Monday, May 18, 2009

Roar Against Papism

Now it's official - the Brisbane Roar, a team playing in orange and featuring two ex-Rangers players, will be playing Celtic FC in Brisbane on July 12, for the Roar against Racism fixture.

July 12 happens to be Orangemen's Day, commemorating the victory of William of Orange at the Battle of Boyne in 1690. If you're unfamiliar with the significance of this, let's just say that some Irish and Scottish Catholics don't look to kindly on the triumphalist, sectarian undercurrents of the Orangemen's Day festivities.

King Billy ready to Roar against Papism

Celtic and Rangers both have huge fan bases in Australia. I wonder if there'll be a march to the ground?


Eamonn said...

You've got a great blog..but this post is pathetic....or at best a very poor attempt at humour.

You clearly have no understanding of the travelling Celtic support.

Bill said...

Not sure what your point is exactly, Eamonn.... I was just having a dig at the Celtic/Rangers rivalry. Which has a legendary and well-documented religious/sectarian element to it (not sure why I should shy away from mentioning that). Drawing links between Roar and Rangers & talking about Orangemens marches was intended to be a lighthearted joke. Sorry if I offended.

Ed said...

Its a fair post Bill, despite the sensitivity and all the unfortunate irony involving 10,000 orange clad Roar supportes marching down Caxton st, belting on drums on the 12th of July to make a statement against racism at a celtic game, humour is one of the best anti-dotes to racism.

I am sure Bill meant no offence Eamonn.

Bill said...

Meanwhile, the Rangers/Celtic rivalry has taken another fatal turn (or, rather, football has been used as a pretext for religious violence), with a lynch mob of Protestants - 'celebrating' Rangers' SPL title - killing a man in the town of Colerain in Northern Ireland:
Fucking animals.

Steven said...

I went to this game. It was a pretty good night.