Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Newcastle fans' view on Celtic

Newcastle doorman attacked by Celtic fans

Scots charged after clash with doorman
Jan 25 2007 By Brenda Hickman, The Evening Chronicle

A bar doorman suffered cuts to his head in an alleged bottle attack involving Celtic football fans.

Violence reportedly broke out after a group supporters from the Glasgow-based club had been drinking in Newcastle's City Vaults bar before Toon legend Alan Shearer's testimonial game at St James' Park.

Thousands of Celtic fans travelled to the city to watch the match which attracted a 52,000-strong crowd to bid an emotional farewell to the Magpie hero on May 11.

A group of up to 39 Scots made their way to the Bigg Market bar before the game and had been drinking there at about 7.45pm.

Drunken disorder is alleged to have broken out and a number of men were in the process of being ejected by door staff when further violence erupted in the foyer and spilled out on to the street.

In the brawl, which involved up to 10 men, four security staff were injured, one seriously.

Ian Sewell was left covered in blood needing hospital treatment for cuts to his head and face.

Four Celtic fans were arrested at the time by Northumbria police who were called to the scene.

A number of others in the group fled the Bigg Market following the alleged assault.

A Newcastle CID spokesman said: "Two men have now been charged with wounding and have been bailed to appear before Newcastle magistrates next Tuesday".

Robert McKernon, 39, of Saltcoates, and Gary Taylor, 24, of Ardrossan, both Ayrshire, were jointly charged on Tuesday with causing grievous bodily harm.

Mr Sewell has since made a recovery from his injuries and is understood to have gone back to work.

There was no football-related violence reported to Newcastle police before or after the game.

Celtic stars played a Shearer team of past and present greats. City Vaults is one of Newcastle's most popular fans' bars.

It is usually packed with supporters when live football is screened there.

The former Toon skipper shared the £1.64m raised from his testimonial among 14 charities and good causes.

A spokesman for the Ultimate Leisure Group, which owns City Vaults, said: "Two of our doorstaff were injured in the incident.

"One received stab injuries to his head, ear and chest for which he was treated in hospital.

"He returned after 10 weeks. Another staff was injured but returned after treatment on the night."

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Jeweller hurt in 'vicious' attack by Celtic fans

By BBC, Tuesday, 15 January 2008, 11:34 GMT

A female jeweller has suffered eye injuries after being attacked in a "vicious" robbery.

The woman had a "substance" thrown into her face before being dragged to the ground and punched repeatedly in the face by two men on Monday afternoon.

Her attackers escaped from the Diamond Studio in Glasgow's Argyll Arcade with a number of TechnoMarine watches worth a five-figure sum of money.

Their victim was taken to hospital where she was treated for eye injuries.

She was later released but is expected to return to the hospital on Tuesday to see an eye specialist.

It is not yet known whether she has suffered any lasting damage to her eyes.

The two robbers had first visited the Diamond Studio at about 1515 GMT, and spoke to the jeweller about watches they appeared to be interested in.

They returned about an hour later, and attacked the 43-year-old woman.

Her screams were heard by neighbouring jewellers, who contacted the emergency services.

Both the suspects are white males aged between 18 and 21.

'Premeditated attack'

The first is described as being around 5ft 10in tall, with a stocky build and dark brown hair and wearing a black hooded top and black jogging bottoms.

The second suspect is described as being about 6ft tall, dark brown hair and wearing dark clothing and a white Celtic skip cap.

It is thought they headed south in Buchanan Street after stealing the watches.

Det Insp Andy McWilliam from Stewart Street CID appealed for witnesses to the attack to come forward.

He said: "This was a vicious, premeditated attack on a defenceless woman who has been left extremely traumatised and badly hurt."

Monday, January 14, 2008

More Celtic fans' sickening behaviour documented

By Martin Samuel, The Times

On January 2, 1971, at the end of an Old Firm derby, 66 Rangers supporters were killed in a crush leaving Ibrox stadium. When the fixture fell on the same date 27 years later, it was considered fitting to respect one minute’s silence for the victims.

The only problem was the match was at Celtic Park. I was there. A solemn announcement was made, the referee’s whistle blew and silence descended, at which point a loud voice, audible throughout the ground, shouted: “Sunday, bloody Sunday, f*** ’em all” and chaos ensued.

There will be commemorations for the dead of the Munich air disaster at Old Trafford on February 10. The visiting team that day will be Manchester City. I am sure the majority of away supporters will be impeccably behaved, but it only takes one idiot. If the Premier League can fix the fixtures to give us a trumped-up Super Sunday for the television cameras every few months, surely they could have come up with a pairing less volatile than this?

Friday, January 11, 2008

Celtic Player labels Celtic fans "Reptiles"

Ian Wright has lifted the lid on the mutiny at Celtic which led to the departure of coach John Barnes.

A half-time dressing-room bust-up which preceded the Hoops' embarrassing 3-1 home Scottish Cup reverse to First Division side Inverness Caledonian Thistle proved to be Barnes' final game in charge.

I just can't help thinking a lot of people have finally got what they wanted - John Barnes sacked
Ian Wright

"The dressing-room is sacrosanct and I don't intend to reveal secrets.

"But I will say I have never witnessed anything like it in my entire career for club and country. It was shocking," said Wright, who has since been ditched by director of football Kenny Dalglish and has now joined Second Division side Burnley.

The former Arsenal player also launched a fierce attack on a minority of Celtic supporters who rounded on him during his short loan spell at the Scottish club.

"I felt I was caught up in a war crisis in Kosovo not involved in a football result that wrecked John Barnes' career as Celtic manager.

"Some so-called fans, a few morons who know nothing better, covered my car in spit, they were shouting obscenities at myself and Regi Blinker.

"They were screaming at me to get back to London, to clear off out of the place and that I didn't deserve to wear their colours. It was stone age stuff from reptiles."

Wright and keeper Jonathan Gould have both left the club since Barnes' departure.

"I just can't help thinking a lot of people have finally got what they wanted - John Barnes sacked," he said.

"Celtic won nine of their first 10 games yet as soon as we lost our first there were rumblings.

"One game, one single, solitary game.

"I believe that John simply did not get a fair crack of the whip as coach.

"There was always someone waiting to slag him off and now they've got what the wanted," he told the Sun.

Wright said Barnes did not receive full backing from the Celtic management from the moment he arrived at Celtic Park nine months ago.

"You can't tell me people were not gunning for him.

"Those nine wins on the spin were a better start to the season than the last time Celtic won the title.

"Not for me, Barnes' sacking has little to do with his ability as a coach."


The Parkhead Disturbance during WWII

Ex Celtic players take on Celtic Supporters

"I do not regret my move to Rangers to this day, I just couldn't put up with another 4 seasons of the bigotry I saw at Parkhead". Copyright Mo Johnston.

Below is a video of how that shows Rangers fans' love for Super Mo dispelling any nonsense that Rangers Supporters are anti Catholic.

Celtic Fans Attacks Rangers Player

Celtic go down 3-0 at Celtic Park and one of "The Greatest Fans In The World" (copyright Shame FC) invades park and attacks Rangers goalkeeper Ally Maxwell.

Celtic Park Closed during WWII

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