Highland Paddy – Foam seats and crosses at Tynecastle

ONE of the most enjoyable Celtic handles on Twitter is Highland_Paddy who on a daily basis produces some amazing, often rare and usually unique photographs that tell us another little piece of Celtic’s rich and unbroken history that perhaps we’d been previously unaware.

Yet last week Highland_Paddy decided to take a break from the social media platform after somewhat bizarrely, receiving some negativity. We suggested that his unique insight into the Celtic story could transfer over to The Celtic Star and we’re delighted to report that he agrees!

So here’s the first of hopefully many posts from Highland_Paddy on The Celtic Star, starting with Celtic away days to Tynecastle to play Hearts in the 1990’s…

Foam seats and crosses at Tynecastle…

The 1990’s were a bit of a blur for many, some of it self-induced, some of it because of the poor football we had to endure.

Tynecastle was always a difficult place to go, whether it was tough on the pitch or the walk to the park.

The first thing you faced was a limited amount of turnstiles for the amount of Celtic fans attending (no change there), then being stuck behind the goals with no cover.

The toilets that you passed by as you clicked through the turnstiles really had to be seen to be believed, although your nose would probably tell you the rather unpleasant story!

Hearts then had to install seats on the terracing, I use that term loosely, which no one ever used (again, no change there).

However, our Edinburgh hosts decided to furnish us on match-day with foam pads to encourage us to sit down.

It was only a matter of time before the support decided to use them as firstly, yellow cards and then crosses which went down well with the Hearts support!

As you can imagine, they were never used again! Thankfully, the press cutting exists to show what went on…

Highland Paddy

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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