With the Good Friday Agreement, much of the daily antagonism of the s has disappeared from Belfast life but not all.
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As John reflects on his life in the city, he takes a realist's view of the current situation in the Province. It would make a perfect stocking-filler at Christmas or an ideal gift at any time. John D. White is the author of numerous books, but the Red Devils have always been his first love, and this is his eighth book featuring his beloved United but in this instance also dealing with societal issues.
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He is the founding member of Carryduff Manchester United Supporters' Club, the largest official supporters club in Ireland. He also asserted that the balance-sheet was robust enough to support the club through difficult times such as an exit from competing in the top flight of European championships or indeed a mishap, such as an exit from the English Premier League. I wonder if the richer these clubs get the more pissed off with it all football fans will become. For them this is about community, identity, and heritage.
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Home News. Share this: Tweet. Like this: Like Loading Notable Replies. Celtic's stadium is Celtic Park , which is in the Parkhead area of Glasgow. Celtic Park, an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 60,,  is the largest football stadium in Scotland and the eighth-largest stadium in the United Kingdom, after Murrayfield , Old Trafford , Twickenham , Wembley , the London Stadium , Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the Millennium Stadium. It is commonly known as Parkhead  or Paradise. Celtic opened the original Celtic Park in the Parkhead area in He carried out a plan to demolish the old terraces and develop a new stadium in a phased rebuild, which was completed in August Celtic Park has been used as a venue for Scotland internationals and Cup Finals, particularly when Hampden Park has been unavailable.
In June , Celtic announced a series of stadium improvements that would be implemented before the —19 season. These include the installation of new LED floodlights and a new entertainment system, a stadium-wide PA system and a new hybrid playing surface. In Celtic were estimated to have a fan base of nine million people, including one million in the USA and Canada. Celtic has the highest average home attendance of any Scottish club. Celtic fans were placed third, the only British supporters on the list, with the magazine highlighting their rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone before the start of European ties at Celtic Park.
The award "celebrates the best fan moment of November to August ". Celtic's traditional rivals are Rangers ; collectively, the two clubs are known as the Old Firm. The clubs have attracted the support of opposing factions in the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Some supporters use songs, chants and banners at matches to abuse or show support for the Protestant or Catholic religions and proclaim support for Northern Irish paramilitary groups such as the IRA and UVF.
There have been over Old Firm matches played. Admissions to hospital emergency rooms have been reported to increase ninefold over normal levels  and in the period from to , eight deaths in Glasgow were directly linked to Old Firm matches, and hundreds of assaults.
Celtic have taken measures to reduce sectarianism. In , the club launched its Bhoys Against Bigotry campaign, later followed by Youth Against Bigotry to "educate the young on having Some groups of Celtic fans have expressed their support for Irish republicanism and the Irish Republican Army by singing or chanting about them at matches. In and , there were protests by groups of fans over the team wearing the poppy for Remembrance Day , as the symbol is offensive to many in Ireland.
In , Celtic began publishing its own newspaper, The Celtic View , now the oldest club magazine in football. Due to the collapse of Setanta in the UK in June , Celtic TV stopped broadcasting, although the club hoped to find a new broadcast partner. From , Celtic's Internet TV channel Channel67 previously known as Celtic Replay broadcast Celtic's own content worldwide and offered live match coverage to subscribers outside the UK.
It also provided three online channels. In , Celtic TV was relaunched as an online service and replaced Channel Due to Celtic's large following, several clubs have decided to emulate or have been inspired by Celtic. As the club has a large following, especially in Northern Ireland, several clubs have been founded there by local Celtic fans. The most notable and successful was Belfast Celtic , formed in simply as Celtic. Upon incorporation as a limited company in , however, the club adopted the name "Belfast Celtic", the title "Celtic Football Club Ltd" already being registered by the Glasgow club.
Throughout Scotland and England, other clubs have been named after and adopted Celtic's kit. These include the now defunct Scottish club Blantyre Celtic F. Founded in as Mangaung United , in , the then owner Molemela took over the club and changed the name to Bloemfontein Celtic. Based in Bloemfontein , they play in the Premier Soccer League. Celtic was initially founded to raise money for the poor in the East End of Glasgow and the club still retain strong charitable traditions today. On 9 August Celtic held a testimonial match in honour of former player John Kennedy.
Due to the humanitarian crisis in East Africa , the entire proceeds were donated to Oxfam.
Celtic hold an annual charity fashion show at Celtic Park. In the main beneficiaries were Breast Cancer Care Scotland. Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said that; "Celtic has always been much more than a football club and it is important that, at all times we play an important role in the wider community. The club is delighted to have enjoyed such a long and positive connection with Yorkhill Hospital.
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The largest number of shares held were by businessmen from the East End of Glasgow, notably James Grant, an Irish publican and engineer, James Kelly , one of the club's original players turned publican, and John Glass, a builder and driving force in the early years of the club. The late s saw Robert Kelly , son of James Kelly, become chairman of the club after having been a director since Desmond White also joined the board around this time, upon the death of his father Thomas White.
These shares accounted for more than a sixth of the club's total issue. Celtic's board of directors had a reputation of being miserly and authoritarian. In particular they were known for frequently selling their top players and not paying their staff enough; they were also seen as lacking ambition, which caused friction with several managers. Stein felt that this was demeaning, stating he was "a football man, not a ticket salesman". He declined this offer and decided to stay in football management, joining Leeds United instead.
He left the club in June after his request for a contract and pay rise was publicly rebuffed by the board. McNeill moved on to manage Manchester City , stating that to remain at Celtic would have been humiliating. When trying to sign players in to strengthen his squad to compete with high-spending Rangers , the board refused to pay for them; chairman Jack McGinn was quoted as saying that if Hay wanted these players, "he will have to pay for them himself".
Neither McGinn nor Farrell were members of the traditional family dynasties at Celtic. Farrell was a partner in the Shaughnessy law firm that had long-standing connections with Celtic, and was invited to become a director in McGinn had set up The Celtic View in the s and later became the club's commercial manager. He was given a seat on the board and became Chairman in Throughout the s and 70s Celtic had been one of the strongest clubs in Europe.
However, the directors failed to accompany the wave of economic development facing football in the s, although the club continued to remain successful on the field, albeit limited to the domestic scene in Scotland.
In fans began organising pressure groups to protest against the board, one of the most prominent being "Celts for Change". Football writer Jim Traynor described McCann's attempt to buy the club as "good against evil". McCann had maintained that he would only be at Celtic for five years and in September he announced that his McCann had wanted the ownership of Celtic to be spread as widely as possible and gave first preference to existing shareholders and season-ticket holders, to prevent a new consortium taking over the club.
However, McCann was responsible for the financial recovery of the club and for providing a very good platform for it to build on. After he left Celtic, the club were able to invest in players and achieved much success such as winning the treble in —01 and reaching the UEFA Cup Final. He purchased 2. The rest of the money was to be used to reduce debt.