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I worked in Glasgow in 1999... I was shocked just how utterly bonkers usually rational, well educated folk would go in the weeks either side of the Old Firm games.... 😁😁
Haven't been to an OF game since the early 80s. But as much as the atmosphere on TV sounds brilliant and the TV commentators love it - it is (or was back then) actually poisonous and hate-filled - still...it's a brilliant racket having many 10s of thousands of home support bawling out the tribal songs and war-cries in a way that I'm not sure you get even at the most passionate of English derby matches. But it's not (or wasn't) nice.
 

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Haven't been to an OF game since the early 80s. But as much as the atmosphere on TV sounds brilliant and the TV commentators love it - it is (or was back then) actually poisonous and hate-filled - still...it's a brilliant racket having many 10s of thousands of home support bawling out the tribal songs and war-cries in a way that I'm not sure you get even at the most passionate of English derby matches. But it's not (or wasn't) nice.
Within a couple of months of meeting, my partner packed in her job and moved 100 miles north to live with me in Tynemouth. She moved up on a Saturday. The next day was a Celtic-Rangers game. I had a season ticket but said I'd give the ticket to a mate, and watch it in the pub with her. It turned to be the infamous Hugh Dallas coingate game. I was sitting with her, no colours on. There was a bunch of very noisy Rangers supporters at the other end of the bar, and I was getting wound up in equal parts by the events on the pitch and by their gloating. At half time, some random stranger came up to me and said "those O.... B...... are in the toilet now, how about me and you go sort them out?"

I declined his offer, but it did get very nasty in the pub. My GF was thinking to herself "what have I done, giving up everything to move in with this madman?"
 
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Just spotted that my last OF game was actually 1988 - the 'infamous' Mark Walters match. My brother was a Celtic supporter at the time and we were in the 'Celtic end' at Parkhead - until half time. My brother decided he'd had enough of the racist abuse coming out of that end and we went down the front and asked a bobby if we could move to the Rangers end. After a moment quizzical look we were escorted along in front of the main stand and into the other end. And that's when he became a 'bluenose' - now a ST holder. I think he prefers that his past isn't brought up - indeed he's in denial that he every did actually 'support' the eastenders (Desmond White was on his paper round and so tickets for big matches were easy - is what he'd say) - but I know better as I was there at his conversion - not that common an event in my experience :)
 
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Just spotted that my last OF game was actually 1988 - the 'infamous' Mark Walters match. My brother was a Celtic supporter at the time and we were in the 'Celtic end' at Parkhead - until half time. My brother decided he'd had enough of the racist abuse coming out of that end and we went down the front and asked a bobby if we could move to the Rangers end. After a moment quizzical look we were escorted along in front of the main stand and into the other end. And that's when he became a 'bluenose' - now a ST holder. I think he prefers that his past isn't brought up - indeed he's in denial that he every did actually 'support' the eastenders (Desmond White was on his paper round and so tickets for big matches were easy - is what he'd say) - but I know better as I was there at his conversion - not that common an event in my experience :)
Changing from being a Celtic fan to a Rangers fan is a backwards step if you don’t want to be supporting a club with a racist element in their fanbase.
 
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I believe that Rangers have more racists in their fan base than Celtic. I doubt many would disagree that aren’t Rangers fans. Well, maybe Chelsea and Linfield fans would disagree.
That's what 'the best fans in the world' would have you believe. The fact is, the bad elements within the support are both as bad as each other, and in my experience have equal numbers on both sides.
 

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sing the FMs criticism of the Rangers players to have a go at her - digging up the breach at the funeral. How very dare she criticise Rangers players when SHE did that. I will say no more than that as that’s me at risk of toppling over onto the wrong side of the pence..[/QUOTE]
Silh....stop being so touchy
Kellfire-Are you for real or just at the wind-up? You ever been up the Celtic end/Parkhead? Get real kid!
 
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sing the FMs criticism of the Rangers players to have a go at her - digging up the breach at the funeral. How very dare she criticise Rangers players when SHE did that. I will say no more than that as that’s me at risk of toppling over onto the wrong side of the pence..
Silh....stop being so touchy
Kellfire-Are you for real or just at the wind-up? You ever been up the Celtic end/Parkhead? Get real kid!
...I have to say that my brother’s usual standing place was in the ‘Jungle’ - and the few times I joined him there it was - erm - ‘atmospheric’...
 
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I think I've just read the most ridiculous post I've ever read on any forum I've been on.
What - my brother changing camps? I assume not. Our parents were from ‘The Highlands and Islands’ with dad not being interested in football and mum being a Saints supporter (Some cheeky bizoms might say that’s just the same).

I just got on side with my mum, my brother just fancied Celtic as in the late 60s and early 70s Celtic were a very attractive option; he delivered Desmond White’s morning newspaper, and as we didn’t have any of the usual Rangers/Celtic background rubbish it was relatively straightforward choice. And so it came to pass it was at that particular game that he decided he didn’t like what he saw and heard going on around us. Doesnt mean he was or is 100% happy with all that goes on with the Ibrox crew...but he nailed his colours to the Ibrox mast back in 1988.

I am happy with mine flying at Muirton in the early days - and now at McDiarmid Park. And so to the League Cup Final this coming Sunday 👍😻
 
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What - my brother changing camps? I assume not. Our parents were from ‘The Highlands and Islands’ with dad not being interested in football and mum being a Saints supporter (Some cheeky bizoms might say that’s just the same).

I just got on side with my mum, my brother just fancied Celtic as in the late 60s and early 70s Celtic were a very attractive option; he delivered Desmond White’s morning newspaper, and as we didn’t have any of the usual Rangers/Celtic background rubbish it was relatively straightforward choice. And so it came to pass it was at that particular game that he decided he didn’t like what he saw and heard going on around us. Doesnt mean he was or is 100% happy with all that goes on with the Ibrox crew...but he nailed his colours to the Ibrox mast back in 1988.

I am happy with mine flying at Muirton in the early days - and now at McDiarmid Park. And so to the League Cup Final this coming Sunday 👍😻
😂 Sorry no, not your post this time 😁.
The one about there being more racists in the Rangers support.
 
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Silh....stop being so touchy
Kellfire-Are you for real or just at the wind-up? You ever been up the Celtic end/Parkhead? Get real kid!
I’ve been in both Old Firm grounds, yes. I felt less safe in the middle of Ibrox, despite being from a Protestant family from Ian Paisley’s constituency. Make of that what you will.
 
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Also, massive yawn at people saying it’s trolling to suggest Rangers have more racism prevalent in their fan base. I’d imagine those saying so ARE mostly Rangers fans. Impartial. Not.
 

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Also, massive yawn at people saying it’s trolling to suggest Rangers have more racism prevalent in their fan base. I’d imagine those saying so ARE mostly Rangers fans. Impartial. Not.
Can you prove your statement about the racisism element? I will grant you however that there are some shall we say people with views that not all the support agree with-but would this not be pretty much as for nearly all pro teams with sizeable(ish) support?
 
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