Celtic’s Saturday Afternoon At Brentford

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7 Responses

  1. Excellent article, and this chimes with many riotous afternoons I have spent inside grounds too. Opening a pub at nine on the morning of the game was asking for drunks laying in the street by kick off: no?

  2. mick says:

    Yes, because whenever you enter a pub, all personal responsibility goes out the window and you simply have to drink until you can’t stand. I assume if one of them hits someone over the head with a bottle you’ll be blaming the invention of glass for the incident?

  3. Frank Heaven says:

    Sounds like a fun afternoon for Celtic’s cosmopolitan following. Why is it that Man United fans, who also have an international following, are tagged ‘glory hunters’ but Celtic are not?

  4. Someone of a Non-Celtic Persuasion says:

    Because Celtic, like Barcelona, appear to have successfully branded themselves as a romantic ideal of something transcending the naked commercialism of football, despite this being little more than an affectation and contributing in equal measure to the commodification of the game as Man U, Real Madrid, Chelsea, etc. Still, you have to admire the cleverness of their marketing strategy. What was that about the devil’s greatest trick being convincing the world he didn’t exist?

  5. Nathan says:

    Celtic are missing Rangers I see.

  6. Dave says:

    So all I got from that was Celtic fans didn’t to that. Well OK, a few of them did. But Celtic fans didn’t do that. Well OK, a few of them did. Etc. Etc. And considering you arrived a little late in the day and left 15 minutes before the end of the game it’s reasonable to assume that you may have missed one or two incidents that may have caused concern or anger by the locals. I mean, stuff that might have even been missed by those videoing and posting on You Tube. It can happen.

    Why anyone would invite either of the old firm down for a friendly is beyond me.

  1. July 29, 2013

    […] “Apparently, last Saturday, I and hundreds of others went on a hooligan rampage and “destroyed” the West London suburb of Brentford, while attending a pre-season ‘friendly’ between weakened sides from Brentford’s League One club and current Scottish champions, Celtic. That last event was actually how I spent my Saturday afternoon; which I why I was very surprised to discover my role in the first. Let’s get some things straight straightaway. The behaviour of the 6,000+ Celtic fans at Brentford was raucous and loud both outside and inside their Griffin Park ground. Some of it was, frankly, wrong; fireworks and drunks on the pitch during the game, for example. However, I would be hard pushed to describe it as worse than the behaviour of many of the football crowds I have observed in, ulp, 40 years watching the game at various levels. In fact, in some aspects it was fabulous. And I would certainly not describe it in the emotive terms used by others of a, shall we say, non-Celtic persuasion – many of whom were nowhere near London, let alone Brentford, last Saturday.” twohundredpercent […]

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