Neil Lennon’s enemies.

This week Neil Lennon was back at Windsor Park.

This time he was watching not playing for Northern Ireland.

The opposition last Thursday was Norway, Neil had an interest in the Scandinavians as his young centre half Thomas Rogne was making his senior debut.

Neil was back in the stadium where he was booed by his own fans when Norway was also the opposition over a decade ago.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/northern_ireland/1195319.stm

The same night that the Lurgan man returned to Windsor Park another Ulsterman, James McClean, took to the field of play for Ireland in Dublin.

http://www.philmacgiollabhain.ie/team-ireland/

The Irish Football Association don’t seem to get it that many young Northern nationalist don’t identify with the Northern Ireland statelet, and they don’t see the legitimacy of the team as a FIFA entity.

Darron Gibson’s views are not atypical.

 “It was unbelievable you know, making the debut for your country. Everyone from Derry wants to play for Ireland. I grew up supporting Ireland, so it was a natural choice for me”.

http://www.eurosoccerfans.com/darren-gibson/

 Some do, Like Paddy McCourt and Niall McGinn, but the next generation seem less likely to play for Sammy’s Wee Ulstur.

Those two Celtic players, of course, along with Neil Lennon have received bullets in the post.

Security forces sources have briefed journalists that the authors of these threats are almost certainly a faction of the UDA.

The entire ambience of Windsor Park during an “international” match is toxic to nationalists.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/international/god-save-the-queen-anthem-is-turning-catholics-off-says-former-northern-ireland-player-16082487.html

It will take more than a new anthem to cleanse Windsor Park of the pathogens that saw the supporters boo their own player.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/gary-lightbody-should-write-something-for-northern-ireland-football-16090340.html

As Ireland prepare to take part in Euro 2012 Norn Iron, as usual, are nowhere.

Northern Ireland’s captain against Norway was Steve Davis of Rangers.

The midfielder may soon have to find himself a new club as the one which employs him is about to go out of business.

Perhaps the Windsor Park crowd should consider finding a new home; they would find the AVIVA stadium a much more modern venue, in every sense of the word.

The céad míle fáilte  would be genuine.

Some people bear grudges and harbour bitterness for past wrongs done to them.

It is abundantly clear that Lennon is not that type of man.

He is a better person than those who ended his international career and who would also seek to chase him out of Celtic park.

22 thoughts on “Neil Lennon’s enemies.

  1. Ralf

    The fact that Steve Davis is playing for Northern Ireland and Rangers problems are irelevent to your artiicle, its pathetic . There are players who play for other Glasgow teams and who have had a call up for Northern Ireland, it does not matter to me which country they play for, they played for my club and was proud to seem play in international tournaments.

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  2. franAg donnelly

    Spare a thought gentlemen for QC PAUL MC BRIDE .PASSED ON IN LAHORE PAKISTAN EARLY TODAY REQUIESCAT IN PACE PAUL YOU WERE A GOOD CELTIC MAN & CLOSE CONFIDANT OF OOR WEE NEILLY YOU WILL SADLY MISSED BY MANY ESPECIALLY CELTIC FANS & THOSE WHO LOVED THE THOUGHT OF YOU BEING THERE FOR CELTIC FC ON MANY ISSUES DOMINUS VOBISCUM PAUL HAIL HAIL

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  3. francis o'donnell

    TIME OUT GENTLEMEN PAUL MC BRIDE QC HAS PASSED ON IN LAHORE PAKISTAN, REQUIESCAT IN PACE PAUL A GOOD CELTIC MAN AND CLOSE FRIEND OF OOR NEILLY DOMINUS VOBISCUM PAUL MC BRIDE HAIL HAIL & G. B. N. L.

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  4. jim larkin

    unbelievable news today.

    Paul McBride QC

    may his soul and the soul’s of all the faithfull departed, rest in peace.

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  5. jim wood

    Coincidentally many of these ‘toxic’ fans appear to be abandoning their big team as well as their players at a national level.
    4000 or so fans short of capacity at Ibrox on Saturday if my understanding of the official stats on attendance are accurate.Two thousand short of the attendance against hearts in july 2011.
    Is this significant? I wonder.

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    1. sprisahania

      Significant? I doubt it.

      Other spl teams last attendances againt stadium capacity:

      Aberdeen – 13,127. Down 7,00 on stadium capacity
      Dundee Utd – 5,232 – Down 9,000 on stadium capacity
      Dunfermline – 3,523 – Down 8,000 on stadium capacity
      Hearts – 13,176 – Down 4,000 on stadium capacity
      Hibs – 9,211 – down 10,000 on stadium capacity
      ICT – 6,416 – down 1,500 on stadium capacity
      Killie – 3,768 – down 14,000 on stadium capacity
      Motherwell – 8,065 – down 6,000 on stadium capacity
      St. Johnstone – 3,732 – down 7,000 on stadium capacity
      St Mirren – 3,727 – down 4,000 n stadium capacity.

      Celtic – 53,486 down 7,000 on stadium capacity.

      And celtic compared to the same fixture last season is down 4,500.

      Significant…

      No

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  6. Lew

    Surely some credit is due when they have an Irish Catholic manager. That wouldn’t happen at a certain football club. This is a challenging time for the Northern Irish football team. There’s next to no incentive for a nationalist to play when they can now play for the republic if they are good enough. GSTQ is a shite song and is excluding nationalists from the setup. However a loyalist would look at the rugby team and think that’s next when they concede anything. You can honestly say that despite loyalist support for the Ireland rugby team they have no cultural representation whatsoever. Unless they moan that is.

    Your real intention in this article is to equate loyalist pride in national identity with automatic hate of Irish Catholics. This doesn’t help anyone republican or otherwise. To get a united Ireland you will need compromise on both sides. You can’t shame or denigrate all loyalists and hope they just give in. They too have a history of hardship and it’s not a competition between both sides. London doesn’t care about NI and never really has, that should be the focus of republicans not this tedious crap.

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    1. Mick Curran

      Lew, your statements were valid to a point. But I’m afraid hardships faced by Loyalists barely equate with the sufferings of others. The WATP, (whatever that means), attitude was formed in Ulster and is coming back to bite them. Don’t blame anyone for wanting to keep a distance from their poison, but, huge kudos for Neil Lennon for having a huge pair for going back to THAT place, I wouldn’t.

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  7. Patrick

    it always saddened me to see any Irishman represent the artificial statelet in a football match. I would like to think the likes of Martin O’Neill and Neil Lennon are ashamed of themselves for doing so but I doubt it.

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    1. droid

      Good Evening Patrick,

      that in my view is a shocking and narrow minded statement. How does your view help bridge the chasm perpetuated by the bile you criticise and reinforce.

      Mahatma Gandhi knew the moral way to a brighter and just day.

      Mr Lennon walks in his shoes you should too.

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  8. hugh

    ‘Some do, like Paddy Mc Court and Niall Mc Ginn..’

    Do they really Phil, is it not the case that these players see NI as the height of their career while playing for a League of Ireland side, i.e Derry City in these two cases.
    It’s not because of any allegiance to NI.

    Often a player has already been capped for NI before making a break to a bigger league club where they would then come under the scrutiny of the Republic’s FAI.

    I’d wager a heavy amount if you were to ask players like lennon, Mc Court and Mc Ginn in private if they would rather be playing or have played for ROI or NI it would be the former.

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  9. Thekwizatshaderach

    “To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead”

    Thomas Paine

    “world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion”

    Thomas Paine

    “Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad”

    Thomas Paine

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    1. Mick Curran

      PHYILOPHOSY………….PHILOFOCY……….PHILLOFACY……………PHUK IT. You just read a book or sumthin’. Shut up or be relevant.

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    1. Phil Mac Giolla BhainPhil Mac Giolla Bhain Post author

      Paul I consider the treatment of Neil Lennon by Northern Ireland fans to be of interest to many of the regular readers here.
      It certainly is of interest to me.

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    2. charliebhoy

      great piece as usual Phil,i’m a 50 year man from the north east of Ireland and i have never identified with windsor park or norn iron,i watch the republic but only in the adsence of an all Ireland team ie[GAA compromise rules, rugby,hockey,and god forgive me cricket.

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  10. Ben

    I agree with your sentiments Phil but while average Joe Bloggs across Ireland would be delighted with an all island team once again, the bigwigs in the FAI will not be so welcoming. Remember these are the same people Roy Keane outed back in Saipan for feathering their own nests, so why would they want to amalgamate with the IFA, it will only dilute their power. Also worth pointing out that the IFA in the North keep the original title because in essence they were forced out by powerbrokers in the South back in the 1920s. So in my mind the Dublin based FAI need to lead the initiative to create the all island team once again, and give us all a chance to win something together. Whats the chance of that? Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas.

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  11. Thomas Payne

    Nice little article there comrade. My respect and admiration for Lenny knows no limits. A man of absolute steel. HAIL HAIL. ONL.

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    1. Mick Curran

      So your Thomas Payne. Sorry if I offended you with my previous post.Figured you were some historical figure, I’d missed, who considered themselves important.( Just like to point out though, you’ve miss-spelt your surname slightly, typo’s eh!!

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