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Old Firm derby day

29 August 2004

First Old Firm derby of the season, and I was getting all excited with the anticipation of it all. For those of you who don't know about these things, let me explain. Glasgow is Scotland's largest city, and football (soccer to the Philistines) is Scotland's most popular sport. In Glasgow there are four senior football clubs: Queens Park, Partick Thistle, Glasgow Rangers and Glasgow Celtic. This last two - Rangers and Celtic - have a huge support base, rivalling Manchester United. Together, Rangers and Celtic are known as the "Old Firm", and their meetings as the "Old Firm derby", which is one of the biggest and most bitter-fought derby games in club football anywhere in Europe (and possibly the world). Put quite simply, this game is about as big as it gets - bigger than AC Milan v. Inter, bigger than Liverpool v. Everton, bigger than Arsenal v. Chelsea, bigger than Man. Utd v. Man. City, bigger even than Real Madrid v. Barcelona or Sporting Lisbon v. Benfica. It is huge. The game itself is not usually very pretty, as the players are often as psyched up as the supporters. Players are frequently sent-off as the tempers flare, and once, back in the late-1980s, the police arrested several players for brawling. Rarely is there any trouble between the fans, however (at least not at the stadium). In recent years, Celtic have dominated this fixture, winning the last six meetings of the two sides. Today that record was extended to seven wins, as Alan Thompson, Celtic's Geordie left-midfielder, shot the ball into the Rangers' goal in the 85th minute. This result stretches Celtic's lead at the top of the table, after four games, to four points over Aberdeen and 5 points over Rangers. All in all, today was a good day to be a Celtic supporter. Hail, hail ;-)

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Guest 14-Jan-2007 19:47
A lot of Brits (I'm from Glasgow and I'm a blue nose btw) seem to think that America invented the word "soccer". When I was a kid in the 60s and 70s I used to get "Charles Buchan's Soccer Gift Book" for Christmas. Brits don't like to use it now because it has been associated with the US since the US became a force in the world game. However, the fact remains that it's a British word (almost 150 years old). Americans shouldn't feel embarrassed to use it as it's a perfectly legitimate one, especially since they have a game called football. I'm off to eBay now to see if I can get any of the old Charles Buchan soccer books...!
Guest 01-Sep-2004 16:49
Somehow, I thought this was coming...
Dominic Kite30-Aug-2004 16:47
I had the pleasure of spending the weekend, and listening to the game in the company of a jambo, and a 'ger. It was a great weekend!
Zak30-Aug-2004 08:39
you were lucky to score in the 85th minute! ;-)
Herb 30-Aug-2004 05:07
And now you can relax again, take a deep breath....
Karen Leaf30-Aug-2004 03:36
Congrats on 'your' victory and standings. Football, no matter how you play or watch it, is addicting.
Michael Cempa30-Aug-2004 02:28
philistine alert: could this be compared to the subway series when the mets face the evil yankees? (oh yeah, met fan alert, too)
Gavin30-Aug-2004 00:07
Hee hee could see this coming ;)
laine8229-Aug-2004 23:23
Stewart I know some Aussie Rules fans that live eat & sleep the game too !!
Robin Reid29-Aug-2004 23:15
Bigger than the Padres vs the Yankee? I doubt it...;0)
But cheerio and huzzah and all that.
Larry Ahern29-Aug-2004 23:07
I'll have to admit I am a Philistine ... but that said it sounds very exciting.