“And if you know ‘their’ history” – The Ché Mills connection (Part One)

Are you familiar with the history of our great club, our institution, our source of both deeply held pride and of affection, our object of obsession and the common bond we all together cherish?
I got to say the very fact your reading my nonsense (many thanks by the way!) here on the greatest Celtic fans resource on ‘tim’ternet’, www.TheCelticNetwork.com , leads me to safely establish that you do know, full well in fact, know all about our history!
http://iceltic.net/?page_id=219
http://www.thecelticwiki.com/page/Celtic%27s+Foundation
http://www.celticfc.net/corporate_socialmission
Anyway, for all those already aware, please forgive me the history lesson concerning Celtic F.C. and our illustrious history, all 124 years of ‘our’ unbroken history that is to say!
For the vast majority of this blogs readers, you too will be well aware of the famous ‘mission statement’ for which we are all very rightly proud, protective and appreciative of.
The mission statement is, as our club has always shown itself to be, a grand one. Its visionaries, Brother Walfrid amongst them, sought not just to create another club, not just a football club, nor even a trophy laden football club…they had a grander plan, a grander mission, and a grander ethos for this grand old team we’ve all come to know and to love.
The club is in itself; great testament to a wonderful concept, a remarkable vision, a magnificent mission statement that through the ages has indicated to an admiring world that through sport no barrier is unbreachable, no divide is too great and crucially that no social, political, language, age or racial barrier is enough to provide for exclusion from our family.
Our club is proudly founded upon the ethos of inclusion, of being ‘open to all’ and in that concept The Celtic Football & Athletic Club 1888 was born…the one and the only, despite what certain others may choose to believe.
Now in very quick summary, I aim to draw common ground with a few other notable internet based passages.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Immigrants
and
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1982_Chicago_Tylenol_murders
You see, the Irish were a race of people who have massively immigrated throughout recent history and, by and largely, been very successful at matters of social integration in most countries and with most cultures they have crossed paths with.
It is probably never truer however, than it is in Scotland, that the Irish are a proud and capable bunch. You see the stereotypical Irish, as depicted by leprechauns and the age old butt of the jokes, the sacrificial Irish man, is no more an accurate depiction than the Caribbean man is a chain smoking Yardie drug dealer, both are unhelpful, untruthful and undervaluing of two proud ethnic groups.
The Irish pride often manifests itself in the imagery of a fierce fighting force…the fighting Irish. On so many levels this is true of the Irish communities struggle for acceptance in Scotland and indeed British culture since the great immigrations in aftermath of its two massive episodes of famine.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Famine_(Ireland)
Of course, not all Irish men’s fights are confined to the bare knuckle variety; some were for fundamental human rights and a place in the hearts and minds of an oppressive society.
The ‘Yardies’…the bloodless Chicago triple murder…how the heck is that relevant…and who is this Ché Mills character?
No bhoys and ghirls, I am not crazy and no, for your information, I am not on drugs!
And no I most certainly did not mean Ché Guevara, thank you very muchly.
Ok, ok, I’ll bring this altogether for you now…I’ve rambled on enough.
Please cast you minds back to the ‘Chicago’ link?!
The date of that tragic story was the 29th of September 1982.
The ‘Yardie’ reference, well they too are known to be of descent from a large immigrant community who having left their Jamaican/Caribbean routes became settled in and struggled and fought oppression in modern Britain.
In Gloucester, England on the 29th of September 1982 a child was born; the child would be of mixed ethnicity.
In the deeply diverse ethnic Britain of today, still a little resentment and racial tension exists. In Scotland the main source of this affliction would manifest itself in religious bigotry; the Protestant reformation had seen to Scotland denouncing its Catholic origins and for some reason, to this very day, a significant cross section of its society feels the inexplicable urge to ostracise those whose faith lays the very origins of the protesting Catholics…the Protestant religion.
Meanwhile down south of the border, in a country for which Scotland, and for that matter, Irelands historic struggles needs no reminder…down in England, the modern tension is widely perceived to be reflective of the struggle of racist minds to see beyond the colour of a person’s skin and to accept interracial off-spring as a beautiful consequence of social inclusion.
Imagine then if you will, the level of struggle, the level of victimisation and the level of conflict that ‘potentially’ and I say potentially because I have no indication whatsoever that Ché Mills was greatly affected by racism at all in his life, but that he potential could have been subjected to, as the off-spring of an interracial experiment…a beautiful collage of Jamaican and Scottish parents, born in England and with proud Irish ancestry too.
He potentially would need quite a combination of the Irish charm, the Scottish canny, the English diplomacy and the Jamaican ‘laid back’ attitudes.
For the young Ché Mills born in Gloucester, England and who was of a fairly unique racial orientation, did indeed have many social barriers to overcome, he had many ‘trials’ ahead, he had the utmost requirement for a strong, resolute and charismatic personality that you could ever imagine…for Ché age 5, life was to get unbelievably much tougher.
For a young ‘bhoy’ aged five…his family, his entire support mechanism was to be irreparably and irrevocably damaged, split and torn.
Injustice, for a young Ché Mills, was to be no stranger.
Age 5 his father was to be taken almost entirely from his life and in the little family ‘contact’ that was possible…normality would be a sobering reminder, of the daily loss of a father figure, via prison calls and visits.
Ché and his brother Joshua Mills would grow up, unfairly so, with the tag of a murderer father.
Is it any wonder that to survive such trying circumstances, a young lad like Ché would grow up ‘fighting’ for respect and for justice?
Is it any wonder that Ché Mills went on to become a very able, a very determined and a very skilled and fearsome warrior…age 19 an unsettled Ché Mills would find solace and integration through sport.
He found his talent for and his love and desire to win at all costs, matched near perfectly with the skill set of a Mixed Martial Artist.
Ché set out on a road which changed his life, gave him both direction and a welcome release for his feelings, it gave him a purpose and unsurprisingly it gave him great self-respect.
This is where the young lads’ life was to take a huge turn for the better; this is where his father,  Gary Mills, determination, strength of character and influence was to shine positively through the storm clouds of old and his ‘golden skies’ moment of awakening was to begin.
Ché aged 21, got his dad back…he had inherited a lot from his dad…the love of Celtic F.C. was just one such trait.
The love of Celtic F.C. is the main reason I write part one of this blog today, the love of Celtic is something which could help even the most anti-fight fan connect with the gracious, unassuming, respectful and approachable man this ‘bhoy’ became.
If you have the privilege to say hello to Ché Mills, then 99 times out of a hundred…100 times out of 100 where time permits, Ché Mills will return the nicety and do so in kind.
This ‘fearsome’ Welterweight Mixed Martial Artist, if you can engage him in ‘Celtic chat’ will leave you in little doubt of his proud roots and his pride in his ‘Hoops’…a nicer sportsman I have yet to meet.
This is just part one of, if both Ché and yourselves will be so kind, as to permit me to write, a serialisation of blogs which will document, the ‘bhoy’ and the man, his fight career to date and an in-depth look at his forth-coming battle at UFCs Nottingham event of 29th September 2012 (strangely enough the exact date of his 30th birthday) when he takes on American, Duane Ludwig.
Follow @Che_Mills on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/Che_Mills
Hopefully this is just an initial introduction, I hope, of a big Celtic fan, to the huge Celtic masses…take him to your hearts, the ‘bhoys’ a bit special alright!!
Hail Hail
Ps. Can I also take this opportunity to express my sincere congratulations to Ché and his partner on their soon to be expected child…another member of Clan Celtic and Team Mills that I hope we all share in many victories with in future!
God bless you and your family, Ché.
@brianbhoy07

Comments

    1. Haha Cheers Dhougal.
      Che is a very busy bhoy but well worth a follow, big hoops fan and a MMA legend…damn decent fella too!
      Cheers for reading
      HH

    1. Haha Cheers Dhougal.
      Che is a very busy bhoy but well worth a follow, big hoops fan and a MMA legend…damn decent fella too!
      Cheers for reading
      HH

  1. Thought I’d use my full name there Brian;) loved the post. And will now be following chè.

    1. haha Kev Murphy, as I live and breath…how the heck are ya?!
      Nae hiding what foot you kick with now huh?! lol
      Saying that the boyband good looks and the lack of Bad Body Odour had kinda done that job quite well for you til now.
      Cheers bud

  2. Thought I’d use my full name there Brian;) loved the post. And will now be following chè.

    1. haha Kev Murphy, as I live and breath…how the heck are ya?!
      Nae hiding what foot you kick with now huh?! lol
      Saying that the boyband good looks and the lack of Bad Body Odour had kinda done that job quite well for you til now.
      Cheers bud

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