‘Bobo’s gonnae get ye,’ – Craig Moore terrified by Celtic’s fearsome defender

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Chris Sutton has been talking on BBC Radio 5 Live about how feared former Celtic defender, Bobo Balde was from the opposition. The Englishman was taking part in a special programme called ‘Housery’, which discusses the use of dark arts in the game of football and how they are applied on the park and in secret.

 Christian Gomez #10 of the MLS All-Stars and Dianbobo Balde #6 of Glasgow Celtic FC clash during the 2007 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on July 19, 2007 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Sutton, 50, was no stranger to a bit of physical altercation and did battle as a centre-forward and centre-back for tge Hoops during his stay in Glasgow’s East End. More often than not, the big man would be in amongst it all causes havoc with opposition parties and fighting for the jersey tooth and nail. But he has revealed that one man in particular was the cause of much fear and consternation throughout his duration at Parkhead, and that man was Bobo Balde.

 Barcelona’s Argentinian Javier Saviola (L) vies with Celtic’s Bobo Balde during their UEFA Cup fourth round, first leg football match at Celtic Park on 11 March, 2004. Photo LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

Balde was so feared within Scottish football that the Hoops supporters even came up with a wee song called: ‘Bobo’s gonnae get ye!’. The big Guinea defender was a colossus at the backline for Martin O’Neill’s side for several years and was never afraid to shirk the physical side of the game on a consistent basis. His large frame was enough to put most men off their game and avoiding the idea of a tussle with the African giant.

Bobo Balde of Celtic tackles Robbie Neilson of Hearts during the Scottish Premier division match between Celtic and Hearts at Celtic Park on April 5,2006. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Sutton recalled his teammate and the most infamous clashes with our fierce rivals Rangers over his time at Paradise and revealed on one particular occasion it was Aussie, Craig Moore who was the man running up the tunnel away from the imposing figure of Bobo. On the show, he said: “Bobo Balde, do you remember him? I don’t know if you would describe it as ‘housery’ but he used to have a habit of just indiscriminately hitting people in the tunnel most weeks – just because they didn’t like them or somebody aggravated them or something.
He used to do it with Craig Moore most weeks. I don’t know if you would call it ‘housery’ but he was a phenomenal player.”

Bobo Balde of Celtic tackles Edgaras Jankauskas of Hearts during the Scottish Premier division match between Celtic and Hearts at Celtic Park on April 5, 2006, . (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

However, New York Times football journalist, Rory Smith, who was joining Sutton on the 5 Live programme interjected: “That sounds like a vendetta against Craig Moore, if he is knocking him about most weeks, that suggests its MORE than housery.” It’s obvious that Mr Smith has never saw big Bobo Balde, otherwise he might not have made such a comment in the first place! In truth, Balde was a warrior for the Bhoys and you always felt no matter what, we would never be bullied by anybody when he was on the park. That hasn’t always been the case.

 Nacho Novo of Rangers is tackled by Bobo Balde of Celtic during the Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on February 12, 2006. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

But Sutton continued, adding: “I remember an Old Firm game at Ibrox and big Oz, Craig Moore, he could handle himself. He was really aggressive and stuff. He went up and clattered into Bobo Balde. There was a coming together and I remember big Oz pointing the finger at Big Bobo and saying ‘we’ll see mate, we’ll see when we get up the tunnel’. But I’ve never seen big Oz move so quick, he was running past me laughing, saying ‘is he coming Terry?’ ‘Is he coming?’ I couldn’t stop laughing. Celtic fans have a saying ‘Bobo is going to get you’, I think if he had got his hands on him he would have ended him. If it all kicks off in the tunnel you wouldn’t want to be anywhere near him.”

Paul Gillespie

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  1. Unrepentant fenian on

    Don’t get all this misty eyed reminiscing about balde in his 2nd game for us I said to my m8 get rid of him now he will cost us big time fast forward to Seville and one of the most costly sendings off in our history in that heat plus extra time he sadly proved me right.
    CELTIC1st CELTIC forever

  2. RPM Celticfan on

    Without Bobo we probably would not have reached the final , was Larsson mince cos he missed a pen once or twice ?