Green Brigade singing ‘Praise You’ at Celtic Park v Dundee, 22.11,14

Fat Bhoy Slim’s classic sung at Celtic Park!

We’ve came a long, long way together

Through the hard times and the good

I have to celebrate you Celtic

I have to praise you like I should

From 3.10 in here:

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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100 years ago – Jimmy McMenemy puts on the style for Celtic

Jimmy McMenemy v Hibs 1914“M’Menemy off on his own, besting Paterson and M’Coll”

It’s not often you come across action photos of a game from a century ago but this picture above catches the legendary Celt Jimmy McMenemy in full flow against Hibernian at Celtic Park.

The man nicknamed ‘Napoloen’ is regarded as one of the finest footballers Celtic have ever fielded.  Playing at inside-left he was the key figure in dictating play for the Celtic side that dominated Scottish football for a generation with the titles sequences of  6-in-a-row (1905-1910) and also 4-in-a-row (1914-17).  An incredible record for a player who joined club in 1900.  He scored 168 goals in 515 appearances for Celtic.  One of his most memorable strikes came early in 1914: in the New Year’s Day clash against Rangers he beat FIVE men in a dribbling run before smashing the ball high into the net to help the Bhoys to a celebrated 4-0 win.

In the photo above Jimmy is on another of his famous dribbles, taking on the Hibs players McColl and Paterson.  Could this have led to one of the 2 goals he scored that day in a 3-0 home victory?  The previous weekend Celtic had defeated Hibs 4-1 in a replay to take the Scottish Cup.  A fortnight night later and the league title had been secured with a 6 point gap over Rangers.  This was Celtic’s 3rd Leage and Cup double.

Jimmy won an incredible 11 League Winners medals and 6 Scottish Cup medals with Celtic (and 1 more with Partick Thistle).     He later became the celebrated coach of Celtic successful team in the late 1930s which won the Empire Exhibition Trophy and was considered one of the most exciting and stylish in the club’s history.

100 years on and the Celtic Graves Society are hosting a commemoration event for Nap at his resting place on Saturday 22nd November 2014, before the Dundee game, at St Peter’s Good Shepherd Cemetery Dalbeth, just a short walk along London Road from Celtic Park.  Speakers include Jimmy’s biographer David Potter, former Celtic Chairman Brian Quinn and Lisbon Lion Jim Craig.

More information here:

The CGS have also produced a commemorative booklet for the event which costs just £3 and is packed full of information on the career of Celtic’s Napoleon and dozens of photos:

Jimmy McMenemy CSC booklet cover





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Green Brigade Food Drive 2014 – Keeping the flame burning

Celtic cross 1888‘Should parents prefer, they could send the bread and the children could get a large bowl of broth or soup for a halfpenny, and those who were not able to pay got a substantial meal free.  This has been a very great blessing for the poor children’ – Brother Walfrid, 16 March 1895

In 1895 Brother Walfrid no longer lived in the East End of Glasgow as he had moved to London’s East End a couple of years earlier on the instructions of his superiors in the Marist Order.  Walfrid’s organisational skills and creative thinking as the first Headteacher of Sacred Heart school in Bridgeton had not gone unnoticed.  Literary societies, football leagues and a branch network of employer contacts to take on children of school-leaving age were just some of the schemes that the Sligoman had introduced to benefit his pupils and their community.


Walfrid sitting

Brother Walfrid (Andrew Kerins)


In the Glasgow Observer of 16th March 1895 Walfrid had been invited to recall his time in Bridgeton and also the charitable initiative with which his name would always be associated – the Poor Children’s Dinner Table.  it was at the rear of Sacred Heart school in Bridgeton’s Savoy Street that Walfrid, with the assistance of the St Vincent de Paul Society, had established the first kitchen where the Penny Dinners would be produced.  The primary purpose was to encourage parents to allow their children to attend school by providing essentially free dinners – rather than insisting they go straight into working life instead.  The scheme was an instant success in Bridgeton with over 250 children soon attending the Dinner Tables regularly.   Walfrid’s colleague in charge of St. Mary’s school in the Calton, Brother Dorotheus, followed suit and, by December 1885, over a thousand children a week in Glasgow’s East End were benefitting from Walfrid’s original idea.


In order to bring in funds to keep the Dinner Tables going, Walfrid and Dorotheus began to organise charity football matches in Bridgeton – before the decision was taken  in November 1887 to create a football club in this immigrant Irish Catholic heartland of the East End.  A flyer issued after the 6th November 1887 meeting at St Mary’s Hall seeking community support underlined the purpose of the new club:  “The main objective of the club is to supply the East End conferences of the St. Vincent De Paul Society with funds for the maintenance of the “Dinner Tables” of our needy children in the Missions of St Mary’s, Sacred Heart, and St. Michael’s. Many cases of sheer poverty are left unaided through lack of means. It is therefore with this principle object that we have set afloat the “Celtic”.  

 Brother DorotheusBrother Dorotheus (Henry Currie)


Last Saturday, 1st November 2014, just a short walk away from Savoy Street in Bridgeton, the Celtic Ultras group the Green Brigade set up a series of collection points for food and other provisions in support of the Glasgow North East Food Bank which provides emergency food for local people in crisis (please visit their site:  The collection points were the main entrances to Celtic Park.




History is something that is close to the hearts of most Celtic supporters.  Sometimes we are criticised by outsiders for focusing on the past rather than the present.  Yet our history shows us that the cause of charity, central to the creation of the club,  has always been prominent in supporter activities from the earliest days and it is truly uplifting to see Celtic fans continue to keep that flame burning in the modern era.


Green Brigade members and supporters manned the collection points, took in financial donations, sorted out the bags and bags of food and other goods and filled up van after van with them – before cheering Celtic on to victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.  The reward for their efforts in setting up the collection was an incredible response from their fellow supporters.


Van banner and cash


Celtic fans from all points of the compass arrived at the ground carrying bags and boxes of stuff.  Food and donations poured in.  The collecting buckets were jingling and rustling at the same time.    The vans were soon filling up.


Van stuffed


And when the vans returned they were filled up again!


CP looking at flats


The food and other goods were taken to a local church which was soon overwhelmed with the volume of donations:


Street outside church


Outside church


Church pews


One week on, the food is still being sorted and counted because so much was given .  The money donated in the few hours before kick-off last Saturday totals almost nine thousand pounds. 


The efforts of the Green Brigade deserve to be applauded – as does the response of the Celtic support to their request for help.  (The club also helped this time round with publicity to ensure maximum awareness of the collection amongst fans attending the game. ) Glasgow North East Food Bank will ensure that the food, goods and money will provide crucial support to famillies throughout the city at what is usually the most difficult time of the year.


While we regularly claim to “know the history”  these tremendous efforts of the Green Brigade and the wider support demonstrate that the flame of charity still burns brightly throughout the Celtic community.  And that is a very great blessing indeed.


Walfrid statue pennies 2Poor Children’s Dinner Table panel from the Brother Walfrid statue at Celtic Park with the Marist slogan ‘Ignoti et quasi occulti in hoc mundo’ (Unknown and hidden in the world)

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For an excellent account of one helper’s experiences last Saturday click here:

To donate to either the Glasgow North East or a local food bank, please click here: