the belfast child(s)

Football is littered with pantomime villains but it’s also full of those, who have an extended interest in the game, believing – in their own fickle minds – that players are actual villains. Villains who deserve to be abused for 90 minutes.

 

Last week, Kyle Lafferty took centre stage at Celtic Park last week, charging around failing to get sent off and he reacted to the crowd when being substituted. This week Neil Lennon spoke the unwritten truth then over celebrated a Hibs goal at Ibrox. Fans called for the death penalty for both men. The only thing in common is some fans abusing these players think Scotland 2017 is actually Belfast in the early eighties.  

 

We have been told to move on over the summer but the only thing that needs to move on in the game are these fans.

 

Printed in the Scotsman Fanzone Wednesday 16th August. i’m beginning to sound like pat nevin. 

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the sand and the century

A new season. The pitches are pristine green, the goal mouths beg to be dived in but if you look closely you can see the base of sand that will appear in the winter gloom. Scottish Football is also built on a base of sand that will soon be exposed.  When exposed there will be no winners or losers just more questions, accusations and regrets.

 

The game on the pitch is the easiest part not to question. Not dark just light. Leigh Griffiths, after his heroics at Hampden, has lifted his game to a level that most didn’t think possible. He is a testament to listening to coaches, hard work and making the best of your talent.

 

He’s talismanic already in this early season but will be a welcome addition to the Celtic Centenary Club before it is out.

Printed in The Scotsman Fanzone, Wednesday 9th August 2017

a northern prose: welcome

thank you you visiting, i’m sure you were probably looking for somewhere else. i’m going to use this blog to collate things that i’ve done over the years (I haven’t created an archive YET!) and also to capture what I am doing just now.

it will mainly contain musings about football and music.

if you like what you read then contact here.