Monthly Update - March 2015

The end of February saw some of our members fly out to support the team in Milan. Despite the result, it was an excellent couple of days. Others extended the trip a bit longer and were kind enough to do a rather extensive write up that makes for a very interesting read. This can be found in the On Tour section.

On the 1st of March, we played host Aberdeen, our nearest challengers in the league, and ended up wining 4-0 in the end to extend our lead. There was a great atmosphere throughout the whole ground that day, on a close to sell out attendance, and on more than one occasion the whole stadium joined in with section 111 in abusing our rivals from the north.

After this game began the arduous task of counting seats in preparation for our first final of the season. There was a lot of work put into the display on and off the park which seen us lift our first cup of the season and hopefully the first one of the treble. As you will see from the pictures, the tifo was a sight to behold and we'd like to thank everyone who participated. Clearly, not only do displays on this scale require days upon days of work, but they also come at considerable expense so we'd once again like to thank those who have contributed financially in any way recently. No matter how big or small, your support really is greatly appreciated.

After the third consecutive game with Dundee United on the 21st March, the group held a fundraiser in the CSA in which we were delighted to welcome a very special guest - Ronny Deila. Ronny taking time out of his season to come along and show his support certainly made our night. He has built a real connection between the support and seeing him doing the Ronny roar in the CSA was quite something! As one of our members told him on stage, this is the first time any manager has had such a tight bond with the group and it really does mean a huge amount to us. He has the team playing a brand of football many of us didn't think was possible also, and long may it continue.

It was a great night and we would like to thank everyone that came along to show their support for the group and also to the bands on the night; Aiden Cunningham, Mise Eire and the Amadans. Keep your eye out for details of our next fundraiser over the summer - they are not to be missed.

Most of you will recall the Food Drive we held in November 2014. This was our second collection after the success of our first in 2013. The response from the Celtic support on both occasions was nothing short of phenomenal. The most recent collection broke the record for amount of food raised ever in the country and we'd like thank everyone who contributed. There was that much donated that the local food bank had only just this month finished counting the items that were to be distributed - a full 7.5 tonne of food along with over £9,000 in donations. A quite remarkable effort and one we should all be proud of.

April 17th 2015 will mark the 100th year of Brother Walfrid's death and we are delighted to be supporting another Food Drive initiative alongside other Celtic Supporter groups. This will be held before the home match with Kilmarnock on 15th April at The Celtic Way. We would ask everyone who possibly can to bring something along to help those less fortunate in these challenging times. I'm sure everyone will agree that this is a very fitting way to honour Walfrid and keeps his legacy very much alive.

Items that are particularly welcome are the following; Fruit juice (carton), Soup , Pasta sauces, Tomatoes (tinned), Cereals, Tea Bags/instant coffee, Rice/pasta, Tinned meat/fish, Tinned fruit, Jam, Biscuits or snack bars

This month also saw the second instalment of our free political education nights covering the issues surrounding refugees and asylum seekers. Another great turnout allowed for an interactive debate with speakers from United Glasgow FC and volunteers from the Unity Centre debunking the myths around asylum and giving us the tools to discuss with our peers. The next event will be announced shortly and is not to be missed. Preparations continue for this summer’s annual Green Brigade Anti-Discrimination tournament bringing the community together for a day of football, food and music. Also, the group have begun working on a project that will bring a youth football team from Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, Palestine to this year’s Anti-Racism World Cup in Belfast. For this to happen we will need the help from the Celtic support to once again show their solidarity with those who face oppression. More details will be online this week.

In the meantime, thank you all for your continued support. For those wanting to contribute to future tifos, all donations are welcome via Paypal to greenbrigade@hotmail.co.uk

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