Comment on Journey’s End? by Big Pink.
New blog up.
Great pic for ‘Well fans. The 91 cup team reunion. I think two players are missing (Arnott and Nijholt?)- and of course Davie Cooper and Phil O’Donnell no longer with us.
With all the runes on your avatar, I would’ve had you down as a Middle-earther! 🙂
… or perhaps you are more a Castle Brass devotee ?
Was persuaded to attend the Celtic/Aberdeen game of two halves today. Driven to deep depression and despair by the chat around me surrounding season ticket renewals.
The argument wasn’t for or against, but on the value for money aspect.
“It works out at £32 a game. We’d be cheaper just paying at the gate when we can get here”
“Includes old firms as well”
“Oh right – of course”
“Mine is only £200 cause I’m a student”
“Does that include old firms?”
I need to lie down 🙁
To be honest, the Warburton absence and silence is only of significant interest if you are a TRFC fan – and their fans don’t appear to be concerned unduly. I have some sympathy for those TRFC fans who have told us it’s none of our business.
My interest however is twofold;
Firstly an academic one, due to the off-piste nature and oddness of it all.
And then of course there is the disrespect inherent in failing to congratulate the opposition, providing the sponsors with the contractual post-match comment – as well as offering an assessment of the match to TRFC fans.
If Warburton IS on holiday as is suggested by reports of a TalkSport interview he gave last Thursday, then one would think that he would have made arrangements to comply with the protocols and etiquette of the job and competition.
As Tris has suggested, there was not one mention of his name at the press conference yesterday – and that was a major media event in TRFC terms.
It is unusual, but as the TRFC fans say, it’s none of our business.
Except about the lack of respect shown to Hibs and William Hill
Could be wrong, but I think many are jumping the gun over the breach of football regulations aspect to the SFA statement.
I don’t think it will be discussing the pitch invasion either – more likely a disrepute charge over TBS
It’s also worthwhile considering that whilst Petrie and others are guilty of complicity in turning a blind eye to much of what has gone on in the past several years, he won’t sit back meekly and accept the narrative that is being constructed in the press.
In fact in their statement tonight, Hibs are suggesting that the Commission set up ‘should have the widest ranging terms of reference’ which in turn suggests that Petrie has enough clout to insist that the SFA actually grow a pair and include ALL of the wrongdoing throughout the event.
If those terms of reference are widened in that way, there is no end of rainbow scenario for either club here.
The personal attacks on Petrie being carried out at TRFC’s behest by Keith Jackson are an attempt to neutralise his influence – and a fair indication that he is a regarded as a bad enemy to make.
Of course the cynic in me says that the belligerent rhetoric of TBS (all of which is aimed inside the tent) will prove to be empty enough as soon as the ST targets are reached, but in terms of strategic thinking, it’s a huge fail if it opens the sectarian songs can of worms.
The stupidity of the Hibs fans, may give succour to TRFC in the short term by allowing them to deflect from the issue of the defeat. However it may yet have an adverse long term effect.
All of this is contingent on the assumption that rational thought is behind TWS and TBS. This may well just be the meanderings of a dysfunctional organisation with no real proactive plan for the future. God only knows.
Sad aspect of all the pitch invasion stuff (and I am sure Hibs fans will be annoyed with themselves for allowing it to happen) is that less time has been given over to the victory and the end of 114 years of hurt.
Not a Hi-Bee myself of course, but I have seldom felt so emotional as I did when ‘Sunshine on Leith’ rang out at Hampden after the presentation. It was a truly magical moment, and maybe demonstrates how the legacy of all of our clubs is to a greater or lesser extent shared with everyone.
Over the last few years we have all shared in the joy of clubs who have had historic breakthroughs in their journey in the game. Here’s to even more of them in the future.
For the record, I think the TRFC response to the weekend events is not on a par with the way their players acquitted themselves during and after the game. The players, and not their board won my admiration and respect for their contribution to the final. I think the dignity they showed deserved better than what they got in TBS (© Tris acknowledged)
May 20, 2016 at 23:55
A bit of latitude about the Celtic thing folks. Not appropriate for detailed debate but there’s no harm in talking about it in a general kind of way.
I’m off back to my eschewing 🙂
Also welcome back to rhapsodyinblue – I think 🙂