Past the Event Horizon


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Merry Christmas to one and all who help to make this blog the best by far. Been following this site from the beginning as well as the RTC blog when it was in its Infancy, and need to get my daily fix!
Keep up the good work everyone, would be great if some of the awol posters come back on, especially RTC, nice to hear from you now and again.
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From The ST Johnstone website

The next match at McDiarmid Park is this coming Thursday, the Boxing Day fixture against Celtic. It’s a 3pm kick-off and the game is live on Sky Sports.

The game is all-ticket and tickets remain available to both sets of supporters tomorrow (Monday) and Tuesday. These are only available from the McDiarmid Park Ticket Office (opening hours: Monday 9.30am to 5pm and Tuesday 9.30am to 3pm). The Ticket Office number is 01738 455000.

This is a high-profile fixture at a great time of the season and both clubs are determined that the game is played in a safe environment which can be enjoyed by everyone.

Supporters will be aware that, regrettably, there has been a significant increase in the letting off of flares, smoke bombs and other pyrotechnics at games across the country this season.

These are inherently unsafe not only for those around the devices but also for spectators in general, particularly those who suffer from breathing disorders. They also have the potential to set seats alight and cause flags to burn.

St Johnstone FC and Celtic FC fully support Police Scotland in their attempts to eradicate this nuisance from our game and as part of the planning process for this match between the three parties and other agencies, and as there have been several instances of flags being used as cover for the igniting of these devices, a decision has been taken that for this specific fixture flags and banners will not be permitted inside McDiarmid Park. Fans are asked to be considerate of this requirement in the interest of their own safety and the safety of others.

Police Scotland have issued a statement on this and other aspects of the match which reads: “A large crowd is expected for the all ticket fixture between St Johnstone FC and Celtic FC on Boxing Day.

Police Scotland has been working closely with both clubs and other agencies to ensure that everyone enjoys the game in true festive spirit. But we also serve notice that anyone who falls foul of the law runs the risk of spending part of the Christmas period locked up.

Match Commander Superintendent Kevin Lynch said: ‘‘We welcome both sets of supporters for what we are sure will be an excellent sporting event. We hope that they all enjoy themselves and we will be there to help keep them safe.

‘‘The police and both clubs expect everyone to enjoy the occasion in the right way and abide by the law, as well as the ground regulations. We will be on hand to assist them where required and, where necessary, to deal effectively with anyone who is involved in disorder or other criminal behaviour.

‘‘Those attending the game, as well as the local community, can rest assured that we will deal effectively with any incidents and put offenders before the courts. That could mean a spell in custody for offenders at a time when I am sure they would prefer to be with friends and family. So please come along and enjoy the game in the right way.’’

As part of the planning process between the police, St Johnstone FC, Celtic FC and other agencies, a decision has been taken that flags and banners will not be permitted inside McDiarmid Park stadium for this game. Fans are asked to be considerate of this requirement in the interest of their own safety and the safety of others.

As with all fixtures, alcohol, containers, smoke bombs and pyrotechnic flares are not permitted in the ground and again, appropriate action will be taken against anyone in possession of such items who is breaching ground safety regulations or involved in any criminal activity.

Police officers will be active outside the ground to prevent the misuse of alcohol and there will be stop checks carried out on supporters’ buses en route to the game.

With road works ongoing on the local network, supporters are also advised to allow plenty of time for travel to the game to ensure that they arrive at the ground in plenty of time to be inside for kick-off.

Superintendent Lynch said: ‘‘We look forward to an entertaining afternoon and hope that everyone who attends enjoys the contest between the sides in a good-natured and enthusiastic way where everyone is safe and remembers the game for all the right reasons.”

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Esteban says: (65)
December 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm
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Banning flags may be a daft way of trying to keep the fireworks away from the football, I don’t know. All I know is this is the reason St Johnstone and the police have given. It’s any flag. Read more deeply into it if you will, but this is what St Johnstone and the police have said.
Agree Esteban, all flags are banned.
I gave my opinion on this just before your post,can anyone who gave me the thumbsdown explain why? Or give me your opinion?

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IMO The banning of flags for the St Johnstone game has nothing to do with the contents or text of flags. After the shameful vandalism at Fir Park a few weeks back the Police/Security staff tried hard to Identify the culprits but found it difficult as many had scarfs around their faces and were hiding beside and beneath certain banners. The game on Boxing day is another potential powderkeg fixture with the away fans full of the booze etc and Celtic cannot afford another repeat.
With the removal of banners/flags this will make it easier to Identify any wrongdoing.
Makes sense to me.

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neepheid says:
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And if TRFC is operating a minimal squad size, then it would be prudent for TRFC to keep the loans pipeline open from NUFC – to cover injuries as the season progresses, if need.

And if Ashley is no longer on the NUFC Board, can he plead no ‘dual interest’ – on the face of it anyway, to the SFA ?

Does anyone seriously believe that the SFA will have any problem at all with TRFC being loaqned quality players at favourable rates from NUFC? They did nothing about it last season at a time when Ashley was in breach of their dual interest rule. A precedent has been set, and there is no way they will object to TRFC being stuffed with cheap loan players by Ashley.

More surprisingly, there wasn’t a cheep from the other promotion contenders last season. There’s no reason to think that will change either.

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Neepheid, that also bothered me also that no other clubs said anything about the loanees. No doubt if the title race was a little ‘closer’ Dame Ann Budge might have said something, but we will never know. I will wait and see if this happens again and I will get a few of my Morton supporting friends to write to their Chairman for his thoughts. He seems to speak his mind and not intimidated easily. I would urge others to do likewise if their team is competing in the Championship or have a ‘local’ club who is.

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Ashley speaks out..

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Well Done once Again John,have you had a replay from the one sent a week/2 weeks back?

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Well done to ICT for their first Scottish Cup success thought they might have struggled after going down to 10 men after their recent semi final win when they were playing with 12 men 😈 Seriously though the period of armageddon that the authorities threatened upon us have possibly been the best 3 years of Scottish football for years. Cup wins for ICT, St Johnstone, St Mirren and Aberdeen have been refreshing for our game, and all the young fans getting a taste of success can only be good for the future of our game. Also commiserations to Falkirk, never nice being a loser after coming so far.

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From the Herald…..

CELTIC striker John Guidetti has been found to have breached SFA disciplinary rules and censured over the singing of a song that featured the phrase “the h*** are deid”.

The SFA decision came after the Hoops star sang a song which contained the word at the end of an interview on Holland’s FC Rijnmond football programme.

He was reciting a song that is sung about him by fans.

Rangers fans have now taken to Twitter calling for the player and the club to issue an apology.

He sang: “Oh John Guidetti, puts the ball in the net-y, he’s a Super Swede and the h*** are deid, walking in Guidetti wonderland.”

The Celtic forward described the chant as “a good song”.

The SFA said the player had broken Disciplinary Rule 73 “in that on or around 6th March 2015 you did in the course of a interview given to the Dutch Television Programme FC Rijnmond, make comment of an offensive nature.”

The SFA added: “The player was found in breach and censured.

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