Football Without The Fans Is Nothing | Celtic
The great Jock Stein played his part in changing the face of football. The legendary manager was famously quoted as saying, “football without the fans is nothing” how right he was! Here at 90 Minute Cynic, we want to reinforce the great mans words and give the games most important people, the fans, their say.
Today we speak to Tony Hamilton. Tony is head of digital and publishing at Celtic FC. Follow Tony on twitter @polishturnstile
What team do you support?
How often to you go to watch your team?
I never miss a match
What’s your first memory of “going to the football”?
My much, much older brother, Michael, brought me to Celtic Park in October 1975 for the first time. We were getting beat by Hibernian when the match was abandoned because of fog. I managed to get on the pitch that day as a very excited eight-year-old…
Are you in favour of reintroducing standing areas at stadiums?
I’m in favour of exploring it, certainly. I’m in favour of any initiative that improves the atmosphere at football. The German model seems to work well and it would be worth testing the process here in Scotland.
Do you play at any level?
A leg break on a pre-season kickabout in Austria 10 years ago against the Scottish Press, coupled with a severe lack of ability, ended my playing career. Periodically I play the poacher role at fives but the recovery period outweighs any delight I get in lobbing my Celtic Media colleagues….
Do you or would you consider coaching at any level?
In my head I am probably the greatest manager that ever lived… In reality, however, I wouldn’t have the patience to coach.
If you could implement one thing for the good of the game what would it be?
I think at our level, and as much as a cliche as this is, it has to be video replays of key incidents. There are too many things that are called wrong in error yet we have a solution available.
Favourite moment following your team?
Millions of them. At this particular moment I am still buzzing that we beat Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League. Other key matches have to include Boavista away in 2003. Cologne in 1992 here at Celtic Park was special as was the now famous ‘6-2’ match in 2000. There are, though, many, many matches that stick out for me.
Favourite football moment not featuring your team?
I watch football most days of most weeks but it’s a transient interest if I’m not at a Celtic match. I enjoyed watching Henrik Larsson win the UEFA Champions League with Barcelona and generally, I enjoy La Liga coverage on Sky Sports, though I wish they would send the commentary teams to the matches!
If you could have been at any game in history what would it be?
As a Celtic fan, Lisbon in 1967 is a must. However, I would have loved to have seen Patsy Gallagher’s final bow in the 1925 Scottish Cup final. I would also have loved to have seen Jimmy Quinn and James McGrory play.
The thing that annoys you most about football?
Where do you want me to start…? I am probably the easiest man to annoy. It doesn’t take much.
What makes your club so special?
Its people. No doubt.
Anything else you want to say?
Good luck with it!