There was an amusing piece of Ibrox feel-good fluff doing the rounds the other day, about how their ground had won yet another one of those meaningless “polls” on the ground with the best atmosphere.
It pipped Celtic Park into second place. There are a lot of countries where there would be a certain amount of pride in the two big club stadiums being first and second on a list like that.
Certainly, outside of Anfield it is hard to think of one English club with an atmosphere that would challenge our own. Without a doubt, too, there is a of singing and noise at the ground across town, which you don’t get at every stadium in the EPL.
But that’s where our satisfaction ends and the scrutiny should begin.
Because if we’re being serious for a minute, the “atmosphere” at Ibrox ought to be a source of shame and embarrassment to this country and that makes you wonder who it is who comes up with these lists. If we’re doing one on the greatest outdoor events of all time, well there was a big one in 1934; they even made a movie about it.
But nobody in their right mind would ever vote for the Nazi Party Congress at Nuremberg, which was captured in all its horrific majesty by Leni Riefenstahl and called Triumph Of The Will. It would be like voting for that, or Birth Of A Nation, as your favourite movie.
We’re going there this weekend coming, and for 700 of our fans that whole afternoon will be a torrent of bile.
To vote for Ibrox’s “brilliant” atmosphere is to fundamentally fail to understand it at all.
The people who make these lists, you have to wonder what they base them on.
European nights, when UEFA policies the singing? Or games against us, where most neutrals just presume things are a bit OTT and heightened by all the history and weight of the occasion?
Attend on any normal weekend match-day and you’ll notice something strange; long periods of stony silence and the same sectarian singing. The same reek of intolerance in the air.
If the bigotry and bile are your bag, then Ibrox definitely has unique and exciting things to offer.
But if, like the rest of the people who know that ground from bitter experience, you read those lists and see that name at the top, you can only conclude that those who make them up are quite mad or have simply never been there on an ordinary night.
Either way, it’s another meaningless gong that the media likes to highlight without digging too deeply.
If they even thought about it for a minute they would be mortified.
Voice of Reason says:
December 29, 2022 at 4:38 pm
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December 30, 2022 at 2:46 pm
Best Hot Dog, Best Broxi Bear Burger etc etc!! Anything these Cunts win is of NO FUKIN RELEVANCE in Trophy Terms.. Its PATHETIC!! They CERTAINLY wilny win best Bogs tho mind yi they Luv tae drink oot them whist SNORTIN Crack!! They’re the FUKIN SCUM ae the Earth & DEFO NOT OF THIS PLANET!!
Scum of the earth while not being of this earth? Yup, that makes sense…
Hate is always louder than passion, but much less attractive and exciting.
All those poisonous dirges ,sung in unison ,will tend to emanate a glowing ambience on Ibrox match days that is completely incomparable…
Broken glass thrown on pitch, celtic staff member getting his head split open, napoli players not being able to do the warm down , tv pundits getting banned for safety reasons all this shame which the gutless media dare not call out ?.
“But if, like the rest of the people who know that ground from bitter experience, you read those lists and see that name at the top, you can only conclude that those who make them up are quite mad or have simply never been there on an ordinary night.”
OR that the people who make up these lists concur with the bigoted atmosphere and are part of it, and so put the bigoted and racist one at the top.
There are too many cowards who do not call this out.
Boo-d off most games at half time this season the atmosphere must be brilliant, been through it at our place.
The atmosphere at Parkhead and Ibrox is without doubt better than anything down south but falls way short of many grounds in Europe, the Green Brigade and Union Bears are absolutely irrelevant compared with Red Star, Marseille, Poznan, Legia, Frankfurt Ultras, not just my opinion either
I think they know fine well what’s being sang and what it means.
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