Foreword by Wullie
The history of TCN foreword by Wullie.
The idea of The Celtic Network (TCN) came about as a direct result of the so called ‘shame game’ involving Celtic and Rangers 1872 (IL) in 2011.
The idea was not triggered by that game but the response of politicians, Police and mainstream Scottish media who immediately tried to blame the fans who attended that game.
It must be noted that only 29 arrests were made by the Police at a game that over 60,000 fans attended. Yet this prompted the Police to call for more powers to tackle these alleged football ‘criminals’. What a joke. The only people to blame regarding this game where professional football players, coaches and managers.
As a result a summit was called involving the two clubs, the Police and the Scottish government. To this day I still don’t understand why Celtic participated in that sham. All this lead to the SNP government railroading the “The Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012” through the Scottish Parliament in 2012.
Being a web developer I decided that the Celtic support had to find a way to counteract and expose the misinformation and lies spread by the Scottish mainstream media, politicians and the Police.
At the time I ran my own Celtic fans blog at G40celtic.com and was conscious that there were quite a few other Celtic fans sites and emerging podcasts.
The problem for me was that they were scattered around the internet and their wasn’t a central site where the sites could work together and provide a free and reliable platform to deliver Celtic news. My sole purpose was to create that centralised website and thus The Celtic Network was born.
The Celtic Network was opened in July 2011. Our first article was written by Irish Journalist and author Phil Mac Giolla Bháin, an early supporter of the site.
The site was launched at 12.00am on a Saturday night and within the first 3 hours we had 17,000 visitors. The site would go on to reach over 2.6 million visitors by 2015.
On opening TCN had 18 partner sites comprising of Blog/news sites, fans forums and podcasts which would rise to 48 over the next year or so. Each partner site had their own dedicated news page where all their rss news feeds where presented with links back to their own websites.
We had a dedicated social media directory which contained links to all partner sites and their social media platforms.
Our global Celtic Supporters clubs directory contained links and contact information for over 50 CSC’s around the globe.
TCN was the first site to contain a ‘what’s on’ calendar page listing upcoming podcasts and live broadcasts that allowed fans to set email reminders for Celtic fans podcasts and events.
We also had an free open platform for any supporter to contribute articles on Celtic FC. This new site will keep that going. No article or contribution was ever and will never be edited, we believe in free speech regardless of whether I agree with it or not, this will also continue.
From the start as a Celtic fans site we felt it was our duty support good causes and charities in line with our founding fathers ethical and moral mission to offer help and support to those most in need. A such we have always had a ‘Good Causes‘ section on the site.
Our Good Causes will also be a major part of TCN 21. We invite any Celtic supporter who is trying to raise money for Charity or community causes to contact us on our good causes section. In return we will help you raise awareness on this site via a blog and on our social networks.
TCN was also fully involved with working along side groups like Fans Against Criminalisation and the establishment of a permanent memorial to An Gorta Mor Glasgow. We also provided support for Paul Muldoon’s Road To Lisbon charity cycle from Celtic park to Estadio Nacional in Lisbon in 2017, raising tens of thousands for good causes and charities.
So that concludes a short history of The Celtic Network 2011 – 2021.