Oppos Viewpoint – Celtic

A bit about you:

Name: My name is Joe Di Paola I have the honour to be the Chair of the Celtic Trust

Current home town: I live in Bishopbriggs a town just to the North of Glasgow.

How long have you supported your team? I am 64 years old and have been a Celtic supporter all my life I was born a Celtic supporter !  I was fortunate to grow up into the era of the best Celtic team in our unbroken 129 year history The Lisbon Lions. The first British club to win the European Cup.

My wife Eleanor, daughter Joanna and son Martin are also diehard Celts.

Celtic is a club like no other.  We were founded in 1887 by an Irish cleric. Brother Walfrid to feed the poor of the East end of Glasgow and to provide a focus for the Irish immigrant community in Glasgow and the west of Scotland. Our Celtic Foundation today continues the work and the ethos of our founders in Its community work.

We are and always have been an inclusive club open to all. We have supporters from all over the world and welcome all to our home Celtic Park  That welcome will be extended  to you and your fellow Foxes fans on Saturday

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: My favourite thing about Celtic Park is the atmosphere when the ground is full particularly on nights when we have a visit from the great teams of Europe.

Favourite match played by your team & why: My favourite match of all time has to be the game against Inter Milan 25th May 1967 in Lisbon. As a fifteen year old I watched my team win the European Cup. Nothing in football will ever beat that night.

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: My favourite Celtic player of all time is difficult. From the Lisbon Lions I would pick Bobby Murdoch whom was the complete mid fielder and more recently the King of Kings the great Henrik Larsson.

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Player Artwork Images

Visited the site today and here are the latest images from Richard Wilson

Drinkwater, Kante, Allbrighton, Huth & Fuchs
Shinji & Kasper
Okazaki & Schmeichel
Morgan & Mahrez
Morgan & Mahrez
Claudio, Wes & Ian
Claudio, Trust Chairman Ian Bason (to give an ideal of scale) and Wes

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Next Up – Watford

Next Up – Watford

Head Coach    Quique Sánchez Flores

Founded      1881

Ground        Vicarage Road

Address        Watford, WD18 0ER

Capacity      21,577


1        GK      Heurelho Gomes

2        DF      Allan Nyom

3        DF      Miguel Britos

4        MF      Mario Suarez

5        DF      Sebastian Prödl

6        DF      Joel Ekstrand

7        MF      José Manuel Jurado

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FA cup final: more tickets for fans

The Football Supporters' Federation wrote to the FA (Thursday 7th January 2016) calling on them to cut the number of FA Cup final tickets redistributed to the football family in half.


This would free up 10,000 tickets every year for loyal, match-going fans.


The FA has responded to the letter saying: "Ticket allocation at The Emirates FA Cup Final is being reviewed by The FA Board. In so doing, it is important to strike a balance between the fans of the finalists and those grassroots volunteers who richly deserve to be rewarded for their tireless efforts throughout the season. Without pre-empting the outcome of the review, it is hoped a solution can be found that provides more tickets for competing clubs."


The letter has been co-signed by 90 different supporters' organisations including both the Foxes Trust and Union FS, who had previously met and agreed to campaign jointly on behalf of LCFC fans over ticketing issues


The full letter can be read on the FSF website http://www.fsf.org.uk/latest-news/view/fa-cup-final-lets-get-more-tickets-into-hands-of-fans

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Opposition Viewpoint – Liverpool

A bit about you: 

Name: Jay McKenna 

Current home town:  Liverpool 

Birthplace: Liverpool 

How long have you supported your team? Since birth. I probably wouldn’t have been allowed home if my dad wasn’t convinced I would be a red. 

Overview of your club: 

Favourite thing about your home ground: The Kop is a given but I like that our ground is traditional, has never moved and is within a community that give it is’s name.

Favourite match played by your team & why: 25th May 2005. Istanbul. No explanation needed.

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: That I have seen in my lifetime, Fowler and Gerrard. Gerrard probably sneaks it. If he stuck around a bit longer, Suarez would be walking it right now. 

About our forthcoming match against you: 

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Coutinho. So good and can get so much better. I also like Can – he needs to be more consistent but he seems to have a self-belief that I like so much.

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? Coutinho. Though he hasn’t hit his usual heights recently, he’s a threat on the ball and creates so much and has started scoring more.

Player in our squad you most fear and why? Anyone with pace. So Vardy and Mahrez.

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