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 Currant Buns at Ibrox.  Celtic were reduced to 10 men after keeper Fraser Forster had been sent off.  We were 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 Deadybears 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 directly at his tormentor with a hint of a smile playing on his lips – 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 Fortress of Darkness 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 arriving 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 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


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, A’body’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 Sand-dancing 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 captained Celtic to eight League titles in succession and is celebrating his 12th year as a Celt.  El Hadji Douff?  He was released by an English lower league team in May 2014.  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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The Shamrock – Celtic Retro fanzine is available here:

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