For a great number of Catholic Irish-Scots this year has been quite momentous on the sporting field. It is 50 years since a group of young Scots, playing for one of Glasgow’s prodigious teams became the champions of Europe – which effectively meant they were the world’s greatest football (i.e. soccer) team. Why this anniversary has meant so much to so many is worth pondering, and maybe I’ll do so more fully on the 100th anniversary!
One of the remarkable facts, which the Celtic supporters have great pride in announcing, is that these champions of the world – who came to be known as ‘the Lisbon Lions’ – were local lads, each on being born within a 30 mile radius of Celtic’s home ground. Since the average age of the eleven players was 26 this means that most of them were born in the early 1950s.
The city around which most of them were born was Glasgow – a former industrial heartland and shipbuilding centre of the British Empire. It was a city with much deprivation, as it still is, and yet with a vibrant people. Celtic’s arch rivals, Glasgow Rangers, also had an excellent team in the year that Celtic won every competition. Part of the reason for this may be from that fact that in 1951 one quarter of Glasgow’s population were children. And football was the only game in town. Today, that figure has dropped to around 16%, with many of these youngsters never kicking a ball for any real length of time. The city’s population has fluctuated over the years – and it is forecast to increase again in the next 25 years. One thing that seems certain is that it will not be an increase of Catholic Irish-Scots since 1967 also marks the year when football was a massive distraction causing many to turn away from the slaughter of some of the greatest players that Scotland could have ever produced.
By 1967 the anti-children mentality had become the driving force in many Glasgow homes. Fear and manipulation by external forces, and a failure to defend the primary end of marriage by many who were cheering Celtic in Portugal, led to the decimation of two potential generations and the killing of two actual generations. To his shame, it was another Scotsman, David Steel, who led the charge for the annihilation of not only Scottish society but the whole of the United Kingdom. It was a Scotsman – the month before Celtic’s great triumph – who sowed the seeds of death that has ensured neither Celtic (nor Rangers, nor any other Scottish team) will ever have a ‘local team’ again. The could-have-been-players either were never allowed to be conceived, or were cut to pieces before even getting a chance to a kick a ball.
Today Glasgow is like a city after a protracted nuclear attack. It is contaminated in a manner that may never be reversed. The elderly have very few young-ones of their own to cheer for them. And those who should have manned the barricades against Capitalist-Communist forces of the eugenic movements are mostly now all dead too. Yes, Celtic will fill a stadium of 60,000 faithful but almost all of their families are decimated, and most of them will not have sons playing football at any serious standard. Worst still, most of them do not even know why there is no one there anymore. The streets are full of cars, digital technology is everywhere, but there are few children kicking ball – because people were duped into thinking technology would make them happy. Legalised mass killing and the abuse of the marital act has destroyed a 800 year old city.
Anniversaries are all well and good – but if they distract us from what’s really happening round about us then maybe it’s time to think again. Or is it too late?