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NTV 233 available from March 21st 2015. League Cup Final review, Stan Collymore, match reports, the earwig, Jock Stein appointment 50th anniversary feature, reviews of The Big Clubs and Pirates Punks and Politics and another tale from the Crypt.




The Big Clubs – a film by Joachim Kreck

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Originally, this film, made in 1974, was an occasional showing whenever Celtic Films visited supporters clubs for fund raisers. It was then released as a VHS video in the 90s by Connoiseur Video. A flick through the catalogue of Connoisseur Video would reveal a treasure trove of cult cinema classics by the likes of Wim Wenders, Jean Cocteau and prize-winning Estonian animator and political cartoonist Priit Pam; so It was something of a surprise when the above title arrived at NTV Mansions for review many years ago.

Now available to watch on Youtube, it’s a fascinating window into the past and well worth 45 minutes of your time whether you’ve never seen it before or vaguely remember it from the aforementioned Celtic Film night.

The film was made by a German documentary producer and sets out to explore the Celtic-Rangers phenomenon against a backdrop of pre-Mr Happy / Garden Festival Glasgow, at the time, undergoing what was euphemistically described by town-planners as a “facelift” (altogether now, it’ll be nice when it’s finished).

Read a full review and watch the film here.


The first Celtic fanzine

The Shamrock

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Not The View is proud to say that we are among the venerable old fanzines on the Scottish football scene. However, some twenty-odd years and over two hundred issues old as we may be, we ourselves were predated by some 26 years when it comes to Celtic fan publications.

“The Shamrock” was a supporters’ publication aimed directly at the real grassroots Celtic fans, and although it is difficult to pinpoint exactly when it first appeared, its heyday seems to have been between 1961 and 1963. A5 size and consisting of 8-12 pages of typed text which looks as if it might have reproduced by means of Gestetner skins, it was a hard-hitting piece of samizdat that proved to be remarkably ahead of its time. The period from the mid-sixties until the departure of Jock Stein might have silenced many of the club’s critics, but when the Big man departed the scene many of the issues highlighted by this early fanzine reappeared to haunt a board no longer able to paper over the perennial cracks.

It was published by the Shamrock Celtic Supporters Club in Edinburgh totally unofficially and was sold outside the stadium on the approaches to Celtic Park. The lack of official sanction will come as little surprise to anyone who manages to get hold of a few copies; the magazine took a virulently anti-board stance and was almost rabid in its condemnation of perceived injustices suffered by Celtic at the hands of the SFA and Scottish referees. Needless to say, it was equally uncompromising when it came to matters relating to Rangers.

The magazine reflected the frustration felt by the fans at a time when Celtic had failed to lift a trophy since thrashing Rangers in the 7:1 League Cup final of 1957. One particular source of irritation at the time was the famous ‘Youth Policy’ – get a player for nothing, bring him into the first team then sell him for as much as you could get – felt at the time to be doomed to failure.

Though they did give credit where it was due, much of the criticism they directed at the players and the board was highly personal in nature (big Yogi and Bob Kelly were two favourite targets). however, it seems that the views they were expressing on these issues were indeed widely held among the fans at the time, particularly among the habitués of the Jungle. Quite possibly ‘The Shamrock’ may have been one of the understated reasons why the board were so keen to launch Pravda in 1965 as their official organ.

There were more than a few passing resemblances between this scurrilous rag of the early Sixties and NTV, its equally scurrilous counterpart of the late eighties. While NTV bemoaned the lack of investment in a playing squad which had won the double during Celtic’s centenary season, The Shamrock had been preoccupied with precisely the same issue in 1963. Following a cup tie against Eyemouth, which had been won by 3:0, its contributors were far from happy about the way things were going on the pitch: “This form will not take the team to the final. Murdoch and Divers were missed, but it’s a bad job if they don’t have reserves to take their places.”

As in the 80s, this kind of criticism was given short shrift by the Celtic directors: “It is plain to see how this great club has come down. You get statements like, ‘If you are not happy stay away’” (September 1963).

Like NTV, space for readers’ letters was prominent in each issue. In the days before the internet, phone-ins and hotlines this gave fans perhaps their only channel to air what they considered to be their legitimate grievances, often with the wit of the terracing so noticeably lacking in po-faced and worthy official publications. One supporter, a Mr. J. Langan of Glasgow, wrote: “I agree with Jim Lappin regarding the present Celtic team. It must be galling for a man who can go back to the great Celtic teams of the past … to compare them with the men who are wearing the colours today. There’s only one thing in his favour; he’ll not be kept long in purgatory after all he has suffered at Parkhead.”

The dilapidated state of Celtic Park and its environs was another subject which vexed both The Shamrock in 1963 and Not The View a quarter of a century later. Parkhead in 1988 might have been a working Victorian museum and a monument to a bygone way of boardroom authoritarianism, but at least we had the luxury of a concrete terracing to stand on. Contributors to The Shamrock were still standing on banking made up of compacted shale faced off with disused railway sleepers. Inclement weather must have produced conditions reminiscent of the front lines at the Battle of Ypres: “Is it not time that Celtic did something about their terracing and get it concreted the same as a lot of clubs, some of them with a lot less money than us? The terracing in the Jungle is especially bad, so hurry up and get cracking … The outside and inside of Celtic Park should be improved as in parts you are up to your ankles in mud on a wet day… If this is Paradise then we could do with a touch of the other place to warm it up a bit.” (1963)

Needless to say, Scottish referees were as popular with The Shamrock’s editorial staff as they were in the 80s. Laughing in the face of libel laws, the magazine dropped subtle hints within its pages that perhaps the Men in Black were sometimes apt to show a certain bias towards Rangers (“The Rangers gave their players a large bonus this week. Did I hear someone say what about the referees?” – 1963) while the statistically-minded were busy compiling evidence for a compelling argument that referees seemed more inclined to award spot kicks when the player tumbling to the ground was wearing a blue jersey: “Rangers have been awarded ten penalty kicks this season and have had none awarded against them. There is no need to comment on this as it speaks for itself.”

The Shamrock advocated something more than passive acceptance of what they regarded as a continuing reluctance on the part of the football authorities to give the Celts a fair crack of the whip: “It is about time Celtic brought matters to a head with the SFA regarding the bad decisions given against them and never mind trying to be gentlemen. Willie Maley would never have stood for it, but then he was a real manager.”

This was typical of the type of scathing criticism this forerunner of the fanzines reserved for the board, then under the chairmanship of Sir Robert Kelly. Articles and letters condemning the youth policy and the club’s unwillingness to spend money on players appeared regularly while the magazine also championed the cause of a certain Baillie James Reilly, a noted critic of the directors in his day, who wanted to usurp power within Parkhead and actively encouraged fans to join the fledgling Celtic Supporters Association, which at that time was perceived as a potential pressure group for upholding the interests of ordinary supporters.

Ideas mooted in the magazine for taking away some of the influence of the board ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous (one writer actually suggested that Celtic should have elected members from supporters clubs present at team selection meetings) but some idea of the general tone can be gleaned from this editorial from October 1963 which was entitled “So Have The Mighty Fallen”:

“The decline of Celtic has reached such a stage that it cannot be tolerated any longer. The supporters must organise and the lead must be given by influential business and professional men, although every supporter has his part to play and if they could get the backing of old Celtic players in support of Jimmy Delaney’s outspoken criticism then they would certainly be making headway. They have been given a lead by Mr. Reilly.

“They could call a mass meeting on Glasgow Green on a Sunday and deliver an ultimatum to the Celtic board to get a real team on the park or get out.

“Otherwise they could boycott the games and that would certainly make an impression. After all, the supporters are the only part of the club that cannot be done without. They can replace players, trainers and even Mr. Kelly, but the support cannot be replaced, so I say to them;
Why should YOU complain
Who lead the club
Who finance the club
At what the club may do?
Why should YOU complain
Who are the club

The extraordinary thing was that The Shamrock’s agenda was to prove almost Nostradamus-like in its foresight. I only hope the fans who produced it were around to welcome the Bunnet to their beloved Parkhead.


For more on the Shamrock visit the Celtic Collectors Club website http://www.celticcollectorsclub.co.uk/shamrock.htm

Remember the Lubo 5-1 game?

If you want to refresh your memory then watch this:

The salutary tale that follows merely illustrates that even when they still existed it wasn’t always fun following the blue team in Glasgow.

Little Boy Blue

Talk about excited!

First comes Santa Claus with your presents, then you have a birthday the very next day.

Craig’s fingers tore feverishly at the wrappings as the temperature rose, the beads of perspiration on the wee baldy bit of his head reflecting the twinkling luminosity of the occasion. Like a shark in a feeding frenzy he launched himself wholeheartedly into the pile but seemed to be making no headway – almost as if he had five thumbs on each hand.

What makes these occasions worse is the audience participation thing. When you have a crowd cheering you on, encouraging you to do well, you hate to disappoint them. Craig looked at the five thumbs on his right hand. They had metamorphosed into a giant boxing glove. “Aw naw .. “ He looked at his left hand; no, not a boxing glove. It was a prosthetic hook that the character from Peter Pan would have been proud of.

The beads of perspiration were flowing just as the Buckie in his (now) empty teacup had done several seconds earlier. Mmmmm. It had hit just the right spot. He raised his left hand to wipe the sweat from his fevered brow and tore a four inch gash in his forehead that big Duncan Ferguson could not have bettered. “See me. Talk about unlucky!”

He raised his misty eyes to the audience for sympathy but saw only hazy outlines. A sympathetic suggestion saved the day. “Well, see if you can guess what the presents are then Craig.”

He picked up the first package eagerly. “Is it an umbrella?”

“Nope”. A serving wench had spotted his thirsty plight and replenished his empty vessel. The tawny nectar gazed up at him seductively with a look that said ‘Hurry up and kiss me.”

“Is it a watch?” He raised his cup to kiss the gorgeous contents but forgot about the boxing glove. “Aw naw. See me, talk aboot unlucky!”

1998 had indeed been a horrendously unlucky year for our Craig, what with his beloved Rangers just narrowly failing to … (This part had been blanked from his mind, a cunning psychological ploy which many traumatised victims adopt during times of extreme stress). Concentrate, concentrate. Whit wiz ah daein’? Aye, that’s right … “Is it a watch?”

“Naw, don’t be daft, it’s no’ a watch. Guess again.”

The mist began to clear from Craig’s eyes as the sniffles subsided and the package took on a more regular shape. It’s rectangular outline was now a dead giveaway. Confidence was growing. “I know, it’s a video!”


Craig looked down at his grotesque appendages and discovered to his delight that his nose-pickers had been restored to their former glory. He thrust his fi ngers hungrily at the package and destroyed the wrapping instantly. A haunted, piercing scream from the depths of his soul was matched by his terrible, troubled face. His uncontrollable sobbing blew apart the thin veneer of normality which had masked his tortured soul for the last seven months.

“What is it son?”

A friendly face gazed into his gutted countenance as the 5-1 video was gently removed from his trembling hands.

“I suppose you lot think this is funny.”



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NTV 231 available from December 14th, featuring:

resolution 12 update


dundee, salzburg, hearts, partick thistle and motherwell match reports

the book of wisdom – banal’s second letter to the sevconians

the ref’s notebook

10 men won the league book review

a very different paradise book preview

govan bugle

tales from the crypt


Celtic v Elfsborg and Euro Round Up

After the first legs of the third qualifying round it looks likely that five teams have booked their place in the play-offs already. In the Champions section Steaua Bucharest won 2:0 away at Dynamo Tblisi although it wasn’t quite as comfortable as the scoreline suggests with the Georgians having a goal disallowed and missing a penalty that would have seen them take the lead just after the hour.

Shakhter Karagandy beat seeded opponents BATE Borisov home and away in round 2, as did the team they were drawn to play in Q3, Albanian champions KS Skënderbeu. The Khazaks won 3:0 and by the look of things they would appear to be a bit more competent than their UEFA ranking of 263rd suggests (that’s below St. Pat’s Athletic and the New Saints). Viktoria Plzeň easily swatted aside Estonians Kalju Nomme with a 4:0 victory in Talinn.

In the non-champions route,  Metalist Kharkiv of the Ukraine equalled Steaua’s result on their travels away to PAOK Salonika, one of the best results of the round considering the Greeks were seeded. A penalty for handball and a mental aberration from the home goalkeeper Jacobo would appear to have sealed Salonika’s fate.

Also in that part of the draw, Zenit beat Nordsjælland 1:0 in Denmark leaving the side from Farum needing snookers if they want a chance at a rerun of last season’s participation in the group stage.

Lyon won 1:0 against Grasshoppers of Zurich, whose manager will definitely not be for the high jump as his team hit the post twice against the Frenchmen, while Eindhoven have probably done enough against their neighbours Waragem from Belgium to see them through, leaving the  Salzburg v Fenerbahçe tie the only one in the non-champions route still level at 1-1 after the first leg with the Turks at home in the return.

Should Zenit, Lyon, PSV, Fenerbahce and Metalist (surely there’s a case for renaming the Glasgow newco ‘Mentalists Kinning Park’?) go through their reward will be a tie against one of the clubs already in the non-champions play-off group, either Arsenal, AC Milan, Schalke, Real Sociedad or Pacos de Ferreira of Portugal. Guess which one out of those five they’ll all be praying to get.

Back in Celtic’s half of the draw it was a reasonably good round for the seeded teams. Only one of the seeds lost in the first leg and that was Partizan Belgrade who went down by 2:1 in Bulgaria to Ludogorets Razgrad. Having only managed to beat their Armenian opponents on away goals in Q2 the Serbians will be doing well to get through this one.

APOEL Nicosia were the seeded team in their tie – they reached the Champions League quarter finals two seasons agao – but only managed a 1:1 draw at home in Cyprus against NK Maribor, the equaliser for the Slovenians coming from Tavares. Not sure if it was Ralph, Pooch, Chubby, Butch or Tiny, but as they say in the Ljudski, “It Only Takes a Minute Girl…”


Seeded Legia Warsaw spent most of their match on the back foot against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Molde, going behind after half an hour to a goal from the home side’s Nigerian striker Daniel Chima, but they grabbed an equaliser with 20 minutes to play and will doubtless be satisfied with that precious away goal. This will be a close one next week.

The remainder of the seeds were all playing theur first leg ties at home and all of them achieved 1:0 wins. The closest of these match-ups in terms of coefficients and rankings was that between Dinamo Zagreb and Sheriff Tiraspol. On that basis the Croatians should be most pleased with their evening’s work which saw them score the winner in the last minute.

The difference in coefficient between Austria Wien and their Icelandic opponents is actually closer than the two aforementioned teams but the wonderfully named FH Hafnarfjardar are ranked at 227th in the current standings, a difference of 123 places. Which is almost identical to the difference between Basel and their Israeli opponents Maccabi Tel Aviv, although the difference in coefficient favours the Swiss by some 45 points. On paper it should have been a comfortable tie at the St. Jakob, and although reports suggest that the home side dominated the match,  they’ll still be disappointed that they couldn’t add to their advantage. What the home sides all have in common is that they were faced with teams who set out to achieve at best a 0:0 draw. The unseeded sides will all have to score at least one goal in the return. Interesting to see how many of them will achieve that against their higher ranked opponents.

Which brings us to Celtic v Elfsborg. The Swedes too came with the intention of not conceding, playing for long spells with nine or ten men behind the ball, and at times hey weren’t too fussy about how they went about nullifying the Celtic threat. Giorgios Samaras in particular was chopped down cynically whenever he got near the away side’s goal. The Swedes ended up with 5 yellow cards against their names and were fortunate the Portuguese official allowed them to finish the match with eleven men still on the field.

Which side will be happiest with the Hoops’ 1:0 win? After Basel (56.758) – and the untimely demise of BATE Borisov – Celtic were the 2nd highest ranked team in the seeded half of the draw (31.838). Elfsborg (coeff 9.545 incidentally) probably wanted to play someone else but they had clearly done their homework, looked to exploit what they saw were weaknesses in Celtic’s team and are now making confident noises about progressing with a home win.

By contrast, Celtic had played only two competitive games before last night, both against part-time opposition. Especially early in the match it was clear the Bhoys were less sharp than the Swedes, now some 16 games into their league season. Therefore this is a result that could have been a lot worse. Against Helsinki this time last year we had to endure the early concession of a European goal at Celtic Park to a side that were nowhere near as good as Elfsborg, so it was another plus point not to have done that again, albeit there were times when it looked less than likely with some of the unorthodox and improvised defending going on.

Elfsborg have a good record at home on their artificial surface, but thinking back again to last year’s qualification campaign, both away wins were achieved on such surfaces in Helsinki and in Helsingborg. According to Solly, our Swedish scout in Stockholm, Elfsborg have a good support by Swedish standards and they play attacking football at home. In his view they are a better team than Helsingborg on their own ground. We’ll see in a week’s time whether Celtic class of 2013 can use this to their advantage and emulate last year’s result in Sweden.

Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round 1st Leg

FC Basel     Sui     Maccabi Tel-Aviv     Isr     1-0
Molde FK     Nor     Legia Warsaw     Pol     1-1
Ludogorets Razgrad     Bul     Partizan Belgrade     Srb     2-1
Dinamo Tbilisi     Geo     Steaua Bucuresti     Rom     0-2
APOEL Nicosia     Cyp     NK Maribor     Slo     1-1
Celtic     Sco     IF Elfsborg     Swe     1-0
Shakhtyor Karaganda     Kaz     Skënderbeu Korçë     Alb     3-0
Austria Wien     Aut     FH Hafnarfjardar     Isl     1-0
Kalju Nomme     Est     Viktoria Plzen     Cze     0-4
Dinamo Zagreb     Cro     Sheriff Tiraspol     Mol     1-0

FC Nordsjælland     Den     Zenit St. Petersburg     Rus     0-1
FC Salzburg     Aut     Fenerbahçe     Tur     1-1
PAOK Thessaloniki     Gre     Metalist Kharkiv     Ukr     0-2
PSV Eindhoven     Ned     Zulte Waregem     Bel     2-0
Olympique Lyon     Fra     Grasshoppers Zürich     Sui     1-0

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