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  1. Most of my European trips have been fairly sensible. Flight to city, stay a couple of days watch game and fly home. But the three most memorable are. Lyon in 1998. Went by myself. Train to London day before game, stayed in London that night then Euro tunnel train to Paris next morning. Before getting train to Lyon. Spent a few hours mulling around the station at Lyon drinking before walking to ground. Watched the game (match where Henrik Larsson broke his leg) then headed back to city centre afterwards (stopping to swap scarfs with a Lyon supporter) then spent the night sleeping in the station before returning home. I was so young and an inexperienced traveller that I didn't book accommodation or even bother to look around the city. Ajax 2001. Train down to Harwich, hook of Holland boat then train into Amsterdam. My mate and I didn't have any accommodation booked, so we arrived and found a bar, after a few drinks we stubbled across a Bulldog Hostel. Got up next day and headed to pub. Spent most off the day drinking and having a wonder about the city. I vaguely remember that there was a a shooting for some sort of an attack on someone in the city centre. Managed to drunkely lose my mate so headed to the Amsterdam arena where Ajax fans where throwing stuff at us from a distance. Headed into ground and found my mate sleeping in his seat. Superb game which we won 3-1. Headed back afterwards for a few beers and got boat and train home the next morning. Superb trip and totally disorganised. Seville 2003. I was lucky enough to have a ticket for the game, I'd been to all the away games except Suduva that season. And this was special. I booked my flights the afternoon after returning from Porto (Boavista game) the flights direct to Seville and Malaga were through the roof! £200+ for either airport (one way!) So booked Prestwick to London Gatwick then Gatwick to Madrid on the Monday returning Thursday morning before a night in Madrid. Flights were much more reasonable. Got the train down to Seville the day before the game. But hadn't booked accommodation again, But this was because there wasn't any! Managed to find a friendly local who put be up in his spare room for 50 Euros for two nights. I didn't drink while in Seville I spent most of my time just wondering about the beautiful city taking it all in. Sadly we didn't win. But I still look back on that season as a special time. Returned to Seville about four years ago to see the city again.
  2. Used to Serve ex Hibs and Rangers player Steven Whittaker in my previous job and he was a gentleman and would stand for a chat. Paul Kane ex Hibs and Aberdeen was very friendly when I met him too. Pat Bonner always came across as a right dour and grumpy. John Collins w**k! Bertie Auld and Tommy Burns are both good guys who gave time.
  3. My Grandfather on my mother's side was born in 1916 and passed away in 1977 when I was 18 months old, so didn't really know him as such. His son was born in 1940 and is still going strong. All my other grandparents passed away before I was born. None of them sadly lived very long. Said grandfather was the oldest if the four.
  4. What I hate most about Rod Stewart at our games is the fact he gets driven up to the front door in a limo and has security usher him into the entrance like he's some sort of member of the Royal family or a world political leader rather than just a pop singer. Man's an utter c**t! Probably never spent a penny on Celtic and everything is handed to him too.
  5. Mrs atfccfc got me three of Celtic's European programmes from 1966-67. What an awesome present 😍 She also got me the Vojvodina game but it's not been delivered yet! I'm only short of two games now of completing all of Celtic's home European games. Nantes from 66-67 and Valencia from 2019
  6. I no longer have a season ticket at Celtic park as I work the majority of weekends. But I used to have a season ticket for the North stand upper tier then moved myself to the Jock Stein upper. I usually try and get my ticket for the same stand when I do go. Again I'm missing going to games so much. Watching on TV isn't the same. It's going to be a long time before we are back in any great numbers
  7. Italian musician Luciano Ligabue. Buonanotte All'Italia and Non e Tempo noi. I've been listening to him for years and seen him live four time. Including the one here in the San Siro. https://youtu.be/u5KqwAT9ZJk https://youtu.be/_bANQ2wWs6g
  8. Another vote for Naples from me. I've lived in Italy (Bologna and Milan) and loved it and Italy is a fantastic country. But the south is a lot different from the north and I found Naples to be just the most vibrant and colourful and authentic city I've visited in that country and in fact anywhere. It's big, it's dirty and it's poor. But the people are fantastic and down to earth. It's not a touristy city but it's a city worth a visit. It's also a cheap city and I found hardly anyone spoke English. So for me who wanted to learn Italian when I first moved there it was Ideal. In other parts of the world I Loved Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia as well Queenstown and Auckland in New Zealand.
  9. Been to Milan a few times and it's a wonderful city with plenty to see and do. Only been to Turin once a few years ago in January to watch Torino V Internazionale on a day trip. I got an early train and the last one back to Milan. I wish I'd given myself longer because it seemed a superb city and quite big too. Though it was absolutely freezing all day. Even colder that Gayfield park and Pittodrie on a winter's day...
  10. I've been doing this for Celtic Programmes during Lockdown. Mainly just European home games and Cup finals. I've pretty much got all of the European home games. And only a few cup finals to go. The Lisbon season is expensive seen them on eBay for £50-100 each.. I'm summoning up the will to pay that. Most I've paid is £18 for one so far.
  11. Steven Pressley is on 5. Celtic, Dundee United, Falkirk, Hearts and Rangers.
  12. Jean-Joel Pierre Doumbe. Winning goal in the 2007 Scottish cup final against Dunfermline. That is his one and only contribution in a Celtic shirt. https://twitter.com/CelticSoccrShow/status/1131620819891712001?s=19
  13. I'm in the support the team my dad and uncles support. He's from Glasgow (my mother is Irish and I was born there) and they all support Celtic. But as I grew up an 'Army Brat' yes Celtic fans do join the army...! I have never lived in the West of Scotland. My uncles all moved away as well (one to England the other to Germany) When I first started going to football I lived in England and started following and supporting my local team where I lived at the time which was Aldershot. I support both teams equally. I have been living back in Scotland since the mid 90s But never in the West. When we moved back my parents made the decision not to move to the west of Scotland or to Northern Ireland but settle in the East of Scotland all because of the bigotry and make sure I wasn't involved in that.
  14. Easyjet just cancelled my flights. At least I now get a refund. At this rate I'd settle for day trips to Dundee and Stirling...!
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