GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS - You'll Never Walk Alone
It was a cold spring night I was excited to be going to Ibrox, the home of Glasgow Rangers. What excited me even more was that I would be able to see Big Jim Baxter, one of Scotland's greatest ever players. He had returned from down across the border. The Prodigal son had returned.
Rangers were playing in the semi final of the then Cup winners Cup. Two very memorable things happened that night. Slim Jim scored a screamer, exactly what I had come to see.
The next thing was not quite so exciting. Mid way through the second half, I felt a very strange warm feeling down my right leg. It did not take me too long to realize that the guy behind me was pissing against my leg. The dirty bastard!. Now I am 6 foot tall but this guy was 8 foot tall and 5 foot wide. When I screamed 'what the fuck.....' he just glared and said ' see yooooo!' I apologized and tried to move away.
The second story happened at the home of Celtic, Parkhead. I was there to support my team Aberdeen. They were level with Celtic at the top of the league and this was a very big game in deciding who would win the league.
There was a thin strip of red behind one of the goals which stood out amongst all the green of Celtic. I decided to join theses supporters with my friend. No goals until the 87th minute when Joey Harper rose to a cross and headed Aberdeen into the lead.
Pandemonium broke out, my friend was hit on the head with a full can of Tennents Lager. People appeared from nowhere with large poles and started to beat the Aberdeen supporters, including me. I vowed I would never go to another football match again if I managed to get out alive.
Well that was until managed to get tickets for Scotland verses England a few weeks later at the spiritual home of Scottish football, Hampton Park.
It was amazing, would you believe 137,000 people were packed into the ground like sardines..The big chant was 'Bobby Moore's a poof, Bobby Moore's a poof.' He was currently on TV advertising some hair product. Sassenach Ponce.
It was frighting. The crowd swayed and at times you were lifted up and carried. No health and safety in these days. Most of England's world Cup winners were there as well as some Scotland greats. In particular the great Wee Jimmy Johnston, a magician if ever there was one. Result, well it was a rather boring nil nil draw. But we were robbed we should have got a penalty.
I remember on the way out being carried for more than 20 meters and my feet did not touch the ground. There was also a higher tier and on the way out hundreds of men just pissed over it and there was a river of piss. Seems to be like like some male Glasgow thing to piss on people at football matches. .
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