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Celtic FC by Andrew and Amy

Main entrance to Parkhead Statium by Aloba Øyvind Vik [Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0]

Main entrance to Parkhead Statium by Aloba Øyvind Vik [Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0]

We have decided to do Celtic because we are reading “Divided City”  by Theresa Breslin. One of the main characters, Joe, is a Celtic fan, so we thought it would be interesting to look at Celtic. Celtic was founded in 1888 by a priest, Brother Walfrid. Celtic are based in Glasgow, Scotland and their home park is Celtic Park which is also known as “Paradise” by true Celtic fans.

Celtic Park opened in 1892 and the current capacity is 60,500+ seats. However in 1937 Celtic played Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park, 147,365+ people went to the game and that was the club attendance record.

Celtic have won many trophies, league titles and competitions so far, for example they have won the Scottish title 45 times, Scottish Cup 25 times, Scottish League Cup 14 times and the European Cup once in 1967, the first ever British team to win that competition. The team won their first Scottish league title in 1893 and won it again the following season. Their first piece of silverware was won at Ibrox stadium where they beat Queens Park 5-2 to take the Scottish FA cup. When they won the European cup the game was played in Lisbon and after the game the team was known as the the Lisbon Lions by some fans. The most recent time they won the Scottish title was last season (2013-2014). The manager was Neil Lennon.

The season coming. Celtic have a new manager, Ronny Deila. He has signedsome new players, John Guidette being the new star striker. They have signed him from Manchester City as well as Jason Denayer, “the new Kompany”. He plays centre back beside Van Dijk. The players that left last season were Samaras, Tony Watt and the biggest one was Fraser Forster who went to Southampton following the likes of Victor Wanyama who left two seasons ago.

Fraser Foster by Memorino [Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0]

Fraser Foster by Memorino [Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0]

In conclusion, some of the facts we have learned are that Celtic Park has over 60,500 seats. We also looked at the silverware that the team have won where we learned that they won the Scottish league over 40 times and we looked at the coming season were we learned that Ronny Deila signed the Man City striker Guidette.

SoccerIreland.com,  http://www.soccer-ireland.com/glasgow-celtic/

Official Celtic FC Annual 2014 by Grange Communications Ltd



The Old Firm by Megan and Shannon

Recently in English we have been reading the book, “Divided City” by Theresa Breslin. We have been looking at different topics like Sectarianism, Asylum Seekers and Glasgow. We chose the Old Firm to study and blog about.

The Old Firm is two football clubs, Celtic and Rangers. But when Celtic and Rangers meet it’s not just about football, it’s about politics , religion and different social attitudes. Their first meeting was May 28 1888 when Celtic beat Rangers 5-2.

In the history of the Old Firm there has been lots of violence, injuries and even deaths. In 1995 Mark Scott, who was wearing a Celtic t-shirt, was stabbed walking past a pub full of Rangers fans. Five years later his friends set up an organisation “Nil By Mouth” which campaigns against sectarianism. Both clubs have made an effort to stop sectarianism. And now sectarianism is not as bad as it used to be.

As much as all the chaos surrounding the Old Firm rivalry, fans have been really supportive and matches draw massive crowds. The all time attendance record between the sides was when Hampden Park held an astonishing 132,870 for the Scottish Cup Finals in 1969.  Also Celtic and Rangers together hold 97 League titles, 69 Scottish Cups and 41 League Cups. Rangers’ top scorer was Robert Hamilton and Celtic’s was Jimmy McGrory who nettled 27. Celtic’s biggest win over Rangers came in the 1957 League Cup Final when Celtic beat Rangers 7-1.

Old Firm by Stanmar [Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0]

Old Firm by Stanmar [Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0]

The original support of Rangers was predominantly Protestants. Whilst Celtic have association with Ireland and therefore a majority of supporters were of Catholic backround. It was tied up in religion. Even though the rivalry is on the football pitch and the some Rangers fans don’t get on with some Celtic fans, religion was a factor in the rivalries’ history with Catholics and Protestants divided by their team.

Before we had started on this topic of the Old Firm I had only really looked at the Celtic side of things because most of my family, or all of them are Celtic supporters. I have learned about the Rangers side and I didn’t realise there was so much religion involved in the Old Firm history and it’ll be great to learn more about Celtic and Rangers.


Rangers fans vs Celtic Fans.com, http://www.rangersfansvcelticfans.com/oldfirm.html, Accessed 09.09.14

Rangers football club Website,  http://www.rangers.co.uk/club/history/old-firm,  Accessed 09.09.14,   

The Scotsman, http://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/spfl/20-old-firm-facts-1-2193995  Accessed 09.09.14

Blogging Divided City

 2nd year English classes are writing blogs based on their novel studies.

Mr McGrath’s class are reading the novel, Divided City by Theresa Breslin, which is set in Glasgow. Pupils are researching different themes and subjects which appear in the book and will work in pairs and trios to write a short article on their topics, using the LRC’s resources, which will appear on this blog.

Glasgow location by  K851jg2 [Creative Commons licence]

Glasgow location by K851jg2 [Creative Commons licence]

Success criteria for blog articles.

Each article should

  • include only relevant information
  • include at least one copyright free image
    – add the URL to the place in your blog you want it to appear
    – Wikimedia Commons has lots of great material you can look at
  • include at least one hyperlink to another website
  • include tags and categories to help searchers
  • avoid any plagiarism
  • avoid any bias
  • be laid out so it can be clearly read online
  • be between 300-500 words


What to call the English blog?

Here are some suggestions from Miss McGhee’s class

  • Emphasise English
  • Shake the Spear
  • MC Beth
  • Extravagant English Blog
  • English Department’s Wonder Emporium
  • A blog, a blog, my kingdom for a blog
  • To blog or not to blog, that is the question
  • English to the Max

And here are some more from the Goslings

  • All the world’s a blog
  • What a piece of work is a blog
  • The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our blog!
  • Frailty, thy name is blog!
  • Is this a blog I see before me
  • Eye of newt and toe of frog, Welcome to the English blog
  • To a blog
  • There is no such uncertainty as the English blog