THE BROONY – The story of a Celtic Celebration

Scott Brown does the Broony at Tannadice

The Birth of The Broony

The Broony was born in adversity.  6th February 2011.  A 5th Round Scottish Cup tie – drawn away against the Huns at Ibrox.  Celtic are reduced to 10 men after keeper Forster has been sent off .  Trailing 2 goals to 1.  Things were bleak as we faced being knocked out of the cup . . . there of all places .  Celtic looked to their captain for inspiration.

Scott Brown, a feisty Fifer if ever there was one, rose to the challenge.  He’d been tormented throughout by Rangers’ new signing El Hadji Diouff .   The Senegalese was making his full debut for the now defunct club but was already  loathed by the Celtic faithful (and fined £5,000) for spitting on a Celtic fan during a European game for Liverpool back in 2003.  Which, of course, was the main reason for the Dark Side signing him.

In the 64th minute Celtic were attacking the Broomloan Stand when the ball was played back by Mark Wilson to Brown just outside the Rangers box.  The captain controlled it with his right foot and then curled the ball beautifully with his left past a diving, despairing McGregor.  The Broomloan erupted!

And then this happened:

Broony 1

Arms outstretched, the Celtic captain stared at his tormentor with the hint of a smile playing on his lips, stretched out his arms, and  did THE BROONY.    Diouff didn’t know where to look, he was the one now tormented – by a moment of brilliance.  He had been properly molligated . . .  in front of thousands at the Hunnery and millions on the telly.  A legend was born.

Ki enjoyed the view.  He wasn’t the only one.  Here is The Broony with the pursed lips.

Broony 2

Here is Gary Hooper speeding in for a close-up of The Broony and Diouff’s attempt at blaming Brown’s marker for the goal . . . himself.

Broony 3

Here is the reverse view of the first ever Broony, with a bouncing Broomloand Stand in the background and Gary Hooper now joining in the mocking of the distraught Diouff.

Broony 4 pic

The first ever Broony secured ten-men Celtic a draw.  In the replay at Celtic Park the Bhoys ran out 1-0 winners (as confirmed by Mr Trubshaw)  before going on to beat Motherwell in the final.

The Broony was in evidence again at Hampden that year on cup final day:

Broony with the Cup

Then it went on a tour of various grounds home and away:

Scott Brown does the Broony at Tannadice

A soaking wet Broony

Broony v Stm

A pre-Broony Broony at Tannadice!   Scott Brown celebrates league title at Tannadice

Taunting the Jambos Broony

Broony and Forrest

The Broony in Paradise

Broony at CP

Another Swinecastle Broony

Broony Hearts 1

The European Away Broony

Broony Salzburg

The International Broony

Broony Scotland

Your Broony, Ma Broony, Everybody’s Broony!

Soon the Celtic fans weren’t content at just witnessing the blissful joy of The Broony from the sidelines.  “Let’s All Do The Broony was the chant” and it soon had Celtic Park rocking:

The Green Brigade Broony

GB doing the Broony

The full-effect double-tier Broony

Fans doing the Broony

The Broony Goes Viral

Not content with living the Broony it was a necessity for the Celtic support that the Broony take on an online persona of its own . . .  Broonyshopping was the order of the day.

The Mankini Broony

Broony mankini

The Mind-Yer-Manners Broony

No Spitting Broony

The Here’s-Ma-Boaby Broony

Romantic poet does the Broony

The Moony Broony

Broony moon

The P-p-p-penguin Broony

Penguin Broony

The Desert Broony

Broony desert

The Jumbo Broony

Plane Broony

The Behind Enemy Lines Broony

Broony hun dressing room

The Looney Toons Broony

Broony Tunes

The Halloween Broony


The Bonnie Banks Broony

Broony loch

The Broony Goes Global

From humble beginnings The Broony grew into a global phenomenom, loved by all manner of folks across this crazy world of ours

The Papal Broony

Pope Benny does Broony

The Wenger Broony

Arsene does Broony

Even Bears Do The Broony

Bear does Broony

The Broony Bolt

Bolt does the Broony

The Sound of Broony

Sound of Broony


Subo Broony

The Custard Broony

Broony Custard

Bereavement Broony 1

Broony when Rangers die

Bereavement Broony 2

Broony when Thatcher dies

The Broony Buzz goes to Infinity and beyond

Buzz does the Broony

The Hoopy Broony

Hoopy Broony

The “He Looks Familiar” Broony

Kevin Bridges Broony

The Lenny Broony

Lenny does Broony to Diouff

The Managerial Lenny Broony

Lenny does the Broony

The Morphing into Broony

Morph does Broony

The Mr Bean Broony

Mr Bean

The Fat Lady Sings Broony


The Sammy Davies Broony

Sammy Broony

The Branching-Out Broony

You’re nothing without your merchandising in the modern era . . . and The Broony is no exception . . .

The Broony Badge


The Broony Tap

Broony  back of shirt

The Broony Broonys

Broony cakes

The Broony tee

Broony tee

The Broony Text tee

Broony code tee

The Broony Stickers


The Broony Today

Scott Brown, inventor of The Broony,  has just captained Celtic to six League titles in succession and is celebrating his 10th year as a Celt.  El Hadji Douff?  He was released by an English lower league team in May 2014 and is now a free agent.  Which means that no-one wants him to play football for them.  Because he’s pish.  With a daft blonde mohican strip on the top of his head.

He will always be  remembered among  football fans though for being the first-ever recipient of The Broony. Wonder if he’s still spitting mad about Celtic?

The Last Laugh Broony

Broony last laugh

Watch the inaugural Broony here . . . over and over and over again.

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Issue 1 of The Shamrock fanzine – with features on the Celtic Brake Clubs, Paul McStay, Early Escapades of the Celts, The 5 Ages of Celtic, Cinema Paradiso and Cliftonville 1984.

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