.

Voting for the inaugural board opened on Thursday and the seven person top table will be announced a week today. The workload has been significant but, for those that gave up their time and put in the hours, the blazers are ready and the world-class breakfast will be worth it.

Yet more will have to be done to mobilise a greater percentage of a support that could easily do walking away again, as they witness the lack of progress that has been made on and off the park in recent months.

The fear is that fans will drift away and focus only on American football and diddy clubs when they see that their club is no longer in danger of ever being a going concern. Rallying to a cause is one thing, but retaining an interest in un-audited financial figures, non-existent Stock Exchange listings & blatant boardroom shenanigans is quite another.

A target of 500,000 mugs has already been set as they look to the incontinent – where tens of thousands have put their foot into other clubs toilets every month – for inspiration and a model to follow.

It is due to crime & tax evasion over many years that fan ownership has become a hot topic amongst the Light Blue legions. But now it appears that the club is, again, not a realistic proposition.

But that is not necessarily a bad thing. Supporters have always had the wool pulled over their eyes, and the current board have refined that art, even though that does not mean they are the best Peepul to run them.

All fans should have their views manipulated, though, and the power of a collective voice can be substantial at Ibrokes and Level 5 PR.

The boardroom change of March 2014 would never have been possible without the fall in share price and Charlotte Fakes content manipulated by King and Paul Potless and the money conned from The Three Bears, but fans have also played their own part in ousting a reviled regime from office by falling for these lies.

Club 18-72 currently own a 6% stake in TRIggersbroomFC plc and have set a target of 25% plus one share to give them no more real influence than they’ve ever had at Ibrokes. After seeing Murray, Whyte and Green and Co. come and go, Rangers fans finally have an opportunity to support the latest charlatans who’ve become key players at Ibrokes.

Money that is not spent on shares will be used for projects to enhance the match day experience (the roofs) and could become vital to the continued rebuilding job (the roofs)  while Club 18-72 have already shown their willingness to show their institutionised paranoia and hypocrisy and stand up (with or without roof) for their fellow huns un-earned sense of entitlement.

The aim is to build a working roof, but the relationship with the Ibrokes hierarchy can never be in doubt as the board have their inside man on Club 18-72, so now the fans can be fooled into paying again despite still having no real say at their club.

 

_________________________________________________________________

 

Translated from the original Sevconian:

THEY went from the stands to the streets and had their say. Now Rangers fans can make their voice heard at Ibrox and beyond.

The Light Blues support is vast in numbers and diverse in opinions. Consensus is not easily reached amongst any support on any issue and those that follow the Gers have had more reasons than most to be split over the years.

When it mattered, though, they came together as a collective force. Some, of course, did more than others but where a handful lead hundreds and then thousands followed.

Now, they have a chance to unite once again for the good of each other and Rangers. After four nightmare years, the dream could become a reality at Ibrox.

The formation of Club 1872 has brought together several fan groups, including the Rangers Supporters Trust and Rangers First, and given punters a single body to invest their money in and provide their backing to.

It is an organisation that has been required for some time, and one that has come about as the majority have put their allegiances to the RST or RF to one side. The small number that haven’t could now, for some reason, decide to watch on from afar.

Voting for the inaugural board opened on Thursday and the seven person top table will be announced a week today. The workload has been significant but, for those that gave up their time and put in the hours, the rewards will be worth it.

Yet more will have to be done to mobilise a greater percentage of a support that could easily become dormant as they witness the progress that has been made on and off the park in recent months.

The fear is that fans will drift away and focus only on the football when they see that their club is no longer in danger. Rallying to a cause is one thing, but retaining an interest in the financial figures, Stock Exchange announcements and boardroom politics is quite another.

A target of 50,000 members has already been set as they look to the continent – where tens of thousands put their money into their clubs every month – for inspiration and a model to follow.

It is only due to the events of the last few years that fan ownership has become a hot topic amongst the Light Blue legions. Even now it appears that it is not a realistic proposition.

But that is not necessarily a bad thing. Supporters should always be at the heart of their clubs, yet that does not mean that they are not the best people to run them.

All fans should have their views aired, shared and heard, though, and the power of a collective voice can be substantial at Ibrox and further afield.

The boardroom change of March 2014 would never have been possible without the money from Dave King and the Three Bears but the fans played their own part in ousting a reviled regime from office.

Club 1872 currently own a 6% stake in RIFC plc and have set a target of 25% plus one share to give them a level of influence that they have never had at Ibrox. After seeing Murray, Whyte and Green and Co. come and go, Rangers fans finally have an opportunity to become key players at Ibrox.

Money that is not spent on shares will be used for projects to enhance the match day experience and could become vital to the continued rebuilding job, while Club 1872 have already shown their willingness to stand up for their fellow fan when necessary.

The aim is to build a working relationship with the Ibrox hierarchy but its independence can never be in doubt. There will be no representative on the Gers board but the fans can now have their say at their club.

Christ Jack!: Club 18-72 are chancers Rangers fans can’t afford to be misled by

Statement – from Rangers*

 

brox_stadium_main_stand_01-990x420RFCRFCRFCRFC

 

“The club’s directors share the disgust felt by Rangers supporters at the sickening and shameful display of outright sectarian hatred towards them from inbred sheep-loving scum in the Aberdeen area, ahead of our first ever visit to Pittodrie.

We also share the fans’ anger and will be contacting Club 18-72 as a matter of urgency, asking them to show their usual dignity by demolishing and/or pishing on all lampposts, electricity box thingies and/or toilets in Aberdeen city centre, in retaliation”

 The club’s supporter group said: “Club 18-72 has looked at the pictures and will be asking our laptop loyal experts to work through the night to find out who is responsible and target them and/or their families with appropriate abuse and/or death-threats.

In light of this, we have today written to the Rangers board requesting that they ban all Aberdeen fans from Pittodrie until Aberdeen can prove that they have taken substantive action against these sheep-shagging c**ts and other overtly sectarian elements within their support.”

An Aberdeen spokesman was quoted by the Daily Record (aka The Daily Orcread) saying: “Aberdeen will not become involved in a tit for tat spat with those tits on that tatty “Rangers” board. We will deal with all issues in a proper and professional manner, in line with policies established since 1903. Sunday should be a fantastic event for Aberdeen F.C and it’s fans. We welcome fans of the club newly established in 2012. We look forward to a great occasion and do hope they’ll leave our toilets and lampposts intact, when we banish them to the bottom half of the table”

_________________________________________________________________

RFCRFCRFCRFC

Thursday 22 September 2016, 18:72 – 20:12

by *Rangers Football Club Holding Company Engine Room Subsidiary Vehicle-ish

Article Copyright ©2012-2016. Permission to use quotations from the Rangers* bits of this article online is only granted subject to appropriate source credit and hyperlink to http://www.TRIiggersbroomFC.co.uk  (or nearest parallel universe)

 

Statement – from Rangers*

Club Statement – Raging FC

brox_stadium_main_stand_01-990x420

RFCRFCRFCRFC

Thursday 22 September 2016, 18:72

by *Rangers Football Club Holding Company Engine Room Subsidiary Vehicle-ish

RANGERS” Directors are beeling that they could not dictate the outcome of the Scottish FA’s inquiry in the wake of the pitch invasion at the end of the Scottish Cup final last May.

It is alarming that Scottish football is so lacking that it chose to ignore blatant lies from govan regarding the safety of footballers and attempts to deflect attention from illegal pyrotechnics and non-stop banned sectarian chants & songs at the country’s showpiece event. The SFA is powerless to take appropriate punitive action against offenders, as the majority of these were willing huns and already sentenced.

A number (+/- 1) of *Rangers players got in the way when Hibs fans invaded the pitch in celebration. We will repeat and exaggerate this assault fallacy at all costs, even if cameras show in broad daylight that – goading aside – our own fans committed the vast majority of violent acts. Blaming Hibs alone should be the priority of the SFA. Yet, the governing body is mince and ignores calls for violent misconduct against those Fenian bastards, especially those involving vital fluids lapping against patellas. Instead of vehemently condemning all acts of violence, we choose to place our emphasis on the monetary value of our die-hard lunatic fringe and encourage the use of corner flags to show those who’ve the temerity to taunt us in defeat, that we will jump advertising boards and respond with mass violent pitch invasions.

*Rangers directors will take time to consider other inappropriate over-reactions in a comprehensive reflection of our institutionalised paranoia, as we dress up our rage in a poorly disguised public hissy fit of a statement, which fully endorses our wee arra peepul sense of entitlement and fans the flames of bitter anger burning within all *Rangers supporters.

Article Copyright ©2012-2016. Permission to use quotations from this article online is only granted subject to appropriate source credit and hyperlink to http://www.triggersbroomfc.co.uk

 

RFCRFCRFCRFC

Club Statement – Raging FC

Chairman Invites Your (Easy) Questions

Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 13:30

“RANGERS” fans are aware that Mark Warbiola is still missing and his former management team are busy strengthening their lame excuses for a depleted first-team squad, and the challenges which lie ahead in season 2016-17, so I thought it appropriate to provide you mugs, erm, supporters, with an update on progress and plans for next season and beyond (well, O.K , let’s say end of June).

It continues to be important to communicate with the “club”‘s fans on a regular basis, so that we can pretend to be transparent whilst telling you nothing of importance and everyone can gain a better misunderstanding, whilst we work behind the scenes trying to cover up the mess, and this period – between the end of one season and the beginning of a new one – seems a perfect time to do that.

Rather than me telling you what I think you might want to hear, as I haven’t a scooby, I believe it would be more useful to invite our supporters to give direction to my comments by asking me questions. In this way I can be certain of filtering out the questions I can’t or won’t answer, and giving a nice positive shine to those issues that are of no real interest or concern to you, ahead of “Rangers” 1st season in the top flight.

Fans will have different views, concerns and ambitions and I will attempt to keep the sweery words to a minimum and only accommodate as few loyal plants as possible. These might include our singing policy (especially The Billy Boys), our ludicrously unrealistic ambitions for next season and beyond , our rebuilding plans (the roof), our working relationships inside and outside the club (the roof), our financial strategies (to get a credit line from any bank -anywhere, or a roof) and any other topic of interest of my choosing (except the roof).

The Board promised and has delivered on transparency (you can see right through us) and this Q&A session is an extension of those lies. All that is required now is for you the Peepil – to send in your questions. In order to ensure fairly quick feedback, and avoid cancellation of STs, the cut-off for questions is midnight on Thursday (June 16).

The collation of questions will be followed thereafter with lots of WATP posturing, and those answers we want you to see will be published on the club website as soon as practically possible, after Jim’s edited them.

I look forward to receiving and avoiding any difficult questions.

You can add your question using the form below, or send them via club social networking accounts – TwitterFacebookGoogle+ and InstagramYou can also email: editor@rangers.co.uk

(see also  http://rangers.co.uk/news/headlines/chairman-invites-questions/? for details)

 

BTW: Muchos Grassyarse to @PhantomL5 for reading this! -Your “constructive criticism” and unintentional promotion of #Res12 is – as always – extremely welcoming & heart-warming. – Phanny!

Chairman Invites Your (Easy) Questions

26 May ’67 – Paradise Lost & Found – (RIP Jimmy Brennan)

In tribute to big JIMMY BRENNAN who led the parade of the Lisbon Lions around Celtic Park 50 years ago today on 26 May 1967. 

CFCJB25

I’m re-posting this fing wot eye furst rote on E-Tims  30 July 2015……

_________________________________________________________________

I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that – despite the fact I saw my first Celtic match in the same year that Cesar made his debut ( 100 Years BC – Ed ?) – until last week,  I’d never actually “done the tour” of Celtic Park. Neither – for that matter – had my ST holder nephew (28), or my bhoy (19), who both accompanied me.

(BTW:  Those who came here for the Jimmy Brennan bits – Honest-  There is a connection to my tour of CP, so you can either be patient or skip down a page or 3)

Now, I have to admit that – thanks to Celtic Supporters Liaison Officer John Paul Taylor, who kindly offered to take us round (I’d been buttering him up for months with offers of drugs & wummin’) – my experience of the tour was more privileged & private than most, in that we were on our own, rather than part of a larger, official tour group. However, as all the elements were essentially the same, I can certainly recommend that – IF a tour of Paradise is still on your “bucket list” – just do it FFS!  – For the Celtic daft, the magic of the place just can’t help but resonate!

CPet1

(^ CarlJungleBhoy’s Fergus bunnet stares at the safe standing area in the distance)

Here’s a few highlights simply not to be missed….

. Sit in the visitor’s dressing room, close your eyes for a minute, and picture all the great names in football that have been in this very place, or sat on this very bench, before going out to face the thunder of YNWA blasting around the stadium. .. Messi, Ronaldo, Rooney, Xavi … you name them  … the list goes on.  Surely no true football fan can avoid feeling just a wee tingle down the spine at that thought?

CFC2

(^ Nephew Anthony McVeigh –  Fundraiser at SCIAF-  and Celtic SLO John Paul Taylor)

Sit in the home dressing room and – as I’m sure many of you have done countless times before – imagine yourself about to make your debut in the hoops, passing this quote from Jock Stein on the way to the tunnel :  “Celtic jerseys are not for second best, they don’t shrink to fit inferior players”  – It’s enough to make your heart go Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh…  Think about the fact that this is where Henke Larsson sat in tears after saying his farewell to Celtic Park against Seville.  Or, where Nakamura received the plaudits of his teammates after his late free kick against Man Utd put Celtic through to the last 16 in the Champions League.  Or –  in my case –  think about those family members looking down who passed their love for Celtic onto you, but never got round to doing what you’re doing now.

CFC19

Bhoy Junior with shirt from Armstrong – I’ve been asked to point out that this was taken the morning after a wedding – otherwise his hair would’ve been as nice as Stu’s)  

Take a deep breath. You’re about to make a dream reality:  You’re approaching the tunnel. Take a few moments to ponder all the plaques from/for fellow Tims lining the walls. Then.. Go on – Go for it! … Run down the tunnel like a daft wee boy and imagine the roar from the crowd and the strains of Hail Hail hitting you as you exit the darkness and take to the field. By now your shamrock–shaped heart should be swelling with pride.  Mine’s certainly was.ACPTunnel1

If allowed – Take a seat in the dug-out. This is a view only a privileged few will experience.  Savour it ,  feel it , embrace it.  Imagine you’re about to be brought on as a sub to save the game for Celtic in a Champions League match, on one of those very special nights in front of 60,000. Or – if it’s the away dug-out – imagine how intimidating it must feel to be on a losing side with Celtic Park shaking as every single fan does the huddle.

CFC21

Take a seat in the director’s box.  Shoogle your arse in The Big Yins seat– I’m sure Billy wouldn’t mind – and say a wee prayer (if that way inclined) or something daft from his Last Supper sketch (as I did) and wish him a full  recovery so he can  take his place again. CFC13

Or greet like a wee baby- if that way inclined -in Rod Stewart’s seat while remembering  the Barcelona game ….

CFC14

Stop for a minute in the trophy room in front of each trophy and let those names from the past – Johnny Crum, Charlie Tully, John Bonnar – wash over you.

CFC16

Check out Billy McNeil’s magnificent medal collection.

Dream of the day the current Champions League trophy will take it’s place alongside the European Cup from ’67.

You can wake up now! – You’ve found Paradise!

                                               ……………………………

I started this off by mentioning I was embarrassed that I’d never done the tour before. Well, imagine finding out in the middle of that tour that there was a real life family connection from you to Celtic – lost in the mists of time –  that you’d never even known anything about before? Well, that’s exactly what happened to me – See, I told you the magic of the place resonated!

Anyway, as we were chatting about our own personal football experiences & milestones –  Hampden 1970… Seville… my nephew just happened to mention that it was a close family member who led the triumphant parade around Celtic Park in front of the Lisbon Lions with the big-eared trophy,  back on 26thMay 1967.

I was totally flabbergasted.

“What!? You’re jokin’! How come I’ve never heard of this before!!!??”,  I stuttered.

Well, to cut a long story short, I’ve lived away from Glasgow more than two thirds of my life and my contacts with some branches of the family have been more distant than they should have.

Anyway ….

The late Jimmy Brennan, who married my cousin Anne and was Best Man at my sister’s wedding  – In fact, my sister & brother-in-law actually met as Maid of Honour & Best Man at Jimmy’s wedding! –  was “drum major?/baton twirler”?) with the Coatbridge Shamrock Accordion Band.

He’s the big guy at the front of the band in this pic from 26th May 1967 showing them entertaining the crowd before the arrival of the team at Celtic Park.

CFCJB25 (Thanks to The Shamrock Glasgow for the truly fantastic quality photo above)

Shortly afterwards, Jimmy led the procession around Celtic Park in front of the triumphant Lisbon Lions and  Jock Stein etc. etc. following behind on a  ..ahem .. gold-encrusted coach – ah mean coal lorry.

That’s  Jimmy throwing the baton in the air in sheer joy at +/- 36 mins 45 secs into this BBC Alba Jock Stein film.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b045x3s8

 

jimmybrennan26may67

 

26th-may-1967-lions-and-coatbridge-shamrock-accordion-band

Now, only the day before my tour of Celtic Park, I was sitting at another wedding table with my glamorous blonde cousins(/nieces?) Patricia and Louise (that’ll be 110 euros each, girls ! ) –  Jimmy’s daughter & granddaughter*, totally unaware of this iconic Celtic connection. Big Jimmy was one of those larger than life characters who liked a drink and was always up for laugh. I recall one story – Patricia & Louise look away now!! – when the local Parish priest asked Jimmy for a light  –  this was in the day when even priests smoked – and Jimmy accidentally pulled out a packet of Durex from the inside pocket of his jacket.

My own recollections of Jimmy are, sadly, limited to mainly weddings & funerals. As far as I know there wasn’t any geographical connection to Coatbridge. However, I can still picture this big, lovable rogue of a guy with a great line of joke-a-minute patter which hid a heart of gold underneath.

If my memory serves me correctly, I’m pretty sure he was one of the driving forces behind the charity efforts of the local St Vincent De Paul’s, along with my own Da and bro-in-law Tony.

Sadly, Big Jimmy died young, when the girls were still small, so, although they’d heard a wee bit about his baton twirling days – Louise tells me he remembers coming across that white band leader’s suit at the back of a cupboard when she was little – they don’t really know as much as they’d like. Also, the one person who’d probably have been able to tell them much more – their Mum Anne– also died only last year, so that font of memories is also no longer available to them.

Perhaps it’s due to all these of these factors that – until this week – when my nephew pointed out that little bit in the Jock Stein film, and I came across that photo above, Jimmy’s daughter’s didn’t even know that photo or film even existed! Isn’t it strange how a visit to Celtic Park can spark such things back to life?

So, after telling you above about Paradise found, I’d now like to put out an appeal on behalf of Jimmy’s family to anyone out there who might be able to help recover some more pieces of Paradise lost. …

In particular, if anyone has photos or footage of the Coatbridge Shamrock Accordion band at Paradise on 26th May 1967, or other pics or footage which might include “drum major” Jimmy Brennan, his family would be extremely grateful.

Hail Hail.

_________________________________________________________________

*NB:  Shortly after publishing this on E-Tims, Big Jimmy’s grand-daughter Louise contacted me with this wee anecdote, which encapsulates the character of the man:-

“One day he was getting a lot more donations than anyone else, collecting for a charity at a Celtic game. He couldn’t figure out why, until someone put money in the tin and said “There you go Father!” -The collar on his top was white and when his jacket was buttoned up he looked like a priest. When he realised that, he starting blessing everyone who donated …  and doubled his takings!”

Image