A final report on the visit by FAC to Holyrood via Celtic Trust

Published on Tuesday 30th April, 2013 by Celtic TrustFans Against Criminalisation

John gives his extended reflections on the discussions of that day

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bigotry law produces 55 convictions in first 10 months – Joke Act

So are we meant to be impressed by those figures ? 5.5 convictions per roughly 230,000 people per month is a bit crap if you want to claim that this ‘bigotry law’ is working.

Here is a good question: How many of those convicted could have been convicted in law under the pre ‘Anti Bigotry’ laws ? Continue reading “bigotry law produces 55 convictions in first 10 months – Joke Act”

Statue debate is a distraction.

I noticed today there is a bit of a debate surrounding a proposed statue dedicated to Celt’s For Change. My personal opinion is this. I don’t and could not care less about statues outside Celtic park. Don’t get me wrong it’s nice to commemorate important Celtic people or groups but we have a bigger problem to sort out just now.

We should not be getting bogged down is silly infighting over a statue when we are still waiting for answers from this current board on their relationship with Strathclyde Police now Police Scotland. We are still waiting on answers to why this current board seem reluctant to back Celtic supporters who are being harassed by the Police for alleged ‘Thought crimes’.

So if we are going to have an internal debate in my opinion it should be about this current issue which is far more important to the well being of the entire club than who’s said what regarding Celts for change and what statues people want.

We need this ‘communication’ problem with the board sorted out ASAP, then we can argue about statues.


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John Hartson Foundation Life Logo

EX-CELTIC striker John Hartson is calling on Hoops fans to ‘Grab Life by the Balls’ and join him on his BraveHart Ben Nevis Challenge to raise vital funds for people with cancer and their families.

The Hoops hero recently handed over £25,000 to Yorkhill Children’s Foundation at the Glasgow hospital’s Schiehallion ward on behalf of his own charity, The John Hartson Foundation, set up following his battle with testicular cancer which spread to his lungs and brain and left him fighting for life.

The 38-year-old, now assistant manager to the Welsh FA, said: “Yorkhill Children’s Foundation provides fantastic support at a time when families need it most. I have four kids of my own and the thought of your child being diagnosed with cancer is devastating for any parent.

“Yorkhill Children’s Foundation is a cause very close to my heart and we’re delighted that we’ve been able to hand over this cheque today thanks to the help of our supporters who pull out all the stops to raise vital funds for the Foundation.

“Our next big fundraiser is the BraveHart Ben Nevis Challenge in July when we hope to raise more funds with the help of our supporters.

“We want YOU to join us for this fun-filled weekend in Fort William. Standing at the top of Ben Nevis feels like you’re on top of the world – and you’ll be raising vital funds to help us carry on the charity’s work.

“Please take up the challenge – it’s an amazing experience you’ll never forget. Don’t miss out – time is running out so sign up now.”

Shona Cardle, Chief Executive at Yorkhill Children’s Foundation, said: “We are extremely grateful to The John Hartson Foundation for donating this incredibly generous amount to Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.

“With the money received we will be able to continue to support sick children from all over Scotland and beyond who are treated at Yorkhill.”

John’s BraveHart Ben Nevis Challenge weekend takes place from Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14.

The fun-filled weekend in Fort William includes two nights’ accommodation, meals, and fully guided walk up Ben Nevis followed by a celebration party on the Saturday night. Places are limited so don’t miss out – sign up NOW at www.johnhartsonfoundation.co.uk or contact or Lorna King on 07795 008836 or by email at lorna@johnhartsonfoundation.co.uk

The John Hartson Foundation is an official TCN Good Cause. Please help in anyway you can.

Help petition the SFA – 5 WAY AGREEMENT

I have been following the No To Newco 2013 Campaign for a couple of weeks now. To be honest I think it’s sad that we are no to newco 2013back here again only one year on since they ran their last successful campaign but that is down to the secrecy and the ineptitude of the SFA as the games governing body.

We have all heard about this 5 way agreement but know one seems to know what was agreed. Stewart Regan was the man who bangened on about ‘transparency’ yet he and his association who administer the game don’t seem to have put this into practice in regards to this agreement.

As stakeholders and supporters of the Scottish game surely we must be given some transparency in regards to the 5 way agreement which let sevco into Scottish football at the expense of well funded and well run clubs like Spartans ?

No To Newco 2013 have put up an online petition calling on the SFA to publish this agreement. They are looking for 2,000 signatures but personally I think they need far more.

At the end of the day what have the bodies involved got to hide if everything is open and aboveboard ?

Give us transparency Mr Regan because the longer this document remains unpublished the more people will think you as the games administrators have something to hide.

You can read about and sign the petition here:



Well done to the Celtic Board

Definitely need to say a huge well done to the board for slashing season ticket prices and bringing back the £50 kids package. I’m quick enough to dig the board when I feel they are out of order in relation to the fans but I tip my hat to them for this bit of business.

Good housekeeping and a welcome boost from this seasons Champions league campaign have brought us to this point and it would also appear that we might even have some cash to splash. I’m also delighted that the club are to upgrade the facilities for our disabled supporters because everyone should benefit from the clubs solid financial position.

At a time when others in Glasgow don’t know if they will still have a club from one day to the next it just emphasises that living within your means and having top businessmen on the board bring its rewards if you’re prepared to work hard for your trophies.

So well done to Peter Lawwell and the board. Now if only we can ensure ALL our support are given a warm friendly welcome at Celtic Park then we can become unstoppable.  Let the People Sing Peter.

One Club, One Support.

Hail, Hail

FAC Group At Hollyrood with Images.

First of all thanks to Fans Against Criminalisation for giving us the chance to tell MSP’s exactly what we thought about the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 brought in last year and telling a couple of them what they could do with it. In a polite manner of course. Special thanks also to Siobhan McMahon Labour MSP for her hospitality and support, it was much appreciated. Continue reading “FAC Group At Hollyrood with Images.”