Football Without Fans – Roy Milne Posse CSC

Roy Milne Posse CSC…

Roy Milne CSC was born out of necessity to cover the Hillfoots area of Clackmannanshire. A lot of groundwork and canvassing was done over the course of the latter half of 1972, and some informal meetings of like-minded individuals were held in the Johnstone Arms, Alva.

It was owned by Roy and Sis Milne, Roy being a first-team player for Celtic in the 1950s. They were great friends of Glen Daly, who visited and performed regularly. Six founding members donated £25 which was matched with £150 from Roy and Sis on the understanding that the bus would start at Menstrie but officially leave from the Johnstone Arms, Alva.

On 24 February, 1973, the first bus was to the game against Motherwell. (At Fir Park, Celtic won 4-0 with the goals coming from Kenny Dalglish, a double from Dixie Deans and Bobby Lennox).

From 1974 on, the bus picked up 30 members at Tullibody Cross for every game. Tullibody, then and now, has always been their biggest pick-up. They have never missed a home game apart from the lockout game against Atletico Madrid and during the pandemic.

In the early days, they always stopped off at Croy for libations. On some of the more successful times, they were running a double decker to home games and travelling to all away games with away tickets, which were easier to come by back then.

The motto of their club badge is ‘Justificattus et Antiquus,’ which translates to ‘Justified and Ancient,’ which means a statement of identity and rebellious intent. A lyric borrowed from the KLF and Tammy Wynette single of 1991. They once travelled to a game in an old ice cream van, featured in the lyrics, which is why the song became their club song.

The CSC was also involved and motivated by Celts for Change, and they hosted Matt McGlone and David Low in the Royal Oak Hotel in 1993. Over the years, they have hosted many Celtic players at their player of the year dances, but none more important than their 25th anniversary, where Billy McNeill was guest of honour in attendance with Roy and Sis Milne.

Some pub pickups have changed. The route is Menstrie, Hollytree Arms, Johnstone Arms, Red Lion, Peppe’s Bar, The Inn, and Burghmuir Road. The Posse was an added name that they picked up in the 90s, and it kind of stuck.

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